Spring Cleaning!

I went back to last year’s post and this is the FOURTH year I’ve participated! Thanks Cheryl for putting together another fun blog hop.

Unlike a lot of lucky folks, I am in a tiny townhome and don’t have a dedicated sewing room. I have a space in our master bedroom where I sew, and store fabric and supplies in three closets.

During our renovation last year, I lost a lot of floor space in order to enlarge our master bath. We also made a lot of aesthetic changes. This photo shows a nice before (red) and after (green) while we painted. I loved the red but we needed a change as it had been the same for 13 years.

We downsized our bed from a king to a queen. The best part about the new bed are the storage drawers in the base! It’s where I keep my UFO’s.

Hello toes!

I bought a shelving unit for more storage as well. See my overhead projector? Under the lap-quilting hoop.

When we put my sewing space back together after our massive renovation, I tried it first with my old sewing table. It’s not really a sewing table, it was a computer desk from a store that closed. It’s a great desk but it was too big for the space I had, so it moved downstairs for my kids’ desktop computers. I bought myself a new sewing desk from IKEA.

Before-too big! No place to iron!


new table

The new table has a much smaller footprint in the room. But it has drawers for storage (love) and lots of room underneath for storage, too.

This downsize allowed me to set up my ironing board. I did have my husband cut off about six inches of the length of the bigboard before I recovered it (Insert jokes about husbands measuring six inches here). This allows us to move freely around the room without running into the corners of the bigboard.

This week I purchased a small wire shelf to hang above my ironing/cutting space to store my rulers. I have a dedicated drawer for them, but I like to keep a few handy for immediate use. I’m thinking a few s-hooks hanging from the bottom will store my rotary cutter, scissors and other tools.

So you can see, a year later, I’m still adding and tweaking things to make it work.

finished quilt/yarn/canvas storage

fabric storage

I did get more storage in the hallway upstairs for finished quilts. This used to be a linen closet where we had all our bathroom supplies, which is now in the enlarged master bath.

Overall, I’m happy with the changes and don’t mind the loss of space. My biggest issue is that I have NO dedicated design wall space. I really miss my design wall!! I might break down and put some panels along our stairwell. Suggestions welcome! Maybe I’ll figure that before next year’s bloghop!

Be sure and visit everyone on the list! There is sew much variety!

April 23 – Lori Crawley Kennedy – http://theinboxjaunt.com/
April 24 – Jennifer Thomas – http://curlicuecreations.blogspot.com
April 25 – Robin Koehler – http://nestlingsbyrobin.blogspot.com
April 26 – Andi Barney- https://www.andibarney.com/

You are HERE!

April 27 – Misty Cole – https://www.mistycole.com/blog

April 28 – Carolina Moore- http://alwaysexpectmoore.com/
April 29 – Heather Pregger – https://heatherquilts.blogspot.com/
April 30 – Linda Bratten – https://lindabcreative.blogspot.com/
May 1 – Lisa Reber – https://www.dippydye.blogspot.com/
May 2 – Teresa Coates – http://www.crinkledreams.com
May 3 – Lisa Chin – http://www.lisachinartist.com/
May 4 – Jamie Fingal – http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
May 5 – Sam Hunter – www.huntersdesignstudio.com
May 6 – Jessee Maloney – www.artschooldropout.net/blog
May 7 – Randa Parrish – http://www.sewartsyfartsy.com/
May 8 – Sarah Vedeler- https://meaningoflifedesigns.com/
May 9 – Jessica Darling – https://jessicakdarling.com/
May 10 – Melody Crust – http://www.melodycrust.com/
May 11 – Debby Brown – http://higheredhands.blogspot.com
May 12 – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com


6 Responses to Spring Cleaning!

  1. Jennifer Thomas April 27, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    Wow! I am so impressed by your organization and use of such a small space. If only I could figure that out! Love the green paint, too. Have an awesome day!

  2. Heather Pregger April 27, 2018 at 2:13 pm #

    Misty, you are so well organized! Great use of a small space!

  3. Robin Koehler April 27, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

    You are so organized!! More space usually just means more crap:) I use the guest bed as a design wall and will get up on a stool to take overhead shots when necessary….it is an ok workaround!

    • Misty April 27, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

      Robin, we don’t even have a guest bed! That would be nice!

  4. Lucy Brown April 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

    Love your small space ideas. I remember those struggles. I am blessed to be in a big house now, and have a really large room, just for me. As far as your design wall, have you tried just making it portable. When I go to retreats, friends use one of those flannel backed plastic table cloths, they punched holes in the top edge, then use easy to remove 3 m hooks to hang them on any wall space. the nice thing about those is you can roll them up when you need to and the plastic side doesn’t stick so everything is still in place when you unroll it. or maybe you could attach tie strips and just roll it up and tie when not using. Actually that same idea might work by laying it out on your bed for use then rolling it up at the end of the sewing session. You must have a wonderfully understanding husband, kuddos to him also. ( fons & porter sells one at Joann’s, but I am not sure if the back is plastic, you can get the table clothes at the dollar store and save your money for fabric)

  5. Sheila Walker April 28, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

    Hey Misty, I have one of these and love it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dN1ytuF8L4 It’s a diapering design wall.

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    I just hope I am sending this the way they should be, and you can see them.

    Also known as Sheila

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