Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop

When Cheryl from Muppin.com asked for bloggers to spring clean their sewing studios and share the results online, I jokingly asked if I could do everything but the cleaning part. Then it ended up falling right at the end of my purple parade princess project, so it turns out, I was more than ready to give the room a good purge. I’m tired of lilacs and crowns, y’all.

I also recently re-evaluated the needs of my sewing studio - I’m starting to get more longarm clients, so I can’t use the longarm as an extra storage space. I spend half my time moving things from the longarm to the pressing table and back again! So I did some cleaning and moving this week.


This was my pressing table earlier this month - you can see the pile of purple princess fabrics on the far end. And fabric and boxes piled to the ceiling. I love my pressing table (it’s a nice 24x48” piece of plywood, great for pressing big pieces of fabric) but I’ve tried a bunch of different “legs” for it, and nothing really works. Plus with these bookshelves, and the stuff under the table, I can’t see what’s on the bookshelves behind it.


So I got rid of it all.

Well, not quite. The pressing board is now behind the bookshelves, and I can pull it out and put it across my cutting table if I need to, or on the living room floor if I need to binge watch while fusing interfacing on tshirt squares. And now I can see - well, gee, there’s an awful lot of potential backing fabrics down there. I should probably work my way through those this summer.


Yup, that’s a cutting table. I mean, only about 24” of the mat is usable, but hey - who wants to go through all that paperwork? And if you peek over at the longarm table, you can see some princess squares laid out. Very conducive for actual longarming.

By the way, this room is the house’s formal dining room. Hence the fabulous chandelier, sucky lighting, and openness to the rest of the house.


Oh look, that mat is actually 36” wide! Go figure! The quilts on the longarm are both getting bound this weekend, and don’t tell Cheryl, but I just moved all the paperwork to the kitchen table to sort through on Sunday.


Just in case you were wondering if you can put a 12’ longarm table in an 11’x13’ room - yes, you can, but maybe you shouldn’t. We had to take the handle off the wheel because it stuck out into the walkway between the dining room and living room, right at the height of my seven-year-old’s forehead. And this is the longarm when not in use - I pull it out to actually quilt and there’s even less walking space in and out. Not that anyone thinks about that when they constantly walk in and out of my space.

The pizza boxes are my works in progress. Yeah, there’s too many of them. And even though they’re labeled, I can’t ever find the ones I want, when I want them. And them piled in my narrow walkway doesn’t help!


That’s slightly better. The bins underneath hold scraps, thread, my longarm supplies, my zippers, and a filing cabinet for the paperwork that I’m really going to get to on Sunday. REALLY. On top of those, I can slid my smaller cutting mats, my larger rulers, and my Plexiglass for doodling quilting designs.

Plus now CC has room to lounge.


Another corner with random stuff that doesn’t need to be piled there. What a surprise! That basket of flannel scraps was supposed to be for a cat to sleep in. She never used it. The Ikea boxes are my QOVF supplies and RWB scraps - stacking them like that really makes it fun to get to the bin on the bottom. And aren’t those drawers super accessible??


The QOVF bins are in the main shelves now, and I moved my scrap bins to this corner. One bin is my binding corners, one is for regular scraps, and one is for strings - when it’s full, I stuff a flat rate mailer and send it to a friend who makes “phoenix fabric” out of the bits. Because I hate string quilts.


And the cat? Doesn’t need a bed to do some hardcore napping in the corner. (Seriously. I had to poke her the other day to see if she was still alive.)


The drawers still need work, but I did get the scissors one cleaned out and organized. Yes, I have boy children. Yes, I am always prepared.


My machine sits on top of a vintage Singer machine, and didn’t really need much work. It’s too small of a table to get cluttered. I did just discover that the drawers on the left broke at some point, so…yay? I’ll have to pull it out and see if duct tape will be a solution.

I cleaned out some of the WiP boxes over here, so now the accessible ones are my BOMs and QOVF things. And I found my missing Eternal Bloom block! So yay for cleaning!


So, a semi-cleaned sewing space! It was nice to put away all the princess fabric and actually move on from that project, and it was definitely nice to make a few changes to give myself a little more space to work. Let’s hope I can keep that floor space from getting piles of WiPs and paperwork and cats again…

If you’re new here, hi! I cohost a weekly link party for blocks of the month (though we’re pretty loose with the definition) on Mondays. And those princess quilts I keep mentioning will be presented on May 18, so their finish post will be the Friday after that. Stick around and subscribe if you want to see them!

I’m also - slightly coincidentally - hosting 52 Quilters on Instagram next week, talking about sewing in small spaces. So if there’s anything specific in this room that you want to know about, hop over there and ask! Unless it’s about how to keep cats out of the sewing room, because clearly I don’t know how to do that.


The 5th Annual Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hoppers!

April 29 – Linda Bratten – http://lindabcreative.blogspot.com/
April 30 – Sandra Johnson – http://www.sandrajohnsondesigns.com
May 1 – Jennifer Schifano Thomas – http://www.Curlicuecreations.com
May 2 – Becca Fenstermaker – http://www.prettypiney.com
May 3 – Sue Griffiths – http://www.duckcreekmountainquilting.com
May 4 – Kate Starcher – http://katiemaequilts.com/blog
May 5 – Jo Westfoot – http://www.thecraftynomad.co.uk/blog
May 6 – Sam Hunter – http://www.huntersdesignstudio.com
May 7 – Simone Fisher – http://simonequilts.com/blogs/news
May 8 – Elisabeth DeMoo- http://www.brownbirddesignsquilts.com
May 9 – Sarah Myers –  http://www.quilted-diary.com/blog
May 10 – Amy Bradley – http://www.purplepineapplestudio.com
May 11 – Kathy Nutley – http://www.QuiltingsByKathy.com
May 12 – Carla Henton – http://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/
May 13 – Sherry Shish – http://www.poweredbyquilting.com
May 14 – Kate Colleran – http://www.seamslikeadream.com/blog
May 15 – Pamela Boatright – https://www.pamelaquilts.com/
May 16 – Cathy McKillip – http://wishuponaquilt.com/blog
May 17 – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com

Check out the rest of the Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop 2019 and follow this hashtag on Instagram! #springcleanyourstudio2019