Let the stitching commence

So, I’ve got a sewing machine again!

My sewing room is open for business, even if it’s not the full bore, I can lay my hands on everything kind of business. My design wall is up, the sewing machine is in place, the ironing board is set up. I know where the boxes are which contain rulers, cutters, scissors and thread. I have my latest project fabrics here. Sadly, I don’t yet have my cutting table or mats, so while I can machine quilt, I can’t yet cut the sashing strips for Bougainville Nights. The trailer needs emptying before I can bring that table and my desk over, and currently the trailer is full of bicycles, bike cargo trailer and various other odds and ends, waiting to be unloaded. The energy for that will come another day.

However, it has been a great encouragement to start arranging stuff in there. To the point, in fact, where the book case at one end and the china cabinet at the other end of the library part of the room are in place, the sofa and rug are in place too, and although the sofa is covered in stuff, I’ve covered the stuff with quilts, which offends my eye a lot less πŸ™‚

One of these days, when I find a gap in the Must Do schedule, you’ll find me in there, actually sewing.


66 thoughts on “Let the stitching commence

  1. Looking good … and the room is huge !!!!
    Is that a feature wall at the end ??

    • katechiconi says:

      It *is* a big room, and the dark blue wall will have white shelves and books in front of it so won’t appear quite so overpowering πŸ˜‰

      • Ohhhh yes I definitely like that idea of the white shelves πŸ₯°

      • katechiconi says:

        Me too! Now all I have to do is pack all the books currently occupying those same shelves in my old sewing room, take down the shelves, bring them here, and then unpack all the books. Yup. Not happening today/tomorrow. Maybe later this week… maybe.

      • All in good time 😊 The shelves or books for that matter are not going anywhere… slowly slowly catch the monkey πŸ’ πŸ˜ƒ

      • katechiconi says:

        Sadly I *do* have to move them soon, as the old house is going to be let and the tenant wants to move in towards the end of May. I also have multiple trips to make to the op shop, plus the garage and store room to deal with (heart sinks….). It’s just lovely to have the ‘working’ end of that room starting to emerge πŸ™‚

  2. craftycreeky says:

    It’s going to be a wonderful room, all that space πŸ™‚ Enjoy!!

    • katechiconi says:

      I have to get a lot of storage in there too, as well as my cutting table, tool board, the big oak Cupboard of all Colours, etc, etc. Where the heap of stuff is on the left will be the desk with my big iMac on it, and on the right will be more seating, instead of tools and pots of paint!

  3. How satisfying, so happy to see this room!!

  4. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Wow !! looks wonderful !!

  5. tialys says:

    I see you have that beautiful rug in situ already.

    • katechiconi says:

      The rug went down as soon as I’d cleared and vacuumed space for it. It works well with that dark blue wall, I think, and the putty-coloured sofa underneath those quilts. In case you’re wondering, the stuff on the sofa is the contents of Miz Lizzie, who is in hospital having a leaky roof fixed and a new awning attached.

  6. nanacathy2 says:

    What a wonderful room and you’ll soon have it fully up and running. Quilts I have already discovered can cover a multitude of sins…

  7. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Love it! What a fabulous space! Enjoy!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s an awesome space, and once it’s got a bit less stuff in it, it will be wonderful… I think it’ll be a great place to relax and think as well as work.

  8. It’s lovely having a new house – but the moving and settling in part can be a real pain! That room will be a joy to spend time in!!

  9. rutigt says:

    Its a sewing room, yeah!!!!! And with a beautiful mat on the floor, love it πŸ™‚

  10. Nanette says:

    Love the bold blue wall! And a sewing room with sofa/seating is the perfect combination for working, relaxing and researching……tea and bikkies probably too. πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a great blue, and it’s going to look good with crisp white shelves against it. The sofa is long, wide and comfy, and I suspect the Husband will be spending quality time on it, keeping me company. I’ll probably also enjoy a snooze or two on it myself! Plus, as you thought, all my sewing books will be over there. Perhaps I need coffee machine in there too, what do you think…?

      • Nanette says:

        Definitely a coffee machine, maybe one of those little benchtop ovens, to pop a scone or crumpet into when you feel peckish? You won’t want to leave.

      • katechiconi says:

        You may laugh, but under those quilts…. some of it may never make it back into Miz Lizzie!

      • Nanette says:

        Not laughing, was very serious about the necessary accoutrements to comfort πŸ˜™

      • katechiconi says:

        I think I’ll have to pass on the mini-kitchen setup, particularly as the kitchen is a massive three steps away from the sofa!

      • Nanette says:

        Mmm, in that case, it’d be a little self-indulgent to have a mini-kitchen …..

  11. claire93 says:

    large Windows for natural light, plenty of floor space in case you need to pin & cut on floor . . . what a lovely sized sewing room!

  12. KerryCan says:

    Ah, now the house is a home–it has a sewing room!

  13. mlmcspadden says:

    Wonderful room, so full of light that I know it will be a joy for you to work in there.

  14. Lynda says:

    Oooh lovely! Liking the blue wall and the idea of white shelves to hold your goodies on it. Interestingly, the out of focus image of Bougainville Nights allows the eye to see color placement rather than distinct blocks. I think you’ve nailed the color placement! Love your room. I’m so happy for you! πŸ™‚

  15. Terri says:

    What a wonderful room you have for sewing and crafting. So large and bright — I predict lots and lots of creative juices will be flowing soon. Enjoy!

  16. kathyreeves says:

    Oh it is coming together so nicely Kate! MOving does get old though, doesn’t it?! We are in the middle of a massive rearrangement of the basement, which will great when finished, but right now it is awful. I feel your pain on a small scale. Have a productive but not exhausting week!

  17. Wow! What a spacious room, full of light and ready for business as you’ve said.

  18. Making great progress and everything looks fabulous! Love the blue wall too πŸ™‚ Sharon

  19. Oh, the joy of seeing that rug in place!

  20. magpiesue says:

    Oh for a magic wand to bring the rest of your stuff over and whip that room into order! This is going to be fabulous – eventually. πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      My word yes! And another one to do the sanding and painting and tiling…. But still, I’ll get there. The sewing room, luckily, doesn’t need any of that, just to have all the furniture and equipment installed.

  21. I LOVE the size of your sewing room! So much light! It’s going to be wonderful. I would pile quilts over the stuff too. πŸ˜‰ Much more pleasing to the eyes. You are making wonderful progress. It took me forever to get moved in here.

  22. So much space! Happy sewing (when you get around to it that is) xx

    • katechiconi says:

      I know! I’m *so* lucky, and the sewing’s going to resume this afternoon, with me quilting the individual blocks up on my design wall. I can’t quite believe how much space and light I have now…

  23. Emmely says:

    Even unfinished it already looks like a very nice, roomy and light room!

    • katechiconi says:

      Light it certainly is, but I think roomy will only become true when all the non-sewing things have been moved out. But it’s going to be fun working in there!

  24. A lovely room, so much space… enjoy many hours of productive creativity.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s funny how we’ve moved to a smaller house but this area is so much larger than before. It’s almost as if the placed had been designed specially for us!

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  26. Joanne S says:

    Good light. Check! Spacious. Check! Design wall space. Check! Beautiful rug. Check! How exciting to be able to get your hands on your “stuff.” πŸ˜€

    • katechiconi says:

      A lot of it is still in boxes, and some of it still hasn’t been brought over, but I begin to have an idea of how the room might function and how to organise the flow. The light is great, the space is even better!

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