Yippee, I think I am finally comfortable in the quilt cave! It's all clean, shiny, and ready to drag all kinds of stuff out to play and make a mess! It was a good time for pictures before I destroyed it, LOL!
It's still sort of a stained glass studio. My cutting station is over the glass work table, there is glass equipment stuff behind the shelves at the end of the room, and all the larger pieces of glass are in their rolling wooden containers under where I rotary cut.
The wooden door connects my room to the walkout family room, the metal door goes outside.
I have to close the wooden door to get to my "desk" to pick bits for applique or dig through patterns in my filing cabinets. Having the door closed makes it harder to find me, hee hee.
The lighting was designed for doing stained glass, so the room is definitely bright enough. I can open the blinds to a big picture window to let in natural light. That softens things a bit.
I did buy the black plastic shelves from Lowe's, but most of my other fixtures are recycled, reclaimed items I collected when I lived in Michigan.
The four wooden cubby hole structures were found among discarded items on garbage day (three of them cleaned up and cheered with a lick of paint), my chair and filing cabinets were plucked from the U of Michigan Property Disposition Center, my "door desk top" came from a second hand lumber yard, and my colorful, spongy child's mat on the floor under my cutting center came from a garage sale.
I like to sit at the "desk" to sort out the little bits for my applique. I have small containers of little scraps, segregated by color, and containers that hold slightly larger pieces.
This allows me to chose bits for a scrappy applique project without dragging out bigger containers all the time. I keep replenishing the containers as I need from my stash.
Steve mounted a plug strip to the wall and ran the cord over the door so I can use my mini iron (and charge my phone) right where I am working. This is where I press down all those freezer paper patterns.
My Dad put so many plugs in this room when he built the house, but I managed to cover up the ones on this outside wall with my gigantic stack of fixtures, hence the need to have the extension cord snaked over the door.
Those of you that saw my posts about my Michigan quilt cave, or read through the organizational tutorials on my blog tool bar, recognize my fabric containers. I collected all these over about 20 years of using my weekly JoAnn's coupons on plastic storage containers.
This is my cutting area, where I am also currently saving my batting scraps. The wooden strips on the wall are a part of a storage system my Dad made for Mom's glass samples (for reordering.) We took down all the others around the room and forgot these...now we can't reach them!
The glass fits well under the homemade glass work table. The work surface is just the right height for cutting fabric as well as assembling glass.
The cabinets and counter top were second-hand as well. My Dad found them, installed them, and put in a huge, deep sink. That is all the hidden storage I have for other crafts and quilting clutter. Visible storage is clear or opaque so I know where stuff is located.
The TV and blue ray player are a must! There is no cable or network connection in there, but that is fine with me! That means no commercials. I am currently re-watching the 10th season of "The Big Bang Theory" before the new season starts next week.
I decided a long time ago that I was tired of maneuvering heavy plastic tubs of unsorted fabric. That was hard on my back and hands. I could never find what I was looking for. It made me very cranky and wasted so much of my quilting time. That is why I use multiple smaller containers...better on my back and hands, and I can find EVERYTHING!
It makes it look like I have more fabric than I do, but I like that the containers aren't so packed and crammed. I can fondle the folded fabric with ease.
I encourage everyone to realistically look at their stash and give away, donate, or throw away stuff you will never use. It is very freeing (and then there is room for new purchases, LOL!).
Everything has to have a place, or things will be perpetually cluttered. I like to pull out stuff for a project so that it looks like a tornado blew through, then clean up and put things away before I move on to the next thing.
I am totally OCD!
Steve installed the nice blinds...the sun really intrudes late in the afternoon.
My sewing table is another fixture my dad built for stained glass work...it is so solid!
Flexible labeling is key and helps me target the correct container right from the start. After new fabric is washed and folded, it is filed.
I would love to have this huge sink ANYWHERE but in this room. It is taking up precious counter space and there is a sink, in the bar area, in the next room if needed. I have been storing things in it (the water line is turned off).
Steve cut me a sturdy scrap of plywood to cover it up, temporarily. I painted it with the paint I had left over from painting our exterior front door in Michigan, so it is a nice reminder...and it sort of matches the room. Sigh.
I can't quite get everything in the room. There is a utility/mechanical closet not far from my door where I store things I don't access every day. It's kind of rough, but it reminds me of my unfinished basement quilt cave in Michigan. Again, sigh.
I also store hand quilting hoops, hand quilting poles, backings, and newspaper print in here. There is a chair in here...and a door. I can hide in here as well, hee hee.
There used to be a huge mountain of quilty stuff that needed to be put away right outside the door of my quilting space. Now there is only a table and a few stray things. I hope to sort all that out this weekend, put the table away, and put my design wall up, neatly, over that window...for now. I don't know where else to put it.
Then I can stop using the top of the pool table for my design surface...
I always dreamed of having one of those huge, fancy quilt areas that you see in the quilt magazines from time to time. I don't think that is going to be possible...I am here for the duration. I am so very thankful for the space I have and it has been fun to make it happen in my parents' house as frugally as possible. It is not fancy or brand new, but it is functional. I think I can be happy in there.
Oh, and I put a FABULOUS reed diffuser in there...so it no longer smells like a workshop.
AND, I have 2 of 4 outer borders on my Little Treasures top...including all those circles...