A recent issue of "Easy Quilts" published poll results. They asked members of the Quilters Club of America:
"How big is your sewing space?"
Here are the results: 2.9%: Squished into a closet or worse
23.8%: A borrowed corner of a bedroom or dining room
53.8%: A cozy room just for me and my sewing
19.5%: Nirvana! A spacious room or large studio
So it seems I'm in the minority (although it's a sizable one).
I'm in the second category of a borrowed corner of my bedroom. Although the term "borrowed" seems a little vague-- maybe it's more of a Long Term Lease. Anyway, here it is:
The light in this room is phenomenal, with the window on the left facing south and the french doors on the right facing west.
The tall white trash can on the right holds scraps.
Where did that dog come from, anyway?
The wooden chest of drawers used to be our bathroom sink. Well, actually it was a normal chest of drawers which my husband made into a sink. We used it as a sink for many years, and I used the sewing machine table as a cutting table (not so convenient, as I had to move the sewing machine to do any cutting). When we remodeled the bathroom this past spring, it began its new life as my cutting/work table. My husband removed the sink fixtures and cut a piece of butcher block for the top. As you can see, it holds my 36" cutting mat with room to spare. And it's taller than the sewing machine table, so cutting is really comfortable (no hunching over!).
I use the two top drawers for thread storage:
Deep drawers hold "for sale" items securely and safely:
Some of you have probably noticed that there's no fabric in the sewing room. For now, the fabric lives in another room downstairs.
One question that the "Easy Quilts" poll left out is "who has a separate house for quilting?". I had an Etsy customer earlier this week who bought a selvage bath mat to use, and I quote, " in the bathroom of my quilting house". My husband was skeptical when he heard this, and said it was a fancy name for her garage. But I believe her, as I drool energetically with envy. Although if I had a quilting house I would never spend any time in my real house, thus creating an endless conflict of interest and piles of guilt. So perhaps it's just as well.