Creative Spaces… Week 3, Day 1

Week 3 is here and our focus is organization… yes, a place for everything and everything in it’s place, right? Well, that doesn’t always happen, but for me, a messy space isn’t very productive, so I try to stay on top of things, especially with the tools I use regularly and my work spaces… and for work spaces I try to brake things into zones when possible: sewing, fabric, rulers/embellishments, patterns, etc. We’ll share a bit more on that in the next three weeks.

Some of the things that help me stay organized are…

Everything that I make “usually” get’s a label. I enjoy writing/drawing/coloring my labels with fabric markers, so I keep these handy, especially because they’re so colorful and pretty in this little trio holder I found at a big-box store near me.

One of the most important spaces in my studio is my cutting table, and boy is it hard to keep it clear!

We found this old office table over 15 years ago; it’s been stripped down to the bear wood… yes, that took some serious elbow grease and several cans of stripper, and it was beautiful at the time, but, if it doesn’t move, it usually gets painted, haha! And since there’s so much color in my room, and especially because of all the odd little pieces I’ve collected over the years, when possible, it all gets a coat, or several, of white paint. I love the size of this table, not too large, not too small, and the two drawers are perfect to hold cutting tools……the drawer on the left holds my scissors grouped in little inexpensive trays. The shorter bin holds a variety of small scissors, the bin in the front holds my serrated scissors, next are cutting shears, and the last bin specialty scissors that are used occasionally……the drawer on the right holds rotary cutters that are easy to reach for but can be tucked away in an instant. I found the small tray with all the dividers at a local office supply store… makes it so easy to find all those small tools and blades.Besides painting everything, if it can, it will have wheels! I find these at a local home improvement store and really love the ability to move the cutting table away from the wall when I need to trim the excess batting and backing from a quilt, then I just push the table back in place and lock the little wheels. 

This was another fun and very useful find. This old card file sits right next to one of my sewing machines, and yes, it also got the white paint treatment! The only thing missing? It needs to be labeled!I love being able to find all these tiny supplies/tools so easily… extra bobbins, machine needles, machine specialty feet, pins, marking tools, etc.And of course, wheels…

And speaking of things on wheels, yes, I had to have one of these carts from that very popular big-box store! The top tray holds threads grouped by the various projects I’m working on, so it’s easy to grab the little basket and bring it to the sewing machine or my desk when I need to add thread colors to a pattern. The middle tray holds various brand thread charts, and the bottom holds embroidered projects that must be completed soon.I love all that color…

I have a second one of these trays and it’s perfect next to my longarm…… it holds all the little tools I need while quilting, extra bobbins, needles, marking pens, different presser feet, and on a side note, I love that the Q24 can use the same presser feet and needles as my sewing machines!The middle tray hold the rulers and threads for the current project, and the bottom tray stores my machine’s manual and tools, plus small quilt sandwiches I use to test tension prior to beginning a new project.

My ironing station is an old kitchen island with, yup, white paint, haha! I substituted the original top for a slightly larger 2′ x 4′ piece of plywood I picked up from the home improvement store, covered it with cotton batting, topped it with white fabric, and voila, a perfect ironing table! I can’t remember where I found the cord holders for each of the irons, and you ask, why two irons? One is for steam and the other one, well, since it can no longer hold water, it’s perfect when a dry and very hot iron is needed.The drawers in the island are perfect for holding everything related to ironing… smaller irons, pressing sheets, iron cleaners, lint rollers, glue… yes, I am a fan of glue!These baskets help hide the starch and fusibles while still easy to reach for!

Going back to my cutting space, to the left of my cutting table I have a cart that holds thread… more on that later in the hop, but the top holds my Crossover and some of my favorite dies.The brochure holder is perfect for the machine’s cutting platform supplies!And I’m loving this ArtBin magnetic storage case! It has magnetic sheets to hold your dies securely and holds up to 21 of these sheets, plus room to keep the little idea cards included with each of the dies.

This ruler holder was another fantastic find, it can stand on the table or hang. I have it on the wall next to the cutting table and it helps to keep the cutting space clear. I love having the rulers I use regularly only a few inches away!The mini quilt above the rulers is a fun colored-in project from many years ago using fabric pens.

Love, love my Daylight LED Slimline lamp, so bright and perfect lighting when choosing fabrics/thread. And under that fabulous light is a favorite organizational tool that came from a hobby store. It holds supplies used constantly and the little handle makes it easy to move when I need the entire cutting area.

