The ever-evolving sewing room

Hello friends,

If you follow me on Facebook you already know about the new addition to my sewing room! If not, tadaaaaaa!

My dear hubby made me my very own drop-in sewing desk in just one weekend!

I had a beautiful French-inspired desk that my sewing machine sat on….it is gorgeous and has 3 great drawers that hold lots of stuff. The problem is that it is fairly high, and my sewing machine sitting on top made so that I was doing funny things to my upper body when I would sew. The desk also is not very deep, so when I would quilt, there was not a lot of room for the quilt to go, not to mention the “drag” from the quilts, draping over my sewing machine bed. My husband had offered to sink my sewing machine into that desk, but my heart just couldn’t bear to “ruin” it.

A few weeks ago my local sewing shop had an ad for a drop-in table….the problem was that they are around 1400 dollars! That’s money that I would rather spend on fabric! So I went looking at other options online and there are lots of sewing machine tables available, BUT, when I read the fine print, I realized that none of them would support the weight of my machine ( it’s a super heavy bugger!).

So dear hubby offered to make me a drop-in table out of an old desk or table. I searched FB Marketplace for a while, but couldn’t find anything suitable at all, so finally ordered a cheap but solid table online ( under 100 bucks~free shipping ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).ย 

I won’t bore you with all the technical stuff about how he built a shelf underneath and everything~but if you want some more details don’t hesitate to ask!~but he was able to complete my table in just one weekend. My machine sits sunken in and the insert comes out so I can change the bobbin and clean the bobbin case, and I can ofcourse lift out my machine when I must. It has already been wonderful while working on the sections of my Irish Chain quilt because everything is flat so there is no drag, plus I have more space for the quilt.

Speaking of my Irish Chain quilt, I have finished quilting all the sections and am in the process of sewing the whole quilt top together. This quilt is going to be HUGE….I have never made a quilt this big before, but honestly, when you divide it into smaller sections, it makes it so do-able!

To circle back to the drop-in table….this new table needed a new space because I need to get to my windows, so this has required some re-thinking of my sewing space. I thought about getting rid of my old sewing desk, but it has those great, useful drawers, and it is just so pretty that I decided to keep it. My design wall is going to need to move over a little bit, but that’s not aย  big deal. And as my quilt book collection keeps on growing ( plus I can’t bear to part with my quilt magazines!), I have decided that I need some more bookcases. I have been in my room for about a year now, and I continue to change and tweak it, and hopefully I can find just the perfect combination of pretty and functional ;).

How often do you swap your room around? Or have you found the perfect combination of pretty and functional? Let me know in the comments!

Until next week~happy creating!



22 thoughts on “The ever-evolving sewing room

  1. Mine is functional, and it is right next to the kitchen. …. now, pretty, it is just okay. I can make it messy very quickly
    Your hubbs did a splendid job with the drop in table.
    I use my mother in laws wonderful solid walnut dining table and removed the leaves, then fitted various pieces of wood, nothing glued of course, being an heirloom, but I have a solid set up for my White Mechanical to do quilting. huge table!!
    Your Irish chain is looking wonderful

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  2. Kudos to your hubby. I move and tweak things in my sewing spaces every couple of years. With two small rooms, one only has so much space. It gives me a chance to clean behind everything.

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  3. I’m always changing something! I’m glad you are happy with your new sewing table! I have to still do some rearranging of my shelves also! I have a hard time getting rid of books or magazines!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    We have had a nasty snow storm this weekend. I have a 6 foot drift in my front yard! It blew all night and still blowing!๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ’“โ˜ƒ๏ธโ„

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  4. Monique, it doesn’t matter how much space a quilter gets, it is never enough. Your new table will work so well for you. Your husband did a very professional looking job. I’m always trying new arrangements to find something that works for me. My Bernina is my most used machine and is built into my work station in the sewing room. It was telling me the other day it needs a rest and a day at the spa (repair shop) to get refreshed. So, I will take it out of the table and may put my mid-arm quilter in the spot to see if I really do want to remove it from the frame and use it for piecing and quilting in a sit down arrangement. My problem is too many machines I can’t part with!

    Enjoy your new room. We have abouut 5 or 6 inches of snow and it continues to fall. Guess the weatherman has redefined what a “trace” of snow is! Fine with me. A great day for sewing!

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  5. I love your sewing setup and enjoy your blog very much. Iโ€™ve got fabric set aside for an Irish Chain quilt. Seeing yours makes me want to move it up my to do list! I saw how you made it in sections to make quilting easier and am wondering how you will put the sections together once the quilting is done. Iโ€™m hoping you might have some tips to share on that process. Thanks

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    1. Sure thing, but if you check out my QAYG sewalongs at the top of my blog you can see already how I approach it. It is so simple and I really don’t understand why everyone doesn’t do it this way ;). Now that I’m done quilting the sections, I have trimmed the batting even with the quilt top, and now I’m sewing them together with a 1/4 seam, making sure to backstitch on both ends. Then I will press the seams open, add a backing, then quilt just very simple straight lines between the blocks to finish up the quilting.


  6. Your hubby did a wonderful job on your table. Itโ€™s beautiful and as I commented before I love that you have room on it for whatever youโ€™re quilting. Itโ€™s 70 and warm here today. Hubs and I are still sick but have seen the doc who says itโ€™s just a really nasty cold.

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  7. When I was younger I would swap my room around almost every month, it was a joke with my friends. But now Iโ€™m older and slower I like to do it less and less, but at least once a year, maybe more. Some things just have to stay put now though. Love your room and table!

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    1. Hi Susan, that is a fun memory for you! I find that if a room’s furniture placement works, I don’t feel the need to rearrange it….So I guess as long as I have the urge, the room is not perfect ๐Ÿ˜€


  8. Hi Monique

    What a great quilting/sewing desk!! It will be a delight to quilt with all that lovely space! Your husband is a treasure for doing it for you, which I’m sure you know already!.

    The Irish Chain quilt looks beautiful-what an achievement! You will enjoy looking at and admiring it once it is finished as well as during the process!


    Kerrie ________________________________

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