Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Before's and the Afters!

I'm back with some studio photo's! As you know we decided to kick our cars out of the garage and set it up for me and my quilting stuff to move in! We gave it over to a lovely builder and his team to make the garage habitable and well lit, and I found some great secondhand carpet squares for the floor. So here are the photo's....

Before back wall...


After back wall...


Before side wall...


After side wall...(loving that new door!)


Before window wall...


After window wall...(check out those wonderful fabric shelves!)


So once that was all done (and I'd killed my shoulders helping hubby painting it!) I was ready to move in. It is more difficult to take good photo's now I have moved in and filled up the room entirely, but you get some idea from these pics.

Back wall...including humbling-ly large fabric stash and huge design wall.


Side wall...pressing board, cutting table, pinning table area and hand stitching chair!


Window wall...the sewing, office and book storage area.


Front door wall...


I'm actually enjoying working in here with the front door open, I think it will be lovely especially through the summer evenings.


So there it is. I am incredibly grateful, humbled and thankful for this AMAZING space I can now get to work in. I am still pinching myself that I have been able to move from an incredibly small room to this roomy studio. I have loved filling this place with tables and items from op shops and ebay to keep costs down and to give it a lived in look. I will show a few of my favourite pieces in another post, as well as a few pics on how I made my pressing board. See you soon. xo

58 comments:

Maja said...

Girl, you are a lucky woman!!!
My heart fills with joy for you!
Have lots and lots of happy sewing in your new, fab studio!
All the best to you from Maja in Sweden

Cardygirl said...

Fabulous...a great space for you Cathy....imagine what you will create in here!

Lisa said...

Fabulous!!! What an absolutely fantastic space. I think you are going to feel very creative there! I loooove your brick walls!!!

Lisa said...

So lucky! Wow! Looking forward to the pressing board tut! I need one...just not sure how to go about it. Enjoy your space!

HoffiCoffi said...

I love seeing where other people create. This is a fabulous space where I am sure you will spend many happy hours - thank you for sharing it with us.

Quiltjane said...

A truly beautiful creative space. Lucky girl. I love the book case full of neatly folded fabrics.

Liz said...

That's an awesome space and a mighty, mighty fabric collection!

Shaz said...

What a fabulous sewing area you now have Cathy! I'm sure there will be some amazing work coming out of there in the future.
Congratulations, you lucky, lucky girl!

memmens said...

Wow it is wonderful, look forward to seeing more

Oops-Lah said...

Wow, what a transformation. I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to have such a wonderful space to create. And your stash is not half bad either ;)!

bec said...

WoW!! Amazing space, and already so much character. Enjoy!

Maria said...

That is a amazing space. I'm green with envy. Hope you have many hours of happy sewing in there.

Grit said...

FANTASTIC !!!!!! Your new place is so amazing!!!

dutchcomfort said...

Wow that’s a wonderful and inspiring sewing and quilt studio! Enjoy your new creative space!

Francis Paul said...

I love that you left the front door in it's place! I can imagine that you will enjoy sewing with the door open :-)

Paula Hensley Murphy said...

How totally awesome. You are going to love love love this space. What a workable room, so light and airy! Congrats....

ranette said...

Lovely and welcoming room Cathy! I can't wait to see all of the beautiful quilts that you create in it! I also love that the big door opens. Do you have bugs there? In Oklahoma the bugs would come rushing in....lol

Karendianne said...

Oh this is wonderful. I haven't visited in a while so what a great day to drop in. I totally agree the opportunity for some open air quilt evenings is delightful. So, so happy for you.

Exuberant Color said...

That is a wonderful space! I'm sure you will be creating some great pieces in there.

Jenny said...

what a great space! have you used cushioned rugs/mats for the cement floor? protect your back! i love your huge design wall. such a nice space to work in!

Maree: said...

WooHoo it looks Awesome! You will be Even More Inspired Now ...Enjoy Hun xx

Teje Karjalainen said...

Dear Cathy, I'm so happy for you! That is so beautiful, big and lightful studio! Fantastic idea to not to close totally the carage door, so it can be open in summer!
Enjoy and happy sewings! x Teje

Marjorie said...

