Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Things are Looking UP!

I'm very fortunate to have a dedicated sewing space.  Mary Lou, here, from Cheaper than Therapy Quilting, and I blessedly don't have to share my machine and stash with a bedroom or an office or a family or bonus room. Yippee!! But my growing stash (can someone tell me why it continues to grow, even after I've annouced several fabric buying moratoriums!?! :-D) means that my room is way too small!  It's about a 12 x 12 room with a full length closet which I've filled to capacity and then some!

So I'm finding creative ways to store things in my space!

I like my sewing room to be homey -- so I have knick-knacks and such that I want to display. And I'd love to put them on tables and surfaces but they clutter my sewing space! I need a place to put them out of the way, but still visible.

Out came my trusty Stud Finder (sadly it only works on walls, not on humans! LOL)!  I put wooden brackets on the wall and mounted a shelf to hold my brick-a-brack.  Out of the way!  My grandmother's 100 year old cast-iron sewing machine, photos, quilty puzzles, sewing angels, Boyd's bears and all, sturdily displayed!

Once, the "UP" thing occurred, I looked around for other possibilities -- OFF the floor, with display capabilities (after all, how can I work up enough guilt to finish projects if I can't see them and feel them willing me to complete them!?)....

How 'bout pegs!?

Yes! With quilt blocks on skirt-hangers, mocking me and begging for attention! (Love, love skirt hangers for keeping my blocks together and unwrinkled!)
How about hooks on the closet doors for panels, rows of blocks, larger blocks and thread! (The rows of my "Hometown Christmas" quilt and the first month of "American Heritage" are hanging out on these inexpensive hooks!)
And since only half the closet is shelved (dear husband thought we might wanna use the room as a bedroom someday) and the other half has a rod, I bought those hang-up shelves and filled them to capacity with UFO's....(For the record, there are 52 -- well, 45 now since I've finished 7 of them so far this year!! I'm on a roll!!!!  Whoo hoo!!)

Even my design wall is under a shelf that has quilty stuff on top and a quilt hanger below. (I'm working on Miss Rosie's "Home Sweet Home" from Spice of Life Quilts.)
So, if room is a premium in your sewing space, look up!
And since the world didn't end this past weekend :-P, I'll close with a "looking up" word from the book of Acts:
“Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”  (Acts 1:11)

Not this past weekend, but someday! :-)  I'll keep looking up in my sewing room and for His return! :-)

Blessings! And thank you so much, Madame Samm, for allowing me the privilege of a visit here!!

Mary Lou

Editors note....

Mary Lou had written this last week  ready to be posted today, before the news of her beloved Son SAM who passed away this Monday morning in his sleep. He was only 17 years young.  A healthy young man who was needed in the Heavens above. I asked her if she wanted to postpone this post, but she would not have anything to do with that gesture. She felt perhaps some of you would be touched by her son's story by his short time on this earth and be reminded to make the most of each day. I could not agree with her more. Her Sam would want her to continue  living and loving, which she does sew effortlessly. Visit her please and let here know you care... Your words will most certainly bring her comfort.

Blessings Madame Samm


  1. Thank you ... thank you for sharing. Your storage ideas are inspiring. Bless you!

  2. I can't seem to make the same use of my space as you do yours. I may need to look again and incorporate some of your ideas. Sending prayers and hugs for you and your family.

  3. Sorry to hear of your loss. Thanks for sharing space saving tips.

  4. I already follow Mary Lou and I am deeply saddened by Sam's passing. I am amazed at her courage and strength, as I am of other people who have suffered the same loss. Thank you for sharing your sewing space with us Mary Lou. Hugs

  5. Oh Mary Lou, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My original comment was to thank you for the great suggestions, especially the hanging boxes for the wardrobe, but space saving seems of little importance. You and you family are in my prayers.

  6. Dear Mary Lou,
    I'm so sorry to hear about your son. Sending you and your family lots of strength, love and prayers.

  7. Mary Lou...en cada puntada estará presente la sonrisa de su hijo Sam...
    Gracias por compartir su ahorro de espacio.
    Un abrazo desde el corazón.

  8. I cannot imagine your thoughts and pain - the worse fear of a mother is losing a child. Your courage to continue with sharing with us at this time is a testiment. Many hugs, blessings, and prayers for you and your family.

  9. Mary Lou, I follow your blog and read yesterday of Sam's homegoing. I rejoice in the strength and faith you are revealing, and I hope that I will get to meet Sam when I get to heaven - he sounds like an amazing young man. Much in prayer for you and yours,
    Jacque in SC

  10. Mary Lou I love your storage/display ideas. They look cat proof, a necessity at my house.
    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dear son. My prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Mary Lou, you and I are cut from the same cloth! I already have in place all of the tricks you mentioned, I'm always trying to think of new ways to cram more stuff into my space! Love the look of your room - it is homey and warm and I'd be very happy hanging out in there with you! So, so sorry to read about your son, you will be in my prayers. xo, Nan

  12. Thank you for your wonderful ideas on storage. Thank you also for your faith and strength in such a loss. It truly lifts us all up and your family will be in our prayers.

  13. Mary Lou I've followed your example and gone up in my sewing room too. I have shelves up near the ceiling on two walls. I love your idea of hanging shelves on the closet rod - hadn't thought about that. Thanks for the post, but most of all, thank you for your faith filled life that lifts me up every time I read your blog. God is surely using you to touch others. And He will continue to use Sam through you as well. blessings, marlene

  14. My heart and prayers go out to Mary Lou and your family. But something tells me that special Angels brought you to Samm's blog at this time in your life. There are many that are sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

    Hugs, big hugs.


  15. The skirt hanger idea is excellent. So, so sorry to read about your son, sending prayers for you and your family.

  16. I was so shocked to see that Mary Lou was a guest today...then I figured that she must have pre-posted. Hugs to you!

  17. Mary Lou thanks for sharing all your great ideas. I am so sorry to hear of your loss--you will be remembered in my prayers.

  18. So sorry for your loss. I pray you will feel peace during this difficult time.

    Peggy H.

  19. Words fail me but know that prayers and thoughts are coming your way for the strength you will need from this day on. Thanks for the sharing of yourself and family.Judy C


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