I hate packing projects up in the middle. I'm one of those people who likes to have all my materials spread out around me. I made my first quilt at the dinning room table. It was rather problematic to pack up for every meal and then scrub the table down after every meal. We've got 2 kids, ages 2 and 4, the table is always smeared with something. Now I have a conference table in the basement for my cutting mat and sewing table. That's the only window in the basement. I claimed it for my own. Of course most of the time I have for sewing is after small people are in bed, so I don't really get to take advantage of the natural light.