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Monday, August 20, 2012

It's Here--My New Quilting Room Reveal!

Finally, I have the majority of my new quilting room done.  I'm afraid I've seriously been neglecting setting up the rest of the house, but a quilter's got to do what a quilter's got to do.  This is going to be a long post as is so I will discuss more of the features in other blog entries. 

When you enter the room, you come down these few stairs.  My quilting room is over the garage.  Despite the fact that you actually go down into the room, I feel like it is a "loft" and I'm up in my own special world!

As you travel down the steps, the first thing on the right is the design wall.  I blogged about how I made that two days ago.

Just past the design wall, there is a corner that reveals the steps up to the attic.  No, I haven't taken that space over for additional storage yet!  Ha ha. And the N?  You maybe be asking, "hey, your name starts with a J.  What does the N stand for?"  My reply?  "Nothing."  (heh heh heh) 

Tucked in the alcove between the attic steps and the next wall is my sewing space.  It is just over 6 feet long. 

Have you seen this post by Kathie about her wall of little quilts?  I saw it and it inspired me to hang up many of mine above my sewing area.  I love how cozy it looks.  It is going to be wonderful in the winter.  Having all that color is inspiring, too.  The large patriotic one was made by quilting friends of mine from when I lived in Georgia.  And the house one hanging by the N?  It is from quilting friends back at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.  Not only do I feel cozy from all the quilts around me, but I also feel surrounded by friends.

Next is one of the windows.  It is a "regular" window.  In front, on my Great-Grandma's treadle machine, I keep my laptop.

Next to the window are two tall shelves.  These were in the garage when we moved in.  I moved them up here for more free storage/display.

On the left side are some of my precuts.  I finally get to display them!

We turn the other corner and against the sloped wall my scrapbooking supply cabinet fits nicely.  Baskets hold unquilted tops and my collection of yardsticks. 

Next is another alcove which is the perfect place to nestle in my new ironing board.  It is below the big front windows which let in so much light and really contribute to the bright, aerial feel of the room.  The chevron pattern is a throw rug.  I found it, and only it--no other colors, sizes, or duplicates at TJ Max the other day.  Since red is my favorite color, it came home with me.  I'm hanging it behind the ironing board because in the past, I've noticed that the wall behind my ironing station accumulates overspray of starch.  This way I can take it down the rug and wash it instead of scrubbing the wall!  If you look closely, you can see that today was a rainy day.

Around the corner from the ironing station is the closet.  To the right of it, you can see part of the cabinet where I keep office supplies and my ipod.  My favorite feature of the closet?  It is lit!  There is lots of storage here.

The closet is really wider than it looks.  This far corner is where UFOs go to linger.  Can I just say that there is nothing worse than unpacking UFOs? 

But by far, the piece de resistance is this!  The huge island in the middle of the room for cutting.

It is 7 1/2 feet long and 3 feet wide!  I'm tall, so I made it 36" high.  I'll be blogging more about making this later.  I'm in love with it!

Here it is from the backside. 

Well, that is the quick tour for now.  As I may have mentioned once or twice, I will be writing more about some of the features later.  Please come back and read about them! 

Have a Great Day,


  1. This is awesome, JoAnne! I especially love your wall of quilts at your sewing station! Beautiful! The whole room is so organized.....you will surely be motivated to make some fabulous things! Yay!

  2. Your space is amazing, JoAnne!!!! I LOVE it!!!!! Your little quilts are the best!!! So inspirational!!!!

  3. What a cheerful sewing space! I love your cozy corner of wall quilts.
    Hope you get to spend many wonderful, creative hours in your new space.

  4. What a great space!! Love that you have so much light in your room. And also, a great way to display your quilts!! Oh, and your island...can't wait to hear more about that!


  5. I want to move in and never leave! lol What a great space, and love all the mini quilts hanging and reminding you of friends. :o) And the island, I'm in love with it! What a happy place to sew. Looking forward to reading more about it.

  6. I love it! I wish mine was like that.
    It is so inspirational. Aren't islands
    the bet thing ever. Happy sewing
    Melanie xxx

  7. Wow... your sewing room is super cool! Love all the space and how you've arranged everything!

  8. How fun it must be to finally be settled into your sewing space! Lots of great inspiration going on to keep you busy. How nice having that big island space too!

  9. Oh, this is just lovely-so spacious!
    than you for sharing!

  10. What a great space! I'm curious, how did you hang your little quilts? Thanks

  11. you are very talanted. it must have taken 3 men and a small boy to move all that stuff and you already have it all in place. you must have a lot of energy. I have 4 machines 2 sergers one serger and machine are husquvarna I have no idea what to do with any of them. I need to get them out and start trying to learn to sew maybe you will be kind enough to help me out now and then. i have bought all kinds of books on sewing i don't understand half of it. those books are very expensive you should think about writing one. or maybe you already have.

  12. That looks great! I'll be right over to sew with you. :-)

  13. Love it JoAnne! Can't wait to hear more since I am currently working on my own space and basically have no furniture, just a huge closet with a lot of shelves and a bookcase. Love your island!

  14. What a lovely place to quilt! I need to work on mine some more!

  15. OH MY GOODNESS! What a wonderful little sewing oasis you have created! I love everything about it...the island, the wall of quilts, the closet, the storage, the steps just add a cosy, quaint feel, but especially the windows! All that natural light...you are a lucky gal...this was worth the wait!

  16. What a great place you have created! I am so jealous. I'm sure that you will be able to create wonderful quilts here. Happy Sewing!

  17. I love your sewng room Joanne. My favorite part is the corner wall filled with lots of quilts. Looks like a really big creative space, lucky you and you've arranged things very nicely.

  18. You are so organized! What a beautiful space!

  19. Lovely, just lovely! I love the red white and blue theme. (Those curtains are really special!) The openness of your space. I would love sewing in a room like that!

  20. Lovely, just lovely! I love the red white and blue theme. (Those curtains are really special!) The openness of your space. I would love sewing in a room like that!

  21. Thank you for sharing your delightful sewing room, " WONDERFUL"!!!

    Carolyn :)

  22. What I love about your quilting space is that it is first, a lovely space, even if you were just going to sit and sip some iced tea. You've organized the work stations in such a way that the work will flow from one to another. And the curtains are wonderful. Thank you for sharing the room with us!