Friday, February 19, 2016

A Look Inside the Studio

Welcome to my studio, affectionately known as Sheville. This is where I spend the majority of my time so I've tried to make it as efficient and comfortable as possible.

The flooring is painted concrete. It was one of those projects that seemed like a good idea at the time, then after 12 hours on your knees when you realize you're still only half way you rethink that. I love it, but I wouldn't do it again.

This space was used as a workshop by the previous owners. To say it was rough when we moved in would be an understatement. I go back and forth trying to decide if I want to finish the ceiling or not. Maybe someday. For now I'd rather spend time quilting.

The cutting table is an old library table that had a gash in the top and mismatched drawer pulls. So I had my husband build a larger top out of plywood and added some antique casters to raise it to the right height for me.

I've separated things out in different workstations. You can see the area below does double duty for the embroidery machine and paper crafting. The pie safe stores my fabric stash and the shelves on the left hold scraps, kits, and projects in progress.

The drawers in the ironing station hold sewing notions. I'm adding label holders soon so I don't have to open all 24 drawers to find what I need.

This corner serves the longarm with rulers, thread, tools and batting. Specialty batting and customer quilt tops are stored in the pie safe.

My favorite part of the room is my sewing desk that my husband built for me. It has served me well all these years. It is a pint-size piece made to fit my 5' 1" frame. It has saved me from much pain in my neck and shoulders. If the house ever catches fire, you'll find me trying to drag this out of here.

Thanks for stopping by. There is plenty of room here so if you're ever in the neighborhood feel free to join me.


  1. Lovely space, Christine! That pie safe upon which your TV sits? I have its twin in my dining room, an antique from my DH's family.

  2. Good to find you in your new home!
    No looms? Spinning wheels?


  3. Awesome space! Being a retired longarm quilter, I can't wait to read your posts. Congrats on your new adventure!

  4. So happy to see you again and admire your beautiful creative space.

  5. So happy to see you again and admire your beautiful creative space.

  6. Beautiful studio! Just now found your new blog...looking good!!

  7. Holy cow, the new Sheville is beautiful!! It's so well-planned with your work stations and all the shelving. I would never leave there if I were you. (I'd also leave the ceiling unfinished so as to free up even more time for quilting and other projects.)