Thursday, March 16, 2017

Quilt Qwazy Queens Hop and a Give Away

Are you a Quilt Quazy Queen?
If you can’t resist petting fabric as you walk by, spend time shopping for fabric only to chop it into bits, and then spend hours sewing it all back together for fun…welcome to the Quilt Quazy club!!!!

Did you know we have our own holiday?
Worldwide Quilting day is in a few days. An entire day of celebrating quilters and quilting all around the world. WOOT!

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Today I’m going to let you peek into my quilt quazy space and share some of my little organizing tips because….

Staying organized is the key to fitting more stuff in!

Sooo, WELCOME!!!

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SEW true!!!


I’ve packed a longarm, 3 work stations, and a design wall into a 10’ x 10’ room with a walk in closet. That’s bigger than some and smaller than others but I’m happy.

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Entry and closet doors….and part of my wind up toy addiction

Just inside the door is a shelf filled with little storage drawers. Each machine has it’s own easy to locate tool drawers. Below that threads are sorted and safe from dust.

Doors are also usable space. There’s a foam board mounted to the back of my door with Command Strips for notes and tape measures are always easy to locate hanging on the door knob.

Each machine has a bobbin ring. These are WONDERFUL, easy to carry, hang and sort.

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Turning to my right ~ My longarm is on wheels so it can be pushed back against the wall. There’s no need to waste that floor space when it’s not in use. The “air” space below is used for storage.

Walls are for inspiration and swap gifts. I have fun little things that I enjoy tucked around the room.

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Hair ties are great for keeping pantographs neatly stored. Grid rulers are safely stashed in slotted boards between the cabinets.

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Turning to my right again ~ I have 3 work stations. This one is used as my work desk. A crate turned on it’s side doubles as file storage and shelf space. 

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These little hanging baskets great catching threads and other doodads. You can find a free tutorial HERE. 
Tip: Don’t sew the notch in step 2. Wait until step 4 otherwise it’s thick to sew through.

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Music is kept in another cute basket.
What do you wiggle to while you work?

And another turn to the right ~ Almost back to the start
I found that the best set up for me was pushing two tables together. My main sewing station is on a sturdy old desk with extra drawers for storage. The second table is handy when sewing large quilts so they don’t drop down and pull. It’s also my cutting table on normal days.

A design wall is tucked behind the entry door ~ space that normally would go to waste. It’s also hung with Command Strips like everything else.
Design wall Tutorial can be found HERE

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All drawers are divided with little basekts and bins for better use of space. I can’t stand “digging” to find things.

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Not a storage tip but if you THINK you can see then you haven’t seen Inspired LED lights!!
I’ve added them to all my machines. You can even customize them like I did.

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This is where the tour ends for my husband… LOL

Don’t settle for one closet shelf…fill that “air” space with cubbies.

Projects are cut and waiting in bins ~ some days I only like to cut and some days sew. Quilts waiting for the longarm are on hangers.

Sort, sort, sort and label!

All scraps are sorted into color coded tubs. All supplies and notions are separated into shoebox size totes. It takes some effort to get organized at first but you won’t waste time later digging for things.

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More cubbies were added below the closet shelf to hold color coded yardage.

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What fun tricks do you use for storage? 

The Electric Quilt Company is offering a 30% discount
to everyone during the Quilt Quazy Hop.

Use promo code EQHOP2017

Good from 3-16-17 to 3-27-17
Can be used for upgrades from EQ6 to EQ7 and EQStitch
Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.

Give Away

One winner will receive (3) fat quarters from Northcott Noah’s Ark collection. Enter below for a chance to win. This is a one day give away.

Northcott - Noah's Ark


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Give Away

One winner will be picked from all of today’s blogs to receive (1) Martelli Notions - Rotary Cutter with 5 additional blades. Enter below for a chance to win. Winner agrees to pay shipping costs as listed.
Shipping Costs:
USA Priority Mail: 6.75
Canada: 15.50
International: 23.50

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Don’t miss any of the Quilt Quazy FUN!!

