Sewing Room

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My Sewing Room

sewing at dining tableYears and years of sewing in the dining room or at the kitchen table, getting everything out, then having to put it all away (even when the project wasn’t finished yet) — never having a sewing room of my own, finally changed last fall when Joe and I went to the Brimfield Flea Market and found the perfect table for the space I had in mind, brought it home, and set up my first real sewing room.

It’s upstairs in a place we’ve always used as a sitting room, at the top of the stairs, between two bedrooms and now filled with fabric, my sewing machine, sewing baskets, the scissors I never use for anything but fabric, my pin cushions; everything in one place. I can get out my projects now and just leave them out until they’re done! You who have sewing rooms (and also, those who don’t!) know (or can imagine) the glory in this.

sewing room

quilt trim

friendship embroideryWhen I was young, all of my “artist ways” went into sewing. I remember being perched on the big green armchair, next to my mom who was forming my fingers around needles and yarn, showing me how to knit; or how to sew, on the old black Singer that was always up in the corner of our kitchen; how to crochet, and embroider, all the needle arts…but the sewing and the embroidering really took with me. I took my babysitting money, and walked to the dime store where I bought those stamped fabric things; the pillowcases with the bluebirds stamped on them, the babies bibs with duckies, and embroidered them. I never developed the knack of crochet — just ran out of time. I’ve always loved hand-sewing best; for me it’s a hobby; I love to sit and knit with my girlfriends in the winter, and then of course, it’s wonderful to be able to make things I can’t get anywhere else. I love to walk though my house, look around, and hear myself say, “Made that; made that”… etc. My little score card.

buttons

dishtowelMy great grandmother used to embroider flour-sack dish towels and sent a box full of them to my mom every year for Christmas. She made all those Sunday – Monday ones you can still sometimes find in antique stores. She was the inspiration for this dishtowel I appliqued and embroidered for my mom when I was around eleven. I still love to make dishtowels. They take so little time, are almost instant gratification — a quick kitchen pick-me-up. By the time I was in the 8th grade, I made all my own back-to-school clothes — went to summer school just to take sewing classes. Can’t say too much for my ability…but I was fast. I remember the teacher saying she didn’t understand why something that looked so bad on the inside, could look so good on the outside. I chose to take that as a compliment.

first quiltBut where sewing really started to get fun was when I began making things for my house… sewing and embroidering curtains and pillows, dresser scarves, potholders, tea cozies, and pin cushions, I made everything…I made bedroom curtains out of old lace table cloths. I stitched my first patchwork quilt when I was about twenty — no lessons, as I’m sure you can tell by this photo of the quilt I made for friends for Christmas, when fabric could be had for twenty-five cents a yard, if you knew where to shop.

pillows

 

When I was in my early 20′s, I thought I’d go into the pillow-making business. No one bought any, but I was in pillow heaven for years.


embroidered flowers

quilt rackThe best thing in my sewing room is my grandmother’s sewing basket. I wish I didn’t have it, because then it would still be on top of the armoire in her bedroom, but I do. The second best place. It’s not especially remarkable, except that it was hers, and still smells like her perfume. It’s filled with half-used packets of pins from the 1950′s; hooks and eyes sewn onto a card, packages of rick-rack, every color of thread (on wooden spools); buttons in a jar, her red pin cushion, her silver thimble. Like a family recipe box, it has has a history, essence of Grandma, and her years of button sewing are there; mending and hemming, probably collar turning, and I bet alot of day dreaming went on over that basket. So it’s mine now…and my grandma is in my sewing room.

notions

If I hadn’t discovered painting, had done more sewing instead, and if I’d been lucky, maybe by now, I would be a clothing designer. I still get the urge, believe it or not. I have files full of these drawings….

sketches

Every so often I go on a spree, drawing the things I wish I could find in stores; ideas for clothes I know I’ll never get around to making. This is what I mean when I say I wish they’d get ON with the invention of cloning. I would love to be in nine places, at least, at once. Is this asking too much? Apparently the answer (so far) is yes.

aint life grand
sketches

Flight of fancy — flight of fancy, I do so very much like those words.

homemade

My grandma’s sewing basket.

