Sewing Rooms

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What do you see when you look at your sewing room?  I see enough fabric to easily make at least 30 quilts – more than half of them queen size!!  And that is with what is on my shelves, my scrap boxes, project boxes already in progress and my two plastic storage bins  & one canvas box that contain scraps under the quilting frame that somehow I never seem to delve into.

And still I think of buying more – why is it that we have to have more fabric – what is it about our craft that makes us compulsive buyers (some of us that is I know some of you have more self control) when it comes to fabric – I am not quite as compulsive about anything else – but fabric!

So as you can tell I seem to have nothing to write about today – yesterday was an extremely lazy day in the quilting/sewing department – I just didn’t feel like it for a change other than stitching on the bird last night that I had fused in place on the Postage Stamp border.

This is a rather small space to have enough in it to make over 30 quilts – (other than background of course) – I know I am lucky to have this small room that used to be bedroom to our two daughters for a good 10+ years – I know a lot of you make due with the kitchen table and have to put it all away when done and then others have a big quilt studio to idle way their creative time.


I start to inspect the shelves and boxes and remember what is all here I think of patchwork, applique, hexies – oh my!  I do not even think of counting up yardage and keep track like some do of what goes in the room and what gets used – I really would go crazy thinking about it.


Stacks of fat quarters and boxes full of squares of all sizes – enough in those boxes of scraps already cut for who knows how many quilts.  I am linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today and Crazy Mom Quilts.


So what do you see when you enter your quilting space – do you have enough fabric to last a life time too?  Or do you think you need to visit the sale at Craftsy and stock up some more – I have been looking and found some notions – leather stick on thimbles for $4.61 package of 12.  I didn’t say I don’t need notions!!  I always need more of these thimbles and they are close to half price of what you can pay at other places.  I have to save when I can and ordered 4 packages – that should get me through the year I do believe.

Colonial Leather Thimblepad Finger Shields - None

80/20 Hobbs Heirloom batting for $11.04 to $23.39 – other brands of batting also on sale.

Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton Blend Batting - None

Sale on Kits and Supplies today through the 28th


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17 comments… add one
  • Ramona Jun 24, 2016

    I keep buying new fabric because it’s gorgeous…. it’s soft…. it would look great with what I have at home….. it would look great in my next quilt… etc. I am right there with you as to how many quilts I can make from my stash, so I TRY not to buy as much new fabric. Plus… it’s an obsession! 🙂

  • Sharon S Jun 24, 2016

    I have tons of fabric in my stash and am always looking for patterns to use it up (never!!). I get more excited about starting a new quilt when I get all new fabric
    rather than picking from what I already have. Some of my older fabric I no longer like/love and have read somewhere that I should just get rid of it. Why can’t I bring myself to do that, especially since we have a ‘Give Away Table’ at my quilt group?? Oh well, I’ve had worse addictions!!!

  • Teri Dingler Jun 24, 2016

    I, too, have a stash I don’t keep a running total on!! But I do have to get backing for the tops as I don’t usually keep that stocked up- although I do have some quilt “kits” I have the backing for already! I could have a separate room just for the fabric/kits/patterns I do have! I really need a blog to give a couple of kits and some books I know I won’t utilize away to someone who would use them!

  • Sandra B Jun 24, 2016

    I just have a small sewing room…sharing space with the washer/dryer and our cat…but that works out fine for me as I am mostly a hand piecer and hand quilter….Even though it is a small space, I do have a good sized table that holds a big cutting mat, and there is plenty of room to leave my sewing machine out.
    My stash …. considerable in size as I have been quilting for a long, long time …. is stored in clear plastic bins, some in cabinets in the sewing room, and most in the basement, and, occasionally, a bin will temporarily make its way into a closet in our guest room. While everything is not all together, it is all easily accessible.
    When I start a new quilt project, I try to go “shopping” in my stash first….something I really enjoy….but that is not to say that I don’t buy fabric…. I usually end up bringing home a few new fat quarters whenever I enter the doors of one of the three local quilt shops…I don’t know what happens…those fat quarters just jump into my hands, so… I have to bring them home, right?! What can I say….I love fabric!!
    Karen, like you, I could probably make at least 30 full size quilts from my stash… but that is just a part of this great hobby we have…. I don’t typically keep yardage big enough for a quilt backing in the stash…not sure why.

  • Becky T Jun 24, 2016

    I was standing in line for fabric cutting at a JoAnns recently and the lady at the cutting table said she did not have a project going right now she was buying fabric for her ” stash” I commentated that she must be a quilter because nobody else calls their back stock a stash….

