Saturday, November 7, 2009

Studio Update { Mr. Sniffles and Amy Butler }

Well hello there! I'm back. I haven't seen you since last month, but I haven't ventured too far away. Just working and dealing with everyday life. I apologize that I've been neglecting my shop and blog duties lately. Among all the stresses life has brought us, we did manage to fit in some good news and great family times. Our son Brennan has gotten a clean bill of health from the doctor. The Wiggles came to town and my oldest just had to go. And on top of all the commotion, Mr. Sniffles decided to pay me a visit and I've been trying to get rid of him for the past few days! What a terrible house guest he is. Leaving dirty tissues and empty soup bowls about. On a more serious note, please excuse my zany beginning. My cold medicine has just kicked in and I'm feeling good!

I posted some photos of our new studio to Flickr last week and have been eagerly waiting to share them with you. Now, keep in mind that the room is done (the floor is down, the walls have been painted, etc.), but we are still in the process of organizing everything. I boxed up all my fabrics and basically moved them from one room to another. My DW has not started her half of the room yet, but she hopes to be able to make an effort this winter when she has more free time.

Here is an overall photo of my half of the room. As you can see I literally dumped my mess into this side of the room and went with it.

This second photo shows the area behind my sewing table. The fabrics are all still boxed up. I'm still trying to find the perfect way to display them. I've been to a few furniture shops looking, but haven't found just what I wanted. That old insulation board design wall has to go. I may just get a flannel sheet and cover it for now to make it blend in more.

Here is the new sewing table setup. It is working quite well. I love that the machine is lower and I don't have to raise my arms at chest level to use it. It could be a little longer (not alot of room for my tools when I'm sewing). I may need to get a stand for them.

This is the one section of the room I am happy with at this point. My cutting and tool area. I moved the organizer from my old room. Gave it a fresh coat of paint. It was burgundy before and now it's CLEAN and NEAT white.

Does John recognize his pillows on the chair?

What do you think? I'm so happy with the way it's turning out. There are still a few things on my list to tweak, but the space at this point is usable.

Now, to try and cope with Mr. Sniffles' unwanted company, Amy Butler and I have been working on my first project in the new room! Kerri from Sew Deerly Loved shipped me a nice half yard assortment of AB's newest line Love. WOW, Thanks Kerri!! I LOVE these prints and I LOVE her shop.

Last night I got down to business cutting these half yards into fatties. One pile for me and one pile for my Pillow Talk {Swap} partner. I'm using John's ORBC tutorial on wonky squares-in-squares and have cut the swap FQ's into the appropriate size strips.

I'll be working on the construction of the blocks for the rest of the day. What are you working on today?

Happy quilting,


  1. Wow Ryan you are so lucky to have such a great space to work in. I love the colour on the walls. So fresh but calming too. The freshly painted orgniser on your wall is a great idea as well. I have 2 quilt tops that need quilting so this week I will be finishing a pieced backing for one of them and get at least one quilted I hope. I've been procrastinating on how to quilt them for way too long now and just need to get on with it. Thanks for sharing your studio space. This is the first time I've commented on your blog, have been lurking in the shadows for a little while so to speak.

  2. That's a wonderful space to create in.. Love the wood floors and the paint color. Congratulations on finishing and good luck with the organizing. Love your new sewing table as well, it's perfect. Enjoy your new space and look forward to seeing more of your quilts.

  3. room is looking great! Hey we have the same sewing machine! I love my Kenmore! I've had mine for about 5 years now and it hasn't been in the shop once! (I also have a brother pq1300 which is the one that you see more recently in my posts)

  4. Love the new studio.The colour on the walls is such a lovely shade of aqua! I am so jealous off all the space you have.
    What am I working on...I've been finishing off the last twelve library bags (27 in all) for the children in my room heading of to their first year of school next year.Just finished the 27th last night and now to sew up all the openings in the linings and I can call them totally finished.
    Have fun organising your new room and I hope you find your storage solutions real soon :) Barb.

  5. your studio is lovely!! such a great space to work in all the time. i love the color of the wall, and your cutting table is fabulous!!

    can't wait to see the pillow you make with the love fabrics!! thanks for the shout out! ;) you're so sweet!!

