Tell me a little bit about your work space?
I chose this room in my house for quilting because of the light. Although we have a spare bedroom that sits empty it is on the dark side of the house and it is removed from the family common areas where I spend the majority of my time. I love that my sewing area is shared with our entire family. I had old computer desk equipment that I have repurposed for quilting. The small table is actually a printer table but there is plenty of room underneath it for my legs, and it rolls. The other white piece of furniture was a filing cabinet which I still use to store patterns, large templates for squaring off blocks, and small finished items that need binding. I have a large pop up hamper exclusively for scraps that that while I’m cutting I just brush the scraps off into the bin.
Your room if you have a room if not where in the house do you create your work?
I like to cut my pieces in my sewing area but I quickly transfer those to something more mobile, unless it’s a difficult pattern that needs the orientation of the layout to be completed properly. I’m willing to travel with my pieces and quilts. I usually take my piecing project with me everywhere. I piece on the couch, standing while cooking in the kitchen, at the park, in the car.
Sewing table including the sewing machine:
At this point in my creative quilting life I don’t use one. I began quilting as a way to tie myself to my heritage. I was taught by my mother and I want my heirloom quilts to be just that. I greatly enjoy handwork and love that I’m not tied down to a table in order to make my quilts. My quilts travel and I like that my quilting is meshed with my life instead of separate from it. I do own a Singer 185K but I’ve never learned to use it.
Cutting table or surface where you use for cutting. Do you use rotary cutter or scissors?
I’ve never used a rotary cutter and I don’t own one. For cutting I love my Gingher Featherweight Scissors. These are fairly new and are perfect if your hands cramp after hours of cutting. The all metal Ginghers are great for cutting layers. I also have a small pair of embroidery Ginghers for use while hand quilting and precision piecing curves.
Do you have a favourite spot in your work space?