Empty Nest = Room for Quilting

I'm an empty-nester … again. My 25-year-old daughter, who lived with me for the past year, just moved to the Pacific Northwest to start graduate school. Before she moved in, post-college, I had been alone for a couple of years. Of course I opened my doors to her when she needed a place to stay but I also wondered how we would adjust to living together again. It was great and she was a terrific roommate. I miss her already!

This weekend I rearranged furniture to
create a "sewing studio," of sorts. I was
still smiling, at this point!
Photo by Art Illman

The silver lining, though, is I have more space. The extra table I had stored in the attic is now in the "spare" roomwhich can now be a sewing/guest room rather than a full-time bedroom. I can leave my sewing machine out of its case and keep it set up. I've already moved some furniture around and I know just what project I'll dive into first: the quilt I must finish for my quilt guild's biennial show coming up soon!

But what next for my new sewing room? It still needs to function as a spare bedroom, after all, and it's not too big. And I'm a renter so there's a limit to what I can nail into the walls or change permanently.

I've been enamored with Cloth Paper Scissors® Studios magazine for some time and the Fall 2012 issue features many textile artists, sewists, and quilters in its inspirational pages. I have discovered storage tips and repurposing techniques that are not only clever but economical. I've also found great items at yard sales such as armoires, bookshelves, and containers of all sorts that lend a funky vibe. And I love my local hardware store–I just bought a case of canning jars on sale that will make great containers for buttons, trims, and other do-dads.

My space will probably never grace the pages of Studios but it's shaping up and, best of all, sparking my creativity. Do you have tips to share to make a small space efficient and stimulating?


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Kristine is Associate Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine, Modern Patchwork, QuiltCon magazine, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, Modern Patchwork Holiday and Quilting Arts TV.