I am working on a challenge piece so don’t want to show it until Tuesday, but PLEASE tell me that your studio looks like this when you are in creative mode……
Just after we moved into this house, I built a design wall to go in my studio, very happy that it was about 24 inches wider than the one in my old house.
As I have been working on my queen size Australian fabric quilt, I commented to my husband that I wish my wall was a little bit wider. He then uttered those wonderful words…..”Why don’t you make it wider so that it goes behind the door?”…..DUH!!!!
So, yesterday I bought the needed supplies, and this morning Michael helped me to put it in place….
Now I have LOTS more room to work…..
What would I do without my hubby?????
After I got the Flower Pot quilt basted (using fusible batting), it was time to first, clean up the studio……
….and then get set up to quilt a queen size quilt.
Ever since I bought the inset table for my machine, I had been thinking about the best way to set up my “quilting station”.
First step was to fold down the cutting table and move the storage drawers out. Then I moved in two small folding tables to form one large table…..
The only problem with this was that the machine table was about 1.25 inches shorter than the other two tables, so I trudged down to the garage and started looking for pieces of wood that I could use to bolster my table height, and voila……
I found a piece that worked perfectly except that it was WAY too big for the table. Out came the ruler and pencil, cutting marks were drawn and then back down to the garage to use the Jigsaw to cut the piece to the proper size. I think that I will eventually cover it with the rubber backings that you can buy for rugs.
I also thought about the fact that I didn’t want the quilt to fall off of the front edge of the tables, so I moved my cutting table to block it off……
As I picked up the quilt to lay it out and start quilting, I realized that it was really heavy and that my tables weren’t in the correct position. To fix this, I moved the table to my left down so that there was a place to support the side of the quilt.
Once I started quilting, I realized that it was still falling below the table so another trip to the garage brought two TV tables that fit perfectly beside my chair, thus giving full support on each side.
To finish the support, I grabbed a cushion from one of the other rooms and put it in my lap to allow the quilt to NEVER drop below the edge of the table.
The only downside to my arrangement is that it gets fairly warm sitting under the quilt and pillow….but fortunately there is a ceiling fan so that solved the final problem!!
By the way, the funky cover on the back of my chair is to keep me from bumping the wall and putting black marks on it. I will eventually make a nice one, but this piece of flannel left over from the design wall is serving the immediate purpose
During the short times that I have had available, I have been working on the quilt top that Mom and I currently have in progress. I had sent the borders to her for applique work and she returned those just before we moved. She was worried about doing the edge stitch on the small stems so I added those with the sewing machine…..
I have the edge borders cut as well so just need some time to get back up there and sew them on……
I am enjoying using my new studio and have found one arrangement to work very well……
By placing the ironing board perpendicular to my sewing table I have a large area to iron on when sitting at the machine….
One of those simple things that makes life SOOOO much easier!!
Looking back at my blog posts, I see that the last time I wrote anything about spending creative time in my studio was on July 13th…..almost FOUR months ago! Of course, during that time we have spent 3 weeks in China, bought a new house, spent 5 weeks getting it ready and moving in, spent 5 days in Texas visiting with my mother, and spent countless hours trying to get caught up with the last of my Tax and Accounting work for the year.
Added to that, I managed to hurt my knee while moving and was basically unable to climb the stairs for over 2 weeks!!!
However, this weekend I spent time in my new studio, getting it ready for some creative time and I feel sure that the time is coming….I can FEEL it in my bones!!!
The first step was to get my new design wall built and installed. I started with two pieces of thick Insulation board which were cut down to the proper height and width and an area cut out where the electric plug would sit.
My original thought was that I would build the wall in the garage and then carry it upstairs to install, but quickly decided that it would be better to simply put it together in the studio.
After I had cleared out an opening, I laid the two boards down flat and started using duct tape to form a hinge line.
Next I laid the board down onto a piece of polyester batting and pulled the batting over to the back and roughly taped it in place…..
Next step was to lay the flannel on the floor and place the board on top of it. I then trimmed the batting and stretched and pinned the flannel to the back….
My sweet husband came in a helped me to hang it on the wall. It measures 72 inches across and about 80 inches in height…..about 50% larger than my old one….
Now to the fun stuff…..for a long time I have wanted a sewing table that my machine would sit down into so that I would have a flat surface for machine quilting. After reading about lots of tables and looking at the merits and costs of various ones, I settled on the Arrow Gidget Sewing Table. This one was recommended by Leah Day of The Free Motion Quilting Project and I liked the price so I ordered it from Amazon and happily unpacked it to see how it would work.
The depth of the opening is easily adjustable and I was happy with it, except that there seemed to be quite a lot of open space between the machine and the table edge. Then I had a brainstorm……
I had an old Husqvarna quilting table that had been replaced by a larger one many years ago, so I took the legs off, moved the machine as far into the right corner as possible and marked where the Plexiglas would need to be cut….
A quick phone call was made to our local handyman, who cut the piece to my specifications and voilà……
…..my table is ready to use!!! My plan is to put another table behind this one and maybe another one to the side if I am quilting on a really large quilt. Cant wait to try it out!!!!
Finally, I needed a stand for the rulers that I use most. Unfortunately, most of the stands that I could buy would not fit my favorite rulers, the “Quilter’s Rule”. So, I called my friend Anita at Sewcial Studio and her husband made one just to fit my specifications (3 slots for the Quilter’s rules and 3 slots for regular rulers)…..
Naturally there are several projects in the works and in my mind so I cant wait to get up there to sew…..maybe even someday soon!!!!