Friday, 19 September 2014

On my Design Wall (and All Over My Sewing Room) Today

I have begun to put together the first panel of the shirt quilt, as a break from cutting up shirts, and also because my design wall is not big enough for everything at once. This is probably about a third of the size of the finished quilt. 

My plan is eventually to add another design wall the same size so I can put them beside one another for larger projects or so I can have more than one thing on the go (coz that'd be new for me-hehe!) 

Getting this little beauty operational, other than as a shirt quilt strip organiser, is moving up the priority list.  Perhaps I will even piece some of this quilt on this old machine?

I have finished the shot cotton quilt top and basted this quilt and am on the hunt for the right quilting threads. I'm thinking straight-line quilting for this with perhaps a bit of cross hatching?

Last post I showed you a little glimpse of my sewing room from this aspect- it's even messier today. But I figure that if I wait until it's all sorted and tidy I'll be waiting a long time! Anyway it's a space for using and part of the blessing of having a sewing room is being able to leave projects out, so I can nip in for a few minutes here and there, so realistically it's never going to look like a magazine shot!

As you can see it's not exclusively a sewing room. We have most of our books in there. And our craft supplies. And my work resources. And guests...

This long table I found in a second hand shop is great. It's fairly skinny, so it doesn't take up too much room, but because it's nice and long I can fit a cutting mat and two machines and there's still room for other junk. It also has folding legs so I can tuck it away if we have guests using the room.

I keep my fabric in the reflecting cupboard in the far corner.

The shelves beside will be honed a little more towards sewing books and things once we've built some more shelving for the books and stuff, still in the moving box you can glimpse under the table. The sofa bed isn't super comfy for sitting, but in theory it's good for people to drop in and chat and drink tea or wine or play a bit of guitar to keep me company from time to time.

The ottoman thing with the tapestry cover was my great grandmother's and has been variously mended over the years by my grandmother. It's not the most beautiful object but I love having it because of its history and it's useful for WsiP (or random junk).

I'm not sure I've finally decided on layout in the room. I'm still fiddling, and I need a pressing surface. I'm thinking of covering a sheet of MDF with padding and fabric. This set up is not ideal as I'm not left handed, but it is handy to have it so near the machine. At the moment I'm working around the old-house-one-powerpoint-per-room syndrome, which also slightly dictates the set up if I'm not going to be tripping over extension cords and multiboxes.

This is the final messiest corner. There used to be a cupboard here which was ugly as anything and not well organised inside- just one long bar for hanging, no door etc. When we moved back into our house at the beginning of the year we decided that if we didn't knock it out we'd fill it with stuff such as unpacked boxes and never get round to it. So we did it and now need to tidy up the wall... (rather like Flanders and Swann's "The Gasman Cometh", also known as a Ballad of Unending Domestic Upheaval)!

We are going to build (yet more) shelves above the slidey door cabinet below, which contains our craft supplies and has the guillotine on top. One day it will be more attractively laid out and there will be a pin board above the cupboard, below the shelves,  to serve as an inspiration spot.

So there you have it, in all its glory! I feel lucky to have it :-)


  1. Ooh, sewing room envy:-) What fun getting it all to your liking!

  2. LOVE that shirt quilt! The simple design in soothing blues with that one strip popping out is just perfect!

  3. Mmm, that shirt quilt is looking great, very snuggle-able. I've been thinking about doing a DIY pressing surface as well.

  4. I love your multi-purpose sewing space Camilla and that shot in to the hallway makes me very envious. Your shot cotton quilt is going to be amazing and I love the look of the shirt quilt. I'm saving my young son's shirts and one day I'll combine them with his dad's to make a quilt :)


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