Amazing! You lucky girl. Make great things.

Karen said...

I am so happy for you. It is fabulous!!

FabricandFlowers said...

I love seeing where someone else sews. You have a fabulous new room. Lots of natural light and smart storage. Enjoy!

Jackie said...

What an amazing space! I love the brick. I also think it would be fun to sew with the big door open in beautiful weather. You have space for a friend to come sew too!

Bev said...

Gorgeous! You deserve it too! Thanks for sharing!

Cheery wave from Bev

paulette said...

WOW!!!!!!! OMG! WOW!! (Can you tell...I'm speechless! Well almost...) Have fun!
P

Nifty Quilts said...

Oh my goodness! It's a slice of heaven!! How smart of you and hubby to do this. What fun you'll have in there for a long, long time! Hmm, I may have to look at my garage in a new way.

Rafael's Mum said...

Just beautiful! I'm so pleased for you !!

Nedra said...

What a GREAT idea! I love how it turned out, am so happy for you to have such a wonderful space to sew. Look at all that beautiful fabric all lined up on your shelves. Drool...

Chookyblue...... said...

enjoy your new space...........sometimes I just hand out in the chookshed cause I like being there and not actually sew.......could leave the door open without gauze here though...........

Lorraine said...

What a great creating space! Enjoy!

Karen said...

How fantastic to have such a wonderful sewing space! I am sure you are going to thoroughly enjoy yourself in your studio. Happy creating!

Quilting Dee said...

A fabulous space, ans so well set up. Enjoy!!

Sue SA said...

Green with envy. Very impressed DH handed over garage to you...especially with Melbourne winter weather! Happy quilting in your new studio.

Kellie said...

Fabulous makeover Cathy! I love it! Enjoy your wonderful new creative space, you deserve it!

Jodie said...

great space and I love that you can still open the roller door. you must feel so free in there!

Nyla said...

Just lovely, I'm so pleased for you! Would love a closer look at the gorgeous stash! I'm sure there will be lots of happy stitching taking place!

stitch quilt knit said...

WOW!!! definitely a sewing room envy. Lucky girl :)

The Glass Collector said...

Many congratulations to you and your husband!

Donna~~ said...

Lucky you--looks wonderful--so much space!

Rene' said...

Drooling over your new space. Congratulations! It's gorgeous.

Thimbleanna said...

You had me at the back wall with the stash -- it's absolutely gorgeous, you lucky girl. I'm so happy for you -- a beautiful studio! Now, of course, the pressure is on to produce massive beauties LOL!!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It turned out so nice! What an inspiring place to work, congratulations!

meli B said...

Looks brilliant especially the fabric all perfectly folded on the shelves. I want to know what happened to your old sewing room. I wish you many hours of happy stitching.

pandchintz said...

Absolutely fantabulous!! Enjoy!! xx

Bibby and Pa said...

Wow..you won't know yourself with all that room. Enjoy and create.

Maddy said...

Wow...such a wonderful space you have to create from.

LynCC said...

WOW!!! It's so gorgeous!! What an amazing transformation, and think - it's "just" a garage! :D

LynCC said...

WOW!!! It's so gorgeous!! What an amazing transformation, and think - it's "just" a garage! :D

LynCC said...

WOW!!! It's so gorgeous!! What an amazing transformation, and think - it's "just" a garage! :D

LynCC said...

WOW!!! It's so gorgeous!! What an amazing transformation, and think - it's "just" a garage! :D

LynCC said...

WOW!!! It's so gorgeous!! What an amazing transformation, and think - it's "just" a garage! :D

Teresa Rawson said...

What a fabulous space! So much room and nice fixtures and lighting! Thank you for the big board tutorial...I want to make one to go on top of my washer and dryer.

Sandi said...

Cathy your creating space looks amazing. Happy Quilting!

Jan said...

Congratulations, your new space is beautiful.

Adele said...

The new space looks fabulous Cathy. Yay for you! Enjoy every minute. x