It took a while, but I've visited everyone on Ellison Lane's Studio Spotlight. I really enjoyed seeing where other quilters create and suggest that you go by and view some of the beautiful spaces.
Of course, I started out at the kitchen table. When the three boys were still very young, I made almost all of their clothing except jeans and Underoos. When they started asking for boxers, I began making those, too. One year alone I must have made a hundred pairs of boxers. The boys were middle school age by that time and didn't really want to wear "homemade clothes." Of course, the hand-made movement had yet to occur.
|built-in sewing table Rich custom made for me|
I outgrew the closet when the boys were about high school age. I'd begun making quilts since I rarely sewed for the boys, although I continued making boxers for them even after they moved away.
|storage under the cutting/work table|
|Stash storage closet|
Today, the old sewing closet is where Richard piles up papers, pays bills, and hides out. I am the lucky seamstress who has a large building of her own. Extra large, actually, because once we'd purchased the long arm machine, Richard determined that I'd outgrown a whole two-car garage, which he had enclosed. He added on about half of that again, making it plenty big enough for the long arm and a seating area.
|repurposed cabinets on the cheap|
|a hand-me-down cabinet from Rich's grandparents' house|
|old wooden boxes for display and storage above my sewing machine|
|seating area with the old trunk from my dad and a sewing rocker from Rich's parents|
This last photo was taken in 2009 right after we moved into the addition. Even before I painted. Of course there's paint now and curtains at every window, so the space looks very different.
|long arm area and my grandmother's quilt rack (used to store finished quilts)|
I guess it's time for a good cleaning and photos of the current state of affairs in the studio--not that it looks so great. My life is a constant state of chaos and cleaning. However, there's so much stuff in my studio, it would be difficult to figure out where it can hang out during a photo shoot. Would you have some extra storage space for a few boxes and bags? Think you can manage a crate of potatoes or a tree?