Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Have you ever daydreamed about creating a perfect quilt room or craft space?  For the longest time I have thought about what I would do if I had a large space instead of my tiny little room.  Now I know that I'm lucky to even this tiny space for nothing but sewing and quilting.  I start out as a quilting nomad in my home.  Moving from room to room and having to leave my mess where ever I happened to be sewing cutting at the time.  Or worse yet, having to clean up and put stuff away so we could sit at the table and have dinner.  Currently we have a very small bedroom that I can at least leave everything sitting out and just close the door until I'm ready to go back at it.
Rather than small, let's say it's cozy!  The room is small enough, there isn't even a closet in there.

Well, hubby and I have been talking about putting an addition on the back of our house, redoing our basement and digging out the crawl space that is under part of the house.  Well, the time has come.  They started on our project this past Monday and we are in day 3. 
This picture was taken on the 2nd day of construction.  This was all dirt the day before.  Nina and my new home will be in the basement here.  We will have more room to play in than we will ever no what to do!  It'll be about 24ft x 14ft!  I know, holy cow!!!  You are one lucky girl!  And I know just how lucky I am!!!!

So now I'm facing the dilemma on what do I really, really want in my new play area.  I have spent a lot of time just gathering ideas.  One of our Scrap Squad gals has an area that she uses to spray baste her quilts.  What an awesome idea.  So I'm thinking that I really would like that also and it could double as my design wall too.  But I would like to use cork, so that I could pin right to the wall without putting holes in the drywall.  So that will be a must have!

A huge cutting table would be great too.  I have found a couple of ideas on line that I really like.  I love the idea of being able to have book shelves under there.  Here are a couple of picture that I would like to use a combination of the two.

Also, I should be thinking about what long arm I would like.  The AQS show will be in Des Moines this fall and I suppose that I should wait and test drive them all again. 

I really like this idea for my storage of fabric etc.  Will my room every be this neat????  Too funny to even think about!

I know that I will have a million decisions to make in the next few months.  There will be paint colors, tile and/or carpeting, light fixtures etc.  I'm hoping that Nina and I will be in our new home by Christmas.  So I guess that I have a little time yet to keep dreaming and tweaking.  So if anyone has any ideas, share please!!  We only get an opportunity like this once in a lifetime, so might as well get it right the first time!


  1. Wonderful!! How exciting and you can take pictures all along the way! And I fully expect to see weekly, if not daily, updates from here on out! lol

    I think you have some great ideas on a cutting table! I have foam board for my design wall and it is covered with batting. Very easy! And things stick to the batting. When I do have to pin something, the pins go in quite easily and this is a good thing when you are pinning with one hand and holding with a second. Be sure that you can easily push a pin into the cork board before committing to that idea.

    Good luck and have fun!!

  2. I like the idea of digging down instead of extending the house. It's a practical way of maximizing your lot property. 24ft x 14ft sounds good enough for a room to play in. Did you use a professional land surveyor for this construction? It helps you oversee the excavation of the basement. We use it to make sure that the depth, levelness, and dimensions are properly distributed for the basement.

    Salvatore Aguilar

  3. We used a professional construction company that specializes in foundation work. Quite the project, but has been well worth the time and money to have a dry basement and all the extra room for my sewing room. Check out the finished pictures in August.