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111 Responses to Sewing Room

  1. What a special time for me to read this. I am going through boxes from my late Mother’s attic and finding boxes and boxes of patterns and supplies. I am washing my canning jars for button storage and putting the wooden spools on a special shelf. I just discovered some half done house dresses that my great grandmother must have started in the 1930′s – all “hand done”. You are so lucky to have such a special room for your memories!

  2. Carein says:

    The colors in that “first quilt” are screaming 70’s.
    I remember they sure didn’t have much else other that Olive green, Brown, Gold, and Orange in those days…

  3. ann-marie l'heureux(happy):) says:

    Susan did you collect all your red spode a little at a time or did you buy a certain pattern? I have a few pieces but would love more.

    • sbranch says:

      When Joe’s great aunt passed away we were able to buy most of it from her estate, and then whenever I saw a little bit of it, I would add it to the pile. One of those things it’s fun to hunt for!

  4. Deanna Marie says:

    I share the wonderful peace of having all your sewing and craftin items in one location that does not require moving for dinner or quests. My husband and I recently re-modeled a workshop space separated from the garage by a barn-style door. Beyond the door is a curtain separating a small freezer and a rack with my fabric and notions. I have a folding table to cut on, a table with my sewing machine (old Viking), a CD player, a comfortable chair for handwork, lamp, and a handcrafted cabinet with a small frigerator behind stained glass doors. It is cozy and I love to escape to my new craft room and sew into the wee hours of the night. Soothing music and my mind drifts off to future creations. It’s our gifts of love! I also am in my “happy place”.

    I bought a summer cookbook you wrote and I love it! Thank-you for your gift of creativity! Have a great summer!
    Warm regards, Deanna

    • sbranch says:

      A craft room is such a luxury! How wonderful for you!

      • Karen P says:

        So nice to just close the door and leave things “be” I think! It is certainly a luxury to have a sewing room! Mine is a mess right now and in need of some real organizing!

  5. Loretta Silva says:

    I loved reading about your sewing room. It brought back many wonderful memories of my grandma too. She loved to sew and quilt. I have her old sewing machine with some of her sewing treasures that include cards of buttons, needles and a few other sewing items. I also have some of the machine attachments of her old machine. It’s wonderful to have her share my sewing room with. I love your website and blog, your recipes and just reading about you and your days. Thanks for sharing it with us! Have a great day!!

  6. Claudia Jan Underwood says:

    My sewing room has always been evolving. Right now it is a bedroom for a daughter and grandson that lost their home. When it is a sewing room I am constantly drawn to creating things my mom and grandma would have loved. My mom was an extremely talented, sewer and painter. So was my grandmother, boy could she create! I’m drawn to everything you do, Susan, so adorable and so much my mom and grandmother. Thanks for being there!

  7. Karla says:

    I found your wonderful blog tonight and have enjoyed reading and looking at each section. I am a FACS Ed teacher and always looking for fun websites to share with my students and for different sewing and cooking ideas! You will be the highlight of my Oklahoma classroom this fall! Thanks for being a great inspiration!

  8. Gmama Jane says:

    I now have my very own sewing room or “Mama’s Cave” as the family calls it! I call it my retreat, my happy place, my place of solitude, MINE. My husband came upstairs to see my sewing room after I had rearranged it one evening, looked around, and decalred, “This looks just like your classroom”. I’m a retired teacher and when he said that I looked around and realized that indeed it did look like the area in all of my classrooms over the years that contained my desk, file cabinet, bookslef, etc.. You know…that little cubbyhole the teacher retreats too when the students are quietly reading or you need to grade papers, etc… My classroom simply evolved into my sewing room in retirement.

    I LOVE your sewing area…looks very comfortable and inviting…like you, Susan!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

  9. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Thank you for the pics. Your sewing room is charming, as are all your other rooms that you’ve shared with us! I like your clothes designs. Perhaps you could design clothes for those of us in our 60′s with shapeless, shapes or too much, shapes? Hurry though, I’m getting closer to 70′s as we speak! And my 50th class reunion is in one month (no pressure though)!!!! :-)

  10. Bev Whitworth says:

    Thank you for sharing your art studio and sewing room. You have such beautiful places to work. I have enjoyed all your cookbooks, and have purchased some of your fabric when it was available in any quilt store that I visited. You are very inspiring. I love your work and hope you continue for a very long time.

    I enjoy reading your blog, too.

