Where I Sew – Ashley Newcomb of Film In The Fridge

on Jul 10, 2013 in Where I Sew | 86 comments

I’m Ashley Newcomb and I blog about quilting at Film in the Fridge. My sewing space occupies a third of our living room, so that I can take every opportunity to sew, yet still be with the family. My 2 year old son, Max, often plays with his toys on the floor nearby while I sneak in a bit of fabric cutting or some quick piecing.

Since I am most often making quilts, I like having my fabrics easily accessible – I keep many favorites stored in the cabinet you can see in the left part of this photo, and all my solid fabrics stored under the large sewing table. The table was custom made (a trade for a quilt, in fact!) and fits two large cutting mats on one side and my sewing machine and computer on the other. Despite the limitations of having my sewing space right in the middle of our home (mostly dust and lots and lots of threads!), I love how easy it makes it for me to sneak in a few minutes of sewing here and there throughout the day!

Ashley’s Links: Film in the Fridge Blog

 

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    86 Comments

  1. Lovely set-up! I really like that custom built table, Ashley. Wow.

    Like you, I’m set up in “middle of things” – I’m in the family room which opens into the kitchen area and I love it.

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    Katherine

    July 13, 2013

  2. I also sew in the middle of things. I wish I could leave it all set up, but, alas, we have to sit down and eat dinner occasionally. 🙂

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    Margaret

    July 13, 2013

  3. Love how you display your favorite fabrics and finished quilts on shelves to easily see. Also, love how you embrace sewing in the main living space. I sew in my kitchen, and I love the homey-ness of being where the living is.

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    julie

    July 13, 2013

  4. That custom desk is stunning! What a wonderful way to incorporate your sewing space.

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    Kelsey

    July 13, 2013

  5. I love to hear that Ashley uses part of her living room as her creative space. It’s so nice to hear that not everyone has a huge house with a special room for sewing to create in.

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    Annemarie

    July 13, 2013

  6. So fun to see where Ashley creates her wonderful quilts! Maybe I should set up shop out of my basement!

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    Ellen Ban

    July 13, 2013

  7. I love your set up! Your fabrics look like “art”–really,,,I guess they are. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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    Mary

    July 14, 2013

  8. I am impressed that you have your sewing space in the family area. Being able to do what you love while the kids are playing is a great idea. Kudos to you for being in the middle of “life”!!!

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    Robyn Johnson

    July 15, 2013

  9. I am fortunate enought to have a sewing room but it does make it hard to get away to sew sometimes. And, oh the mess I tend to leave out!

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    Renee

    July 17, 2013

  10. I wish I could have a permanent sewing space! We live in a small apartment, so I set up my sewing machine on the dinner table. Not optimal, but it works for now. 🙂

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    Ariane

    July 17, 2013

  11. I can almost identify with Ashley. I sew in my living room, too, but it’s not a third…it’s just right in the center of the room and everything has to be put away when we’re expecting company. 🙁 I like Ashley’s setup and enjoy her blog!

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    Deb

    July 17, 2013

  12. It’s great to see what other people use as creative spaces. I’m working on designing a permanent space for my sewing, so this post is very timely!

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    Karen B

    July 17, 2013

  13. I would love to be able to be more central in our house but I’m afraid it is handy being able to go to my sewing room and shut the door on the mess!

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    Ashleigh

    July 18, 2013

  14. What a lovely set-up and a stunning sewing table. I also sew in the middle of things, in the family room off the kitchen (although more and more it’s called “Mum’s sewing room”).

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    Gillian

    July 18, 2013

  15. What a fabulous desk!! And the fabric shelf is great! 🙂

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    Carla G

    July 18, 2013

  16. I love Film in the Fridge — it was one of the first quilting blogs I ever followed. It’s amazing what she can produce in a communal family space.

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    Elizabeth R

    July 19, 2013

  17. What a wonderful table! I know what you mean about being able to sew in the midst your family : ) Thanks for the chance to play!

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    Marlene (cards4u)

    July 20, 2013

  18. Lucky you! What a wonderful multi-purpose table!

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    Evelyn

    July 20, 2013

  19. This is really inspiring. We are moving at the end of the month and there isn’t going to be any separate sewing land for me – but now I’m excited to share my space with the whole family! Thank you!

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    Emily T

    July 21, 2013

  20. I love that big table! So much room to support quilting a large project!

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    Karen

    July 21, 2013

  21. That is such a clever option for a Mom to optimise her sewing time, such a brilliant & practical option. And for your kids to be happy playing while you sew in the same room is the best kind of win-win!

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    Fran

    July 21, 2013

  22. Having a space in common rooms can be so nice for when you find an empty couple of minutes. I sew in our “dinning” room and love it!

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    Sarah

    July 21, 2013

  23. Love that your space is in the living room. I like being close to the “action” but am never able to keep things as neat as this! Thanks for sharing.

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    Carol

    July 29, 2013

  24. Can you sew with a toddler under the sewing table? He’s bobbing around and pulling on things, right? You can tell I only have to contend with stubborn cats, I guess.

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    Sandra

    July 29, 2013

  25. So much creativity goes on there! I’m impressed that Max hasn’t tossed fabric everywhere, a problem I have with our kittens. 🙂

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    Beth T.

    August 5, 2013

  26. I’m glad you found a way to combine family and your sewing. My sewing room is in the basement and I was either by myself or just plain didn’t do any sewing when my kids were young. kthurn@bektel.com

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    Karen Thurn

    July 11, 2014

  27. I am a new quilter. Iam getting ready to start my third quilt. This will be my first king size. My daughter likes your Glimma crosses pattern. I need to know how to figure material needs for this size. Like your patterns and ideas

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    Kathy craig

    July 12, 2014

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