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January 31, 2023
Necessary Organization from Heart Desire Creations

Several years ago I saw a friend’s quilt that I fell in love with and absolutely needed to purchase the kit. After scouring the internet, I got what I believed to be the very last one available. Why then have I waited so long to attack it? Well…it has 30 different fabrics, 30 different blocks with a total of 50 blocks. the quilt will finish at 76.5″ x 76.5″. I wanted to be in a place with very few works in progress and few distractions.

I am finally attacking this project and here’s how I ...

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January 26, 2023
Weekly Word: Psalms 30:5 Joy comes in the Morning + Books, Stitching and Gratitude! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Hello There!  
I'm so glad you stopped in for a visit!  Have you heard of the saying "things happen in threes?"  Have you ever had one of those weeks where you experience the "threes" and they get progressively worse?  
Sure you have.  We all have.  I just had one of those weeks.  Ug. And more ug.  
This week's Weekly Word is breaking off from Psalm 25 and I'll share how God helped me deal with this past week.  
On a different note, My Reading Life was placed on the back burner as I had great visits with ...

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January 3, 2023
Sorting and moving things................ from Exuberant Color


I have never kept track of how many spools I emptied until 2022.  I pinned a bag to my bulletin board and dropped the empty spools into it all year.  That cardboard tube was the center for a large quantity of thread; I think about 1000 yards.



The 5 white skinny spools had 1200 yards on each of them.  I used a lot of longarm thread too but didn't empty any of the spools.  Now another bag will be started this year.

I sorted many items that needed putting away, carried several boxes to the basement where they belong ...

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January 2, 2023
» Pat Sloan's Blog

It's Kickoff time! Our Organization Extravaganza! Watch my video every day in January for assignments and tips on Organizing your space

Also share my video with your groups, guilds, sewing bees. If they need some encouragement have them subscribe! www.youtube.com/user/PatSloan 

I'm being interviewed tonight at 7pm LIVE at Donna's channel, join us!  https://www.youtube.com/@HandmadebyYingwithDonna/featured 

What's for today?

  • Scrappiness is Happiness Week #10
  • Organization Kickoff
  • Live interview TONIGHT  at another Channel
  • Do you want to win one of my quilts? Be sure you are subscribed www.youtube.com/user ...

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June 24, 2022
Sewing Room Organization: 7 Practical Thread Storage Ideas from A Quilting Life

Quilting Life Podcast Episode 3 Show Notes featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, and happy Friday! Today I’m sharing more on sewing room organization with practical thread storage ideas. I also have a video to share near the end of this post where I walk you through my storage methods and ideas. I hope you’ll enjoy this post and find some inspiration and helps for keeping your […]

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May 19, 2022
Sewing Room Tour | May 2022 from A Quilting Life

Sewing Room Tour | May 2022 featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Today is the day I’m sharing my updated A Quilting Life Sewing Room Tour | May 2022 edition. If you’ve been following along here over the past while, you know that I’ve been working on my sewing room for about two years (since we moved). We had some major home improvement projects that […]

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April 19, 2022
Here we go again............ from Exuberant Color


This is a scene of mid-April in north eastern Illinois.  My neighbor mowed his grass wearing shorts (48 degrees) on Sunday and overnight into Monday this happened.




There is a dove and a bunny in this photo, hard to see when everything is white, gray and black.  They are cleaning up under the bird feeders.





Inside where it was warm and toasty I tackled my 3 tier triangle storage container.  Since it is in an awkward place at the end of my longarm I usually just toss everything into the top tier even though the bottom 2 tiers are partially ...

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April 13, 2022
Organization is key. from Lisa H Calle's Blog

I don’t know about you but I spend more time searching for things in my studio than actually quilting. It can be so annoying when alls you want to do is sew or quilt. I have avoided sewing and quilting because my studio is such a disaster.

Here take a look and you will see what I am talking about.

See… Can you relate? I am determined to clean up and organize the room so I WANT to go into it and work. So, I started on my thread! This is how I use to store my thread.

Needless ...

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April 4, 2022
Quilting Life Planner & Workbook April 2022 from A Quilting Life

Quilting Life Workbook & Planner April 2022 featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing the Quilting Life Planner & Workbook April 2022 workshop. Today’s thoughts include lots of ideas about planning basics and a regular review process. Also, since the first quarter just ended, I’m also sharing my own quarterly review and what I’m looking forward to in the next quarter. I hope you’ll […]

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April 3, 2022
Squirrels, Squirrels, Squirrels from Heart Desire Creations

Everywhere! Last week I wasn’t much in the mood to sew. When I went into my sewing closet, I followed a squirrel and emptied most of the fabric and some other goodies out! Sorting and folding for several hours. I now have this basket of goodies to cut into scraps. Some day soon I’ll get out my studio cutter and reduce the pile to squares and strips.

