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January 23, 2019
Lots of Things Going On This Month from Quilty Folk

What have I been up to? Oh the list is so very long! For one thing thing, at the prompting of Ann, I attempted to clean up my blog. That resulted in having to eliminate a few widgets that I rather liked, such as 'LinkWithin', thumbnails at the bottom of each post to previous, but similar subject matter. I don't understand a lot of it, but don't want people to feel unsafe coming to my site.

The Big Woven Basket quilt in the hoop....
I cleaned up some of the clutter, deciding to keep the 'Current Quilt in ...

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January 14, 2019
6 Projects to Stay Organized from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


2019 is the year to finally start organizing all the mess that was left behind in 2018! Maybe one of your priorities this year is to start fresh with a clean sewing room, bedroom, or in my case, desk space. At least for me, it hard to concentrate when everything is all over the place and not in their “right home,” and nothing is more satisfying than knowing where everything is and having it all in order. In case, you’re ready to begin revamping and reorganizing your space for this year, here’s some projects that are on my ...

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January 6, 2019
January and the Holiday Aftermath from Bayou Quilts

Like so many others, each January evokes a need to declutter and get rid of things that tend to accumulate during the year.   Simple things--that could be done during the year, but for many reasons just don't--become a challenge, a mountain to conquer.  I never get it done completely, but it is strangely satisfying to go on the annual declutter and organize campaign.  

On The Art of Doing Stuff, Karen talks about throwing away 50 things.  I can do that in short order, I thought, and started on kitchen drawers.  Spices past expiration date, packaging, items that I have ...

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January 3, 2019
Quilt top inventory.............. from Exuberant Color

It was time to see where I am with quilt tops waiting to be quilted.  I'm starting this year with 32 quilt tops of various sizes.  That is up 6 from last year because I created more new ones than the number I finished.  I also found one that wasn't on last year's list.

In 2015 and 2016 I had 50 at the beginning of the year and in 2017 there were 40.  The 26 that I started last year with was the lowest number I have had in many years.  

Half of the quilt tops are ...

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January 2, 2019
New Year, New Purpose! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I have two traditions for New Year's Day: The first is to gather all the Christmas cards and disassemble them. Fronts are carefully removed from the backs, unless they're photo cards, and neatly stacked. The insides, with the card sender's name(s), are punched and threaded onto a ring where they will reside with our Bible and devotional material at the kitchen table.  Each morning, after

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New Year, New Purpose! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I have two traditions for New Year's Day: The first is to gather all the Christmas cards and disassemble them. Fronts are carefully removed from the backs, unless they're photo cards, and neatly stacked. The insides, with the card sender's name(s), are punched and threaded onto a ring where they will reside with our Bible and devotional material at the kitchen table.  Each morning, after

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October 31, 2018
Quilting teaches me.... Frugality from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A mini-art quilt that I made. I wanted to play with matchstick quilting to see how it would affect the colors of the quilt. I love it!  #fleurdelisquiltsSome people seem to feel that quilting without a purpose is a waste of time, material, and talent. So what? So what if I go into the sewing room, sew a bunch of blocks and then end up hiding them in the closet? So. What? 

That's what I thought. So what? I could spend the same amount of time doing anything else--playing on the computer, window shopping, making cookies. They all "waste" in a sense if the end result uses resources (gas, electricity, time, etc.) and there is little or nothing gained. Except! There's that entertainment value and ...

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October 29, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: pegboards from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Since last week's organization ideas were so popular, I thought I'd add a few more. This one is all about pegboards. Here's hoping your craft studio finds a peg board or two.

Creative storage inspiration is anything but in short supply with this collection of 21 Ways to Easily Organize your Craft Room or Workshop. Not only will you have a place for all your supplies, it’ll look great too!When I was planning my new sewing room I spent rather a lot of time browsing the internet looking for ideas, particularly for storage. I came across a post on Honeybear Lane about how to make a lar…

Stephanie's Sewing Set-up, Pegboard to the rescue!