It holds a few cuties that make me smile, tweezers, pins, glue, the fantastic Quick Ripper, marking pens… 

I have a similar tray next to my sewing machine that spins……and holds everything I use regularly… marking pens, extra needles and bobbins, sewing machine cleaning supplies, and old medicine bottle to collect used needles, a dusting wool puff I absolutely love, clips, thumb drives…

I have these child plates next to both sewing machines… well, they were the right color! Okay, they hold small tools that are used constantly within easy reach and help keep the little screwdrivers used to change needles from rolling off the table and getting lost.

I could keep going, but I hope seeing my space will help with a few ideas on getting your space organized. Don’t forget to visit Tammy! She’s also sharing some of her favorite organizing tips today.
An what better way to organize your space than with the perfect lighting provided by a Daylight LED Slimline Table Lamp?
A huge thanks to the Daylight Company for giving a Slimline Table Lamp to one of the readers of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!

Enter below. Contest open to all, International winners pays for shipping.

Jan, you are the winner! Congratulations!



Let It Snow Christmas Card

Have you sent your Christmas cards out yet? If not, how about making a fun and easy card using scraps in your stash? I designed this card for a make-and-take project and I think you may also enjoy it!

You’ll probably have most of the supplies in your stash… I’m giving you info on the products I used, but make substitutions as needed to make it work for you!

Gather the following supplies:

Download and print the card templates here (make sure your printer is set to print to “no scale”) I’m also including the SVG file for the little tree here

5″ x 6″ Red print – Houndstooth Red

3 1/2″ x 4″ Green print – Windows Lime

4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ White print – Sweet Wishes White

4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Double sided fusible foam stabilizer – Bosal In-R-Form Plus

3 1/2″ x 4″ Lightweight paper-lined fusible web – Pellon Wonder Under #805

5″ x 6″ Lightweight non-woven fusible interfacing – Fusi-Form Lightweight

8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Card stock – 110 lb

Red & white bakers twine or embroidery floss

1/2″ Star button

A non-stick pressing sheet – Applique Pressing Sheet

Repositionable fabric adhesive spray – 505 Spray & Fix

Large-eye needle

Sewing machine

Let’s make a card:

Cut the 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock sheet in half to measure 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

I used my quilting ruler and a rotary cutter with an old blade… save your good blades for fabric.

Fold the card in half…

Place the 5″ x 6″ red print right side down on a non-stick pressing sheet. Align the 5″ x 6″ lightweight non-woven fusible interfacing, sticky side down, on the wrong side of the red print.

Fold the pressing sheet over the fabric/interfacing to protect both your iron and ironing surface.

Following your interfacing’s manufacturer recommendations, fuse the fabric/interfacing together, then allow to cool.

Cut the fused fabric/interfacing to measure 4″ x 5 1/4″; set aside.

Place the 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ white print right side down on the non-stick sheet. Now place the 4 /2″ x 5 1/2″ double sided fusible foam stabilizer on top of the wrong side of the white fabric and fuse together.

Print the template PDF and cut out the optional template for the white fabric.

Transfer the template shape onto the foam side of the white fabric/foam sandwich.

Cut on the traced line… use a square ruler to cut the straight lines…

… and finish the curved corners with your scissors…

For the original card, I cut my white fabric/foam with the Stampin Up! Top Note die and my Sizzix Big Shot cutter from my card making stash… yes, I am also a scrapbooking collector… one of these days I’ll get back to scrapbooking…

Don’t have any double sided fusible foam stabilizer? No worries, just use a fusible batting or use a lightweight fusible to adhere regular batting to the white fabric.

Alright, let’s make the little tree! Using your template sheet, trace the tree shape onto the paper side of the paper-lined fusible web.

Place the 3 1/2″ x 4″ green print, wrong side up, on the non-stick sheet; place the 3 1/2″ x 4″ traced fusible, sticky side down on top of the wrong side of the green print and fuse together.

Cut the little tree out on the traced line.

Assembling the card:

Place the red fabric, right side up on top of the non-stick sheet. Center the white/foam shape over the red fabric…

…grab the two pieces together and carefully flip them over to press and fuse from the back…

Next, peel the paper liner from the back of the little tree, place it on the white fabric, right side up, and fuse in place.

Thread your sewing machine with white thread. For better visibility, I’ve installed my favorite open toe foot #20D on my BERNINA B880.  Using a straight stitch, sew about an 1/8″ in from the edge of the white fabric.

Applique the little tree down with the same white thread and straight stitch.

Voila! Applique and quilting in one step!

Thread a large-eye needle with the bakers twine and sew the star button down from the top of the card…

…bringing the twine back up…

…and tie a tiny bow to hold the button in place.

