I’ll Show You Mine, If You’ll Show Me Yours

On the set

On the set

When I was on the set to film my episode of Quiting Arts TV, I asked to have many photos taken of me with the beautiful background in the shot. That set is adorable. It is bright and cheery, and clean and organized. This makes for a very relaxing feeling.

Now I have to confess that my own design “studio” is really more like a design “cave”, in my unfinished basement. I am grateful that it is a large space, and I have tried to spruce it up over the years with area rugs, and white paint (thanks to my wonderful son!) to make it look more like a soul-nurturing space. I must say it looks nothing like that cute Quilting Arts TV set.

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours – – quilting space that is. My quilt posse and I discuss that at length, though none of us has had the courage to show just how bad it is. Maybe we don’t want to be reminded. How could our sacred space that means so much to us be this messy, disorganized and cluttered? Honestly, we aren’t hoarders. The state of our space provides constant anxiety to us.

Are you like us, or have you come up with a solution? I invite you to show me a photo. Take it right now, not an hour from now when you have “tidied up”.


Really, this is so embarrassing!

Really, this is so embarrassing!


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13 Responses to “I’ll Show You Mine, If You’ll Show Me Yours”

  1. Pat
    Pat Coulter July 16, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    My sewing space is also in my partially finished basement. I miss seeing the sun and outdoors, so sometimes bring the Featherweight out and sew upstairs when it is a sunny day. I just don’t like being ‘down’ there…!

    • Dawn DeSimone July 17, 2014 at 8:42 am #

      Does anyone every question the chrysalis when they see a butterfly emerge? Of course not! Forget your workspace! What is most important is the beautiful work that is created there.

      • Karen July 22, 2014 at 1:28 am #

        Thank you! What a gracious and kind way to look at my clutter.

  2. Jen Furlong July 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Hi Karen,
    Can you tell me how to upload a photo into a comment box, or is there a page on the site you could give us a link to so we can upload our workspace pics? If you make a page called Workspace Pics and then put the hyperlink to it in your post, maybe that would be the easiest way for us to play!

    • Pat
      Pat July 17, 2014 at 12:34 am #

      Photo uploading is now enabled.

  3. upstatelisa July 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    My ‘studio’ is our dining room since we are not a fancy entertaining kind of family. In the summer, it is hard to use this space since I do not have air conditioning and the hot lights and hot, muggy upstate NY air are not conducive to making art comfortably but It is a good time to get my machine in for its check up.

    • Karen July 22, 2014 at 1:12 am #

      Before this house, I quilted in the dining rooms of both previous houses. Holidays were a bummer because all the quilting stuff had to be put away.

  4. Linda Friedman July 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    Oh, no! Okay, here’s my studio at this very moment… It’s “L” shaped and about 650 sq. ft and is crammed full of all the things that are needed in the actual creating process and for eye-candy inspiration. Every time I conclude that I need to cull items I haven’t used in quite a while, I think, “NO!!!” I might need that for….

    • Karen July 22, 2014 at 1:13 am #

      This looks like a quaint antique store!

  5. Robin Parton July 20, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    I did not clean up, as you can see I have many projects in progress. I do have lots of light when it is not the fourth straight day of rain!

    • Karen July 22, 2014 at 1:14 am #

      Nice! Is that a Koala?

  6. lyric July 20, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    My studio is small – but it has the sunniest windows in the house which draw me invariable into the room. The entire rest of my house feels like a cave. I could move my studio into the spacious walk-up attic but there are no windows and I know I wouldn’t be able to make myself stay up there.

    • Karen July 22, 2014 at 1:15 am #

      You might make the attic work if you had tons of lighting. If you know in your heart you love the sunshine, then I agree with you – stay where you are.

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