March 16
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Resourceful Momma

March 17
Freemotion by the River
FunThreads Designs
Pink Doxies

March 20
Jane’s Quilting
Seacoast Quilter
Words & Stitches
Quilting Affection

March 21
Thrift Shop Commando
Batts In The Attic
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sew Many Yarns

March 22
MooseStash Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Seams To Be Sew



#Quiltquazyqueens #worldwidequiltingday #sewingorganization #sewingroom


GranChris said...

I love your shelves. I have baskets full of projects everywhere.Maybe I need to label them.

Marian said...

It's pretty funny that we have this in common and I'm so happy that I'm not the only one who believes in using up that open space.. LOL I keep thinking about how funny it is that I've moved into a new home.. a big home no less and I'm using our master bedroom as my sewing space... well I'll show it Wednesday, but like you, I totally believe in using up that space, I really dislike it when a wall is "empty" or not being used if a shelf or hanging can't be up against it.. I loved your post Carol.. thanks for sharing today. :)

Stitchin At Home said...

Oh how neat and organized! I have been doing a reorganization of my supplies and am finding it alot easier to find things.

Vicki in MN said...

I loved seeing your space, and didn't even know about the hop going on-found it by accident!!

Liz Horgan said...

Wow! Your organization skills are very inspiring! I can get it organized, but then when I start a project, it falls apart! Happy St. Patrick's Day and enjoy the weekend!

Bonnie58 said...

Thanks for sharing. Love your studio. You canot have enough cubbies, although I have found that I have had to start labelling them, too.

Monica said...

I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to arrange my sewing room. Thanks for the look into yours and the tutorials.

VA said...

you have a wonderful sewing space! My dream is to have a sewing room someday.

Linda Edwards said...

Cute fabrics--thanks for the giveaway. You have some great ideas for setting up your space.

Grandma said...

Great sewing room and nice size closet.

sandrarobben said...

I love the led lighting idea. Will look into it in the Netherlands. Very well organized sewingroom!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I'm pretty much as organized as you are. I have a label machine which helps to identify what is in boxes and drawers. I had no idea an LED light is available for machines and am definitely going to look into one.

Thanks for being a stop on the hop.
xx, Carol

Joyce Carter said...

I love how you set up your sewing space. My son built a closet for me to store my fabrics and put cabinets up on the wall for storage. I love it, but I don't have much wall space to hang quilts or other things.However, I do have lots of space for storage and everything has a place. Thank you for sharing today.

Rebecca said...

I have a lot more space and a huge mess! Every time I go to sort I get side tracked!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a great setup and use of space! Great storage ideas also!

Kathleen Trail said...

I have hope for my small space...currently getting it organized and you have some great ideas!

Lori said...

some great tips. thanks. I like your sewing area. comfy and cozy

apple blossom said...

oh, someday I'll have my sewing space for now it is spread all over the house. But when my girls leave home their room is calling my name. love the Noah's ark fabric. thanks for the chance to win

rosemaryschild said...

I'd be happy-wonderful studio! Thank you for sharing, Susan

cjmont said...

wish i could see your space in person, i also have a 10X10 room and small walk in closet and it is not near as functional as yours and i don't have a long arm.

Shauna said...

wow so organized, I wish I were better at that!!!

anna brown said...

I suck at organization. ...But geting better using up what I have and cuting scraps down to favorit sizes. ..

Barb Neiwert said...

Thanks for sharing your Me Space! It's fun to see how other quilters spend their time.

BarefootThunder said...

Little bins in the drawers is a great idea, I will have to start looking for some. thanks for sharing your space with us.

Angie&Gary Short said...

You have such an awesome sewing room. Thanks for sharing.

Calicojoan said...

You have packed a "whollup" into your creative space. Love your longarm on wheels. That's a great idea. And what...I can use those hair ties for my pantographs! That's genius. My rubber bands get hard and break, I tried Hugo's amazing tape, but that give up after awhile. I have a bag of those crazy ties and I'm headed down to fix all my pantos now! Happy Dance Happy Dance!

