Creative Spaces… Week 4, Days 3, 4, 5 – Fabric

Sorry to be so late with these wonderful post on fabric organization:

On Day 3 we had:

Kate at Seams Like a Dream

Kris at Poor House Quilt Designs

Jessica at Desert Bloom Quilting

Day 4:

Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works

and Vicki at Cranberry Pie Designs

And today:

Erin at Avery Lane Designs

and Christa at Christa Quilts

Have you seen this pattern on the back of a magazine?Live by Love is one of the patterns I designed for my new collection, Words To Live By.

You can download your free copy here, just scroll down to the bottom of the page for the download button!

The fabric collection will begin arriving in quilt shops early September, so check with your local shop to see if they will have it in stock.

You can see the collection here.

Creative Spaces… Week 4, Day 1: Fabric

I can’t believe Week 4 of our Creative Spaces Blog Hop is here! This week is all about fabric!

Yummy fabric is one of my favorite things… people collect stamps, baseball cards, coins, cars, etc., but for me, the best thing to collect is fabric! I started at a very young age and always asked mom for not candy or toys when she went out on errands, but fabric, I wanted fabric!

I have brights, large floral prints, geometric and wonky fabric, batiks, hand dyed… I’ve even played with hand dyeing my own, and what fun! I have it in pre-cuts of all sizes, large pieces because it would be a perfect border, some large enough for backings, in kits because I just had to make one like the one on display at the store…  but then you get home and where does it go? At some point we all run out of hiding places for all our fun finds!

Today, I want to share my fabric station, the rest of my little treasure is kept in an air-conditioned room I lovingly call “the dungeon” and only because it has no windows… and why is my fabric in the dungeon and not in the studio? Well, last year I decided to bring a bigger toy into my space and my hubby said our old 1800’s house couldn’t hold both!! So let me show you what I do have in my Creative Space.

This is all the fabric that now lives in my studio! I love these stackable plastic drawers, quick to reconfigure as needed, easy to see through, and they keep the fabric dust free. I purchased a hollow core door from my local home improvement store, gave it a few coats of white paint, and voila, I have a perfect counter top to spread my fabric on. An LED light strip installed under the first shelf provides perfect lighting over the counter.

It’s so easy to find what I need… here are some of the prints in my new collection, My Happy Place, arriving in stores in September.

Above the drawers, hubby installed the shelves that hold little baskets and storage bins, perfect for pre-cuts…

and scraps…

… and leftover bindings, folded and held together with rubber bands, great for small projects like mug rugs and coasters, and sometimes piecing them makes for a fun, colorful finish. The glass jar keeps them dust free while adding a pop of color to my studio.

UFOs! I will never admit how many I own!!! But here are a few, you know where they rest reside, haha! These little drawers on wheels have enough space to store 10 quilts-in-progress.

The drawers are sturdy, easy to remove from the shelve and take to the sewing machine.

This collapsible picnic basket is perfect to hold larger projects and easy to grab and take to sewing group or retreat.I’m focusing on this UFO… hope to finish it this year!

Have you seen Tammy’s post on fabric? She is also sharing her fabric storage tips today.

How do you store your fabric?

I’d like to add to your stash!

How about a 10″ squares pack of one of my latest collections, Front Porch?

You can find one of the coordinating quilt patterns for Front Porch here!

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

Congratulations Evelyn! You are the winner!

Creative Spaces… Week 3, Day 2

On this 2nd day of our 3rd Week in the Creative Spaces Blog Hop

we have some wonderful tips on organization from:

Reeze of Morning Glory Designs

and Jessica of Sew Many Creations

 

Did you miss Pauline’s post on favorite tools? You can see it here!

How cute are these puppies? Designed by Pauline of Funky Friends Factory and super easy to make! My sister-in-law who hadn’t sewn in years, was able to follow Pauline’s easy instructions and really enjoyed the process; her little Pete, on the left, is sewn in my new collection Words To Live By. The Little Pete on the right, and I guess I need to give him a different name… any suggestions? Well, I made this little guy in my Let It Snow fabric and had so much fun making it, now I want to make several of Pauline’s beautiful creations… the fox is calling my name right now…

Creative Spaces… Week 2, Day 1: Favorite Tools

It’s week 2 in our Creative Spaces Blog Hop and today we change themes to talk about our favorite tools.

Over the years, I’ve collected a few gadgets, some have become favorite tools and others, well, they patiently sit in a drawer/closet waiting to be rediscovered! So these are just a few tools I use on a regular basis… they truly help make my happy place even more enjoyable.

 

The Crossover II by Crafter’s Edge is a magnificent tool with many uses! Perfect for cutting applique shapes, I especially love it to cut circles out of wool… and you know how much I love circles!

