Thursday, December 16, 2010


So remember how I said I've been making some changes in my sewing room?

It all started with this Follower Friday post on Gen X Quilters. When I saw Kati's amazing design wall, I thought, that it's—why haven't I made one of those yet?

The thing is, I've been sewing in a room that was set up more than six years ago as an office, so that I could work from home full time. After I had my girls, I worked less and less and sewed more and more. But I guess I never stopped and took a hard, objective look at my space and how I was using it. I now spend 95 percent of my time in that room sewing, but sewing stuff took up maybe 20 percent of the space. I mean, check out that gigantic corner workstation desk. What on earth was that still doing in there?? It was a handy spot for stacking things (and I've got a lot of stacks), but it also commanded a hefty chunk of real estate. Including valuable wall space that could become a design wall. Duh.

So the corner desk, plus a whole lot of other officey stuff, was finally banished to the basement this week. And in its place: A lovely flannel sheet nailed to the wall! I can't believe I didn't do this earlier! Too bad I'm still using that awful office chair. Sitting in it makes me feel more like the CEO of a bank than a mommy working on a quilt.

I also decided my thread, needles, and other notions deserved better than just being dumped all together into a giant basket. There was stuff in the bottom of that basket that I didn't even remember I had, because it was too hard to find. A cosmetics organizer from Bed Bath & Beyond seems to fit the bill (top shelf). Now I can see almost everything I have, and the basket is perfect for my rulers. The middle shelf is where I'm keeping tops that are awaiting quilting.

I love my new and improved sewing room! I don't have as much desk space now for my stacks, but that's what the floor is for, I guess. It just goes to show that every once in a while, you have to try to look at your space with fresh eyes and think about how it could be used better. Just because you've always used it in a certain way doesn't mean you still should.


Kati said...

Yeah! Don't you love just sitting back and looking at everything on that wall?

A.J. Dub. said...

Nice! Someday I will have my own sewing space. I was trying to convince my boys just tonight at dinner that they can go back to sharing a room so I can put my stuff somewhere besides the kitchen.

Love your design wall! How is the sheet working?

felicity said...

Hooray! The design wall is going to make your life so much easier! Congrats!

Elizabeth D. said...

Awesome idea! Target's got flannel sheets on sale this week, I might just have to treat myself to one for my birthday. Thank you for sharing :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

great idea Lee!! I need to clean mine out..Christmas gifts are piled in the til next week..grandsons are spending the night; Do you mind me askin what your machine is? Since buying a new one; my interest is perked...hoping to play with my new stitches this afternoon..don;t have room in there right now for anything else...enjoy your room

Christie, Describe Happy said...

What a difference, I bet it feels so much better now while you are working! And a really, a design wall is that easy? I need to go hunt down a sale flannel sheet; thanks for the inspiration to take a good hard look at my own space!

AnneMarie said...

Great idea! I love the full wall idea. My space is getting a serious reorg too once I finish all this crazy sewing for the holidays. I think a design wall is in order for me too!

AMKreations said...

It looks great. I like the sheet on the wall to display your blocks! =)

Lee said...

Marjorie - you should add an email address to your blogger profile. I would reply to your question via email but I can't because you're a "no reply" blogger!

Anyway, in answer to your question about my machine, I have a Babylock Decorator's Choice. The Decorator's Choice is almost the same as the Babylock Quilter's Choice, but with no quilter's extension table, so the Decorator's Choice is a little less expensive. Then later I bought a Sew Steady Extension Table for $80. It's custom fit for my machine, and they do almost all brands/models in various sizes. They're available from

Leila said...

Love it! I don't know what I did before I put up my design wall -- a lot of telling kids not to walk on the blocks all over the floor I think. :)

For anyone looking to do a design wall ultra cheap (if not so classy), I just tacked up a dollar store fuzzy backed vinyl tablecloth.

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