The closet looks so good now. I could not bring myself to take a before pick. Such a coward!

Not all my fabric, just yardage and batting scraps.
Packaged batting and ...

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March 29, 2022
Sewing Room Closet Update from A Quilting Life

Sewing Room Closet Update Featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! I am stopping in for a little Sewing Room Closet Update today. I’m not yet finished, but my new closet shelves are installed, and I’m deep in the process of organizing. I thought I’d share an update today with some of the thoughts I’m having while working. I hope some of my thoughts […]

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February 27, 2022
Cutting Out Another Quilt from Heart Desire Creations

This one may very well do me in! Several years ago, after seeing a friend’s finished quilt “Jolly Tartan Quilt”, I was in love. Having scoured the internet, I found one last kit available and scooped it up. I’m finally in a good place to commit to this project. There are thirty (30) different fabrics – oh my! I’ve gone about this very methodically. The kit was put together beautifully. Each fabric was labeled with a letter to correspond with the instructions.

First, I made an enlarged copy of the cutting instructions for each fabric and then cut ...

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February 20, 2022
Prepping for Retreats from Heart Desire Creations

This April I’ll be heading to two quilt retreats. Not having any works in progress to take with me, I got busy prepping for the first retreat. Two charity quilts were prepped – baby quilts, 36 inches by 36 inches using 3″ finished squares. I even have the backings and bindings ready to travel. It would be a hoot to come home with two completely finished projects!

My next endeavor is for the quilt pattern “Snipits.” I raided my batik bins – oh so many, many batiks. I don’t usually prewash my quilt fabrics, but I do with batiks. It ...

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February 7, 2022
A Quilting Life Planner & Workbook: February 2022 from A Quilting Life

A Quilting Life Planner & Workbook: February 2022 featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing the A Quilting Life Planner & Workbook: February 2022 helps for using the planner and workbook to take control of your quilting life. I hope you’ll enjoy the ideas in today’s post and that you’ll also watch the video content for even more ideas. A Quilting Life Planner & Workbook: February 2022 […]

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January 25, 2022
A Quilting Life Patreon Community from A Quilting Life

A Quilting Life Patreon Community featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Today I’m excited to share about the A Quilting Life Patreon Community which has just launched. Keep reading to find out more about this new group where you can join in for free patterns, a monthly zoom meeting and early access to content and announcements. A Quilting Life Patreon Community Over the past […]

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January 12, 2022
Sewing Room Organization Update from A Quilting Life

A Quilting Life Top Posts & Videos 2021 featured by Top US Quilt Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing a Sewing Room Organization Update with you. As many of you know, we have been in our home for just about two years. During that time, I’ve enjoyed organizing my sewing studio–primarily using pieces I brought with us from our former home. While I did purchase a new Ikea table […]

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January 11, 2022
New Year, New Perspective from From the Strawberry Patch...

So, I've got a new perspective moving forward. Less is more, simpler is better. We'll see how it goes. Christmas is taken down and stowed away for another eleven months. It took me two full days this year, one for take down and the second for cleaning and organizing what's being put away. I suppose that's a direct reflection of getting older. That second part (cleaning and organizing) triggered

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New Year, New Perspective from From the Strawberry Patch...

So, I've got a new perspective moving forward. Less is more, simpler is better. We'll see how it goes. Christmas is taken down and stowed away for another eleven months. It took me two full days this year, one for take down and the second for cleaning and organizing what's being put away. I suppose that's a direct reflection of getting older. That second part (cleaning and organizing) triggered

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January 5, 2022
Sew Fast & Fun: Sewing Caddy & Mat from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Get organized this January as part of you New Year’s Sewing Resolution with this incredibly simple Sewing Caddy and Mat! Having a handy location to put all your notions and quilting accessories allows you to quilt on with confidence and never waste time trying to find your most used templates and tools. All you’ll need is two half yard cuts of contrasting fabric, a half yard of batting and a little Steam a Seam for quick binding!

Supplies Needed

Two 1/2 Yard Cuts of Contrasting Fabric

Scrap Batting

Steam-a-Seam Double Stick Fusible Web

First and foremost, you ...

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December 14, 2021
Going Down the Organizing Rabbit Hole from Where Art & Life Meet

There are diversions and then there are DIVERSIONS!  Organizing can be one of those.  I finished the BIG piece I’ve been working on and instead of leaping into something new, I got sidetracked with organizing.  Organizing my work space, it’s pretty small so it takes some doing to spend more than a few hours on […]

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