Wow! What a great response to the last post. I shared a glimpse into my Mom’s sewing room and got lots of comments and questions. Both Mom and I enjoyed reading all your comments and seeing the interest in her design ideas.
The main question was – “Where did she get those cabinets and/or the ironing board station?” There isn’t an easy answer, in that I don’t have a link to a website where you can order all the pieces. These are custom cabinets, made by a cabinet maker to Mom’s specific dimensions. I’m sure anybody that makes kitchen cabinets would be able to make these same pieces, custom fit to your room.
The second question was – “When do we get to see the fabric?” Let me just say that last year Mom and I went through her fabric and she donated boxes and boxes of older fabric to church, friends, and quilt groups. As some of you may know, at a certain point the stash can become a bit unmanageable and you run out of space. That is exactly what happened to Mom. The following pictures show what’s left of the stash, with the exception of what’s hidden in the closets downstairs and in the storage room (don’t tell Dad. It’s really not that bad now that most of it has been cleaned out.) The upper cabinets hold fabric and project bins. Mom wanted me to point out that she had these made 14″ deep, instead of the usual 12″. That allows for folding the quilt fabric in fourths, plus room for the doors to close! We usually buy fabric in increments of 1/4 yard, so the width of the cabinet is divisible by 9″, plus a couple extra inches of wiggle room.
The pantry cabinet in the left corner of the room holds tons of fabric too (although this is mostly clothing fabric). This picture didn’t turn very well, but you can still see how much you can fit in there!
There are also drawers filled with fabric. . . . Many of you asked about the drawers. They have full extension slides that allow you to pull the drawer all the way out, to access the back corners of the drawer. They are also self-closing. This is really important – I designed my sewing room first and didn’t specify to the cabinet maker what kind of slides I wanted. So, with my drawers, you have to push them closed. This is no big deal, but the problem is that when I sew (and I like to sew fast), the drawers slide open from all the vibrations. Periodically, I get up from sewing and don’t realize that the bottom drawer next to me has come open. Then I either bang my shin or almost trip over the dumb thing. For your own shin protection, I just thought you might want to know ( for those of you who said you are currently designing sewing rooms). You also wouldn’t want to fall with a seam ripper or scissors in your hand, if you can help it.
And now the closet - The fabric goes from top to bottom, organized according to color, with large baskets for projects. In the lower right you see my niece playing with the buttons on my Mom’s serger (her tension on her sewing machines always has to be checked before sewing, as the grandkids love all those buttons!). The serger stand is on wheels so it can be pulled out of the closet when needed.
For those of you who want to incorporate your knee lift into a custom cabinet, this picture shows how that is done. The picture also shows where Mom stores her laptop and all her bobbins. The bobbins stick to a magnetic strip, so everything stays in place. We got these bobbin holders as a gift from a friend and if anyone knows where we can get more – please e-mail me!
I think one of the keys to Mom’s successful organization is all the dividers in the drawers, as this picture of the ironing station shows. Having one big, open drawer just seems to get messed up right away. Having dividers keeps everything in place and provides compartments for similar items.
I hope that answers all your questions from the last post . . .
Now, onto some exciting news. This box was sitting in my garage when I got home last weekend.
The label says it’s an international priority package from Korea, containing more FABRIC!!!
A sneak peek at the fabric:
And a sneak peek of what we are doing with it:
I’ll be back soon with more on the new fabric line . . . . . .