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. Having everything fits into the same table makes for more efficient sewing, would love to have this kind of space!

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    M

    July 10, 2013

  2. I love your sewing space! Mine too is in the living room, but yours is much more dedicated. I love the large cutting surface 🙂

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    Lisa

    July 10, 2013

  3. I love how you make good use of the space you have. Also, how you take advantage of the limited time you have to sew.

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    Cherie

    July 10, 2013

  4. That’s a great looking table. My sewing area is in a corner of our den, but it is much messier than this space. 🙂

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    Margo

    July 10, 2013

  5. Ashley is both much neater and much more productive than me! Maybe the two are combined…maybe I should get a little neater! 🙂

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    Kelli

    July 10, 2013

  6. My sewing space is in the living room too. It works out really well to keep an eye on the kids.

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    Johanna

    July 10, 2013

  7. I never really thought of the plus side of sewing in the middle of the house. But I do find I feel like I can carry on conversation and visit with my husband while working in my living/dinning room. I do LOVE the custom table. Maybe I can get hubby to build me one.

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    Elizabeth

    July 10, 2013

  8. I would love to have enough living room space to be with my fiance while I sew. Then again, there’s something about going into my sewing room, shutting the door, and just focusing on my sewing!

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    Emily

    July 10, 2013

  9. It is nice having a sewing space where it is convenient to other rooms of the house. I like your space.

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    Carrie P.

    July 10, 2013

  10. I love this idea of sewing in the middle of the family!

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    Pamela

    July 10, 2013

  11. Will file away the idea of using the cutting mats to determine the size of the table – brilliant! We are slowly working on repairs to our basement, then I get half-ish for my sewing-quilting-crafting. Wishing the basement was bigger!!

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    Cathy E

    July 10, 2013

  12. It’s nice that you can still do what you enjoy and be a mum at the same time. Love your wall colour and pretty fabric stacks.

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    Julie

    July 10, 2013

  13. Love the table, but I can’t image sewing in the living room with the family around – chaos!

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    Diane W

    July 10, 2013

  14. My first thought was “I love that gray color on the walls” lol! 🙂 The extra-large table would be great to work on too.

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    Jenelle

    July 10, 2013

  15. We are moving cross country next month and will be in a smaller house. But the living room will be much larger. I may just claim a corner of it for my sewing!

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    TiffBlakey

    July 10, 2013

  16. I just love everything about this room! Fabulous. I’m rather jealous of that large surface… 🙂

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    Stephanie

    July 10, 2013

  17. What a great idea to have your studio in the living room

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    Ginger

    July 10, 2013

  18. How awesome….my hubby wouldn’t be able to stand the mess!

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    Deb H.

    July 10, 2013

  19. It looks like you have the perfect spot. Thanks for sharing.

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    Cecilia

    July 10, 2013

  20. I too sew in a corner of the living room, and other than mild irritations, I love it.

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    julie

    July 10, 2013

  21. I’m guessing Miss Ashley did this before her beautiful girl arrived last week! The space is great!

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    Elizabeth

    July 10, 2013

  22. Wow, a custom table. Your sewing area is much cleaner than mine!

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    Lisa E

    July 10, 2013

  23. Just think of the memories you are creating for your family as you sew in the living room!

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    Gina

    July 11, 2013

  24. I think I need to move my table into the family room, i think when it’s out of sight out of mind sometimes.

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    Claire

    July 11, 2013

  25. So lovely, the wall color is soothing, and everything is in it’s place. By the way, your design wall is nice and large.

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    Melissa

    July 11, 2013

  26. This is beautiful and I love that custom table! I prefer to sew in an open space so I am not cloistered away from my family.

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    Erin

    July 11, 2013

  27. Her fabric is so nicely stacked. I’m very jealous!

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    Allison C

    July 11, 2013

  28. Great space! What an awesome table! Wonderful idea to do a trade, quilt for custom table, you both won! Your fabric stash looks devine and adds alot of color. Thanks for sharing your space with us.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

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    usairdoll

    July 11, 2013

  29. Fabulous table – and how good to see Ashley sews in a part of her living room rather than a designated studio!!

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    Gill

    July 11, 2013

  30. I never thought of putting a plant in my sewing space. Thanks for the idea.

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    hueisei

    July 11, 2013

  31. I love the idea of being able to catch sewing moments throughout the day.

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    Gayle

    July 11, 2013

  32. i often think about bringing my sewing room downstairs…but worry about the MESS!

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    Jenny

    July 11, 2013

  33. I love how she’s incorporated the space into her family area! (Sadly I’m too much of a traveling mess for that to EVER fly in my house, ha!)

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    Sarah

    July 11, 2013

  34. Thanks for sharing your space. It’s great to be able to sneak in some quilting throughout the day.

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    Lindsey F

    July 12, 2013

  35. Love your sewing space! It’s wonderful that you can stay close to the family but not take up the kitchen table!

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    Patti

    July 13, 2013

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