Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I've Moved Out & Creative Space Tag


Before I explain my exodus from the 
house, let me show you my QST progress.
This was taken in my new space with only a flash.
No other photo enhancements were made, 
but I finally have natural daylight. 
I feel like I can see the full spectrum.
 What a difference that makes!

This quilt is going to be large. The new design wall 
is 7' 7" x 8'--the dimension of 2 pieces of foam
core insulation. Each was covered with quilt
batting I found on a roll for $1.79 a yard. I 
attached it with hot glue, and then actually
hot glued it to the wall. It will all peel off 
if I need or want to move it. I think I
could use one more beside it, too.
Let's Dream Big!


I have one large window with light 
in front of my machines.


And another here! 
Both are north facing, and so I have no blinding 
glare, just great afternoon light for photos.



I have a great mess, but my husband promised
to help me move my storage cubes soon. The
room was used as a gaming room when all the
kids were young. I was the mom that wouldn't
allow video games in the house. Period. This
was a way to control it. It later became a 
guest room, and now my learning center/studio.


There are always a few drawbacks. 
No Wifi, and there are stairs. 
Imagine all the trips I made to move,
but I think it was worth it.


Why did I move? 

I moved for natural light, most of all. Also, to 
separate my home life from my work life. It's 
becoming more real when I have to close the 
door to the house, and walk 'to work'. There is 
complete quiet, or I can crank up Rock music
without bothering anyone. I won't apologize for 
being in the way. My house will stay much cleaner 
without me dragging things up and down the stairs 
to photograph. Fewer chances of pins winding up 
in my husband's socks. And thankfully, it feels right.

The Doxie Girls and I are totally convinced.
It's time to Dream in Color.

I've shown you my new space roughly
done, but promise to update you
as it comes together. In the mean
time, I'm tagging my friend, Maryse,
 to show us her space. We both thought
it would be fun to see the places
regular people like us create. Would 
you like to be included in our game of 
Creative Space Tag? 

Leave me a reply below, or drop me 
an email, and be sure to include your own.
Stay tuned to future posts, and I'll link
you over to Maryse Makes Things 
when she's ready.

Come on, Doxie Girls.
Let's go sew.

32 comments:

Julierose said...

Nice space--I used to teach piano and had my own space--really makes a huge difference for the better. when you walk in you feel like you are at work...beautiful piece --that will be large! hugs, Julierose

Debra said...

Love all your natural light. That is the one thing I am lacking in my space - which is our entire lower level... but if I could change one thing - that would be it. Congratulations on the new space, I am looking forward to seeing it come together!

Cassandra said...

What a fantastic studio space with so much light! It will be wonderful to have enough room to really spread out!

Eileen In Stitches said...

What a great studio space! It'll be wonderful for photos with that natural light.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

The stairs would not even bother me since they lead to that enormous beautiful room! I love the design wall and the big windows. Thank you for sharing!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Your HST quilt top is looking great! And such a wonderful large sewing space, lucky you! Linda

Kat said...

Gorgeous HSTs! And your new space is awesome. Congrats!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

A new space is always rejuvinating!! Especially with all the natural light! I love creating and organizing...have fun! PS: Love your WIP too!

Laura said...

Congrats on your new space! I'm hoping to move into mine in September.

Linda Swanekamp said...

Congratulations on taking the plunge! I took over our living room. We always use the family room, so my husband said go for it. I know you finish it up and get great use out of it.

Kaja said...

Great space - lucky you! And your HSTs on the wall look awesome.

Anonymous said...

Looks fantastic! Enjoy and have fun in your NEW work space! x Teje

Maryse said...

Looks great, roomy and well lighted! I'm glad for you. :-)

Lorna McMahon said...

What an adventure! The new space is so large. And the light!!! So happy for you!

HeathersSewingRoom said...

What a fabulous new space with nice natural light. A great decision to have a separate place for work. Your quilt is also coming together very nicely and looks good on your new design wall.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

Congratulations on moving into such a large and well lit space. :)

Lara B. said...

Julie your Creative space looks like a dream come true! All that natural light in there and so much artificial lighting too, as well as space to spread out...just fabulous! That is a clever design wall... and a design wall can never be too large. I'd move the pinball machine and cover the entire section with design wall panels. It's fun to see how people organize their spaces so I look forward to seeing how you tackle that. Yay... Maryse's next! I love Maryse! Your QST quilt is looking awesome!

Ruth said...

Love it - those windows are gorgeous and natural light is great for crafting but also for making me feel happier especially when its a sunny day outside! Looks like plenty of space to grow into. Great idea for a tag!

Renee said...

Hurray for a beautiful new space with great lighting! Fun quilt to work on, looks so bright and cheery!

Ida said...

Love your quilt! I can't wait to see it finished. You are so blessed to have a large space like that with wonderful light.

MegsAnn said...

What a great space! There's room to spread out. I'm moving into my new studio too. Just finished up the flooring. :) www.quiltartbymegan.com

Dresses and Spurs said...

Awesome space! I'd love to show off my real people space. It's so funny you mentioned that ;) Dressesandspurs at outlook dot com Happy creating in your NEW space!

Sandra Walker said...

Your space has so much potential and terrific light! I love that you said, "walk to work" :-). In our previous home out west I had 2 styrofoam sheets over which a laid gridded flannel from Hancock's of Paducah, and hot glued to the wall. When we moved the flannel was easily removed, not so the styrofoam, but it was inexpensive. Now the flannel is pinned to the studs and vapour barrier in the (unfinished) basement corner where I sew. One day, I will have a sewing room to rival the one I used to have! Loving that quilt on your design wall.

Rebecca Grace said...

Congratulations on your new studio space! I wish I could squeeze a bigger design wall into my space but I have a sloped ceiling and only one wall that is full height without windows breaking it up. I love seeing other people's creative work spaces.

LA Paylor said...

I've shown my studio before but I'm always in for it again. I would love to see where all my friends work. I love the idea of going to work and closing the door on the house. Can the doxies make it down the stairs with you? And you might need a fridge or did I miss it? A mini kitchen and a bathroom for washing out paint brushes would be a plus to me.
I think most real people make a mess while working. They may or may not clean between projects but they make a mess.
Your site has a good vibe. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Anonymous said...

I love the colors of your new HST quilt and your new space is fabulous!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

I"d love to be a part of your creative space tag game. Count me in! Fun idea!!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a fantastic studio Julie! How big is it! Love all the light that you have and the photo of your quilt looks perfect!

Katie V said...

Super jealous of your crafting space!! Having all that room just to make creative "messes" must be freeing especially since it is away from home. Gotta have that rock music pumping and your own room to do that in is awesome.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Hey Julie!!! ALWAYS good to revisit someones crative space. Wondering how your long arm quilting bus.has taken off? I hope well. THANKS for linking up this week! SMILES!! V

Cath said...

I totally understand you moving for the natural light....I don't know how people can sew in a room without it! I am planning an attic style sewing room in my new house...so it will be long and narrow like yours with stairs thrown in but I will definitely have control of where my natural light comes from....North, hey? it's also the best view here!

FVITH said...

This looks like a great space, an so nice to have it out of your living area