OUR VALUABLE SPACE TO WORK, TO STORE, AND TO MOVE

How important is it to us that we have room to move around and work.  Do you like a large room with plenty of space for your machines, fabric and other accessories but have a small area? Or do you have a comfy, cozy sewing area that is just right for you with everything right by your side, easy to access?  

How do you organize your space?  Is it allotted out in small areas, like a closet for fabric and a desk for sewing or is it a dream room like we see advertised in magazines?

Is it a whirlwind of surprises hiding under buried treasure or is everything put away nice and neat?  Please share what your room looks like.  Is there anything you want to change or are you happy with it?  Share your ideas with us, sometimes we can all use a change.  

With the horrible heat here in the valley, it has been almost too hot to sew but I did get some organizing done in my closet and now have more floor space in my room just by moving things around a bit.  It’s pretty small to begin with and with a large, custom made table in the middle (hubby made it for me), I have to be creative with my space.  I now have less furniture in there now but still manage to have everything I need ready to go.  It’s a little cozy in there but I like it.  

I hate to admit this, but I share my room with 4 cats and their litter boxes that take up floor space and this has forced me to be careful where I put furniture.  I also have to make sure that I put everything away at night when I finish so I don’t have cat hair everywhere or tools going AWOL. With cats, I have given up on having furniture that will stay nice so I use plastic containers that they cannot scratch up and all my yardage or stuff that they can get their claws into is in my closet that is closed and off limits to any and all kitties. That has worked for the past 10 years.

As for furniture, I have my mother-in-law’s (she passed away many years ago) old Formica table that I use for sewing with my 2 main machines, embroidery and regular, on top.  I have my old office chair that I use, an ironing board that I use for sorting and paperwork as well as ironing.  I also have a cabinet attached to the wall as you come in that stores DVDs and current projects, misc. Then, by the ironing board is one of those small metal cabinets with 12 medium sized drawers that hides a multitude of sins, an old dresser that has my TV on top of it with a lot of stuff for swaps and extra cords, etc for the machines.  

Oh, I almost forgot, next to my sewing table is another dresser that sits in between the cabinet and the table with small drawers on top and the bottom one is deep and I keep other craft stuff in there.  The top drawer is where I keep my scissors, cutters, seam rippers and machine accessories. The second drawer down is for my small templates, rulers and misc.

Then comes my masterpiece!  Three years ago for my birthday, Doug asked what I wanted.  I told him I wanted a table for my room, cutting and storage combined.  I had been drooling over the designs that are available but not able to afford the price and not really happy with any of them as they weren’t just what I wanted.  Well, hubby being thrifty, said that he could make one for me.  I told him what I wanted, the size and everything else.  I wound up with a table big enough to fit the largest cutting mat on, with a bookcase in the front, shelves underneath for storage and an extra 2 shelves on top for more books and etc.

This sits right smack in the middle of my room!  This is made out of solid pine and has a light finish on it, and is massive. This ain’t going nowhere anytime soon, it is solid and heavy.  And I love it, as it’s just what I wanted!

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About cozyquilts

Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Donna. My hubby is retired and I am still working from home. I have twin daughters and am blessed with 4 grandchildren. We are owned by 4 cats that love to supervise and are very nosy. I have been quilting since 1996. In addition to making quilts for my family and friends, I also make charity quilts for Marjoree Mason Center and Valley Children's Hospital. Marjoree Mason Center is a local organization here that helps and supports battered and abused women and children get out of abusive relationships. Every Christmas I make several baby quilts for the women, along with a small stuffed animal. Valley Children's Hospital is a new venture for me that just started this year. Every month or so I drop off a couple of quilts along with a small toy, for the children. I use a lot of bright, fun fabrics to help cheer them up. I do special order quilts but please be advised in advance as I work full-time in addition to quilting, I only do a few during the year. Also, it may take up to 6 months to a year to completely finish a quilt as my sewing time is limited. I only do applique or patchwork and will incorporate machine embroidery into my patterns, when requested. Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you and friends again soon.
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