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. Latifah’s sentimentality about the chandelier and dining room table struck a chord with me. I have a photo of my grandmother on a shelf near my sewing machine. I feel she is with me each and every time I sit down to sew.

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    Gina

    July 25, 2013

  2. How wonderful Latifah is taking care of her Grandfather and using her time to be creative.

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    elsa

    July 25, 2013

  3. I also sew at my dining room table with a chandelier over my head. My fabric and supplies are stashed in a tiny bedroom I use as my office. Thanks for sharing your space!

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    Lindsey F

    July 25, 2013

  4. Love the sentimental & functional creative space (and such a good granddaughter)!

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    Ellen Ban

    July 25, 2013

  5. Love the space!! But love the story behind it even more.

    Dianne

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    Dianne

    July 25, 2013

  6. Fabulous chandelier, and quilt on the wall. My husband helps (a lot) take care of his 94-yr-old aunt, so I know the blessing that can be. Take care of yourself, too! and thanks for sharing!

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    jodi

    July 25, 2013

  7. I do love Latifa’s clam shell quilts and there is another beauty on the wall.

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    Erin

    July 25, 2013

  8. I’m really enjoying the “where I sew” series. It’s fascinating to see where others sew. It would be interesting to see a man’s sewing space, too.

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    Linda

    July 25, 2013

  9. I used to sew on our dining room table, but now even that has been taken away (we are moving in a couple months), so now my machine is on a microwave stand 🙂 Love the quilt on the wall!

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    Heidi

    July 25, 2013

  10. That’s a great story about her quilting space. I do like the chandelier! The quilt on the wall is fantastic.

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    Margo

    July 25, 2013

  11. I can totally relate to the space being mostly functional. It’s amazing how we work in the things we love into our lives. I love the quilt on the wall.

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    Elizabeth

    July 25, 2013

  12. I work in the dining room too. Latifah, I bet your granddad loves to enjoys having you create such fun quilts in his home. Lucky him! Lucky you to be with him. (I love your style).

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    Susie Williams

    July 25, 2013

  13. I agree–very cool chandelier. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lisa E

    July 25, 2013

  14. Love the chandelier – I guess really it doesn’t matter what your sewing space lookslike as long as it doesn’t inhibit your creativity. Good on you for looking after your grandad too – that is so nice to hear.

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    Julie

    July 25, 2013

  15. So sweet! The glam clam quilt top is awesome too!

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    Bruinbr

    July 25, 2013

  16. Kudos to you on taking care of your grandfather. I like sewing in the middle of things.

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    Deb H.

    July 25, 2013

  17. So sweet! Taking care of your grandfather and that quilt!!

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    RachelL

    July 25, 2013

  18. Love the modern quilts that come from such a traditional space.

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    Tamie

    July 25, 2013

  19. Your space may not be exactly your aesthetic,,,but the karma you must have sewing in your grandparents’ “love nest” shows in your work! (Love that quilt.) Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

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    Mary

    July 25, 2013

  20. Grand-maman knows that we gotta know were we came from in order to face the future.

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    Roseline

    July 25, 2013

  21. I think it’s very cool you have a space that means something to you. That might just be even better!

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    Stephanie

    July 25, 2013

  22. Love how the quilt on the wall mimics the wallpaper pattern. God bless you for being there for your grandfather.

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    Jennifer

    July 26, 2013

  23. Well, the chandelier is beautiful 🙂 so much of sewing is sentimental – even when the design and fabric are modern – you just have more present reminders!

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    Emily T

    July 26, 2013

  24. I used to sew on the kitchen table also, but now my son got me a sewing cabinet, so I put it in our room in front of the window. I get to sew and look outside at the wildlife all the time. So serene. I get lost in my sewing. The only thing the Janome machine does not have on it is a clock……

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    SewGramySew

    July 26, 2013

  25. You are so lucky to still have your grandfather in your life and bless you for helping him. Take good care of each other.

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    Charlotte

    July 26, 2013

  26. I love the name of your blog – quilt engineer. I too took over the dining room table. Awesome that you are taking care of your grandfather too!

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    Lonnie

    July 26, 2013

  27. I really needed to see your modest by necessity space today, I am getting ready to move to a much smaller space than I had previously and I know I have been pouting about it. Time for an attitude adjustment! Thanks, I needed that!

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    Nancy Owens

    July 26, 2013

  28. I sew in the dining room and love it because I know what’s going on in the house.

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    Diana Barry

    July 26, 2013

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