  11. Bonnie Porro says:

    I love the pictures of your sewing room. It looks so warm and inviting. I am now in the process of creating my “Nana Cave” where I can have my sewing machine up and ready to go at all times and my 7 year old grandaughter (who is just learning to sew) can sew with me.After years of owning and operating a tea room (and not ever having time to sew) I was fortunate to be able to retire in March and have spent time sewing for and teaching my grandaughter to sew. It is such a warm feeling to see her so proud of what she makes on the machine or by hand and so much fun just to spend time with her. Hopefully we are creating memories that she will have for a lifetime.
    Your books have always been a source of joy and inspiration and I even used several of the recipes on a regular basis in my tea room. I once made 750 of “Annnie’s Butter Cookies” for a wedding reception. I used to look forward to receiving WILLARD in the mail (and have kept every one since the beginning) but over the internet is even better because we hear from you more frequently. Thank you for years of wonderful books and sharing.

    Blessings,
    Bonnie

  12. sandy fox says:

    Dear Susan, I read your blogs daily! I’d pick up & move to Martha’s Vineyard in a minute, “if” I could move the rest of our family with me. I’d miss my grandchildren too much to be away from them. You are a wonderful public relations person for Martha’s Vineyard. Your pictures of the summer events were fantastic. As I watched the videos, I thought of all those lucky Americans who live such a wonderful life. Very patriotic spirit. As for your love of home…….that’s why I love reading every single thing on your website. I too love home, & appreciate all the details that bring joy & comfort to the people who live within. Home is comfort, especially to those of us who value living in spaces full of loving care. Although you don’t know it, you’ve inspired me in so many ways, bringing the love of home, family, & community into my own home. I thank you for that. Peaceful days to you & yours, Sandy

  13. Greta Ostrovitz says:

    I found a lovely quote about sewing although I think it could be said of all women whenever they are creating something whether it is sewing, gardening, cooking, drawing, etc.:

    “It is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied”

    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The Marble Faun

  14. Karen P says:

    Your sewing room is so sweet! I LOVE the ball fringe curtains….there is just something fun and cheery about ball fringe…don’t know what it is! And I adore that little spool of thread painting with the Jemima Puddleduck and Peter Rabbit and straw hat pins! Did you “invent” those or do you, seriously, have pins that cute?! That might be a cute product idea…hmmmm???? xoxox…kp

  15. My mother taught me to sew at her old Kenmore machine when I was 12. I made flannel pajamas. She signed me up for lessons at Sears, taught by a marvelous, formidable woman named Mrs. O’Reare (who was shaped like a pear.) I sewed garments for myself, and my family, plaid flannel shirts for boyfriends, my prom dress, many bridesmaid dresses, my (1st) wedding gown, all my daughter’s Halloween costumes (she’s 19,) and now quilts and doll clothes.

    I’ve turned our dining room into a sewing room but rather than look like a studio, it comes closer to an episode of Hoarders–boxes and bins piled hither and yon, fabric trimmings and thread tails all over the floor. But I love it.

    And now, mom and I have come full circle. Since January of this year, she’s been coming over once a week and sewing a queen-size quilt for her and dads bed. I’d been after her to try quilting; that the straight line sewing, the logic, the pressing (mother loves to iron) and the process in general would appeal to her. She finally said yes. I had her look through all my books and magazine clippings and she chose a Shoo Fly block inside of an Ohio Star (rather complex for her first time but she loved it so I wasn’t going to steer her in another direction.) We shopped for fat quarters in her favorite jewel tones and I wouldn’t let her buy anything she didn’t love. It’s now September and she’s made 81 blocks and is now adding the sashing. Her quilt is just beautiful and my 76-year-old mother is so proud of herself, just as I knew she would be.

    I am so lucky that I have gotten to share this time with her, side by side at our sewing machines, listening to NPR, grilled cheese or chicken salad sandwiches and tomato soup for lunch, chatting about everything and nothing.

  16. Dottie Bauer says:

    I would love to see a pic of your quilted ironing board cover mentioned. Maybe I can create one! :)

  17. Ann says:

    I’m not a big sewer (just hemming), but I treasure my Mom’s sewing basket items. She made me a winter coat once! I like just looking at her old things in my craft room. Like your grandmother, I feel her with me there.

