Where I Sew – Latifah Saafir of The Quilt Engineer

on Jul 25, 2013 in Where I Sew | 74 comments

I’m Latifah Saafir and I blog at The Quilt Engineer. I live with and help take care of my 92 year old grandfather and I use his dining room table to sew on. It doesn’t reflect my aesthetic but it is sort of fun to sew under the chandelier that he hung years ago and on a dining set that my grandmother picked out. So, my sewing space is purely functional and just a touch sentimental. My fabric stash and supplies fills a bookshelf in my bedroom and at least a third of my closet.

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    74 Comments

  1. What a sweet story (the grandfather, the table and the light).

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    Ginger

    July 26, 2013

  2. I waited 25 years to inherit my grandmothers sewing machine and cabinet. The sewing machine did not make it 25 years but the cabinet now holds my new sewing machine. I think of my grandmother every time I sit down to work on a project.

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    Stacey King

    July 26, 2013

  3. Great story! Your space does look functional. Thanks for sharing.

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    Cecilia

    July 27, 2013

  4. Any place you can find to sew is a good place! It is a great thing that you do, helping to care for your grandfather

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    Renee

    July 27, 2013

  5. I have a nice sewing space now but when a kid learning to sew the dining room table was my favorite spot for my sewing projects.

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    Sue

    July 27, 2013

  6. I’m right there with ‘ya. I sew on the dining room table a lot of the time. As long as you don’t need to move it often, it works just fine. Bless you for helping take care of your grandfather. Not that many folks willing to take that role anymore. Best of luck to you.

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    Linda S.

    July 27, 2013

  7. That is a really nice idea, helping take care of a grandparent. I love the table and light.

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    Patty

    July 27, 2013

  8. The chandelier looks really stylish and it has story behind so why not. Enjoy!

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    Vera

    July 28, 2013

  9. Turns out we don’t need a fancy sewing room to do amazing work! Thanks for sharing your story and your work space.

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    Carol

    July 29, 2013

  10. I started out like that on my dining room table in the 1980’s. now I live in a 3-BR house filled with sewing machines and fabric and often I can’t find a clear space to work!

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    Sandra Wilcox

    July 29, 2013

  11. Way to make it work! That’s where I’m going to be soon. Taking apart my sewing space for a family member moving in.

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    Joy Kendall

    July 29, 2013

  12. I’ve not heard a more touching story of where someone sews. Even if it’s not the most dedicated sewing space it’s certainly proof of a very dedicated granddaughter.

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    Anne

    July 29, 2013

  13. Love the chandelier! I sew in the dining room too, but out light fixture is boring.

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    Cheryl

    July 29, 2013

  14. It’s great to see the quilt hanging on the wall – making it your sewing space. 🙂

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    Carla G

    July 30, 2013

  15. It is a space filled with love. What could be more perfect?

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    Diane W

    August 3, 2013

  16. Shows it’s not all about having the fanciest sewing space – though that’s certainly nice. What I missed the most before I got it, was a raised cutting table. I couldn’t cut for very long without hurting my back on a regular height table. I’m 5’9″, it’s probably easier for people who are a bit shorter.

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    Charlotta Norby

    August 3, 2013

  17. I sew on the dining room table I inherited from my mother. I’ll never trade it for one of those recessed-drop-down-fancy-pants tables because nothing can compete with the sweet feeling of sewing on my mom’s table.

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    Beth T.

    August 5, 2013

  18. I too take care of someone, but it is my mother. When she moved in downstairs (which is where my sewing area was) she insisted that I keep my sewing down there. We have re-arranged it several times.. So i do enjoy your story and your picture. I’m sure you both enjoy the time together.

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    April

    August 5, 2013

  19. I love her story and seeing this picture makes me think I would like a beautiful chandelier in my sewing room!

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    Heather kittelson

    July 2, 2014

  20. I loved your presentation at the LAQuilt show last Sunday. Thank you for bringing your sweet spirit and inspiring story to share, as well as all the quilts.

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    Karen Grobien

    August 8, 2014

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