Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Nest

I’ve been getting a log of nagging from people (and you know who you are) about posting pictures of the new house.

So, I thought I’d start with The Nest since that’s where I spend most of my time.

When you walk in, this is what you see.


My computer desk area is to the far left.


and if you continue around to the right, I had another desk area put in for an “applique station”.


I do the starch method of applique and it takes a lot of prep work, so I thought about how I could get it to work best for me. See the top drawer to the left of the chair?


Now, notice the cutting board above it?


I can pull it out and prep the applique pieces. I usually put a ceramic tile on the cutting board so that the heat doesn’t warp the wood. In the larger shot above, you can see my little iron and Ott light that make the job so easy.

Now, to the right of the desk opening…


I had a storage cabinet put in for large rulers and mats.


I love how they are so convenient but out of the way.

Continuing clockwise around the room, this is my design wall.


I had been chatting with Kathie about hers and she gave me some great tips. Mr. CnW made it for me. It’s insulation board with a frame on the back to strengthen it, covered in a flannel sheet. He hung it a foot off the floor (because of the plugs) and a foot from the ceiling. It’s hung in 3 sections and each section is 4 ft wide and 6 feet high. I’m pretty short, so I can’t reach the top of it so had to get a step stool. LOL I was worried that a design wall that large could make the room look kinda messy, but so far, so good.

Here’s a different view of it from the entryway.


Notice the chair? It’s actually a twin sleeper and really really comfortable. (and we all know that sofa sleepers are sometimes pretty stiff). When it was delivered, Mr. CnW said he wanted it in his den. So, I’m looking into getting another one for me (in red) and I’ll let him have it whenever I get a new one.

To the right of the design wall, I have my ironing station. I got the idea when Heather posted pictures of her Mom’s fabulous room. Mine isn’t as big as hers because I already have a big board that I’m storing in the attic and really don’t use all that often.


The part I love the most is the pull out for the iron to sit on.


All of the baskets that I’m using in the cabinets came from Target and they fit perfectly.

Here’s a view from the computer area on the opposite side of the room.


The door to the far left goes to the attic storage area. The next door is my walk in closet.


I’ve got a lot of organizing to do in there, but it’s nice to know that everything fits and I’ve even got a little space leftover. Shopping anyone?

The next door is the bathroom.


Not much else to say about that. LOL

Here are my books.


And the last wall is where the TV and storage chest are.


After looking at this picture, I think I may move some of the quilts to the storage bench. Looks kinda top heavy there. LOL

Here’s that same wall from my comfy chair.


So, that’s the nest! I’m loving it and definitely have my mojo back. I’ve been sewing up a storm and will share pictures with you soon. (I don’t dare promise a date…that’s for sure. LOL).

My only distraction is the view


and all the critters I see.


Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Hugs, Anne


Betweens said...

now this is the most gorgeous setup I have ever ever seen. I know I don`t have to tell you how lucky you are but I know what I am going to do when I win the millions. I am moving right across that river so that I can wave at you
STUNNING absolutely a quilters dream come true. I have been following your building of the house but this is just incredible. I am very excited for you can you tell ENJOY enjoy ENJOY.

Yvette said...

This is by far the best sewing room I have ever seen.

Loris said...

OK, I'm drooling all over my keyboard! Your room is so beautiful and so well thought out. You are going to love that place and make beautiful quilts :-)
I want to put out a big thank you to all who bugged you to start posting pictures...I certainly thought about it a few times!
It is a lovely haven for you up their. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

You win!! That is a great Nest.... not sure which I like best the walk in coloset or the VIEW !!! Thanks for showing us.

Karen said...

Now who would be one of those naggers, lol. It looks great Anne, you did so much planning and it shows. Love the design wall and the projects on it :).

Hugs - Karen

Denise said...

Can I move in?

Anonymous said...

Anne, this is one of the most beautiful+still functional quilting/sewing/crafting studio's I've seen in a long while. You are blessed with such a wonderful work area+with beautiful scenery as well!
Thanks so much for sharing!

Linda said...

A dream room and setup for sure!! Just beautiful!!! Everything you could ever need!!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Fit for a magazine to have all quilter's all over the world drooling over your nest! It is spot on perfection and functional!! Where are the cabinets from?

rickbarbara said...

I'm so glad your back. love your blog oh ya and love your studio. Barb in Sonora

Colleen said...

Oh I LOVE what you have done! I could move into that sewing room and never leave! Love the gorgeous view... you are a lucky girle!

Karen said...

WOW!!! What a wonderful room you have. That looks to have everything one could want to have a great quilting experience.
I that is just about what I would put on my wish list for a design room.
I did not notice a small fridge, How far from the kitchen are you?? One cannot grow dehydrated when you are on a roll.
Happy sewing days and nights to you...K

Michelle said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! I would never leave...and that walk in closet for fabric and wool!

Will be in Sunriver next week and helping my friend in her booth at the Sunriver Quilt show..

Thanks for sharing.

Darlene said...

Oh, Anne, it's stunning! Thank you for sharing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great place to create! And I LOVE the windows! Thanks for sharing your space.

Mama Spark said...

OMG!!! This is the most amazing sewing studio I have ever seen. I'm pretty sure that since your chair is a pull out bed that you put that in for me so I have a place to stay when I visit, right?? How are things? Kind of miss talking to ya.

