Wednesday, January 20, 2016

My Sewing Room is Back in Business

The sewing room is no longer a construction zone. All the stuff that was moved out has been moved back in, with a little purging along the way and a lot of serious cleaning up. The new sewing machine fits perfectly in the retrofitted table, and with the table fully open, I can finally quilt Antler Dance.

The bulk of this quilt fits easily within the huge throat space of the new machine. I'm using the even-feed feature with a guide and quilting a spiral with 1-1/4" spacing. It's going much better than I anticipated. I was actually quite anxious about quilting this, but so far so good.

In the photo above, the sewing table is fully opened to its max size of 80" wide x 40" deep, which gives me plenty of room to the left of the needle to bear the weight of the quilt. The table is so big, I can only open it up this wide with the door closed.

The sewing room is mostly back in order, but the cutting table has to be pushed way back when the sewing table is fully open. Here the cutting table is fully open too (so I could mark the center of the spiral); usually the leaf on the right is closed. That leaf is close to the wall so getting around when the table is fully open is a challenge. I'm really glad the furniture in here is easily moveable.

I'm very happy to have my sewing table fixed and my studio clean and usable again. DH did a fabulous job retrofitting the table, and now I'm enjoying my new sewing machine even more. Here's how it looked when he finished working on it (before I cleaned up the room and took down the plastic). A perfect fit, and no chips in the laminate.

Today I plan to make some more progress on the spiral quilting. Linking up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


  1. A huge table like that would sure make quilting big quilts much easier! I love the spiral you are doing. What is the width of your spirals?

  2. Congratulations on getting your room re-organized. I love that feeling of a fresh start! And your quilting on Antler Dance has already made great progress, wow. :) I'm glad it is going better than you had feared, too. Must be related to all that hard work your husband put in.

  3. Congrats on your new machine, she's a beauty!

  4. Your set-up looks great! Isn't it amazing how having enough space to support a quilt makes such a difference in the fluid movement of the quilt while you're working? I really like how the spiral looks against the straight edges of the blocks. Your husband's work is pretty amazing, too!

  5. Wow, you've made A LOT of progress on quilting Antler Dance! Isn't it wonderful when it goes much better than anticipated?

  6. No wonder that table couldn't be moved, but it's oh so useful. Antler Dance is looking great.