Today I said goodbye to my sewing room. We have one room in the house for "miscellaneous".  So for the last couple of years it's been my sewing room/guest room/den. Mostly a sewing room. I had a closet for all my notions and fabric, a nice table for cutting, a sewing table, and all the appropriate space for everything quilting. Well, it only took a little over a year for me to gain quite a bit of weight while I sat at my sewing table as long as I pleased...which during a creative frenzy could be quite a while.  Enter the treadmill. Yes, I have purchased a treadmill in order to save myself from ruin. Believe me, it was a serious toss up...creative outlet? or become borderline diabetic! I chose my body. The cool thing is I realized that I can enjoy my creative energy anywhere. Of course I like having big spaces to cut, create, and sew. But I still have my closet, tables and shelves...just not all in the same room. I am back to the dining room table to sew, "treadmill" room to cut, and living room to create (spreading stuff on the floor while I make decisions). It's going to be a challenge but I think I'm worth it. My New Years resolution (four months late) is to use all my fabric on scrappy quilts and whatever else I can make. I have way too much unused fabric in that's not fair to the fabric! Also, I'm the anti-hoarder, I can't stand to accumulate too much stuff. Plus, lots of family and organizations who will love to receive whatever I make. This is the year of slow and easy wins the race...and all the money I would have spent on fabric will go to my yard. I WILL get the "yard of the month" sign in my yard one day. Until then, I'll be quilting  like a pioneer Happy quilting everyone!

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Comment by sue brigle on April 16, 2013 at 10:58am

I think my house would have to burn down before I could give up my sewing room.   And my Granddaughter says it's her favorite room in the house so......   It was a tiny, unused bedroom and I took it over for sewing, if I turned it into an exercise room, it would once again be an unused room,   LOL!  But good luck to you and congratulations on you determination to keep fit!! 

Comment by Dee Shreffler on April 14, 2013 at 9:20pm

Yeah isn't it great that we can win our victories in a way that we choose. Different strokes for different folks, right? I hate being hungry too, but I like the results. 

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on April 14, 2013 at 8:18pm
great that you have lost the weight dee. i am a long...or at least since i learned about in my religions class in college lollol! i don't like feeling hungry. i don't like discomfort. and i totally don't like dieting. i eat when o am hingry, if it's real tasty, i eat more than i should. i am also hyper enough, so i REALLY don't need to subject a low blood sugar hyperactive indiviual on the world at large :))

it is hard to maintain the right weight when we indulge in sedentary activities like sewing, quilting, knitting etc etc. i enjoy outdoor hobbies too. so my weight issues are mainly winter ones. i have found i gain the same number of pounds every winter, lose the same number of pounds each summer. so now i try to limit the calories while increasing the summer physical fun. for the last two years i am ending up lower than year before. this years' dietary workout started today with munching on a pack of necchos, dh brought me, while sitting and working on hand applique! :))

let the summer weight loss begin! :))
Comment by Dee Shreffler on April 14, 2013 at 8:00pm

Wow!!! I'm really impressed with your decisions.  I chose another way to get healthy. I do have to walk up and down stairs to sew,but all my tools are in one place. I took a different path to health and weight loss.  I WAS 35 lbs overweight so last Oct I decided to give my self a gift and loose weight. I was borderline diabetic too. I decided to count calories instead of increasing my exercise.   Besides when I'm quilting I'm not eating. I do stay rather hungry and I don't like that . I am close to my highschool figure now. It only took 6 months.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on April 13, 2013 at 10:33am
let's see - cutting small scrap pieces and fmq on kitchen counter, ironing in upstairs hallway,some notions & tools in dining room, least used in tower room along w big rolls of drafting paper, vinyl & special fabrics like stripes and plaids & feed sack, fabric stored in closet of spare bedroom, sewing machines on dining room table along w cutting mat, projects piled on dining room chairs....does this make me a pioneer too? yay! welcome to the "i quilt all over the house" club karen. and i am sending you a hearty pat on the back for taking control of the weight and health issues we all face. and you will become toned all over w the bending, digging, lifting, walking while you work in your yard. triple benefits..yard of the month sign, beautiful yard to sit in and enjoy while you finish bindings & other hand work & better health! oh, and don't forget all that natural vitamin D. minimum 20min a day 3x a week with as much skin exposed as you are comfortable sunblock...will give you a good natural doseage of vitamin D ...:))

you go! girl!!
Comment by Riana Noyes on April 13, 2013 at 9:33am

Karen, check out my blog posted near Jan 1. You will see my  roll-up excersize mat tutorial, using scraps for fron/back and even scrap batting for fill:) l'm in the same mind as you. l "quilt" all over the house & back deck.l love to golf , and need to keep fit so l don't injure myself. Hence bike, weights,floor excersize mat.

Comment by Sandy Banks on April 13, 2013 at 8:43am

We all have to find a happy medium between our quilting and our other life. I have never found time to sit at my sewing table as long as I liked but I understand the sitting too long. I have my iron in the laundry (quilting frame. quest room) as far away from my sewingroom as I can get it . This way I have to get up and walk between seams . I found this much better for me. I have a room set up for cutting and sewing. I have exersize bike set in laundry room. Use it while waiting on wash.  I would love to clean out about half of my fabrics. I have two large closets full and would love to get one closet back. I just can't seem to throw it out and can't find a new home for it.

Comment by Regina Cassidy on April 13, 2013 at 7:34am
Good for you. I too walk from one end of the house to the other to cut fabric. I too cleaned out my stash, made a lot of people happy, and will try to sew what I have.

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