Open Line Friday–The $75 Quilt Room Challenge


Quilt TablesWelcome back to Open Line Friday…Last week we discussed books that have inspired us.  Thank you to all who recommended books.   I ordered several books and can’t wait to read YOUR favorites!

As you know, on Open Line Friday, ANYONE can ask ANY QUESTION, and WE ALL ANSWER!.  There are so many quilters at The Inbox Jaunt and so many ideas to share

I will start the ball rolling with a question from my sewing room…

Several weeks ago, I stitched this little quilt to decorate my sewing room which inspired me to do a bit more to spruce up the old sewing studio…So for today’s Open Line Friday Question:

If you had $75 to spend on your sewing room–not on sewing supplies or fabric–something to improve the efficiency or beauty of your sewing room…what would it be?

Quilt TablesLast week, with a little assistance from my husband, I created a large ironing board by covering plywood with two layers of wool batting and Duck cloth.  (Home Depot cut the plywood to size for me.)

I have two banquet tables in my sewing room and there was enough plywood from one sheet to cover them both.   I will use one as an ironing table, and the other  to hold my Bernina 150.  (The Bernina 820 is in a Horn cabinet.)

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For less that $75, I covered the two tables…Yeah!

Quilt TablesHere’s an idea and photo from Ness–a follower of The Inbox Jaunt-– spray paint small frames in bright colors and frame vintage patterns.  Darling!

Framed Sewing PatternsAnother reader told me she has a framed photo of the woman who taught her to quilt hanging in her sewing room–love that idea, too!

What would YOU do with $75?  We’d LOVE to hear!


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94 thoughts on “Open Line Friday–The $75 Quilt Room Challenge

  1. If I had $75 I would add some lighting above my sewing area. I quilt in our basement so very little outside light and the lights that are in the room are not over the area where I sew. I love the idea of hanging the pictures of the people who taught you to quilt–my grandmothers and my mom are my inspiration!

  2. I work in a windowless room. I would love to add a window. ( I know it would be more than $75.00 but I would have my husband install it.)

  3. I would choose to paint! A cheery, coral color! (with white trim! And a chandelier! And new carpet! And coordinating organization boxes! And…..) Maybe I should just stick with the paint.

  4. When we moved to our home my sewing room ended up in the smallest space and there are doors on 3 sides and a window on the 4th which really limits my storage space. I bought 2 30″ bookcases for $10 each and a 8′ counter top from Lowe’s for @ $40, the bookcases hold the counter which is wide enough for my cutting mat. The counter fits under the window. I can also have a sewing machine and a serger on it at the same time when I’m sewing clothes. I have put wire squares underneath and store my sergers when I am quilting. They also hold my UFOs in those plastic shoe boxes. All that cost @ $75 together.
    Next I am looking to buy more fabric storage–our county government holds surplus sales every 2 or 3 months and I’ll be getting a file cabinet that stores files sideways–last time they had them for$10 each, I might buy a couple more if I can find a wall in the garage.

  5. I just finished redoing my sewing room last weekend! The best buys I got were a vanity and a dresser off of Craigslist for $25 each…both antique! I stripped them down and painted them white and put some pretty knobs from Hobby Lobby on them. I then used a 4′ X 4′ white melamine board I had left over from another project to mount to the top of the vanity. This gave me a 4′ X 4′ sewing table! The dresser is used to store all of my denim and upholstery fabric. 😀


    • My sewing room is still a moving again wreck. But one tote has been cleaned out and given away. I have some ideas about storage. Furniture is not an option it is packed door to window. I had so much more floor space before this move. So the walls are it. Going to find good quality pant hangers. Cheap ones are worthless for this. Hit the huge discount builder store, for pretty knobs that will be nailed to the wall and hang all of the rulers, templates and class size cutting mat and ironing square. Also, have to quit being angry that the beautiful leaded glass cabinet door pulls stayed with the ex. This morning is a rough one. Hoping these plans will get me started feeling saner.

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