Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cutting Strategies

So, I don't have the ideal sewing space. I know not many people do, so I'm certainly in good company! And I have dreams for making my sewing room into a more efficient studio, but that's not my first priority right now. Soon. But not now. And when it happens, I'll be getting a counter-height cutting station, for sure. See, I'm six feet tall, and while my cutting mat lives on my sewing desk, cutting for more than a few minutes gets to be pretty painful for me.

Which means that when I have a lot of cutting to do, I wait until I can relocate out to our counter-height dining table or kitchen counter. :-) Because that's actually quite a chore (making sure the counter/table is cleared and well-cleaned, keeping kids away from organized piles/rotary blades, clearing the counter/table of quilting supplies before dinner, etc), I tend to cut as much as I can and am prepared to cut.

Which means I spend a good three to four hours cutting when I do.

I'm not going to lie; it's a little obnoxious and far from ideal. But, one of the plus sides is that when I'm done, I usually have at least one quilt cut out and I don't have cut again for quite a while! :-)

I finished up my Swoon quilt top last weekend, and then realized that I was pretty much out of WIPs. I have a quilt being quilted, and two that need binding, but none in the piecing stage. And, seeing as how I need to cut my binding strips, that means cutting in general.

So, after church on Sunday, I busted out my supplies and got enough cut out to keep me busy this week. Not as much as I would have liked, but enough. Including a table runner for a friend who is having a birthday this week.

  • pieces for two Hazel Hedgehog blocks that will be pillows
  • two pillowcases (okay, that one barely counts...)
  • 15 binding strips
  • pieces for a table runner
How do you deal with your less than ideal sewing space?

Oh, and I'll be linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. :-)


  1. Great pictures!

    A dedicated sewing room is so wonderful. I highly recommend it. I have the opposite problem as you with cutting--I am 5'1".

    Come check out my sewing room: http://astitchoffaith.blogspot.com/2014/05/sewing-room-renovation.html

  2. I seem to love dragging my projects around with me. I used to have a separate studio for just my sewing and crafts which I rented, now I've just moved to a tiny room at home. It's far from ideal size but it did help me get rid of a lot of unused and horded supplies. I have had to go vertical in my storage and decor!
    I also keep a sewing basket next to the couch for evening work.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have a sewing room now, I guess it has been about 10 years but I do not have the best designated cutting space. That is something is plan to address soon. I have yet to make a Swoon quilt. I will have to move that up on my list.

  4. I have a similar problem even though I'm only 5ft. The kitchen couner top is too high and the sewing table too low! Love the Hazel hedgehog pattern. Looking forward to seeing your cushions!