about the artist

Studio Tour

I finally did it! I got my studio all organized, and I have no excuses left. I can do surface design and quilt design and even do my morning calisthenics!! I hung quilts on the walls, and it has made it feel so festive.

First, I want to show you the latest additions to my surface design corner. Mr C built two tables for me that are on casters. One is padded and covered with the silver Teflon ironing stuff and that is where I do my ironing and pressing and fusing. The other table is for screen printing. I went to a carpet store and asked if they had any padding remnants for sale. They gave me a very large piece. I cut it to fit the top of the table. It has plastic underneath.


I then added batting and stapled white felt over the top. This makes a great surface for doing screenprinting.


My other acquisition is this rack for drying screens or painted/dyed fabric. I am using the top as storage for some of my supplies. This used to reside in at June’s, but since she has turned her garage into a painting studio, there was nor room and not as much need for this. It is also on casters so that it can be rolled around. The racks have aluminum screen to facilitate drying.


Here are some views of the studio. This is the studio bar, sometimes the art bar for the grandkids. On the other side of the bar is a small kitchenette with a sink and counter and storage for dyes and paints.


On the left side of the back wall, I have black felt. You can also see the ironing table.


The other side of the back wall has gray felt. This is my main design wall. You can also see my bookshelves which hold my design and inspiration and how to books and journals and magazines.


The window wall is my fabric storage wall. I have some IKEA storage units.


The cabinet on the left hold fabric that reads as a solid sorted by color family. The cabinet next to it has assorted geometrics and polka dots and stripes. The bottom cabinets hold large pieces for backs and pfd silk and cotton waiting to be dyed or painted.


This cabinet has batiks sorted by color family and the storage unit next to it has my exotic silks and unusual fabrics.


The other window wall has my sewing area.


This is a unique feature in my studio. The fireplace with the blazing TV.


In the center of the room is my cutting table and this colorful storage from Target. I have my hand-dyes stored here, by color family. I also have several small drawer storage units for miscellaneous supplies.



Next door is my office/workspace/grandchildren’s playroom. This corner has my computer. This is the most difficult place for me to keep neat.


Here is my very comfy sofa where I do handwork. The quilt over it was a gift from Deb Roby.


Here is one of my Walls of Fame – art quilts that I have purchased or that were given to me. The credenza holds my Thermofax screen maker on the left and an old Canon Copier on the right. There are several fiber postcards on the wainscot shelf.


Here is the other Wall of Fame. Below is the grandkids toy storage and the electronic keyboard.


Now, I must get a good night’s sleep and get up and go to work in this wonderful place.

21 Responses to “Studio Tour”

  1. Judy says:

    What a great studio!!!! While I was hard at “work” painting up a storm at Campbell, you were busy getting organized!! I know you will enjoy your new space.


  2. Catherine says:

    Really does look fabulous!

  3. lisa says:

    WOW good work mom. i miss you so much today.

  4. terry grant says:

    OK, I’m moving in with you! Really. I’ll just set up a cot and my sewing machine in the corner. You won’t even notice me.

  5. Reva says:

    It’s done! Yay! I love the idea of a studio bar. So civilized.

  6. Teresa Suek says:

    I have to find out where June got the drying rack. I have been thinking of buying a bakery rack, but this looks more than perfect. Do you know if it has a brand?

    Wonderful studio. Looks like you can create from dawn until dark in it!

  7. tallgirl says:

    and i thought i had a great studio?!!! gerrie, yours is awesome. if you had a fridge and a toilet, you would never have to come out!

  8. Jane Ann says:

    How wonderful, Gerrie! Just to be able to turn around without knocking something over is a blessing! Love your TV “cabinet.” On a gloomy day, you can pop in one of those videos that is nothing but a roaring fire. I heard at Christmas that there is a station in NY that broadcasts that video all day on Christmas Day and it’s something like the most “watched” station all day! 😉

    Thanks so much for the tour.

  9. bobbi says:

    Wonderful studio…kudos to you and your DH!

  10. KT says:

    Oh man, have you set the bar high! Your space is wonderful. And you finally got your brilliant ironing board.

  11. Juanita says:

    I have been reading your blog for the past 6 months and just had to drop you a line to comment on your beautiful studio. It’s gorgeous; the ideas and the ability to corner off specific areas for office, ironing, cutting, and storage are priceless.

  12. Corky says:

    It’s a beautiful space. Will you come organize mine?

  13. Karoda says:

    i just love how you’ve made space for the little grands in your studio! not get cracking in that space!

  14. jenclair says:

    Wow! What a wonderful place to work! I see my original comment wasn’t so original – “I am so jealous!” Evidently, I’m not the only one!

  15. joyce says:

    What an amazing studio space. It looks very large. I have a large space but I am not nearly as well organized.

  16. Kathie says:

    It’s great! Now that it’s all organized, you can have no end of fun creating art and messing it all up.

  17. dee says:

    In your honor I have turned a gorgeous shade of lime green with envy…great things will come from here

  18. mary manahan says:

    What a setup!

  19. Diane says:

    Wow! That space! I am very envious. You can do everything down there…will Steve ever see you upstairs now that the studio is all set?! Looks gorgeous and a great space to encourage to do fun work.

  20. The space! The tables! The toys! I want to come over and play!

  21. Shirley says:

    Look at all the SPACE! I am soooooooooo jealous!