Protect your table with a sheet of paper. Place the stitched piece, right side down on the paper and spray the back with a repositionable spray adhesive.

Open the folded card stock and firmly press the stitched piece onto the right side of the card stock.

Take the card back to the sewing machine and stitch with an 1/8″ seam allowance from the edge of the red print.

And there you have it, a sweet little card to share with a loved one!

But I couldn’t stop there, haha! My friend at Just Another Button Company sent me these adorable little light bulb buttons that are perfect for this little tree, don’t you agree?

I hope you’ll give this a try, it’s really fun and quick… and how about getting a group of friends together for an evening of card making, sharing, laughter…? Would love to have you join my Facebook group, Quilting with Cherry, to share pictures of your little cards!

Happy stitching,


Fall Market 1

Where has time gone! Christmas is just around the corner and another Market has come and gone! Are you all set for the 25th? Me? Ha ha, not even close! So over the next few days, I’ll be sharing a few quick projects, both gifty and to decorate for the season, but first, let me show you what I had for Fall Market in Houston this year.

You know how much I love aqua, but this collection has not a drop of aqua! Yup, you heard me right… or should it be read me right? Haha, any who, green has truly always been my fave color of all time, close, if not equally followed by any ocean hue… but getting back to this collection, red and green were the colors chosen for this group, and a nice touch of grey…

Grey works with everything, such an awesome background color! Doesn’t it look lovely behind those ornaments? And how about the little snowmen friends print? Yes, hard to say which I like best, the green background, the grey…. what do you think? And what about the bubbles print, yes, I can say that is probably my favorite print in the collection, so versatile and not necessarily a Christmas print, right?

And here again you can see that grey background in the cookies print… cookies, yum! Are you backing this year? Haven’t done that in a while, need to dig up some recipes and bake something this season. Do you have any good recipes?… Okay, getting side-tracked again, haha. So, what do you think about the houndstooth print? I am so in love with it and this is what I made using both the red and grey abundantly…

This is Christmas Blossom, a nice size throw, and no curve piecing! The “petals” are appliqued, otherwise my “circular” blocks may have looked a bit more like an egg, haha! So this is a super easy to piece and applique design, even a beginner would enjoy, especially the large blossom. And since I loved it so much, I’m including two additional projects with the pattern, a runner and a large 24″ pillow.

Now you know I cut all my applique shapes with an electronic cutter, so I’m also including the applique shapes’ SVG files in the Christmas Blossom pattern (CB138)… oh, patterns will be available by end of year and the fabric will ship to stores April 2018.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Come back tomorrow for a fun little Christmas tutorial!


Vintage Ornaments Quilt-Along

Hello! It’s definitely being a long time since I’ve shared what I’ve been up to!

Last Fall I released my latest Christmas collection at Quilt Market in Houston and it’s now arriving in stores. This collection brings back warm memories of wonderful Christmas times with the boys in a quite little town we lived in many years ago. I drew little houses, a favorite subject of mine, sweet snowmen, holiday trees, and couldn’t resist adding little cars and bikes with trees and gifts, of course, also had to have a few snowflakes, and my favorite colors, aqua and green. I designed three new patterns for the collection, Mulberry Lane, Snow Crystal, and Winter Star, and I’ve also designed a fun Quilt-Along featuring Mulberry Lane, called Vintage Ornaments on WeAllSew, the BERNINA blog.

Over the next six months I’ll be sharing the patterns and tips to my favorite technique, fusible applique, and hope you will join the fun! You may be able to purchase a kit for the project at your local quilt shop… ask them to order Mulberry Lane from Contempo/Benartex if they don’t already have it in stock! Or you could contact my local BERNINA dealer in Baton Rouge, My Sewing Shoppe to order yours.

I am also happy to share some pre-cuts of Mulberry Lane… what do you think?

Leave a comment and tell me which of my new Mulberry Lane patterns you like best

and your name will be added to the drawing. Two winners will be chosen on Sunday, June 18th!



Fall Market 2016

It’s hard to believe Fall Market 2016 has come and gone!

Many years ago, we lived in a charming small town with a street that was always beautifully decorated for the holidays.

I have many warm memories from our time there and it is what inspired me to design my new Contempo fabric line for Benartex,

filled with little houses…

cars, bikes…

sweet little snowmen, and lots of snowflakes!

The collection includes a panel with a happy skating snowman.

I will be releasing several new Mulberry Lane patterns and a coordinating embroidery collection with OESD early next year.

One of the fun things to happen at this Market, was that our Benartex Contempo booth won 2nd place!


 Thanks so much for visiting!