  18. Eva Maria says:

    Oh Susan! I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the sewing basket on the right hand side of your sewing table! If it is indeed pink, I have the exact same one. It was my Mother’s. She passed away in 1967 of breast cancer. She was only 44 at the time. This basket is a special one and oh so pretty!

  19. Debra says:

    Susan, I love your sewing room. I have a small cozy Sunroom which is now being used by my Grandson as a bedroom. When my daughter, her husband and grandson move …next summer, I plan to make my Sunroom into a Sewing Room. I’d love to have all that beautiful fabric in full view maybe in a pie safe or a glass fronted cabnet. So inspirational! I love how you decorate your spaces. Were you always so good at that? Oh, and as for those awesome sketches keep them in a binder in clear page protectors. Keep them for someday… inspiration for your nieces, maybe they would be interested. I know I would love to keep such things.

    • sbranch says:

      I don’t know how good I was at it, but I always loved decorating my bedroom as a child. Will be wonderful to have a sunroom as a sewing room!

  20. Ana says:

    I’ve just seen your sewing room and it looks warm, beautiful and peaceful, I love it. I’ve just got my first sewing machine and although I’ve never sewn much and not very well, I am dying to do things with it. It is wonderful you have your grandma’s sewing basket, I’m sure it’s one of those things worth having around . My mother still has and uses her mother’ big black Singer sewing machine. I’ve loved this post.

  21. Cherrie Akin says:

    Hi Sue
    I am looking for the GREAT vintage apron pattern I saw in a websearch. Is it still available somewhere?

  22. Lauren says:

    Love the entry about your sewing room. I too have a cozy, pastel sewing room. Your picture looks great. But the wicker chair for sewing would be uncomfortable, impractical…….and and not very good for all the moving around, and up and downs sewing entails. Try a wheeled office chair, spray painted white, slip covered with a vintage cutter quilt or pretty fabric. Looks great and much easier to sew….Cheers. Lauren

  23. Karen P says:

    Can I just say how much I LOVE sewing notions?! Have a slipcover project going and I am loving my new long glass head pins.! It’s the simple things in life that bring joy! Love your organized sewing room! So cute!

  24. Betsy Brunette (and guess what....I am blonde!) says:

    After starting the toothbrush story and being totally drawn in to your life in the 50′s, which was remarkably similar to my own past, I then visited your sewing room and am wiping the tears from my face as a result of the mention of your grandmother’s sewing basket. We all have our special memories of our grandparents, don’t we? They lived a simpler life but oozed with love and the knowledge of how to make their grandchildren feel so treasured at every visit. I inherited Grandmama’s button box while my sister was able to find a spot for the old Singer machine that was operated with a treadle. (I think that is the right word.) My mom did all of the sewing for my sister and me and that has transferred to us now. My sister has taught herself how to do slip-covers and the finished products look almost like a newly-upholstered piece! All of this makes me wonder what my daughters will take into their lives as a result of this great lineage. I am going to add cut-out cookies to our Christmas this year….with our 31, 29, and 24 yr olds! The kid in us never really grows up, right? XOXO

  25. What a wonderful room! I even love to read the words — sew, knit, fabrics, sewing machine — and am determined to learn to knit, perhaps with my mom, who also wants to learn how (we’ll leave it at “simple wearables” and the more difficult stockings if we get there). I’m abashed to say, however, that while sewing Christmas aprons recently, that I moved my sewing machine from the sewing/treadmill room to my dining room table, as it’s just me, the dog, and my 22 year-old when she is home from school, for the purpose of reminding me that I need to sew MUCH more than I do. Your sewing room is warm, inviting, and beckons the hum of the machine stitching or the sound of thread pulling through fabric. I’m excited about redoing the treadmill/sewing room as a bit-by-bit project in the upcoming months, so will end up moving my machine back in there to join my baskets and drawers of supplies. Your sewing room and fabrics have given me some wonderful inspiration and ideas — thank-you!

  26. Kathy McKinstry says:

    Hi Susan
    I just read Lauren’s comment to you about your wicker chair, DO NOT REPLACE IT WITH A WHEELED OFFICE CHAIR!!!! I don’t believe you sit in it long enough for you to become uncomfortable in it. The wicker chair just screams “charming” and looks wonderful at your table. I love your room, thank you for sharing it with us. I’m so happy that you found a place in your lovely home to fit in a sewing room, it’s so well organized and adorable!
    Kathy from CT.
    p.s. your house should be in Country Living Magazine!

