Sewing Studio Tour in the Virginia House

Hello Everyone! I would like to welcome you to my new Quilting Nook. We have been in our new home for almost six months and I finally have my sewing studio set up the way I want it with things on the walls. I’m going to start with an overview of the very large room.

This is where all the fun happens! This area is on the far side of the room when you come downstairs.

This is the opposite corner of the room from the sewing area. We have a sectional on order, but it will be another month or so before it arrives. I do have to share the wall space a little down here with my husband’s aviation art. Eventually that empty display case will be full of NASCAR model cars which we’ve collected over the years.

At the bottom of the stairs is my cross stitch storage area. The dresser holds my floss and fabrics in the top two drawers and in the bottom drawer is yarn. The basket to the left holds kitted cross stitch projects and WIPs and the file box on top holds my cross stitch patterns yet to be kitted. Those are two very old Charles Wysocki cross stitch pieces I stitched in ’86 and ’91. To the left is my mother’s vintage Singer sewing machine.

I wanted an area to hang my larger quilts so we installed this curtain rod to hold them. I believe it will extend out to 84″. The sewing box on top of the sewing machine belonged to my mother-in-law. There are some old goodies in there that I should share with you one day. Eventually I want to add a table in this area to be able to have friends in to quilt with and to be able to work a puzzle on.

From this angle, we are looking from the back corner of the room that goes into the unfinished part of the basement. I have a nice view from the window and door while I’m sewing or at my desk.

Now, let’s get into the details.

The cutting table is in the back half of the room. In our Georgia home, I only had room to extend one side of this table. With the table fully extended, I have more room to store the rulers and tools that I use when cutting. I also use this table to finish my cross stitch pieces on when I’m using all the messy stuff. I have an old cutting mat that I exchange for the good one when I finish here. I do find myself sitting more these days when I’m doing a lot of cutting so the stool comes in handy.

Behind the cutting table and on the back wall is the credenza that a work friend made for me long ago. It holds sewing supplies, notions and triangle papers. It also holds my paper patterns, bags and shipping supplies for my business, BrendasQuiltingNook on Etsy. I do plan to add some new bags by the end of April. The basket on the right holds my tote bags and the Elfa drawers hold additional rulers, the lightbox and the seasonal mini quilts for the Ackfeld stands. It took a while to decide which quilts would go up on the wall. I wanted these to be there permanently. Before, I used to take them on and off the walls until the old room was painted. I hung them up with the picture holder command strips.

Moving to the middle of the back wall is most of my small storage space. The left cubby holds my Sherri and Chelsi collection of fabrics in the middle two cubbies and works in progress (WIPs). I also keep my quilting rulers and tools in the small storage unit in this cubby. The right top shelf holds more WIPs and UFOs. Those storage boxes on the middle shelf contain some of my smaller cross stitch finishes. The tall shelf and the right side cabinets are the ones I painted shortly after we moved in. The mini drawer storage containers hold pins, extra cutting tools, marking tools, buttons, etc, etc. You know, all those things that we need!

Stored inside the bottom cabinet are the cross stitch finishing supplies. This includes fabrics, ribbons, paints, glues and some small finishing objects.

Looking towards the back of the room is another storage cubby at the end of the cutting table. It holds my most used quilting books, planners and fabric collections. Each of those containers stores fabrics from Bonnie and Camille, Fig Tree, Corey Yoder and some other Moda designers that I want to keep together. There are quilting patterns in the top file boxes. At the back of the room is the bookshelf that the same friend made to match the credenza. I never had room for it in my old space so it was at the bottom of the stairs in the other house. I have some decorative pieces on the top shelves and more books on the bottom shelf. We hung another, smaller curtain rod so I can hang up more quilts. I like that I can see them and change them out easily.

I have a dedicated “office” area where I make plans and work on my computer. That back cabinet used to hold my cross stitch patterns and fabric. It is now mostly empty, ready for expansion when I need it. This was the desk that I had my small machine on in the old room. I decided to face it out into the open so I can see out the nice big window.

On the wall behind the desk is my new design board and picture shelves from Target. I really like being able to display my cross stitch and photos on the shelves. I also put up some of my mini quilts under the shelves. The design board is a 36″ square cork board that I bought at Hobby Lobby and covered it in flannel. It hasn’t gotten a lot of use yet, but I have found that it’s a good place to take pictures of my blocks and small pieces.

One of the reasons I liked this house was because of this closet, in the hall just to the left of the stairs. When we looked at the model, the first thing I thought of was fabric storage. It’s perfect for the fabric bins, the quilts not in use and batting. I love it. It keeps the bins out of the way, but reachable. I used to store those bins under the ping pong table in the old house then moved them to the unfinished side of the basement the last year we were there, but that was inconvenient.

My main sewing space takes up most of the back quadrant of the room. On the left are storage cubbies that used to be in my daughter’s room when she was little. It also holds fabric collections and things I don’t want to forget about.

I sew and quilt on my Tracy’s Tables Quilters Workstation. So far I love having it. I bought mine from She Sewing Tables and it was delivered and set up by the owner of Tracy’s Tables. I plan on doing a review on just the work station soon. I have quilted some small projects on it, but I want to wait until I quilt a full size quilt before giving it a full review. I do like having the machine level with the work table, which I’ve never had before. I mostly use the small Pfaff on the extension for piecing. I have my small little table that can go anywhere set up for the ironing station. The only thing I do now is move the floor Ott light to the cutting table when I’m cutting. I need to get another dedicated light for that area.

From either machine, I can look out of both the door and the window. It’s been nice to sit and sew here while we’ve had a few snow falls this winter. The deer will pass by occasionally, so that’s nice, too.

I haven’t sewn anything this week and the room was mostly clean, that’s why I went ahead and put everything away and took the pictures. After I cleaned everything up, I called my husband downstairs to look at it. I told him I just wanted to sit in the nice clean space for a day or so and enjoy it. So I did. I watched a movie one afternoon all by myself here. By the time I get a few projects out later today, it won’t be the same.

If you are interested in my old sewing space, you can see the original basement space in the old house in my first blog post. You can also see the renovated basement space last January here. At the time we redid our basement, we had no idea that in less than a year we would be moving.

I plan to spend many happy hours (and probably some frustrating ones too, lol) in my new space. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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4 Responses to Sewing Studio Tour in the Virginia House

  1. Little Quiltsong says:

    Love, love your sewing room and all the beautiful windows and patio doors. This natural lighting is perfect for cross-stitching too. What a beautiful set-up. So happy for you Brenda – now if only I lived closer, I’d bring my cross-stitch along to sit and chat with you :)!

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  2. Lydia says:

    This space is amazing. Can’t wait to see it.


  3. Welcome to Virginia! I fell in love with Virginia about 20 years ago when I moved to Warrenton from Des Moines. It was November and I could go out in a sweater instead of a “big coat”. Since then I’ve moved a couple of times. I enjoyed several years in Arlington, and have since retired to Richmond. The quilt groups in all of these places are welcoming and creative and productive. I hope you love it as much as I have. Oh, your space is lovely, well organized, and looks very conducive to creativity. I hope to pare my supplies down a bit so they fit better in my space. Right now it looks like something from a “hoarders” program. Diane


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