First up on the tour is my cutting station. I have two—here is the large one located over my fabric scrap baskets.
Say hello to Harriet. I made her with my bee mates last year. She’s a pin cushion, but I rarely use her as such because I can’t bear to stick pins in her.
I have a second, much smaller cutting station next to my ironing board. I seem to use this one a lot. Like real estate, it’s all about location, location, location—this cutting station is right next to my desk and my sewing machine.
As I said, my ironing board is located next to my smaller cutting station. I can look out the window while pressing as long as I remind myself not to burn anything! <wink>
The ironing board rests on top of this wonderful IKEA piece—a Kallax shelving unit. You can purchase wheels for the shelving unit if you want, and I did, so it’s easy to move away from the wall when needed. On the right, I store an extra cutting board, an art board, and the top of my portable pressing table--it fits on top of an ordinary folding table and I love to bring it to sewing retreats.
You can also purchase fabric drawers for the shelving unit and I did that too! Inside those drawers I keep small scraps of batting for small projects, ironing supplies (portable iron, Best Press, pressing cloth), and postal supplies (I participate in online swaps, ship prizes for my quilt alongs, and occasionally make and ship quilt samples for patterns I’m writing/editing for fabric manufacturers).
I have open shelves in the unit, and there I keep my laptop, camera, printed patterns, and fusibles/stabilizers/interfacings all organized for easy access. I had planned on putting my portable sewing machine on one of these shelves, but instead I find that keeping it in its rolling case is more convenient since I never use it at home.
At my desk, I write blog posts and design patterns. I also test patterns for fabric manufacturers which is why this post is late! I'm very busy leading up to Quilt Market as you can imagine. At my desk I can look out the window and even watch TV while working if I want. I like old movies so I’m a big TCM fan.
To the left of my desk is my sewing station. I have a horizontal filing cabinet that contains purchased patterns and such. It serves as an extra desk area for keeping current projects close at hand yet out of the way when I'm not working on them. The cabinet also helps to support a quilt when I’m quilting.
As you can see, I'm making pretty good progress on my Gradations Charming Stepping Stones quilt. (The pattern is for sale in my store if you like it!)
That’s it! Thanks for coming by. I hope you enjoyed the tour. Later in the week, I’ll be announcing the details of my upcoming quilt along. I’ve got a sponsor so there will be a great prize every week, and I’m hopeful about a second sponsor. I hope you can join us!