One of the “perks” of military life is moving every couple of years. With each move comes a new opportunity to set up my sewing space. I might get lucky and have an extra room I can dedicate to quilting, or a little less lucky and my dining room ends up taken over by my sewing machine and fabric. So far, our Kentucky house has been my favorite. We had an extra room that I used as a quilting studio. There was a large window that let in tons of natural light. It was perfect!
This time around, however, finding a good sewing space in our current house has been a bit of a challenge. We don’t have that extra room anymore (now it’s a room for our daughter!), so I had to get a little more creative. I was showing my mom the house on FaceTime the day we moved in, and she commented that our front closet was large enough to hold a desk. So I put one in there, and it became my quilting closet.
All the sewing happens here:
If you take one step in the door and look to your right, fabric storage is over here. Luckily I don’t have a huge stash. I tend to buy for the project I’m working on instead of hoarding all the fabric. I made a small pressing board to keep next to the machine, and if I need my full size ironing board, I set that up right outside the door.
That’s it! My sewing closet in all it’s glory! Working in such a small space can be a challenge, but it’s a fun challenge. I use my dining room table for cutting fabric, laying out blocks, and basting. It’s a lot of walking back and forth, but at least it’s nice to get up and move around some. I like to tell my husband that when we finally retire from Army life and build a forever home, a giant quilting studio is at the top of my “want” list. In fact, every time I bring it up, my quilting space gets larger and our living space gets smaller. Ha!
What does your sewing space look like? Do you take over the dining room or do you have a whole room you can use?