I don’t know if any of you have noticed that since I started blogging, I have shown very little new work. Almost all my posts are about old work. If it is new; it’s a sweater.
The reason I haven’t been producing is because we have been renovating my studio for the last three months.
My first studio, if you could call it that, was our laundry room in Valdez. It was really a glorified closet, but it was mine and all in all the set up was quite good. Where the washer and dryer were originally situated, I had a cutting table and storage. There was also broom closet where Walt built shelves for storing yardage.
I had a little table with my sewing machine and a design wall on the back of the door. The crazy thing was that this little room was also the entrance to our home from the garage. There was constant traffic in and out of the room. But like I said, it was mine. There are no photos of that space–it was too small to photograph.
When we moved from Valdez to Anchorage, we knew we needed room for me to have a long arm quilting machine. Ideally the space would be on the front of the house, so clients could drop off and pick up quilts without having to wade through all of Tripp’s Lego creations.
This studio was highly functional but not particularly glamourous. Everything was labeled and stored on Gorilla Racks. My sewing table was an old desk. My design walls hung from the Gorilla Racks. It worked.
As my work evolved I needed a larger staging areas for auditioning fabrics, I needed bigger design walls, I needed a new storage system for my fabrics, sweaters and felted wool.
This winter Walt and I started the excruciating process of creating a studio environment that met those needs. This was a long painful experience. I see potential in the smallest scrap of fabric or wool. I have a very difficult time throwing anything away that I might later be able to stitch together.
If I am going to hold on to everything, I need to find a proper way to store it. For the month of December I made sweaters and told Walt I was cleaning. For January, I blogged and made myself work for couple of hours a day on the studio, and of course I made sweaters. February was my reality check. I needed to start making quilts again, and in order to do that I had to get my studio in order.
And now, at the end of the first week in March, I am happy to say that while my studio it is not completely finished, it is once again a fully functioning space.
I can’t wait to get back into my studio and start making things!
Take a spring break, looks like you’re ready to roll out some more fine product.
It feels weird that yes I have this great space but no I can’t use it for a week because I am going away, but I will be stitching sweaters in McCarthy. At least that is the plan!
thank you maria. jealous. i have my basement but not so big.
THere is nothing like a newly cleaned and organized space — makes me feel like a creative genius! Congratulations. I know it was a ton of work!
Thank you Nysha! You are so right.
WOW; great space and organization! I know that feeling where you just can’t work anymore until you put things AWAY! My cutting table is buried under stuff right now. Good thing I am not ready to cut anything for a few days.
My cutting table is out in the garage. It is the last piece of this new configuration–Walt is building me a movable table. Thank you for the comments.
Looks great,Maria! Wish I could claim to be so organized..:-)
Thank you Sue. It feels really good to be so organized even if it is only for a few days!
Great work space!!!!! Looks like it was well worth the effort….ENJOY!!!!
Thank you. You are so right that getting your studio in order is totally worth it!
I love seeing other’s studios. Thanks for letting us have a look around. It looks like you will be able to be very busy with the new arrangement!
Thank you Lisa. I know my studio isn’t flashy, but it really gets the job done.
Oh, lovie, by my standards your studio is 100% flashy! You’ve got me inspired!
Thank you Nadia!
Great work. How about a Walt? Can you duplicate a guy like that and make him more age appropriate for a grey haired ole lady? grandma patt
Patt, If I could do that you would be in a long line of women wanting a Walt.
Very inspiring. Congratulations on a big accomplishment. I need to do likewise….
Thank you Cathy. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted. Time to make things!
What a lovely, bright, functional space! And what a good idea having the thread storage at 90 degrees to the wall. It all looks very welcoming and comfortable – well done!
Now that I am finally working in my new space it really does feel great. Thank you Margaret for taking a peak at my space.
I want to trade my room from for yours and yes I will move to get it! WOW it is awesome!
I’m so impressed! I love looking at organized studios. It shows all the potential art that can be made with all the fabric, threads, paint and stuff ready for your inspiration.
Thank you Jeanne and Rita! I’m glad you stopped by.
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Beautiful space, Maria!
Thank you Heather! I enjoyed seeing your work space too.
You have a lovely space…well organised..I love your storage..
I love my storage too. It is the best way to find the fabric I am looking for easily. Thank you for stopping by.
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Sounds like you and Sue are all set to continue your fabulous creations. Her remodel is coming along great. Can’t wait to see it. The pics of yours were a perfect replacement for the real thing. Thanks!
Aunt Carole- Thank you so much for stopping by. It is great to here your stories about sewing machines and canning.
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