  • Kathy Jun 24, 2016

    I have more fabric than I need or will ever use. And even so, when it comes time to make a quilt, I find I don’t have enough … of a certain color or of a certain fabric. Part of that is because i try to limit my “just because” purchases to a half yard or less. And part is because I’m not too much into scrappy (I prefer a more controlled scrappy with the use of a single “unifying” fabric – usually for background).
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  • Sandie Jun 24, 2016

    I probably have more than I need, but I love to be able to pick things from my stash and not have to make a shopping run when inspiration hits. So I keep feeding the stash. LOL Your room looks very inviting!
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  • Vicki W Jun 24, 2016

    When I enter one of my spaces I see the happiest place on earth!

  • Sandy Jun 24, 2016

    My stash was non-existent 25 or so years ago when I was a beginning quilter. Now it’s huge and I sometimes buy more fabric just because. It’s my harmless pleasure! I love every single piece. I don’t care who designed it or who the manufacturer is. I never have and never will select fabrics because it’s someone’s “line.” I get great pleasure from the fabrics I own and I enjoy using them in my quilts.

  • Charlotte Jun 24, 2016

    I see a baby quilt on the frames that I keep putting off. Seems right now I’d rather be piecing. What do you do when you’ve started a top from print scraps using a solid scrap for the background and it turns out not to be enough? I fret and fret about it!!

  • Marianne Jun 25, 2016

    My sewing machine doubles as a guest room, although we don’t have that many houseguests. I display/store bed-sized quilts on the bed and also use it as a design “wall.” If I’m in the middle of a project, there are tubs of fabric spread out on it. Your room looks so organized and professional! My mom is in the room this week, so I have a couple of hand projects in large baggies that I’ve carried down into the living room to work on while we chat. I’m actually making good progress on my Orange Peels in blue scrappy quilt. I’m going to baste some Bloom blocks today so I can start appliqueing them. (I’m way behind on those)

  • Helen Anne Jun 25, 2016

    There’s lots of possibilities in my room. I start pulling there then figure out what I need to complete the top. I’m discovering a distinct lack communication of lights over the last few months despite the habit of buying fat quarters in triplets of light medium and dark. Apparently the lights haven’t been light enough and when they start to play with others become mediums.
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  • Kathi Jun 25, 2016

    When I see my sewing room I see my small but diverse stash of fabrics I truly love.. I see a place to get out of incliment weather when needed to piece my next hand quilting or machine finished project 🙂 I love my sewing room.. and I share it with my honey too! He fixes featherweights while I stitch there! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your space and what you love about it!!! Kathi
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  • Rebecca Grace Jun 25, 2016

    Oh, NO WAY am I going to count up and track how many yards of fabric go in and out of my sewing room! That would be too much like counting up how many calories go into my mouth and how many get used up from walking or biking or whatever. Won’t do that, either! I think Stash Guilt is weird, and it seems to affect women more than men, and quilting more than any other craft or art form. I remember when I first started out that I picked out a pattern from a book (Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!), went to a fabric store, and had to buy all the fabric for that quilt all at once. I had to buy so many FQs to get the “scrappy” look I wanted, and I ended up wishing I had more yardage left over from some of those fabrics. I never regret the fabrics that I’ve purchased, but I sure do regret the ones I didn’t purchase enough of! Woodworkers don’t feel guilty for having stockpiles of oak and cherry in their workshops, oil painters don’t feel guilty about their supplies of paints and brushes, and gardeners don’t feel guilty about how many plants they have in their gardens. If you’re a quilter, you can’t make ANYTHING without fabric, and the more you have to choose from, the more interesting things you can come up with. I’d rather stockpile fabric than handbags and shoes like some women do!
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  • Jen R. Jun 28, 2016

    I think your sewing space is lovely. I am stuck sharing my own bedroom with my large folding table that somehow never gets folded and a cabinet and shelf FULL of fabric. Not to mention the 6 or 7 full bins of this and that. Really not a great work environment, but that is what happens when you move from a full sewing room to a little apartment. It does inspire me to be a bit more organized. AND I have been trying my very best to use what I have instead of buying new fabric. I think it is the quilters curse/super power to see potential in every piece of fabric and THAT is why we all seem to have more than we could possibly use.
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  • Ana Jul 14, 2017

    You are pretty passionate about sewing, also which sewing machines do you prefer the most.?

    • Karen Jul 14, 2017

      well until about 10 years ago I actually rarely used my sewing machine and did all my work by hand. But then I started to want to make more and more and my hands were getting more twinges in them so I had to start to use my machine more. I have a Jenome that I used to use a bit but it is packed away in the closet right now – it has 20 stitches on it just a simple basic machine – the one I use the most is my Juki TL-2010Q a simple strong workhorse that only has a straight stitch on it but it has a big throat area that I can use to machine quilt a queen size if I want to – but I mostly use my 3 roller hand quilting frame – but it is taken apart right now while we are redoing the sewing room

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