Welcome to our studios! I say, studios because since there are three of us here at Seams Like a Dream, So you get to see three studios! Let’s start with the youngest member, Alyssa.
Well, seeing as my studio space is the smallest out of the three of us, I better try to make this a quick tour! My husband and I moved into our house in August, and when we decided on this place, my original plan was to commandeer some space in one of the two bedrooms. Unfortunately, once we actually got into the house and starting bringing in our furniture, I quickly realized that my plan just would not work.
So, instead I took over this space! The “before” picture is actually from the real estate listing. It was just an awkwardly wide hallway before, but with a nice bit light coming in from the front window.
Now the space has become my little studio, complete with two sewing areas, a cutting table, and a bookcase for storage. My main sewing area is just a desk that I have had for ages. It has gone through many decorative iterations (don’t look at the back… I went through a decoupage phase at one point) but now it holds my mom’s MegaQuilter that she’s letting me borrow. I added the cute blue knobs last year, and I love my little sewing chair. It adds a fun pop of color to the space.
My second sewing area is a little less functional, but I only use it occasionally when I need to do something other than a straight stitch. My little BabyLock is over there, on top of my prized Singer sewing machine. I picked that treasure up at an antiques barn, and I swear they had no idea what they were doing, because I got it for $35. My husband loves telling people that story, but maybe I will save that for another time. A few weeks ago I decorated the corner with these pretty decals to add some fun to the white walls.
And of course I had to put up my little drawing that reads “Home is where the Art is”.
Tucked into the corner is my basket of yarn. That where I store anything that isn’t a current project.
The last area holds my cutting table. This was a huge surprise for me- I went to work one day, and while I was gone, my parents and the hubby went out and bought this at Ikea, and set it up for me! I love it- way better than the hijacked dresser I was using before.
They also picked up this handy storage rack while they were at Ikea, along with the spotlights that I have placed near my cutting table and sewing machine for extra light. The drawers of the table are huge, which is great for storing all of my rulers, threads, and leftover fabrics. I am still trying to come up with a good system for my scraps, but right now I have been cutting most of them up into 2.5” squares. Anything that is a decent size I try to keep, but all of the little scraps get put into my squares collection.
So there you have it- my area!
Isn’t her space cute? Small but very functional!
Next up is…
My studio is in the basement of our house- the unfinished section! However, while one of my wishes for the space would definitely be drywall (and a little better lighting!), I was very lucky that the former owner was also a crafter and she left me her big cutting table, a wall pegboard and other groovy stuff! So that really helped!
I have some open shelving along one side of the room with plastic bins to hold all my “stash”- well most of it! It is primarily sorted by color, but then there is the holiday, reproduction and polka dot bin!
I hung a shower pocket organizer on the back of the door leading into my space that holds all my smaller notions like needles, rotary blades, marking pens, zippers… and yes Kate, I have zippers!…etc.
On another wall is my white cubbies. These hold all of my small UFO projects, each in a small ziplock bag. with all the ingredients to finish, the pattern, fabric, backing and binding choices.
I have a great big table in the center where I cut, my sewing table is next to it as well as another table so they form one big area. Another holds pattern stuff- paper, baggies and envelopes- everything I need to put on my “shipping department” hat and send out our patterns to everyone!
Elizabeth has made a plain basement into a great space. And now for mine!
I have shown some photos of my space before, but here is the view from the front door. Jim and I live in a condo, not huge but not tiny either. Kind of like the three bears, it is just right!
We love the view off the back of our main space- we can just see the mountains in the distance and see the sunsets from here.
The railing along the hallway, and my space, often has quilts draped all over it! It is a great place to hang quilt tops that are waiting to be quilted, quilts that are done that need to be photographed or sent somewhere or sometimes, there is even fabric that I have ironed and is waiting to be used. I must admit, sometimes the whole thing is covered!
My space is a loft type area, so it is missing a wall and a door. But that makes this small space feel much bigger than it is! And yes, I admit to cleaning it up, mostly to show you but also because I like it better clean! I work much better in a clean, organized studio. Otherwise, I just get distracted.
My sewing table is an old countertop from our home in CT with bookcase legs from Ikea. I use the bookcases to store things I don’t need too often. Paperwork, a bin with all the magazines we have had projects in, my drawing supplies…
This is my cutting table. I bought it years ago at Ikea and I love it. It is technically a kitchen island and with all it’s shelves and drawers, a great spot for baskets with fabrics and projects, my extra mats, rulers and such. Above it is my design wall- small but functional.
One one side of the cutting table, I attached those stick on hangers to hang some of my rulers and I attached more on the side of the dresser that holds more “stuff”.
Beware: There are UFO’s in there!
My rotary cutters and scissors hang from a pegboard on the other side of the cutting table.
I have a small desk tucked against a very skinny wall next to the closet.
Well, when we moved in it was really just a nook, but we decided it would be more functional as a closet.
So we hung some shelving and now it holds my fabric stash- sorted mostly by color, some more UFO projects, my hand dyed fabric that I dyed with a friend and some of my office supplies. My desk does not have drawers so I use the shelves.
I have some space still underneath the shelves. I haven’t decided if I am going to add more shelves or get a small dresser or … all to be decided. One day. The sliding curtain doors are wonderful- they don’t take up space and I can close off the clutter if it gets crazy back there!
I also have stuff stored about the house. I have a bookcase in my husband’s “office” that has my books and magazines. I have paper, baggies and other pattern printing supplies in the office closet as well as leftover batting. I have quilts piled on the bed in the spare bedroom downstairs. Sometimes I have so much stuff in my area, I escape to work on the dining room table with my laptop!
I have to say, my biggest challenges are what to do with my scraps from each project and project paperwork. I do have my scrap bins, but not everything makes it into the bins. I just pulled this pile out from my big scrap bin; it was so full it just about toppled over!
OK- you have seen just about it all!
So any helpful suggestions for me with my scraps? Some does make it into my bins for different size strips but the rest??? Maybe a Shop my Stash sale???
And of course, we have great giveaway for you. So here it is: leave a comment on this post and you are entered. That’s it. Just a comment.
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Oh- what are we giving away? Some wonderful bundles of fabric from P&B Textiles! Thank you P&B!! And some wonderful patterns from us! Woo Hoo! There will be three winners… 3 studios=3 winners!
One lucky quilter will win: Two FQ stacks of fabric from P&B Textiles- a stack of Color Weave and a stack of Fantasy Garden AND a pattern from us called Urban Twist!
One lucky quilter will win: A huge FQ stack of Luxury Essentials and a pattern from us called Brick and Mortar.
One lucky quilter will win: A FQ stack of Suede Medley and a pattern from us called Whirlybird!
Thanks for making it all the way to the end of this post! The drawing will close on Friday January 23rd at 9pm MT.
Shipping is to US and Canada addresses only -sorry!
Kate, Elizabeth and Alyssa!