Vicki B said...

lovely pics - great space to work in, wonderful views, nice house. We moved into new house beginning of July but I have yet to tackle my sewing room. Got some ideas from you. thanks, Vicki from Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Jackie said...

Your sewing room is AMAZING!!!!!

paulette said...

OMGosh!!! I am speechless!! Totally awesome! You are TOO lucky!!

jackiero said...

Lovely, gorgeous, my jaw dropped & still continues to hang, and wow! :D

Kaaren said...

You've got to be kidding me, Anne.

Your studio can't be here on earth because this is quilting heaven for sure!

Absolutely a 'heavenly' place to create and sew. I'm sure I saw an angel or two doing some prep work in there. *wink*

Stephanie said...

Gosh I'd live in has everything you need...bathroom, sleeper chair, miles of gorgeous views, and A WALK IN CLOSET!!! Really fantastic and so well thought out. A dream.

Crispy said...

OMGosh my other half would never see me if I had such a wonderful spot to sew! All you need is a little kitchen and you are all set :0)


Lori said...

Oh my goodness! It is fantastic!! It looks like all the planning worked out perfectly. The design wall is a dream!!

Nancy said...

Well, envious can't even start to describe how I feel.
What a beautiful room you have to work in.

Wendy said...

That room is amazing! I love all the natural light and built in desks and cabinets. What a nice idea to having a applique area, I do the starch method as well and love the results. Enjoy your nest.

Anna said...

SWEET!!! it's about time!!! Dibs on the sleeper chair! I'll bring my next wool project and popcorn!!!

Deborah said...


Sue said...

Wow- Never seen a sewing room like that in my life- Its bigger than some homes. Lucky girl- Not sure I would get any sewing done at all with that view!

Anonymous said...

I echo everything previously said -- including the drooling -- creativity in every nook and cranny! Where is the chocolate and wine storage? I'm sure you have it somewhere!!!

Love your black applique 4 patches on your design wall -- can you share where the pattern is from -- please please . . .

Your "nest" is the epitome of the word awesome! May you enjoy it for many many years !!!


Carol said...

Anne it's a fantastic room with a beautiful view...ENJOY!

Anonymous said...

That's a beautiful nest. Can't wait to see the gorgeous things you turn out from that room.

Randy D. said...

Absolutely beautiful sewing room. And the view isn't bad either. Are those the Cascades? The Three Sisters?

Kathie said...

oh I am so happy to see your sewing room YEAH it was worth waiting for. I wish you many happy days in there and yes that view is to die for would distract me too
YOu have given me lots of great ideas for when we move . sorry for nagging, I will stop now :)
I am happy to see though that your space is done and your working
love those red pants hanging there!

The Rusty Nickel said...

I am ever so jealous!! I would love to have my own space where my "mess" can stay and I don't have a 2 yr old "what's this?" Or an impatient hubby, who just sets whatever on my things on the table. Everything looks fabulous!! It all paid off in the bed. Someday, I'd love to see pics of the rest of the house!! Glad to hear you're back into the swing of creating, I think it's the time of year!! Have a wonderful day!!


Candace said...

Hi Anne! I emailed you earlier then saw this! I think it would be hard to drag me out of that gorgeous nest! I love how bright and light everything is and it looks as though all your planning really paid off!

Florida Farm Girl said...

I wandered over from Squash House Quilts which I recently found. Are those the Sisters and the Deschutes? Been a very long time since I was in Bend. I'm told I wouldn't recognize it now. I spend an inordinate amount of time in my sewing room, but I would surely never leave with that view before me. Might not get much sewing done either. Congrats to you on your new nest. I'm sure it's been a long time coming and is well deserved.

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh gosh it's just lovely! Pea green is what I am!

Tina said...

Oh my gosh - I love your sewing room! And the view is truly exquisite!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful sewing room! And the view...oh to die for! You are blessed!

Vanessa in Oklahoma

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Wow it's all beautiful and so organized. Love seeing the river it looks so cool and peaceful!

Cristina said...

Uno studio STUPENDO.....lo hai organizzato in ogni particolare!!!
un abbraccio

Linda said...

Oh what a beautiful view. Your nest is too beautiful. Just stunning. Can't wait to see those finished quilts.

Talin's Corner said...

This room is every quilter's dream. Lucky you...and the view is not a distraction, is it?

AnnieO said...

Wow, what a fabulous place to spend happy hours sewing and quilting. You have done it right, customizing for ease of play! Congrats on your studio dream come true!

Mary said...

Awesome!!! It all seems so well planned and so functional.

Karen said...

Make some space for me. I am moving in!

NancyNoBlogBlogs said...

Can I just move in? I even have fabric I can share.

jodi@Pleasant-Home said...

AWESOME!!!!! I'm so far behind in blog reading but so glad I popped over today. You've been on my mind. Hope you're enjoying your summer. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your view! ;o) ooxx

Stina said...

Wow...your nest is a magical place... both pretty and so wonderfully organized.. LOVE IT!! Have fun in there!!

Carrie P. said...

OH, my goodness what a fabulous view. I don't think I would get much sewing done looking out the window all the time.
Congrats on getting the house done. Your studio looks great.
I see you have been very busy with lots of great projects.
thanks for sharing all the quilts from the show too. Enjoyed them all.