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My Sewing Studio Makeover November 7, 2013

Filed under: finished project,Uncategorized — inspiredlayerslinda @ 2:13 am

The day has arrived!  I shared my desire to makeover my sewing studio with a friend.  Much to my surprise, she asked me when I was getting started.  Since my husband was leaving for a week-long business trip, I thought for a quick second and replied, “Monday.”  She said she would check her schedule and come over sometime Monday to help me get started.

Is this a SMART goal?  I just heard a Toastmasters talk on SMART goals….Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. I think it is! I remember in the talk that it was suggested to share the goal with someone.  I did that without giving it a second thought.  I was very surprised to get such support.

How are you when an overwhelming task is in front of you?  Without the support of my friend, I would have given up on this goal.  It was overwhelming.  I couldn’t see the end result.  Once I voiced my concern, we talked….She asked me what was wrong with my current space.

My reply was a lack of a design wall.  I have created over 450 quilts and I have never had a design wall. I also realize that I buy more fabric because I cannot find what I know I have….somewhere.

I defended myself by saying that I have watched plenty of “Clean Sweep” tv shows and know I need to purge and sort and come up with a new game plan.  I then realized that scrapbooking, homeschooling, and crafts such as stamping supplies were cluttering my space.

Step 1.  Take a deep breath!  Call a friend!

Step 2. Remove everything not relating to quilting.

Step 3.  Bring the vacuum out and use it often! (How embarrassing! The container was filled with dust and dog hair two times!)

Step 4. Just like setting up a kitchen, think about what you need and where you need it.  The coffee is near the coffeemaker.  Now put the rulers near the cutting table.  Here is a photo of my rulers hanging on the side of my cutting table and special rulers are underneath in one cabinet.

Rulers hanging on side of cutting table

Rulers hanging on side of cutting table

Step 5. Put like things together such as tissue paper, quilting paper, rods and rolled patterns.

Rods and papers and patterns

Rods and papers and patterns

Basket of Scissors

Basket of Scissors

Then a bin for embroidery stabilizers…

Bin of stabilizers

Bin of stabilizers

Step 6. Under counter top are bins for vending at quilt shows.

Step 7. Overhead cabinets – group like things together.  Books and magazines in one, business things in another and Toastmasters and onewith scrabtherapy book and bin, light box and redwork items.

Cabinet 1

Cabinet 1

Cabinet 2

Cabinet 2

Cabinet 3

Cabinet 3

Step 8. Cutting table is on casters.  One side houses batting and the other thread, rulers and triangle papers.

Cutting island cabinet

Cutting island cabinet

Cutting island

Cutting island

Step 10.  Bins of Oriental fabrics and unfinished projects at end of counter by printer.

Step 11. Organize fabric in wall units.  All batiks organized by color and size.  Three dedicated drawers of batik scraps for confetti quilting.

Step 12.  Donate 2 bags of items to the “Good as New Shop” at the Holliston Senior Center.

Step 13. Fill trash bin with bags of things I will never use. Trash pick up is tomorrow so it will all be history before hubby gets home. (I pray he notices the improvement. Sorry I didn’t take a photo before I started.  Frankly, I was too embarrassed to let you all see the clutter I was trying to function in.)

Step 14.  Thank friend for keeping me going through this ordeal!  It was well worth it! At least I think so.  I only texted my friend twice when I forgot the new place for the UFOs we found the day before…..and the swiffer device that kept hiding and reappearing around 10p.m.

Sewing area

Sewing area

My official place!

My official place!

Bolts of fabric

Bolts of fabric

A Quilter's Touch awards

A Quilter’s Touch awards

Now I have a place for my computer at the counter, files for works in process, and a design wall area.  Notice I still don’t have a design wall.  What I do have is a place for a design wall.  When hubby gets home I can share my idea for a design wall he could make for my new space.  I think it would be a very loving Christmas present. Don’t you?

I usually wait until close to the New Year to reorganize my space.  I think I really just shuffle things around.  This time I set a SMART goal and thanks to my friend, accomplished it in 4 days! They were long days, but I can breathe better in this new space.  I’m looking forward to starting a new project tomorrow!

Good night!

Linda