 Pegboard Sewing Supply Storage | $100 Craft & Sewing Room Makeover | DIY Home Decor | Budget Decorating | $100 Room Challenge

Extra large pegboard for sewing tools.  Make it easier by buying frames instead of building but either way a great idea for organizing tools and making them handy!

My Sewing Room - Pegboard from Block Designs; Clock and frame from Habitat; Thread rack from Amazon

Gueessss what? Peg board wall is done and on the blog!!!! I love it so much. Like LOVE. Like kind of mad I didn't do it like 3 years ago! And while you are there-- check out the 25 other awesome craft rooms! I'm sharing a few of my favorites in my Instagram stories!

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October 22, 2018
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: studio organization from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

While beautiful and fun, these organization ideas won't break the bank!

Like the book shelves along the wall...and the sewing station.

Any kind of furniture with drawers: dressers, file cabinets, desks. If it has drawers, it will make a great piece to add to your space.
Cutting Table (Dresser side) and Design Wall | Flickr - Photo Sharing!Flat storage drawers for fabric. Great space!

Drawer units can be extremely useful when you need to keep your small things stored in one place where you can easily find them. ALEX has 6 drawers, castors and a white finished back, so that you can move it from room to room and still look good.

ikea helmer hack with rifle paper on drawersStationary cutting table with self-healing cutting top and storage drawers underneath  [La Bella Vie]

You don't need drawers  - this is so much better

Furniture with shelves can hold a multitude of items: fabric, books and mags, baskets and boxes, tools. If you find a bookshelf, snap it up, paint it and voila! fabulous storage.

Check out this colorful and organized craft room makeover with a giant pegboard and get inspired by dozens more craft rooms!I love seeing Artists stuff cupboards to the gills with supplies and their favorite things

Don't forget cubbies!

Who doesn't love rolling storage? Or storage for rolls?

How to choose machine embroidery stabilizers by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With NancyLove the idea of having an ironing board on wheels; this would be perfect in the sewing room.

Craft Closet and Rolling Craft Cart: this is absolutely brilliant! I think I even have one of these old sewing tables in the basement. Ahhhhh! so perfect.Vinyl Storage Solution for Small Spaces (And First Look at My New Craft Room) - Silhouette School

10 Craft Room Pegboard Organization Ideas | Love the color combination!

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October 5, 2018
Too Tired to Create? Open Line Friday from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Yesterday, Faye admitted that sometimes she’s too tired to sit up, but still wants to be creative–so she stitches in bed! I laughed out loud because it was so ridiculous… But then I remembered, I started quilting … Continue reading

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October 4, 2018
Falling into Fall from Heart Desire Creations

My goal for 2018 has been to reduce my Works in Progress (projects that have been started.)  These do not include Hospice quilts.  I had about 25 in January and now I have exactly 11 in project boxes.  In addition, there are  2 quilt tops that need a border, another that needs stitching around the appliques and one quilt top that I will quilt. One quilt top is on the way to the longarm this week and another that I am hand stitching the binding.

Then there are the projects – yummy fabrics and a pattern or sketch in a box ...

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September 27, 2018
It’s A Working Studio Again from Quilts + Color

I'm happy to be working on various projects in my studio again. I use the design wall to hang works in progress or fabrics so I can study them to get ideas and inspiration on how to use them.
Another corner of the studio. There are 5 current works in progress laid out on the bed. These are ones that I hope to work on soon. You can also see many older works in progress hanging on the racks at the foot of the bed.
My studio is a pleasant and inspiring place to work. I also have art ...

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September 17, 2018
Taking a Break From Longarm Tension Tantrums -- Because I Needed a Win from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I needed a break from playing Sherlock Holmes with the longarm machine over the weekend, and APQS Tech Support was closed anyway, so I dug around my studio looking for a small victory, something I could cross off my list easily without pulling out any of my hair or screaming profanity.

