Take a tour of the Whimsical Workshop with Heidi Pridemore.
Main shot as you enter the sewing room. Yes it really is that clean most of the time. We have so many projects going on at one time, we have to keep everything organized all the time.
Sewing Area-Close up of my BERNINA and cabinet- I have a Bungie chair that I love, but I added some color with one our quilts doubling as a chair cover.On top of the cabinet is a project under way. I use serving trays to keep each project together as we move through the process of making the samples.
Cutting Area- I was lucky enough to have my father-in-law make this amazing table. I added the cubbies and shelving afterwards to hold all my treasures I have collected when traveling and teaching. Any time I have to cut a project, I am surrounded with happy memories.Good vibes=Good cutting. I love the height of the table as well and have recently started to use it as a standing desk when I am working on my laptop.
Cutting Area Close-up
Ironing Station. Space is always a premium in our studios, so I stacked these drawer units to create an area to hold my Big Board ironing board. I have topped that with my new full size Wool Pressing mat from The Gypsy Quilter. I love this set up and have used the drawers/big board idea for years as I have moved from a small studio to a large studio, back to a small studio and finally here is a nice size studio.
Shelves with projects under development- If it is on these shelves, it has to been done soon. These projects are usually for fabric companies, magazine samples, classes or for our own pattern line. Believe it or not sometimes these shelves are close to empty. Sadly just not today.
Accu-quilt Library- I partnered with Accuquilt for several years developing free projects and blog post to promote their great system. So over that time I have gained a large collection of dies for the various projects. I still use these dies all the time to reduce time and be more accurate.
Matthew's Side- Poor Matthew (my partner and husband) only has one small cutting table in the room for his projects and I still usually end up piling things on it too. Yes the things on the table in the photo are mine.
Current Fabric Collections and Ideas storage- Across from the studio is another room we use to store our current fabric collections that either Matthew or I have designed. I also store my sketch binders. We also use this room for shipping and I also have an extra cabinet with another BERNINA ready to set up for additional sewers around our crunch time in this space.
Here is a close up of my idea binders. Each binder is full of quilt designs I have developed but not used over our 20 year history. I use these to help me develop new patterns. Each year we add 1-2 binders of ideas, so hopefully I will not run out of ideas any time soon.
Shipping area close up
Since my studio is open to the main living area, we created this faux wall and it also doubles as our inventory storage that we keep on hand for lectures and Workshops as well as on our website www.TheWhimsicalWorkshop.com.