I’ve had English Paper Piecing on my wish list for a very long time and recently gave it a try… yes, I’m totally in love! Crafte’s Edge open die made it so easy to fussy cut my hexies out of fabric, but not just that, there is a second die to cut the hexagons out of paper! Of course, I’m new to this technique, but you know I’ve been collecting a few EPP supplies and tools and find this tool to be an absolute joy when prepping my little hexies!

But wait, there’s more! As a machine embroiderer, the squares die set is a wonderful way to trim your appliqued blocks down to size. These are some of the blocks in my Holly Jolly pattern that were machine appliqued and trimmed down to a perfect 6 1/2″ square in seconds!

The squares die set includes 12 dies from a 1 1/2″ to a 7″ square, in increments of 1/2″. So many possibilities, right?

I used the 6″ circle in the circles die set to fussy cut the little animals in My Little Sunshine panel…

…this die set includes 11 dies from a 1 1/2″ to a 6 1/2″ circle…

Voila! Perfect for these little pillows.

And another wonderful feature of the Crossover is the ability to use dies from other die cutting systems!

 

I love applique… turned, reversed, raw edge, etc., but I mostly do fusible applique, so you can just imagine how many irons I’ve gone through, but not so much that, but the time it takes to set the fusible onto the fabric, and after searching for a quicker option I decided on this Heat Press.

An oh yes, it was a very good decision! Love the 15″ x 15″ pressing area, the ability to set the temperature and amount of pressing time, and of course, the right color… an important factor, haha!

I set the temperature based on the fusible, but it’s typically around 300 degrees. … yes, hot and easy to burn my little fingers! After mentioning it to a friend, she suggested these little gloves sold at a beauty supply store. Awesome idea!!!

 

Next, is a tool that sat in a drawer for a very long time… no, not the sewing machine, haha! I had a crazy deadline and decided a needed to speed things up, so I pulled out the “knee lift” and after just a little while realized what I had been missing all this time! With just a slight push with your knee, the presser foot can be lifted just enough to allow you to pivot the fabric without taking your hands of your project

Oh yea, it changed everything and now I use my knee lift for not just applique, but almost all sewing.

Do you have one stashed away, waiting to be loved?

 

Scissors… I love my scissors, especially these Kai scissors! They have a serrated edge, perfect for cutting out applique shapes, and I use all three, depending on the size of the shape I’m cutting.

 

The Gypsy Quilter’s Cutting Gizmo… yes, it sat in that drawer until, yup, a deadline, lol! It’s the perfect tool when chain piecing, and now, it has a special place right next to my sewing machine.

 

So one day, while shopping at my local quilt shop I saw this cute little pair of “scissors”… yes, I do have a thing for scissors, and this unusual little thing just called my name! And oh my, what and awesome find!

The angled blade of the Tool Tron Sidehopper snips is perfect for trimming little threads that are hard to cut with regular scissors.

 

Did you know that Schmetz color codes their needles? As a fan, I find their pocket guide very useful when choosing needles for a specific project, and love the Color Code Guide luggage tag with an at-a-glance way to identify the needle in my sewing machine.

 

Love, love free motion quilting, both on my longarm and domestic sewing machines, and gloves help to push all the bulk of a quilt through the small opening of a sewing machine. The gloves by Swan Amity Studios are fabulous! The palms are padded, the wrists are adjustable, providing wonderful support, they breath, and the tips are touch screen friendly, so no need to remove or cut them off to change the settings on your machine!

 

And last but not least is the Zirkel magnetic pin holder! I love it so much, there’s one next to each of my sewing machines. It has a strong magnet and the best thing is how it fans the pins out, making it easy to grab the pins without poking your fingers!

 

So these are just a few favorites and I may share a few others over the next few weeks as we talk more about our creative spaces. I’d love to hear about your favorite tools! Enter below to win some of my baby fabric and Schmetz guides.

Don’t forget to visit Tammy! She’s also sharing her favorite tools with us today.
And if you haven’t already entered our Grand Prize, visit my first post in the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!

Congratulations Nancy B!

You are the winner!

 


Creative Spaces… Week 1, Day 4

It’s day 4! And today we can peek into the creative spaces of

Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works

and Vicki at Cranberry Pie Designs!

I love all things color and a couple of year ago, while visiting a local quilt shop, spotted a fabulous umbrella made in quilting cottons! Sadly, the shop closed but I still wanted one of those umbrellas, so in my search for a custom umbrella, I found Umbrella Joan

And look at the fabulous umbrella she made using my Front Porch fabric, isn’t it gorgeous?