Well, I'm embarking on a remodel that will convert an oversized, two-car garage into a quilting studio and office space. What suggestions do you have for things I MUST be sure to include to keep me better organized?


#5 Margaret Lee 2011-08-31 01:13
Don't forget to make sure that you have a large design wall, plenty of good lighting and power outlets. A nice cosy chair in the corner for contemplation and a cup of coffee. I live in South Australia and we are coming into our Spring, I'm looking forward to the warmer weather in the 20's hate it when it goes into the 40's. I hope you enjoyed your trip. Lucky you, best wishes.
#4 Carol Cook 2011-08-30 16:54
In my studio I use two folding "conference room" tables side by side and up on bed risers for cutting out pieces, squaring up finished quilts etc. If friends come over for a day of sewing the bed risers can be removed, allowing the tables to be used for sewing machines. I like hard floors (easier to clean thread and scraps) for the sewing area but an area rug for my "library/office " end of the room where I have a comfy chair for reading. I sometimes like to sit on the floor there too! I echo comments about good lighting, covered fabric storage to prevent dust and fading, plenty of electrical outlets with several circuits, and even heating (maybe in the floor?). A design wall is a must. I am using a temporary folding one until I can install one on the wall, but will like the option of having two in the future. How lucky that you have 220 so that you can have the washer and dryer!
#3 Mary Margolis 2011-08-24 12:10
small bathroom with a minimum of commode and basin. Small frig for drinks and snacks. Covered storage for fabric like clear plastic tubs and bins as after a while your stash gets dusty. Leave one wall clear for a design wall at least king size. Computer, printer, scanner, light projector to enlarge patterns. Light box. Organize space for specific activities, i.e., design, cutting, stitching.

#2 Fran Taylor 2011-08-24 05:56
Just make sure you have plenty of electrical outlets and some even table high! Convience!!!
#1 Deborah Brown 2011-08-23 18:22
I bought several cube storage units (nice shelving, cubes) from Ikea and that's where all my stash is kept. I also use it for storing patterns, thread trays or anything else. When I want to "hide" my stash I just pin up a large quilt to cover up the cubby holes. Also Ikea sells mesh laundry baskets that are see through. All my scraps go into those mesh baskets.

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