My New Sewing Studio


Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Last year, my friend Kimberley Einmo asked me to send her photos of my sewing room for a guild lecture she was preparing.  After much cleaning, I sent her a few sanitized photos like this:  (See more HERE)

I felt a little dishonest, because this serene setting was staged…

My Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

The rest of the sewing room looked like this:

Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy


For most of my sewing career, I have carved out a small space in my basements next to the laundry room to sew.  I always installed good lighting, but used a hodge- podge of boxes, shelves and banquet tables.

When we moved to Minnesota, I took the bonus room over the garage for my sewing area.  I just moved the mess right into my new space. For the first time, I was out of the basement and I had huge windows!  I just loved the room…

But now….

We’ve splurged on REAL SHELVES!!  and a REAL ISLAND!!!

There are shelves to hold my stencils and drawers for all my fabric.  Cabinets to hide my messy stuff and a huge island for cutting!

I even had two huge bulletin boards/design walls installed!

Now all they need is a few coats of paint!

More photos to come…

Floating on air,


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90 thoughts on “My New Sewing Studio

  1. Well deserved Lori! Your quilting career has bloomed…so should your sewing area…congratulations!!!

  2. Sigh!!! I live in a smallish two bedroom apartment and am an avid knitter, crocheter, and dressmaker as well as quilter. I really need another apartment just to live in.

  3. First, Congrats on what I am sure will be a stunning studio! You are getting all of what I would love to have but then, I am just thankful to have a whole room to myself! That said, I give credit to my Lord Jesus for all I have or ever will have! Second, are those prefab cabinets that you are using for the cutting table? Or, is your hubby really talented too?

  4. The storage and arrangement are wonderful and pretty too. You will never want to come out to do anything else, but sew in your beautiful room.

  5. Congratulations on the update. I too have been “satisfied” with makeshift storage, but your studio gives me poise for thought. I’ve been considering some of the Ikea cabinets for a cutting area. What type of cabinets did you use?

  6. I’ve been following your blog for several months now and I have to say that your beautiful new space, shelves/cabinets, and island are well deserved! I won’t lie, I’m just a little (ok a lot) jealous but with all the gorgeous quilting you create, I’m happy you have such a beautiful setting! Congratulations 🙂 Hope it keeps you inspired to continue to share your knowledge for many years to come!!

  7. It’s beautiful, Lori. We built an addition onto the house a few years ago just for me to quilt in, so I know you’re going to love having your own space! Congratulations! You deserve it!

  8. I’m curious why you’d want Kimberly to see photos of an almost empty sewing room, with no evidence of any sewing done at all! Am I missing something?

  9. love your new sewing room,,, my husband is a cabinetmaker also, and is just asking me what I want,,, I showed him your photo,,, so looking for more photos….
    What height is your cutting table?

  10. Congratulations on your beautiful, well earned, quilting space! Can’t wait to see pics of the finished room. Thank you for all you do, and all you share to help us improve. My quilting skills have certainly improved as a direct result of your teaching!

  11. I’m happy for you – and also envious. I have an 11×11 room with 4 floor to ceiling windows, a double door closet, and the door. It does have built in recessed shelves, though!

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