Welcome to my work space! Not being a person who procures a great many things, I prefer a short-and-sweet way of living. My motto is: if I don’t use it regularly it gets thrown out. What you are about to see will not rival the polished and sophisticated work areas of quilting professionals. It does allow me to simply get the job done with efficiency, have some fun doing it and leave little to clean up when it all has to be put away. Mind you, the perfect space is not the dining table for me; however, at this time it is all I have. Come June I’m creating a whole new space that will be much more suitable for the amount of piecing I usually accomplish.
My work space is comprised of a sewing, ironing, and cutting space. To the right of the sewing machine is a tray with the most needed items for sewing and secondary items behind it in my new little sewing bag. There is always a drink of some kind and it needs a bit of space. Food is not allowed while piecing, it slows me down! Behind the machine is the cutting area. It includes an 18” x 24” cutting mat, a 6-1/2” x 24” ruler, 6-1/2” x 12” ruler, and a rotary cutter. Left of the sewing machine is a simple tabletop ironing board and iron.
The sewing tray includes a larger pair of scissors, small scissors, bobbin saver, a brush to clean the machine, and a bamboo skewer. I get the bamboo skewers in sandwiches at fancy restaurants and they work fabulously as a stiletto and I prefer them to be short as they are easier to store. Forgotten was the seam ripper. Hummmm… I wonder if that was wishful thinking… Next to the tray is a coffee filter. It works great as a container to put cut threads and small scraps. They’re easy to grab, crumple, and throw away!
My most precious grab-and-go sewing kit lives in my beautiful sewing bag as well as two wooden needle cases containing my two favorite needles, Clover needle threader, two different sizes of Pigma pens and a pack of Wonder Clips (found under the sewing box). The Wonder Clips are a must-have! I keep the sewing box full of all the most needed items for handwork in the smallest sizes I can find. The less I have to carry, the better! Right?!
Here are the contents of the grab-and-go sewing kit. Lying in front of the box is (from L to R) 1-1/2” pins, nips, applique pins, and seam ripper. Above them is my most favorite Clover chalk marker in the world! Inside the box are two sections of itty, bitty buttons because I’m working on a project that requires them so they are temporary space hogs, and two sections contain magnets I purchased at the hardware store that keep my pins and needles stationary. One section for pins and the other for needles and that’s all I need! Wahoo! I found the box at a craft store in the jewelry making section. It was $1! I love those deals!
Please take note that just behind my sewing area is a space for my most important and precious friend in the world. It’s always there for him and he rarely leaves me alone. He rests in comfort keeping me company as I piece away!
In front of me is always something beautiful to look at that keeps me inspired and connected to nature.