Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tasting Table Tuesday - Cotton Cellar Tour

My Tasting Table is pretty messy today.  I've been working hard to get some new items to list on Etsy.  Here's the mess I left last night - Essential Wristlets in various stages of completion...
As you can see, the black one and the teal one were finished, and since then I've finished the black and red one on the left.  There are still two more cut out and ready to sew - hopefully tomorrow.
Here's the stack of four that I just listed in my Etsy shop.  All ready for a Holiday Party!  You can see the listings here.

Now for the tour I promised you.  In case you didn't believe me when I said my Tasting Table was pretty messy today, I wasn't lying.  I DID NOT tidy up before I took these pictures.  I know - I should be embarrassed to let you see this mess, but I consider myself fortunate to have a dedicated sewing space - even if it is in the cellar!  I can make a serious mess (and I do!) and still be able to walk away and leave it, without it disrupting anything (or anyone, as the case may be...) else in the house.
Here's what you see as you come down the stairs to my Cotton Cellar...
Just off the right side of the picture is a partition wall.  I share the left side of the basement with the laundry, and my husband gets the right side of the basement (except for my drop-leaf basting table - hehe).

And here's another view of my main work space.  Both tables have machine lifts in them.  You can see my Bernina on one of them.  That's my everyday sewing machine.  My Juki that I use for quilting is in the other table, but I normally use that table for cutting fabric - so when I need to quilt, I just move the mat and raise my Juki up - so that table is dual purpose.

And here's a shot of my pressing station.  I really should have tidied this one up just a bit, but hey - I'm a busy gal - who has time to clean!  This was my parent's first kitchen table (early 1950's era) and I covered it with batting and canvas to make a pressing table that is firm and large enough to iron a full width of 45" fabric - great for quilt backs!  I put risers underneath the legs to raise it up to a more comfortable height, and put some shelves underneath to store my bolts of interfacing.
The ironing press you see to the left is such a time saver!  It works great when fusing interfacing to all those purse pieces!
It seems like I have boxes of fabrics and scraps stacked everywhere.  I dream about sorting all my scraps and organizing all my fabrics, but there never seems to be enough time - there's always something else I have to get done first.   Maybe someday...  In the meantime, I'll keep dreaming of the perfect system.

So there you have it - a peek into my Cotton Cellar.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE looking at other people's studios.  Who's going to post their pictures next???


  1. I like your space. Yours looks neat and clean compared to mine.

  2. You have a nice space. I am sure to you it looks messy but from here it looks pretty neat and organized. ;)



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