  6. love that fabric!
    i just started a cool modern quilt also. i haven't posted pics yet on my blog, but pro'lly will do so 2morro
    i love your blog, btw :)
    niki in az

  7. Hope you get to feeling better.

    I will say that I love your sewing room, on thing I love most is the light....lots of natural light and the colors you have chosen adds to that light.

  8. Your studio is taking shape. I love the tool board on the wall. Wish mine was so neat!
    Here's hoping that cold goes soon and doesn't decide to visit the rest of the family.

  9. Wow, have been so busy lately. All I did today was cut a tree down. I have nothing to show for it at all! :) Love, love, love the way your craft room is turning out. Will your wife's half be crafting too? does she quilt with you?

  10. Ryan your new space is looking really good that it's making me jealous! :o)
    Love the new Amy Butler fabrics. I so need to get me some.
    Today I was just working on an Advent Calendar for a good friend of mine. It's an early Christmas gift.

    Have a great one!

  11. What a great room! Love the light and the color. Sorry abt the sniffles, but with those wonderful fabrics to work with you are sure to feel better soon! ;-)

  12. The studio's looking great! And yes, I sure did notice the pillows!! Hope you're still enjoying them. My wife and I have already agreed that our next house MUST have a decent-sized studio space ... yours is an inspiration. Hope all is well! Feel better!

  13. What a great studio you have! It looks like you have a lot of space to move around. When I first set up my studio, there was room to move and then my stash grew ....

  14. I hope you're feeling better soon, Ryan - you have such a lovely sewing space, and you need to be well to really enjoy it. :-)
    What beautiful fabrics!! That Amy Butler always makes me drool with her designs!

  15. The only fabric storage that has ever worked for me started with an idea at Target. They have shelving units with cubbies. Those cubbies have cloth drawers available. I use the drawers for scraps and FGs & half yards. I use the open squares for rolled and rubberbanded larger pieces-sorted by color. And it looks good. If I were vertical I would take the shelves to the ceiling. Did I mention it is modestly priced?

  16. Love the new studio...what a great place to be creative. I'm jealous!

    Hope you're feeling 100% better real soon. It's no fun to be sick!

    Take care,

  17. Hi Ryan,

    I just discovered your blog and like it very much.

    Where did you get that sewing table? That's what I need and am in the "research" process.

    Thanks so much.

  18. Beautiful new sewing space Ryan- it always feel better when one gets themselves organized in a way that works for them. It looks great!
    Hope you are feeling much better- glad to know that your little one is better too. My husband has been under the weather recently and is having a hard time shaking the cold and flu. Take care and drink plenty of fluids, rest and take your medicine- Does that sound like a Mom or what???VBG

  19. Hi Ryan, I hope you are feeling MUCH better by now! I love your studio, doesn't your hst quilt look great hanging on the wall there. I love Amy's new line too, I'm using it to make an applique quilt xo

  20. your studio is looking good.. i feel like mine is always a work in progress.. something that works for a time eventually needs to be changed!!

  21. Ryan,
    I am new to your blog and I just love your new studio! Wow, what a great place to work! I found you through my Mom latane's quilts. I have a brand new quilting blog and I hope you will visit-- I hope you are feeling better! I love the header picture of you and your family! Happy quilting!


  22. Love your new studio! The wall colour is so nice.

  23. You have such a beautiful studio. The wall color is similar to what I have in my house.
    Thanks for the tip about the table. That is exactly the kind of table I wanted, and didn't know they actually made. I found a website that matches prices and gives 10% on top of it, but you have to pay $25 shipping. Probably better for me to get it directly from Sears like you did. Thanks for that tip as well.

  24. great studio! Lovely blue on the walls, and great amy butler to work with!

    I want that sewing table (i just read your post about where you bought it) I need to go research it now.

    Found you through quilt dad!

  25. Great space! We've just finished our basement, including a quilting studio for me, but I haven't painted it yet. I just can't seem to get up the energy, even though I know it won't take me as long as I worry that it will. But seeing your space is inspiring - perhaps I'll pick up that brush.

  26. hello.. just dropping by to wish you Happy Christmas..

    Kuala Lumpur


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