Remember This Quilted Machine Cover for My Bernina?
I started this quilted machine cover for my Bernina 750QEE back in 2014, and you can read about how I made it in this post.  The fabric was heavily free motion quilted on the Bernina (this was before I was even ...

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September 14, 2018
Wall Of Quilting Fabrics And Projects from Quilts + Color

I don’t know if you remember what this looked like before? I got rid of a lot of the fabrics that were here. I also added things that were elsewhere. I moved some things to the two side sections.
Yes, there are some empty spots. I will likely fill them with some things from the studio storeroom which will make those things more accessible….but not right now.
The biggest change is I now have like things together.

I also put things I don’t need to access often on the top shelves. The things I use most often ...

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September 13, 2018
Studio Purging And Reorganization Finished from Quilts + Color

For all intents and purposes it is done.
Does that mean I have everything in apple pie order?
Not by a long shot.
I still have things to get rid of and things that could be more organized. They will not impede my working in my studio now.
Yes, there are boxes of donations that need to be brought down and out. Also empty boxes and bins that I may store for the future.
Some projects that are visible on my radar so I know they should be tackled.
A tea cart full of projects to be finished which includes ...

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September 6, 2018
Yikes! Tomorrow, wait Today’s The Big Day! from Just Sayin' Sew

My new toy gets installed tomorrow today! And Angela Walters and her crew are coming to do it!  A celebrity in my house.  I hardly know how to act.  My room overhaul is complete.

I had helpers all along the way.  Pappy never met a box he couldn’t fit into.

The room went from worse to more worse.  Worser.  The worstest.

See?  Every angle = not good.

The mess spilled over into the living room too.

See?  not getting any better.  Well, maybe a bit.  I see an empty shelving unit there!  So much to do…..

Things got moved around ...

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September 4, 2018
The Purging And Reorganizing Life Of A Collector from Quilts + Color

Some of you may remember several years ago when I would set a goal to get rid of the number of items corresponding to the number of the year it was.
I was very successful and always met my goal.
I have not done the goal setting for several years but I continued along that path.
If you open this link you can see the where I was June 2nd.

This year I set a very serious goal to purge and reorganize my studio. I have been working on it for over ...

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August 24, 2018
Archaeological Accomplishment for the Month of August: I Have Unearthed My Cutting Table and Rediscovered a Window! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

There Was a Cutting Table Hiding Beneath Those Mountains of Fabric!
Does your work space ever get so cluttered that it's literally paralyzing?  Mine had gotten to the point that I was stalled out on several works-in-progress because I only had about a square foot of this table surface available for cutting and measuring.  That was fine for making those decadent little string triangles, but I didn't have anywhere near enough room for:

  • Measuring and adjusting the pieced borders of my almost-completed Jingle BOM quilt top
  • Measuring, cutting and piecing the backing fabric for my Paint Me a ...

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August 15, 2018
Creating white space from Professional Quilter


As artists, we understand the need for white space. White space is the space between design elements and also the space inside the design elements. Without white space, which truly doesn’t have to be “white,” everything would run together. Imagine if there was no white space in this type. It would all run together and be confusing, to say the least.

The amount of white space you include varies based on your design decisions. Your goal should be to balance design elements, organize the content for ease of use, and to allow a place for the eye to rest ...

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August 1, 2018
Are You Juggling Too Many Balls? from Professional Quilter



One of my clients recently commented that with all her responsibilities she felt like she was juggling a lot of balls in the air — managing the shop, its employees and its inventory, her charitable obligations and her responsibilities with two young kids at home plus her husband.

Can you picture yourself there?

I certainly can. At any given time I have content to write or deliver related to ICAP and our Members’ Studio, lectures and workshops to prepare for events where I am speaking, coaching calls with clients, planning for upcoming events or launches, not to mention the various balls ...

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