Workable Chaos Theory…
Realistic Look at The Creative Space…
from me, Debbie Wendt of Wendt Quilting
Wendt pronounced WENT and yes I’m usually GONE…teaching, to a show, traveling…and I do like it that way! So, I have spurts of time to design, sew, Longarm quilt and clean. The latter, not so much. (Or I should say, clear the clutter, not so much)
I have filled my house with my passion, QUILTING and FABRIC. My dear husband knew I liked fabric when we got married 22 years ago. But he didn’t know, fabric has this way of multiplying while waiting to be made into just the right project. 😉
I am going to give you a strategic look around my house, as my bits and pieces have managed to find their way into almost every room. For those of you following my Two Tips Tuesday, you will find many tips included in this post!
My “sewing room” (now “office”) is the keeper of my original sewing table purchased when I taught Home Ec. This room also has the prized design wall with the Egyptian Sampler I designed for my quilt group when I lived in Maadi, Cairo, Egypt. (Blocks are only 15 years old). The cabinets are organized with projects labeled in storage boxes (thanks Becky!) and quilts hung on pants hangers. I find it best to keep most of my quilts behind closed doors so they don’t fade with exposure to sunlight. It also helps keep the wrinkles out. Very little sewing happens here anymore. My husband took over the desk and surface of the “original sewing table” as his office when he works from home.
The “fabric storage” can be found in the two spare bedrooms, on shelves in the basement (and under the master bedroom bed, shhhh! Who am I fooling, he knows it is there.). These wire basket units were purchased from IKEA. And the absolute best for the stash! Folded and arranged by color and fabric type! (Yep, organized chaos!)
The “cutting table” can be found in the basement with more shelves for bolts of fabric storage, the sewing machines and the most used design wall. I have three adjustable height tables, insulation board for the design wall (never got it covered with flannel, but great to pin into). A drawer unit lives at the end of the cutting table. The top of the drawers is to catch the fabric as it is cut and the drawers keep all the extra bits, selvages and pieces that are too big to throw away.
The “Longarm studio” is also in the basement. A curtain hides the unfinished space. Thanks to my dad, I have finished walls to separate the shop and furnace room from my space. All my pantos live in a shoe organizer and huge wall organizer that a friend made me. Threads are tucked into more plastic drawers and class kits and supplies are in a TV cabinet (yard sale find!)
The “teaching/lecture” organization lives in several areas. Back in the sewing room photo, under the printer is some of the paperwork. Each class has its own pull out box (a scrap booking drawer unit). My treasured Egyptian Tentmaker pieces live in cloth bags I purchased while living in Cairo.
I’ve expanded to fill my space! I even have shelving units at my parent’s house with show booth extras. Here, there and everywhere…The chaos has worked for now!
So tell me…do you have everything in one room? Add a comment by the end of the Studio Spotlight Hop (Jan. 23rd) and I’ll enter you into my two drawings…..
“Brilliant Bindings” + “Twirl-A-Tool” pattern
and “Brilliant Bindings” + “Brilliant Swirl” pattern.
Get extra chances by signing up for my newsletter on my website, liking Wendt Quilting on FaceBook and following my blog. I post TWO TIPS every Tuesday and other quilty things as they happen.
I’m flying to Albuquerque this morning for the AQS Week! I teach two classes on Friday, “Stitch it Slow – Handwork on the Go” and “Hexies and Honeycombs”. I’ve really enjoyed getting back to handwork. That is how my quilting journey began. Hope to see you there! Or along life’s quilting pathways!
Debbie ~ Wendt Quilting