Where I sew

Where I sew is basically all over the house :)

I live in an older bungalow, built in 1917, and most likely a kit home. There’s a long rather narrow living room that you enter directly from the front porch ( no foyer )  then a dining room, and a small galley kitchen. There are two bedrooms and a bath upstairs. The second bedroom is a combination toy/playroom for the grands, fabric, book, etc. storage and what-have-you room.

The galley kitchen only measures about 8 x 12 so the dining room really IS dined in! :)

I also sew in my dining room. Here’s a  photo taken on a late summer day when the sewing machine was not out on the table and everything was neat and tidy :

Dining Room Hutch Side View

A larger view from the stairs…the computer is here as well, and so any bill-paying or paper work is also done in the dining room, along with making cookies with the grandkids, having the family over for dinners, etc.

Dining Room Larger View

Over on the computer monitor there are some decorative items, but they serve a purpose…they hold anything to do with embroidery supplies:

Embroidery Basket and Jug

And one more view….


Because this room is an all-purpose room, I cannot let things related to sewing pile up too much.

Here’s a view of the dining room, storage baskets on the dry sink on the left,  looking into the living room …another older photo but I don’t change the furniture around or anything so there’s no point in taking new photos all of the time! :)

long view into the living room

While the  built-in cupboard was very neat in the earlier photo since then I’ve ramped up in regards to sewing in this room.

I’ve added a tray to hold some basic sewing items, there’s a basket on top of a dish that holds squares and scraps for a granny quilt, quilting thread in a green glass piece, and sundry items…

built in and tray collage

I only let it pile up so much….the same for the table. There might be some pieces ready to sew on the machine , and applique sitting out to work on here and there, but they can get put away quickly. Since I have a cat, I have to put whatever work is on the table away each day.

things pile up a bit collage

If I am piecing at the sewing machine, then whatever I am piecing that needs pressed before the next step, has to be done upstairs.

machine photo sewing border

In my bedroom, the ironing board is always up. This too is an older photo…those hatboxes are now in the spare room, but you get the drift…there’s always something on that ironing board in the way of boxes or tupperware or whatever that is awaiting pressing for piecing or prepping for applique.

working bedroom

( This grandmother’s flower garden quilt went home with my oldest son this Christmas. I did not make it…it was a treasure picked up at the mission store on half-price day at the end of a month.  )

The spare room, once used for this or that son living here, and then ( and still ) as a room for the grands, also holds the sewing spill-over. In the closet there are blocks on hangers and in shoeboxes.  Fabric is housed in an antique piece picked up at the mission store and on homemade shelves. Works in progress hang over a crib that once housed my little grandson when he was a baby and that now hold toys for all the grands.

spare room hodgepodge collage

Every piece of space is utilized in this room. The train table that once had trains on it now holds threads and children’s art supplies and toys are stored under it.  My fabric piles look sloppy but I wanted to show you the reality :)

I SO enjoy seeing sewing rooms shown in all of their sloppy messes that quilters are not shy about revealing prior to cleaning them up a bit,  as well as sewing studios newly set up, as well as the little corners of a home that some have set apart, and so on.

We all have different spaces where we work yet what we have in common is the love of the work :)  It’s nice to pass on that love…



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