  27. Betty Nelson says:

    I had no idea there were so many places I could “leave a reply”. If I started. I would be writing all day. Everything you do is so homey and warm – it’s as if we were sitting before your fireplace and enjoying tea and conversation. It is very cold here today and your messages have warmed “the cockles” of my heart. I have only “known” for a few years, and so wish we could have “met” sooner. When I (we) retired (13 years ago) someone from CA. sent us a cheque and it was taped inside your book “Heart of the Home”. For one reason or another when we moved 10 years ago that beautiful little book got lost and everytime someone mentions it or I read of it in your blog, I am saddened. I know I have missed much of your wonderful inspiration, but I hope I can catch up sometime. I am a quilter and some several years ago bought some of your fabric and perhaps you will remember I sent a picture to your website of the placemats I made with it. I still have a few small pieces left and hope to make some potholders etc. Love, love, love your cozy sewing room. I, too, use a bedroom (sometimes I wish I could also fit a bed in it) I am in the process of going through my “stash” and reorganizing. You have encouraged me.

    Thank you!

    Betty Nelson

  28. Beverly says:

    My two Sisters were visiting me yesterday and Sue couldn’t wait to show us your website. How amazing you are. I, too like all of the crafts you do (I do like to crochet) But took a painting class and don’t have that talent. I turned the basement into a sewing room when the kids got tired of playing pool. You’re so right when you say it’s nice to have a place you don’t have to clean up and can come back to a project later. Sure enjoy your website.

  29. Wanda Styrsky says:

    After raising four daughters and spending many years stocking their dresses, cross stitching,
    And quilting, I learned to knit! Now that all the girls are grown, I have captured a bedroom for myself and turned it into a sewing room. I have 2 walls of yarn! My grandmother’s treadle machine is there as well.

    I love that I have found this blog! You will be hearing from me quite a bit!

    Wanda

  30. Wanda Styrsky says:

    That should have been smocking their dresses!

  31. Lauren says:

    I have been reading this site for hours. I am not the first Lauren here. But I am the Lauren who will say PLEASE don’t give up on the wicker chair. You might have all eady changed it out.
    Lauren

  32. Sharon O says:

    I am so wanting a sewing room, I loved your wood table idea. JUST awesome and antique looking too.

  33. Lynn says:

    I, too, have been needing a dedicated sewing room for a LONG TIME. I used to have one in the den downstairs, but things change. Right now I am sewing on the dining room table, leaving everything there and sewing when I have a few minutes between dinner cooking and life. Not ideal, but I am close to action. My sewing table is in the garage at the moment, behind boxes and baskets from my mother’s home. I would like a new table, maybe someday…
    I have lace that my maternal great-grandmother made. Even though she died long before I was born, I always think of her when I see that jar of lace. Funny how certain mundane things take on special meaning. I hear myself saying “I can’t get rid of that. That belonged to Aunt Pauline.” Aunt Pauline is gone now; I wonder what she would say. Oops, sorry, getting too depressing now. She would say “Let’s go watch “Star Trek” or go shopping at a nursery”. Good idea! Thanks for all the wonderful vignettes.

  34. Kay Lynn Arnell says:

    Susan, I love your Blog. I am looking for your book Baby Love and was told that it is no longer in print. I can’t believe that. I love to give it to my daughter’s when they are having a baby. Please let me know where I can purchase it.
    Thanks, Kay Lynn

  35. sondra fox says:

    It’s me again Susan, After reading about your sewing room, I wanted to tell you about my pin cushion addition to my sewing room. I go to quilt shows & see all these wonderfully clever pin cushions. I decided to start a collection. I went to an antique store, bought this adorable little shelf that I hung on my sewing room wall, & “WALL-AH,” (pronounced exactly like that “wall-ah”), one beautiful place to display each of my unique pin cushions. I’d never stick a pin in some of the pin cushions. They’re just very precious.

  36. Stephanie Branch Pickin says:

    Hi Susan,
    I am always intrigued that my maiden name is the same as your last name…. Could we be related distantly? I love getting Willard, reading your blog and seeing your great ideas.
    Stephanie in California

    • sbranch says:

      Branch is my ex-husband’s last name, my maiden name is Stewart. I kept his name, because I had signed all of my artwork with it!!

