In fact, what happened instead is that most of my children grew up with an interest and a love for sewing--my two oldest girls sew (and quilt) very well, Laura (whom you've met) loves to do whatever I'm doing, and even one of my sons learned how to sew his own boxers when those were the rage. And now my grandchildren are continuing the tradition--including two of my grandSONS who are sewing regularly!
So, if you don't have a separate room in which to sew, just sew wherever you can and whenever you can and I think you'll find that your children or grandchildren will become interested in what you're doing and want to start doing it too!
The photo above is the room where I first did my quilting in this house. It isn't very small (12x18 feet) but it's down in the basement area with an outside wall and it gets COLD in the winter. We've even used it as an extra refrigerator when we've had large family dinners and needed extra space to store food! On the right side of the picture is a window that's been covered with an old quilt--you could feel a draft if you got too near it!
The family room has baseboard heat and it became more and more expensive to keep it warm. But there were other problems in using it for a quilt studio, such as:
(My daughter is on the far left and my son is on the far right, Laura is in red in the middle.)
...young people needing a place to hang out. My kids and their friends tend to gather here, playing games, baking, playing Guitar Hero, etc. since we've got so much space and the family room is where it all happens.
...And family gatherings happen here too! We celebrate Christmas, birthdays, other holidays and hold regular family dinners--right in the middle of all my quilting stuff! We even used my cutting table as a food buffet! So, as you can see, I REALLY needed a different space to sew!
However, before I talked to my husband, I did what all the goal-setting programs out there tell you to do--I stood in that workshop, looking like you see it here, and I VISUALIZED it as my quilt studio. I looked at the floors, walls, doors, ceilings and pictured them in my mind the way I wanted them to be. I IMAGINED how it would look with all my quilting furniture and equipment in there. (And I have to admit, I PRAYED a lot too!) And it all worked--Charles came around and we began working together on this project--it actually ended up being a great bonding experience for the two of us!
One of the biggest hurdles was doing something about all the junk in there. Somehow (I'm still not quite sure how I did it!) I was able to find other places to put things. A LOT of stuff went to the dump (Charles knows, but we don't talk about it!) There are still some things just sitting out back of the house, but the room was cleared, and that I did mostly by myself.
After the drywall work was done, I got busy doing all the painting in the room--two coats of primer on walls and ceiling, followed by two coats of regular paint. We thought it might be a while before we got the flooring, so I started moving in--I was anxious to start using my new space! But I wasn't there for long before I had to move everything back out again.
For lighting, we looked at fluorescent light fixtures at Home Depot and Lowes and the quality we wanted just wasn't there. So we ended up going to an electrical supply business where we bought six commercial grade fluorescent light fixtures. We have a set of three on each side of the room and Charles wired them so that I can switch on the ones on the long arm side of the room separately from the ones on the sewing side of the room. He also suggested adding a ceiling fan/light fixture for the center of the room and we did that too. It's been wonderful having such a handy husband!
After the flooring, all that was left was to finish trimming around the floor and the doors. Then I was able to move in and start sewing!
In another post I'll give you a tour of