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A Space of Your Own – Share your “Before” Photos for a Chance to Win

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Many of you do not have a "space of your own" in your home where you can sew. A place where you can leave up all your things and work at anytime without hauling it all out.

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How do you find a space of your own? First take a very close look at what you have. Yes… it ALWAYS starts here!

You need to know the bare minimum you need to have available to enable you to sit down to work. I imagine it’s not as much as you think:

  • sewing machine
  • cutting mat
  • rulers, rotary cutter
  • iron and board
  • the project you are working on

Not much eh?

So you need a table that can be left up with the sewing machine on it. In an extreme pinch you can get out the mat and rulers to cut when needed.

Now to find a place for this table .. don’t worry yet about what the table is.. let’s find a spot first.

  • Bedroom…often there is a corner here you can clear out and use.
  • Family/living room – there MUST be a tiny spot a table can go.
  • Dining room – as a kid that is where my spot was… my parents put the sewing machine in the dining room. That gave me the table to use.
  • Eat in kitchen… maybe not the ideal spot, but many have a built in cubbie place you could modify for a sewing machine. Or put the machine in a lower cabinet to pull out quick, use your counter for a the cutting station… be creative here.
  • Bathroom…mmm… not sure on this one!
  • Closet – often there is a closet in a room you could take over. Remove everything in it (as most likely it’s storage and junk). Then convert the whole closet into your studio. There are tons of these make overs on the Internet to look at.
  • Part of a book shelf- you can either store the machine on the shelf, or actually make a shelf extension that is the table you work on.

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Does this get you thinking? Be CREATIVE and really look hard at what in is in your home. Do you have unused things in a room that can be moved or donated elsewhere? Do you have things in a room that could go somewhere else?

Have you used a creative spot? Post question/photos on spots in your house you think you can used.

my table

Now for the table. There are tables that fold down from the wall, small tables that you can find at yard sales, tables you may already own! There are tables built just for the machines and the machines go down into them. For years my main sewing table was a kitchen counter clamped to legs my husband built for it. The legs make it the exact right height, the counter was smooth and had finished edges. We bought the counter at the hardware store for very little as it was a reject. Customers special order and something is not right so the counters are sold at a good price. This is a great option for making a table fit a space you have.

Here are a few sites with spaces to check for ideas… link to others in the comments!

So look around and find a space, and a table.. report back!


Link Party and Give-Away

And now for the Link Party! Share a link to your blog post or Flickr photo of your area in most need of work.. or your whole ‘before studio’.. I can’t wait to see your space!

C&T Publishing have generously donated two copies of Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter: An Illustrated Guide to the Space of Your Dreams. Two winners will randomly be selected Monday, February 20th from those sharing their spaces in the link party. Non-USA winners will receive the ebook version.


Pat Sloan - The Voice of Quilting

Pat Sloan is owner and founder of the quilting design and publishing company Pat Sloan & Co. She has published over 25 books, more than 100 patterns, nearly 10 fabric lines, and has had her work featured in all the major Quilt magazines. In January 2010, Pat started hosting her weekly Internet Radio show called Creative Talk Radio.

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Posted: February 7th, 2012

Topics: The Learning Center

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14 Responses to “A Space of Your Own – Share your “Before” Photos for a Chance to Win”

  1. Connie says:

    This is so interesting! We have been redoing my room this winter and I’m finding lots of UFO’s!

  2. Peg says:

    My space is spread out around the house – since I shared my space on my blog, I’ve started several new projects, and added some bins underneath the long arm to keep them sorted, clean, tidy…..but really no idea how I can do things any better in the space I currently have!

  3. tubakk says:

    I have a small space in our living room, as I like to stay where the rest of the family is. But now my space is such a mess, and I’m glad you inspired me to clean it up a bit. Hope to show you a nice and tidy table in a weeks time. Thank you!

  4. Sharon says:

    I am lucky I have a room with my hubby for sewing and computer. I have always wanted a professional to come in and change my sewing space and the whole house. I would love to see what someone eles would do. Maybe I could be on TV haha.

  5. Lindy says:

    I organized the daylights out of my studio last spring. As the saying goes, “Nature abhors a vacuum” so you can guess what my studio looks now! :?{

  6. Cheryl says:

    I am fortunate enough to have a room all my own. Of course, I still barely fit! I sell ribbon and trims, as well as handmade items, so this room is a workroom, inventory storage and my office! I am slowly getting organized, but it is always a process in motion. The book would be a wonderful help! Thanks so much!

  7. [...] Hi everyone! Michele here with some project storage tips from a few quilting friends around the world. Before I get to those, I just want to remind you to share your Before photos on Tuesday’s post: A Space of your Own. [...]

  8. [...] In The Learning Center this week, we continue with the Studio Organization series. In the first post, Pat Sloan shares ideas on Finding a Space of Your Own. [...]

  9. nanasrcool says:

    How funny! I just posted a post on my blog. I am actually in the process now of remodeling my sewing room. The pictures I left are the before pictures I posted. I am really looking forward to this! I would love all the input I can get!

  10. [...] Share your Before photos on last week’s post: A Space of your Own for a chance to win. I’m loving all the submissions so [...]

  11. pat sloan says:

    loving all the before pics!

  12. Connie says:

    I love organizing and actually, in addition to my creative blog, have an organizing blog where I share sites like yours to inspire my followers. Quilting (crazy quilting actually) is fairly new to me and I am really trying to work through organizing all of the needs for supplies and my shared office/sewing room. I thought I had it figured out, but it isn’t working as well as hoped. I would love to win this book for inspiration and help with some solutions.

  13. Peggy says:

    Thanks so much for the fun giveaway!! Peggy

  14. Gail says:

    Aw, shoot. I missed out on posting my room. Oh well, nice to know I am not alone in my need to clean. LOL. That is ok, I will have to do a post to continue with my organizational journey through out my home.

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