  37. Marsha McGinnis says:

    I just stumbled on to this post. What a nice surprise. Both my mother and my grandmother were skilled seamstresses. Me, not so much. But I enjoy the connection I feel with them through making my quilts. The quilts are not exactly “show” worthy, but they wrap up all my dear ones with love. And I feel that the love has been passed down from these women who have influenced me so much to their great and great great grandchildren. It just keeps on giving. Thank you so much, Susan for reminding us that memories live on in the things we create with love.

  38. Mary Nye French says:

    Bless you for your joy of life; as an adult I always had a corner
    of my bedroom for sewing (even a whole room at one time) and
    love to sew and do crafts.

  39. Sandy Burke says:

    I have that same sewing basket….and I bought it myself way loooong time ago!~Love your room!

  40. Donna Schilling says:

    Susan,
    I resurected a 2010 quilt magazine that featured your “Baby Love” collection.
    I will be a new grandmother this coming December and your design is just perfect for what I want. Please tell me where I can purchase it. Thank you so much!

  41. Debbie Selam says:

    Loved your sewing room. I need the inspiration to organize my sewing corner in my bedroom. I too like to sew pillows and have sold a few at holiday bazaars. However, I would like to start piecing a quilt this summer. I’ve enjoyed your blog entries from England. Have a wonderful summer, Debbie

  42. Cindy W. says:

    Absolutely love your sewing room. And the green wicker chair! That’s a keeper. It’s the first thing that caught my eye. Now I want one too for my sewing room. I too, love to sew, cook and fuss with my home. I enjoy reading your blog (first time I’ve seen it). Love your ideas for decorating the home. Everything you do gives a warm and homey feeling.

  43. cathy herrlich says:

    susan….really? that’s not a sewing machine. you need a new one. i work for husqvarna viking. now that is a sewing machine. you should consider one. just sayin’.

    • sbranch says:

      LOL! I won’t tell her you said that! I know you’re right, but then I would have to learn a whole new computer, and this one I’m typing on right now keeps me busy enough!

  44. Darlene Osborn says:

    Have been working on my room most of the day arranging, rearranging, just can’t get enough space for all my things. Oh well, will keep trucking along. Nice to take a break and see what you are up to. Love your blog, and all the beautiful things you share with us.

  45. Theresa says:

    Growing up, all the sweet women in my life were Heavy into the needle arts, and were good! My precious mother tried to teach me to embroidery, but gave up after my first lesson, or maybe I gave it up, I had worked so hard on a little flower project and when I needed a break I found that I had attached the whole project to my little shorts that I was wearing! I was a cowgirl at heart anyway! Always at the barn hanging out with my Wonderful Dad ( everything he did always seemed more interesting than sitting around with a needle and sewing things to my shorts!). Well now that I’m older (much) I Love needle art! I’m passionate about my creative outlet! I’m still a cowgirl… So miss my hero cowboy., my Dad! I so love your web sight… I check it out daily for inspiration… Happy trails toyou and as always, blessings from the Pastures of Texas !

  46. Sandra Miraba says:

    Congratulations from Carolina, Puerto Rico.
    I loved a vintage apron that referenced you but the link is not working. Is it still available? I loved it!

  47. nieves rosa says:

    se pueden comprar sus libros,y diarios en españa,estan traducidos al español,donde lo encontrare,gracias un saludo

  48. matty says:

    Hi Susan, just adorable your sewing room, I ALREADY see your photos from your blog and your house see so adorable and charm, I send you a huge and have a nice and happy holidays and a good new year. recive our blessing with love matty.

  49. sewhoppy says:

    You had an free apron pattern at one time, do you still have that available? with instructions?

    • sbranch says:

      Yes, click on the shopping section at the top of the blog … then look on the left for LOVE TO SEW and click there, then scroll down until you find PROJECTS … it’s in there, it’s free so help yourself!

  50. Sue St.Pierre says:

    I am new to your site & I love everything about it!
    My favorite thing in my sewing room is a lamp with a clear glass base that you can fill with whatever you want. Mine has the contents of my grandmother and great-grandmother’s sewing kits. I rubberstamped the shade with sewing related stamps and also glued some of the buttons from their kits on it.
    Thank you for all the wonderful pictures and inspiration. I also have a huge crush on Jack.

