It’s Spring

I’m in lock-down mode. The DoubleTakes deadline is next week. I am seeing progress. I am working diligently. I promise.

I think I’ve posted enough pictures of the steps I’ve taken with this piece. Its time for the mystery to happen. I may put up a small detail shot between now and March 19, but until then you will not see the finished project. I have to leave some element of surprise here.

sunraysI realized this week, as I often do, that my studio hinders me. When I decorate, I tend to shove furniture against the wall leaving the center of the room open. In the case of my sewing table, it got shoved against the window. I loved the view. If I needed a break, I could just stop and gaze into my backyard. The problem is when you have only 12″ of space between your machine and the window…things are kind of cramped. I can’t tell you the number of times my stitching misbehaved as the materials were forced into the closed window as I sewed.

Imagine quilting big pieces (and I’ve done quite a few)…it all gets pushed into the window. Not only am I fighting the cloth under the neck of the machine. I’m also fighting the quilt as it gets pushed into the window. Of course with all that pushing and shoving, I get tired, aggravated and curse when the stitches look horrible.

The problem isn’t that I don’t have the space. I have the room in my studio and I’m fortunate to have a sewing cabinet that opens up to give me 3 ft of space behind the machine. I just didn’t like opening the cabinet, nor did I like having the thing in the center of my room. Then, last week I visited a friend and noticed how her equipment was set up. It was a tiny room with lots of cabinets and book cases and there in the center was her sewing table. Efficient. Brilliant.

So, I moved my sewing table last week. I turned it perpendicular to the window. I have less floor space in the center of the room. I can still see out my window if I look to my right. It made me uncomfortable at first. This sewing cabinet it big and takes up a lot of floor space, but I vowed to give it some time to grow on me. And then I started sewing this large piece for DoubleTakes…magic!

Really…its like magic! I feel comfortable sewing. I finally have room. What a simple change with major benefits. Why was I being so stubborn about moving the table? I guess it just proves you have to try new things, especially when the old things don’t work so well. I’m still learning. I hope I never stop.

I think I’m going to keep the cabinet this way. Even though my view is not straight into my yard, I can still see what’s going on out there. And this week, what’s going on are flocks of singing birds and clusters of daffodils. It’s Spring!


  1. Jenny says:

    That’s the way mine is set up – I can stop and breathe and look out the window to the left of my sewing table – but if I need to be sewing, it doesn’t distract me. And I love having my ironing board set up so I am looking out the window when I iron – that’s probably the best part.

  2. Christine says:

    Moving furniture to improve your work environment sounds familiar. I moved my entire studio into a new room and at the same time separated the office part of my art business and my art studio. In the new studio I had to set up my sewing table in the middle of the room, similar to your new set up. And like you, I felt uncomfortable in the beginning. The arrangement of the furniture was good, it just felt “different”. Meanwhile, a few months went by and I love my new studio. The move and the re-arranging of the furniture was absolutely worth the effort. I hope that your move out of your familiar space, your comfort zone, will pay off soon!

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