Thursday, October 14, 2010

Virtual Studio Tour


Cloth Paper Scissors is hosting a Virtual Studio Tour October 15-17, and members of their online community have been invited to join in. So, welcome to my work space!

We moved to Florida in 2001, and I commandeered one of the bedrooms to become my creative space. On the west wall, above, we had a closet company build in this computer work station, book shelves, and storage area. It's so convenient. And I use the area to display some of the small projects I've made or been given.



On part of the north wall is the sewing station, above, that houses my Bernina 440 QE, thread storage, and more books. My little Featherweight is hiding in there, too. I need to get it out more often. For some reason, the Featherweight intimidates me! Note the red mesh pop-up laundry tote. I used those to store works-in-progress and to carry things to classes or quilting retreats. I just got back from one, so it's full of things I worked on.



Adjacent to the sewing area is the pressing area, above, and more cabinets for supplies. The top of the cabinet is just right for display of more small projects. And there is wall space for quilts and other hanging projects. I made "The Wet Dog" quilt in a story quilt class with Mary Lou Weidman. And the fabric-paper bird strand was one I received in an exchange during the book study of "Stitch Alchemy" by Kelli Nina Perkins. The large rolling table is a cutting area and a "catch all". Things pile up there until they get put in their proper places, or until I'm ready to clear the surface for use.



On the east wall, above, is more storage for magazines, and a large glass-front quilt display unit. I have a small collection of vintage quilts as well as some I've made in there.



Half of the long closet on the south wall, above, I call the "staging area." Projects waiting for their binding or to be machine quilted or embellished reside there. And completed small quilt projects hang on the rack on skirt hangers. More mesh laundry totes are pressed into service to hold works-in-progress and various papers, stablilizers, and fusibles. Paper storage is also located here.



The other half of the closet houses the fabric stash and batting. I'm as happy as can be in my studio, and happy you stopped in for a visit. I have an extra machine if you'd like to stay awhile!

9 comments:

sonja said...

wow! you are a neat quilter!oh, don't neglect that featherweight(i have 3) i leave one up for piecing and my bernina 830 record at other end of room, for quilting.and exercise... my studio would go into the opposite cat a gory of a person that makes objects... .thanks for tour Nan!

Susan said...

What a nice space you have. And I loved the wet dog quilt. Must be a story there.

Bethany Kartchner said...

What a beautiful space! I'm inspired by your organization!

Jan said...

Your space looks great! You have room to move around and are so organized. I believe you may have more books than I do. Very tidy. I love all your small works hanging about. Thanks for the visit!

NancyDaQ said...

I love your built-ins!

Kathy Barinholtz, Graciewear said...

What a beautiful space to work in. Thanks for sharing.

Miss Sandy said...

What a wonderful space! I love all that custom built storage. Your quilts are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your creative haven.

Valerie said...

Love your room Nancy! I just recently stopped by the closet space company I know of here and they are not there anymore (across from the mall by Sherwin Williams). The boys each upgraded bed sizes leaving my guest/sewing room bed free. Wanted to look @ the Murphy beds which would let me still have a guest room but give me the floor space for most of the year. Had looked in a few years prior and loved their ideas/storage solutions. You have a great place to enjoy!

Sherry said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting. Your quilts are lovely and I love your stash of fabrics.