  51. Amy Elizabeth says:

    Do you watch “Project Runway?” Wish we could see you on there someday as a contestant!

    • sbranch says:

      I’ve always thought that would be fun. I would make such different things — my favorite clothes are the ones in Out of Africa — all that gorgeous linen!

  52. GF Michele says:

    I am SO inspired from your sewing room, Susan, that I am going to make Thanksgiving/Fall potholders tonight! (and tackle the huge sewing pile I have been putting off; I do not have a dedicated sewing room, so it’s an eye sore!). Printed our the patterns, will make some nice chamomile tea and I will be set! Thanks ~*AGAIN*~ for the inspiration! Happy Monday and safe travels home!!

    M.

  53. jessiejones says:

    i love your sewing area especially the table by the window .I HAVE A TABLE BY THE WINDOW i have a sewing machine on it,and iam going to decorate it like your,smile I love it

  54. Jayne Parsons says:

    Thanks so much for showing us your sewing room. I too have a sewing room tucked in a nook upstaris with a beautiful gateleg table that according to my grandmother came down the Erie Canal with my father’s family. I have my sewing machine set up on it along with cutting mats. Alas, I have had a bad year with the loss of central vision in one eye and knee surgery which didn’t go quite as planned ( getting old sometimes sucks). I needed a little inspiration to get myself back in the groove and seeing your sewing room made me realize how much I was missing mine. So this weekend, we are going to be adding more inches to our 48 inch plus snow count and it will be a perfect time to look through my sewing projects and see which one I want to do first. So enjoyed your new book. Can’t wait for the next one.

  55. Shirley Graham says:

    In one of your pictures (cats) on your blog I noticed a cupcakes rug. Can that still be purchased – did you make it? Could I have a little more information on it? Thank you. Love your blog & pictures too. Our cat, Gabrille, lets us know when its bedtime & herds everyone around (sits and stares at you or meows or both) & insists on her bedtime treat – how this got started I’ll never know!

    • sbranch says:

      I did design that rug, but I believe they are all gone. We had a whole line of hooked rugs, pillows and chair pads not so long ago, but almost everything is gone now.

  56. Mamey Brown says:

    Oh! I JUST LOVE THE SEWING ROOM!! It’s so cozy and sweet. I have a similar room for scrapbooking which sat there for awhile because I couldn’t seem to read enough books. If I wasn’t at work, I was reading. I’m slowly learning that I can partake in more than one hobby. I have so many hobbies that when people tell me they are bored, I just can’t fathom. My mom taught me to crochet lapghans this past November and I’ve had a blast making them. I now raffle off one a month at work and all proceeds go to different charities. It’s been so fulfilling. I have always wanted to learn to sew. I hate to admit this here, but I don’t even know how to thread a machine!! When I was in school they offered cooking OR sewing. So, I picked cooking which I’ve enjoyed doing ever since. I sometimes think if I had learned to sew the same time if I would have the passion as all of you ladies here do. I hope it’s not too late to learn to sew and make some of those beautiful quilts I’ve seen. I would love to make the one’s that have pictures on them. Kind of like a scrapbook quilt. Anyways, where do I start??? Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated….Love your blog, website, home, books…..ok cut to the chase, I LOVE EVERYTHING!!

  57. Your sewing room is just lovely! My husband and I are lucky enough to have a room in the house we call the Chill Room. He keeps his guitars there and we have the computer in there, too. I have only recently started sewing and I am really enjoying it very much so am very pleased that this room also houses my crafting and sewing things. It makes such a difference to be able to leave my machine out all the time and not worry about leaving a mess. I make tote bags, have made cushion covers and crafting, granny chic aprons and I hope to embark on my first item of clothing soon. I am liking that I can alter clothes if when bought they are too long or I can mend work clothes of my husband.x

  58. cindy whalen says:

    Mamey it’s never too late to learn anything. I taught myself how to quilt several years ago. I decided to start sewing again when my youngest went to school. I hadn’t sewn since junior high school. never made a quilt either. i bought an inexpensive sewing machine, chose a beginner quilt pattern and have been quilting ever since. i always have a quilt in progress. so much fun! give it a try you’ll love it.

    • Mamey Brown says:

      Thanks Cindy! I did go to a gorgeous sewing shop in my hometown and they were the nicest bunch of ladies. They are offering another beginners class in September. I’m hoping to be able to enroll!

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