Monday, January 02, 2006

A Clean, Well Lighted Place

Today was a good day, and the last of my holiday vacation. Tomorrow morning I will be up once again at the brutal hour of 5 a.m., showered, dressed and ready to catch the vanpool by 6:15 am, and at the library ready to work (well, sort of) by 6:45 am. I don't really have to hit the ground running, after so many years I can do auto pilot until I wake up for real. Thank god I'm not corporate. We are in winter session, so there will be very few people out and about on campus, much less in the library. We will have a few die hard professors and graduate thesis writers, and that's it. The student poplulation at large returns at the end of the month.

Today I spent time drawing, reading, shopping, and messing about with fabric. It was raining cats and dogs, but we didn't lose power and happily the winds didn't bring down any trees or large branches. We will have a lot of palm fronds to clean up, though.

Here are pictures of one of my more useful projects this vacation. A clean, well-ordered studio.
I always like to see where other people work, so I'm going to pretend you think the same way and are dying to see yet another picture of sewing machines and fabric storage.

Here we are standing in the doorway of my newly cleaned and organized work space. Yes, I know that some are more pristine, but for me this is FABULOUS. Notice the nicely framed inspirational art on your right, by our own Sonji and Mrs. Mel.



As we enter you can see the key improvement in the space, other than general tidiness. I have put up a HUGE design wall. Well, for me it's huge. To get space for this, I just separated the shelving into smaller units and spread them around the room. Why didn't I think of this before?

See the new fabric holding baskets, they match and everything. I got these a little while back for half price at Michael's. A few more almost finished projects in the corner over there, tidy bins of fabric, and shelves of thread and other supplies. My new machine is over on the left. I should probably put the other one away for a while.


Off to the right you can see, along with some unfinished projects, where I have put up all the fabric postcards I received. I haven't been doing these cards too long, so most of these are from the artful quilters.

Here is the current work in progress on the new design wall. The quilt is simple, but these fabrics are gorgeous. I love, love, love the colors. You probably can't see the detail enough to tell, but some of them are Loni Rossi designs. They are so delicious I want to buy them all. I am going to try really hard not to do that since, clearly, I have plenty of fabric already, not to mention plenty of paint and PFD to make my own.

That concludes our little tour. I'm off to bed now, I have to get up early.

17 comments:

jenclair said...

I, too, am one of those who love seeing where other people work, so thanks for posting these photos. Today will have some time devoted to cleaning and organizing my own space - you have provided additional inspiration and motivation. Worked on this the other day, then my husband put in my new light fixtures and computer and much of what I'd done looks messy again. Well worth it, though.

Love your huge design wall, and the quilt with the Lonni Rossi fabrics is fabulous!

Pat/SWquilter said...

Your sewing space looks wonderful - as does the quilt on the design wall. I love those warm colors!

QuiltingFitzy said...

Thanks for sharing. I think I'll get my banquet tables back out for my sewing room, but if I do...where will I pin baste, lol? It's always something, isn't it!

Samantha said...

Your space looks fantastic- I am slowly getting my own up to speed. And, love the WIP!

Deb R said...

Loved the tour and LOVE the quilt on your design wall! Yum!

Deb Geyer said...

I enjoyed the tour, Jenny. I was ready to sit down and sew at that extra machine! Thanks!

Gerrie said...

Wow! It looks fantastic. Can I come down and use it while mine is undone for the real estate deal?

Jenny Wren said...

From one jen to another....I'm glad to see your workspace. Mine is going to be changing in a few months and it's nice to see how others work and think. Love your drawings too. Your current quilt in progress on your design wall is very dynamic! (I'm also an early riser at 5AM)

Debra Spincic said...

The nice wood in your room really gives it a warm feeling! It looks like a great space for creating. . .here's to a big creative year!

Cathy said...

What a great space to work! Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the tour. I am relegated to the basement, so I am especially envious of the "well lighted" aspect. The WIP is gorgeous! Show us more when you can.

PaigeTurner said...

Gorgeous quilt on your design wall! I've been looking at those fabrics in every catalog I receive--your quilt may have pushed me over the edge into a buying frenzy!

Your sewing space is fantastic, too!
Beth a.k.a. Paige Turner

Rayna said...

Your room looks wonderful, Jen. And huge. I am so jealous, with my little 11x14 overcrowded space. Gorgeous piece in process, too. I can't wait to see it finished & I hope you'll post a good picture of it.

Yes, Lonni's fabrics are great.

Jane Ann said...

"... so I'm going to pretend you think the same way and are dying to see yet another picture of sewing machines and fabric storage."

You don't have to pretend--I'm always curious to see where others work. My own dedicated sewing studio, the first I've ever had, is only a couple of months old and still being refined. Our workspaces are very important and such personal outward expressions of our inner lives. I LOVE your space and thank you for sharing it.

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