A Quilt Sewing Room is Always in Use

A Quilt Sewing Room is Always in Use

A quilt sewing room has special needs

Check this out for hints on how to make your sewing room more useful and productive
The quilt sewing room may be used for fashion sewing and home decorating. However, if you are a serious quilter you have needs that will make your quilting time more enjoyable and efficient.

The Sewing Center

The positioning of the sewing machine of a quilt sewing room is extremely important. Because you are quilting such large heavy pieces, it is important that the machine be level with the surrounding counter. If the machine is higher than it’s surroundings, the quilt will pull when it is being machine quilted and the shape and stitches will be out of line.

The machine should be set in even with the surrounding counter. If this is not possible, a portable counter can be set up surrounding the machine. You can find a «Sew-Steady» portable sewing machine table quilt and sewing centers or online at Clotilde’s.

Along with an even counter top, the counter should also be as large an area as possible. If you find the counter is not large enough to hold your quilt, you could set up a portable table alongside the counter to extend the area. You may also be able to open some drawers and lay a piece of hardboard over them to make a temporary larger counter.

The Design Center

A design center is essential in a quilt sewing room. Here is a list of several components that you might find useful in your sewing room:

    A Design Wall

This can be made to fit whatever wall space is available. Cover a piece of foam board or Styrofoam insulation with flannel, felt or heavy quilt batting. You can also buy a flannel fabric that is marked with 2-4″ squares just for this purpose. Attach it to your wall and flannel «grips» your quilt pieces making arranging and re-arranging your quilt squares a breeze.

Making a design wall is very important because it gives you a place to physically see your quilt in progress. If you enjoy making watercolor quilts or crazy quilts, this will be of tremendous help to you. If you enjoy making crazy quilts and would like some great embroidery tips and ideas for crazy quilts this is a fun site for you to visit.

Computer and Quilting Software

A great addition to a quilt sewing room is a computer. There are many types of quilting software on the market to make your job of planning and designing your quilt fun and easy. You can find a great variety of computer quilting software at Electric Quilt.com. If you can attach a printer also this will be great. One word of caution however, don’t get so involved in playing with this software that you forget to make quilts! Once again, I’ve been there1

A Bookcase

I’ve never met a quilter yet who could resist buying just one more book. How many quilt books do you have?

A File Cabinet

Along with being a great place to keep your magazines and quilt ideas filed, there are organizational trays that can be installed in your file cabinet for keeping your fat quarters organized. These can be found at at fabric stores, quilt shops, and online at Clotilde’s.

A Comfortable Chair and Lamp

Planning a quilt takes time and dreaming. What better place to do this than in a comfortable, well lit space of your own. A TV

With the great variety of quilting video tapes and DVD’s available, a TV is another must have addition to your quilt sewing room. If you don’t have room for a full sized TV, a portable DVD player is another option to consider.

I’m an avid tape and DVD collector of quilting classes. Some of my favorite DVD’s that I’d hate to live without are shown in the right hand column of this page.

Now I realize that this may be just a dream area for many of you. However, if you can fit some of these items into your quilt sewing room, you may find it will improve your productivity and efficiency quite a bit. The more comfortable and useable you can make your quilt sewing room, the more you will find yourself drawn to using it.

Lighting for a Quilt Sewing Room

Because color is of major importance in planning and designing a quilt, lighting is a major concern. Remember that north light will show you the truest color. If you work at night in your quilt sewing room, be sure to have a least one Ott light available to check out the color of your fabric. This is a light made to show you the true color of your fabric. This light comes in both floor and table models. It is available at local fabric stores and also online.

How to Store Quilt Rotary Rulers

A Quilt Sewing Room is Always in Use

One of the hardest things to keep straight in your quilt sewing room is the plethora of rotary rulers we quilters collect. There always seems to be one more we can’t live without.

Pegboards come in handy for many sewing items. Use a large one for storing quilt rotary rulers. You can also purchase upright file folder storage units in an office store. If you have shelf room storing your rulers upright in these can be an option.

A third option is to go to an art supply store. There they carry cabinets with very narrow drawers for storing art prints. You can purchase these with any number of drawers. If you are renovating your room, several of these drawers would be a handy built in.

Sewing machine dealers are now starting to offer units with this type of drawers. See the photo above courtesy of Horn of America.

Fabric Storage for a Quilt Sewing Room

The pieces of fabric you are working with may be small, but most likely you have a fabric stash that would make a fashion sewer green with envy! Because you have such a variety of fabric, storage and accessibility is extremely important.

Use the space lost between the studs on interior walls. If your home is 2×4 construction, the shelf depth will be about 3″. Cut out the wall space and install wooden dowels for hanging fabric. You can probably get about 6-8 dowels from floor to ceiling between the studs. Be sure and check before you cut and be sure nothing (plumbing, wiring) is in that area.

Pizza boxes make excellent storage for pieces that are already cut or for fat quarters. Over the door holders that can be obtained in baby stores and are used for disposable diapers can also be used to store fat quarters and yard pieces of fabric. Hanging plastic sweater bags that zip shut could also be used for fabric storage. Do keep in mind however, that fabric stored in plastic for a long period of time tends to yellow, so rotate your fabric stash if possible.

If you store fabric in boxes, be sure to purchase clear boxes so that you can see the contents without having to lift them off the shelves to see what is inside. Try to have a variety of sizes so that the smaller pieces don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Displaying and Hanging Your Quilts

What could be a better way to decorate your quilt sewing room than by displaying your own quilts? Are you unsure of how to hang your quilts correctly? Well here is the best way of hanging quilts:

Cut a piece of fabric 4 1/2″ wide and 2 inches shorter than the width of your quilt. Fold right sides together and sew a tube using a 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out and press. Hand sew to the back of your quilt at the top. You now have a sleeve to put a rod through. I have found that making the tube provides a more stable sleeve than by merely just turning under a 1/2″ seam on a single piece of fabric.

Now you are ready to hang your quilt anywhere. You can purchase decorative drapery rods to hang them from. This way you can change the quilts often and display more of them. If you plan on displaying one quilt permanently, you can put a wooden 1×2 board through the sleeve. If you are going to use this method, you may want to cut your sleeve 5″ before making the tube to allow a little play for the board. You can then nail or screw the board to the wall in a permanent position.

Either way, you will be able to enjoy your creative works of art and this will inspire you to create more lovely quilts.

For more ideas and tips on sewing room decor look at this listing at Decorating Rooms

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