I started quilting a little under 2 years ago. My mother-in-law is part of a family of women that are so talented. Her and many of her sisters (she is one of 7 women!) have carried on their mother’s work and I feel blessed that she would choose me to pass it on too. Little did I know how much this hobby, now turned passion, would give me and how much a part of my journey it would become.
Deconstructed, quilting is a true meditation. The sensory experience as I choose the right fabrics, the precision I need to make the cuts, my steady hands that run those straight seams under the needle, the chanting of the machine guiding me like beating Taiko drums, the whimsy of my heart when I free-motion quilt the layers together, the patience I channel for the hand stitched bindings and the joy I feel from giving my hard work away to friends and family, leaving a part of myself with them always.
Although I have trained myself to use what I have and try to keep a minimalist approach to the art (because believe me, the gadgets, accessories and tools available for purchase in quilting are infinite), the one thing that all quilters need is a dedicated space. I tried for over a year to store everything in my closet, taking everything out every time I felt the urge, only to find I was spending more time getting set up and cleaning up than I was actually working. For months, my machine stayed hidden away as I felt an extreme lack of motivation. What was the point? My daughter naps for 90 minutes and it would take me 45 minutes to bring everything out!
After months of lament, my husband stepped in.
See, I was blessed with a partner in life that believes in the power for creation. Being an artist and a musician himself, he knows just how hard it is to find a peaceful place inside when you are surrounded with chaos. And that is what our kitchen/dining room/living room would become every time my fabric boxes exploded everywhere.
So now, I have a dedicated space. It is not a room, since we have a very small house, but I do lay claim to a wall in our living room and I could not be happier! It is still under construction, but I thought I’d share the beginnings of my little “open-concept” studio!
Here is an overview of the space that is slowly becoming mine!
My husband is in the process of building me a new, deeper table with a drop-leaf so my machine can rest below and my sewing surface can be even, easier for quilting bigger pieces. But the beautiful table he had first built me, made from pallets and reclaimed wood, is on of my most prized possessions. Believe me, it will be reused somewhere wonderful in our home.
The peg wall behind will become a bit less cluttered once more hooks and shelves have been added. But this is an easy way to keep all the not-so-kid-friendly tools away from grabby little hands.
Finally, the dresser was a Kijiji (our equivalent to Craig’s List) find for 50$ and with nice deep drawers, I was able to organize my fabrics for easy access. Plus, standing almost 5 feet tall, it was again a nice way to keep precious tools (i.e. the laser printer and my serger) away from curious fingers!
As the weeks go by, I’ll post more updates. The excitement is simply palpable.
Do you all have a creative space? Even if it is a simple desk in your bedroom or a spot at the kitchen table, I would love for you to share!
Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by.