Studio Renovation, Part 3 πŸ› 

In the category of better-late-than-never 🀣, I realized that I never did complete this trilogy of posts!

So, after rearranging the pieces, sizing down my long-arm table and building the game-changing rolling pressing station πŸ’œ, I was still left with a less-than-optimal sewing machine table:

Do you have a challenging space? Sloping ceiling or oddly-shaped side of your studio? If so, you can try to improvise with a number of pieces: small sewing table, folding table on the side, etc. But as you can see, any quilt would drop off of the back of this table quite easily. I also had a lot of supplies stored here but not in the most efficient manner.

How to absolutely maximize the useable space and create a large surface for bigger quilts? First, clear the space completely:

In the case of my studio, the answer was to have a custom-built laminated wood table for the space. Very large top…cut-out for my Bernina…with a raised edge to catch errant spools…and 5 metal legs. After many (many) careful measurements, the big day arrived…


I had to take a photo of my machine luxuriating in solitary splendor πŸ˜‰ before adding lamps on either side and my array of Bernina accessories to the right of my machine. Note that every inch of usable space is now available :).

I hope that these 3 posts have inspired you to make the most of your studio space!

Published by neonkittyquilts

Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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