My quilting spaces

I’ve blogged about this before but since I’ve had a bunch of questions recently, I thought I’d share some photos and descriptions of my quilting spaces and schedule it to post while I’m away.

All these photos were taken in April when we moved so the longarm room is messier and while the upstairs sewing room no longer has boxes and the shelves are full – right now it could use a good cleaning.

We live in a 3 story townhouse and I use the downstairs family room for the longarm. I have a Gammill Premier Plus on a 10 foot table that I downsized to from a Gammill Classic Plus on a 12 foot table 2 years ago when we moved to Minneapolis. Luckily, it meets my needs and the transition wasn’t too difficult.


This room is also the *office* so I have my desktop computer, printer, and files down here. The longarm table has various bins underneath it but one of these days, I’m going to organize it like Deb has done with hers.

I just added track lighting down here and I love it – it’s made a huge difference in the amount of light I have to work by and it’s been great to be able to quilt on these nights I haven’t been able to sleep.


The upstairs sewing room is the 2nd of two bedrooms and I get a lot of exercise running up and down the stairs between these two rooms.

As you come in the door, the sewing table is to the left – I sew on an Elna which is NOT set up in this photo, the cutting table is straight ahead – it’s a buffet from an old dining room set that’s the perfect height, and my shelves take up the entire wall to the right.


Looking back toward the door – this table collapses when not in use and I took the doors off the closet for easy access and storage.


The shelves are from Ikea and my favorite thing in my sewing room. I love the drawers that slip in the cubes – you can see two at the top left but I have at least 10 of them. Some hold knitting and crochet supplies and others hold fat quarters that are too small to put on the shelves. My books line the bottom and right side of the unit – I think they take up 13 or 14 of the cubes.


I still miss the studio we created for my quilting in Marietta. It was large, had great light, and everything was in one room BUT I know a lot of people would be happy to have just one room, much less two that are devoted to their quilting and I am grateful that Keith allows me to take up so much of our home just for me.


  1. mary…this post is perfectly timed! lol…i wanted to know what your machine was cuz i knew you downsized! i am going to miss my sewing room a LOT when I finally relocate. i might even have to give it up but we’ll see. steve wants me to keep it if it works! enjoy your time with your sons!laurie

  2. I love the shelving. I am lucky too in that I have a large studio just for my sewing. I sewed in the kitchen for years so I know what a difference it makes to have a dedicated room for it.

  3. Okay I’m green with envy over the Gammill machine!!! 😉 I too have a studio so to speak (although it is being used in many different ways at the moment!) and a machine quilting frame but no machine for it yet, I’m hoping Santa will be good to me this year and the babylock machine I want for my frame. I also love the shelfing. I need something like that!!!

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