Monday, January 19, 2009

The updating is finished - and I love it!

I thought I'd post pictures as looking at them might help someone else with their organization. At times it seemed like it would never get done. All that is left is sewing the padded top for the ironing station. I plan to do that tomorrow while watching the TV coverage of the inauguration.

Everything in the ironing station cupboard used to sit somewhere on the floor. Now it's hidden until needed.

Marking pens and pencils, plus other miscellaneous stuff.


Bindings and binding scraps



Miscellaneous stuff







Cutting tools - newly rearranged in the top right drawer of the cutting island.




Needles of all kinds, plus other stuff. No, those aren't little condoms - they are finger gloves used when quilting with the linen thread you can see at the back of the drawer.

More oddball stuff. No, that's not a bra - it's a back support to wear when sitting at the machine.






And still more stuff.

I finally had enough drawer space to organize all my wool in one place - 5 of the bottom drawers.
Some of this is purchased, but much of it I felted from clothes I wore to work for many years.




I'm hoping to dye some of it pretty soon.





































Moving two drawers of wool allowed me to rearrange the closet. I now have two drawers for every width strip - light an dark. I just need to rearrange the strips now. I was able to make better use of the shelf an the space on top of the drawers by moving stuff into the ironing cabinet. Notice one of the rolling carts is now here. The other moved upstairs to the longarm room.


I moved the short rolling cart to the far end of the cutting island near my sewing machine, as it primarily contains items I use at the machine while sewing. I can move it right next to me, set up the travel iron, and press my piecing without leaving my chair.




20 comments:

Barb said...

I loved your off handed comments...made me laugh. Love the organization.... You did a great job.

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

You've done a great job of organizing. It all looks so neat and also convenient for working.
K

Mary said...

Love your masthead. And you are making the rest of us slobs look very, very bad.

Are those all marking pencils in pic#2?

swooze said...

Very nice!

Cascade Lily said...

Gawd Patti you are making me green with envy!

Love this comment: "The other moved upstairs to the longarm room"

You have two quilting rooms!!!! Lucky you.

pamina said...

Woaw, great job, Patti, my sewing room is not so clean at this time !

maggi said...

Great job it looks fantastically organised. Can you keep it that way once you start sewing I wonder?

Melinda said...

Your organization is wonderful. I really need to get something done about mine and you have such great ideas. Off to Ikea for me.

cornbreadandbeansquilting said...

Wow! It looks so organized!! Great job!
melissa

Carol said...

Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! The perfect workspace.

Carrie P. said...

Good job. It looks great and doesn't it feel good to have it done?

Winona said...

Good job Patti. I am sure it will be pure heaven to work in your sewing room now. Winona

Alba said...

Wow your're organised! I try to do this every now and then but it never stays that way for long. I guess I'm just not disciplined enough!

sewkalico said...

It looks fabulous. so tidy, I am green with envy of your organisational skills :-)

scraphappy said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of your organizational project. I do the same thing and always wonder if anyone else really cares. I think it helps to see other people working on the same issues and seeing how they make it all work. Your space looks great. I hope it all works out for you.

tami said...

That is a nicely organized sewing room. I bet you get a lot done in there. What are you going to work on first?

Dawn said...

Organization makes me giddy!! Will you come to my house??

McIrish Annie said...

I love how you are spending your retirement. Your day of walking to Starbucks and then sewing sounds sooo wonderful!

Love the new cabinets and congrats on the 2 lbs!!

Ulla said...

You have done a great job! I wish I had your energy to finish my rearranging project. It has been standing still since December, and I just keep buying new and old fabrics ... silly me.

Comfort Cove Designs said...

love your new sewing room!! I like your idea of using the toilet paper rolls for wrapping binding? Is that what that is? I'm thinking it would work for that when I eventually get my sewing room.. err first I need to buy the house that has the room for my sewing room.. Hopefully by the summer I'll have that!

Quiltingly Yours
Andrea