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One more [Mar. 3rd, 2010|08:06 am]

When writing my post last night about carving myself an actual studio out of my laundry room, I managed to forget to include the one picture that actually shows the washer and dryer dilemma:

If I'd been thinking about it, I would have taken "before" pictures. But I wasn't expecting to get so much done!

[User Picture]From: custardfairy
2010-03-03 01:11 pm (UTC)
If they really, really bug you, you could maybe hang a suspended curtain rod (or shower curtain rod) and put up some lovely fabric that can be easily moved aside and tied back when you need to do laundry?

I really love the screen. That's brilliant, that is.
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2010-03-03 01:12 pm (UTC)
This is a good idea.
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2010-03-03 01:37 pm (UTC)
That's a lovely work area! My studio is in my laundry room, too. I envy the 'high' ceiling. My basement ceiling is pretty low and I feel it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-03 01:39 pm (UTC)
And here I was hating it for being unfinished! I'm thinking of stringing Christmas lights along the beams for fun and extra ambient light.

Studio pictures???
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-03-03 01:49 pm (UTC)
You could make a board (for cutting?) that would go across the top of the sink and give you another (temporary) work space. You could also make a curtain around the sink bottom and use the space under for storage. Put a pallet of wood slats on the bottom and store things not affected by moisture, maybe in plastic boxes. Most kitchen sinks had these 'skirts' when I was a kid and sinks were on 'legs' instead of set into cabinets.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-03 01:56 pm (UTC)
I am thinking about a skirt for the sink. A board to cover it when not needed and make additional working space is a great idea.
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[User Picture]From: sapphirescarlet
2010-03-03 02:40 pm (UTC)
I love what you've done! I find myself doing very similar things in the office I'm creating in our new home. It's going to be a real retreat when I'm finished.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-03 02:49 pm (UTC)
I still have a long way to go, but now I'm seeing opportunity rather than hopelessness!
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[User Picture]From: gardenwaltz
2010-03-03 04:28 pm (UTC)
This looks great. I would also suggest a large throw rug to brighten up the space.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-03 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, that is something for which I will be on the lookout.
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[User Picture]From: jagette227
2010-03-03 05:09 pm (UTC)
I wonder if you could cut a large piece of Plywood or something to put over the sink that would give you an extra workspace? I don't know if you use a rotary cutter for your quilting, but I've found that smooth plywood makes a good "cutting board" for when I need to use mine.

By the way, you did a wonderful job on your space and you've inspired me to work on my own crafting space (which happens to be out dining room as well)!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-03 05:41 pm (UTC)
I do use a rotary cutter, though my cutting mat is hidden under the secret project. But extra flat surface via plywood is not a bad idea. I think I might even have some that can be repurposed.
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[User Picture]From: sterling_raptor
2010-03-03 06:06 pm (UTC)
My ideas are to make the washer and dryer pretty. Magnets! Stickers? Stickers on magnets!

My washer and dryer are damn sexy and I wish I could put them in my living room. LG's candy apple red high efficiency washer dryer..mmmmm.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-03 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yum! Ours are very plain, but I'm thinking magnets may be in their future.
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[User Picture]From: nacadas
2010-03-03 11:45 pm (UTC)
I think I must be the odd one out... I quite like the look of the whitegoods and the sink. It adds a quirkiness to the picture. But then, I like the old fashioned stone tubs.

I've actually been hoping you might do another quilting post, so this was well timed. As a semi-professional-type sewing person, can I have your opinion/advice on the following?

I'm getting married in a year or so, and instead of having the old fashioned guest book type thing, I'm considering buying a range of off cuts and bits and pieces from the local Spotlight (fabric etc store here in Aust) and asking the guests to write a note, poem, advice, a funny drawing, pretty much anything they want, onto these pieces of cloth. Once that's done, I'm going to turn it into a giant patchwork quilt. However, the logistics of it... well, I don't know anything about.

Should I use pens of a specific sort, or should I use a pencil and get each piece embroidered over? Should I have each piece sized and edged first or can I keep it rough and uneven so that my quilt isn't built of identical pieces? Will it work if I use different cloths or do I have to stick to the same type? Should I have a size in mind and work to that, or can I make it as big as that combined sizes of the patches?

Any advice you could offer on this project would be greatly appreciated, and I really hope you don't mind me using your journal to ask :\
Thanks Gini!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-04 12:18 am (UTC)
I think that sounds like a delightful idea! How many couples are you anticipating? I think you could definitely use different sizes of fabrics, but you probably want to do a little experimenting with pens on fabrics. There are definitely permanent fabric dye pens that you can use, but if you intend to use the quilt regularly you will probably find that the writing will fade with laundering. I'm inclined to say that you don't want to have to embroider over the writings since it will be so unique to each person/family. If you are thinking something more for display, then it will be less of a problem.

I can highly recommend products fromDharma Trading Company because they test their products well. I'd suggest buying one or two of pen styles you're interested in and then try them on the kinds of fabrics you think you will be using.
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[User Picture]From: delosd
2010-03-04 01:36 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you lost the sleep, but it's delightful that you've put yourself into your space that way. Especially after such a dreadful day. Go you, and enjoy!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-04 01:59 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear. I keep finding other little bits that want to live down there. Now it's time for more shelving.
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