I was lucky enough to be sent Marguerita McManus' new book Sew and Quilt in Comfort: How to Inexpensively Create and Customize Your Sewing and Quilting Area to Fit you Perfectly. She is the author of a book that I love Crazy Shortcut Quilts. This is a great book for quilters who are currently creating in a less than ideal setting. I know you're out there you quilters who have your sewing machine set up on the dining room table or a small card table. Most quilters don't have a dedicated space or a sewing studio that looks like it could be featured in a magazine. I wish we could all have a beautiful studio but often it just is not possible!
Am I speaking to you yet? If you do have a wonderful studio, and, are 100% happy with your set-up, than this book is not for you. But, if you're one of those quilters who doesn't have an ideal studio - this book is for you! Marguerita gives doable and inexpensive ways to set yourself up a sewing area that will allow you to sew in comfort! I absolutely love that her solutions can be taken down and stored easily as they are light-weight, flat and can be stored in a closet or under the bed. This book offers realistic advise that any quilter could implement.
Marguerita put a couple videos on YouTube showing her table and how she constructed that have got over 50 000 hits and have really helped a lot of qulters.
Watching the videos will make you reconsider how you're currently quilting and how you can easily make your set-up work for you! The book goes into greater detail than the videos and is a great reference when you're actually changing your set-up. Several of the tips in the book made me change my set-up for machine quilting. Moving the sewing machine back a few inches really increased visibility and decreased shoulder strain. I also love the idea of the faux-long-arm set-up that several quilters use.
So if you want to easily create a more comfortable quilting area I would highly recommend this book!! You can get it here on Amazon or even a Kindle version for only $2.99!! You won't regret it!
So check out the videos Marguerita has a great YouTube channel!
What's your set-up like? Studio fit for a magazine shoot or the dinning room table?