I love this machine so much. It is designed specifically for quilters (QE = Quilters Edition), and using it has already made my piecing and quilting easier and more precise. It's smooth, quiet, and very versatile. It's also still light enough to travel with me to workshops. I can't wait to make new quilts with it! To celebrate this new addition to my sewing studio, I put together a little photo tour so you can get a glimpse into my organization and how I work. Let's get started!
MY SEWING TABLE
I sew on a large glass drafting table. The size of this table offers me plenty of space for cutting, piecing, quilting, and pressing. When I cut fabric or press, I move my sewing machine to the side or onto another table to give me more space. The sewing table sits on two saw horses, and I use those to store my rulers, painter's tape, and a sewing box.
The corner of my sewing table is home to my most frequently used tools. My trusty thread snips, shears, and embroidery scissors are always by my side. I use miniature mason jars to hold lots of supplies like basting pins. Mini mason jars are also great for holding thread waste. I keep a giant pin cushion and a small container of wonder clips there too. I also keep my new BERNINA accessories box in this corner. The box holds all of my feet, extra bobbins, and more.
THREAD & IPAD SHELVES
I love the two IKEA shelves I have above my sewing table. At a previous Chicago Modern Quilt Guild meeting, one of our amazing members collected pictures of member sewing spaces so we could get an idea of how other people organize themselves. I saw this thread organization idea from Holly (@redheadwiththread on Instagram) and knew right away that I wanted to do it! Most of my colorful Aurifil thread is on the top shelf. I love Aurifil! I struggled with finding thread that worked well for me until the first time I tried Aurifil - it was perfect! I'm excited to be part of the Aurifil Artisans program this year and I have a lot more spools to add to these shelves courtesy of the program.
I also keep an iPad on one of the shelves since I sometimes stream TV shows while I'm sewing. It's a great way to prop up something as big as an iPad, but if you like streaming shows on your phone, check out my friend Erin's great tutorial for mounting a cell phone directly onto your sewing machine! I also use the bottom shelf for the little "Quilt Happy" sewing machine cross stitch my friend Felicia made me for Christmas last year.
Here's the whole tools corner of my sewing space! The last thing I keep in that area is a weekly calendar by Alison Glass which I use to plan out my weekly sewing schedule.
This giant 5x5 IKEA storage shelf holds my fabric and more. I keep precuts in baskets or on their own shelves if there are enough. I roll yardage into mini bolts using acid free mat board. Whole bolts of fabric are stored on the sides. As a textile curator, people often ask me about stash storage. Here's my philosophy: The fabric in my stash is to use, not to be preserved! I don't have a huge stash, and I don't have a collection of out of print fabrics (except for some Alison Glass prints!). I keep my fabric rolled on acid free materials and I keep the blinds closed at all times in my sewing room, but I focus my quilt preservation efforts on my finished quilts. I keep my UFOs piled on top of this cabinet. I'll be plowing through those UFOs soon with my new BERNINA!
All of my fat quarters are stored in fabric baskets. This is a modified version of the wonderful One Hour Basket pattern that is sized perfectly for fat quarter bundles. The basket is also perfectly sized to fit on my IKEA shelves - check out how well they fit in the picture below. It also has an added foundation paper pieced panel of flying geese which is a great way to show off fabric lines! You can find my tutorial for this fat quarter basket on the tutorials page of this website.
BOOKS & BIG NOTIONS
Last but not least, I use this famous IKEA rolling cart to store large notions, spray baste, a sewing basket, patterns, and everything I need for current and upcoming sewing projects. I keep my traveling sewing case in the top shelf so my tools are ready to go any time I take a workshop. Quilt magazines and books live on this miniature book shelf. The best part of this area is, of course, my dog lamp!
Thanks for reading about my sewing studio, and thank you to everyone who has supported me on my quilting journey! Becoming a BERNINA Ambassador is something I never expected in my wildest quilty dreams. I'm so honored to be a part of the BERNINA family and excited for where this new journey will take me.
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