Nancy A: said...

I have some antique cabinets that I use for storage. I love seeing my FQ stash in the antique china cabinet. I wish I had the space that I had in IL, but I think the space here in AL is working pretty well. I do have a couple ideas to improve it. You are right about the need for organization.

Jen said...

You are so organized! You give inspiration to those of us with smaller spaces for our sewing. :) Thanks for sharing the tips!

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

It is so nice to view another person's ideas of storage solutions and working in smaller spaces. It goes to say that it is definitely achievable!

Sewgirl said...

Your space is most impressive! I am not quite that organized. I like to think it's because I share a space with my dh and so have to keep some of the clutter out of his way. I do know where most everything is though!

allthingzsewn said...

This hop has has give ,me several ideas for my sewing area. I really liked the lighting site and will get a couple that I saw as finances allow.I liked the cubbies in the closet as well. While I do use the shelves in the closet I had not thought to use the cubbies. Thanks for both of those ideas.

Susan said...

My space is a spare bedroom with a wide and about 3 feet deep closet. There are 2 doors to the room and 2 full size corner windows, so there is not a lot of wall space. My fabric is stashed in labeled clear bins stacked on the closet floor. Two shelves above have small clear labeled bins with WIPs, scraps, buttons, etc. I have a table along one wall and my sewing machine cabinet is at a right angle to it. When I have a large quilt to try quilting by machine I can turn the cabinet so the quilt will have a place to lay without dragging. I have a bookshelf which holds my irons, and other craft projects. I have a couple of tall multi-drawer rolling bins with all my sewing supplies, sorted according to category, like shears and rotary cutters, small rulers and templates, etc. My other wall has my computer desk, printer stand, and small filing cabinet. The ironing board resides behind the door on that side. I have clear bins that hold batting and old jeans to be upcycled stacked stair-step like so my cat can climb up and lay on an old quilt in the sunshine (when there is sunshine).

Tami Von Zalez said...

I can only dream of a longarm - way out of budget for me.
My thread is organized in large clear vases and kind of combined by color (I need to sort those out before I repost).
Popped by from QQQ-2017

Tami Von Zalez said...

I loosely organize my thread in clear vases and my fabric in dresser drawer.
All of my music is ripped to my laptop so all I have to do is put it on shuffle and I am entertained for hours.
Popped by from QQQ-2017

Lisa Marie said...

Wow, I need to put some of your organization ideas to work. My sewing room is a hot mess!

Anonymous said...

I love your sewing space with all of the awesome storage ideas - and I especially love your choice of music! Thanks!

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Sally said...

Gee, can you come organize my studio?? I have oodles of cubbies, boxes and shelves--but more fabric than will fit!!

Melody Lutz said...

I'm reorganizing so this is super inspirational! Great space usage.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I don't think I've ever seen someone put so much stuff in so little space! Organization is definitely the key. Thanks for sharing all this! I've been wanting someone to build shelves for me, but maybe I'll just head to Ikea!

Kathy S. said...

What a great way to organize your work area. Love the inspiration!

Kathy S. said...

I usually end up watching a dvd from the library vs. listening to music while piecing. When I longarm quilt I like to listen to big voice gospel stuff. Thanks for the tour!

JANET said...

Can you come over my house and organize me???!! lol

Allison CB said...

Wow - you are super organized!! Love your plastic bins!!!

cookie said...

There is so much color in your sewing room. I would love to be there. thanks for sharing!

beaquilter said...

great room! and great how it's organized.

Cecilia said...

Your room is great! Thank you for sharing it and for the great tip of using pony tail holders for your pantograph. I never thought of that!

Edie said...

Love your storage and sewing space. Lots of good ideas. Thanks for the draw.

Vicki H said...

These are great organization tips. Thanks for showing us your space.

Farm Quilter said...

Love your quilting space!! I would love to see how you corral those LA rulers...I love rulers and need a better way to have them available without digging in a drawer!

Farm Quilter said...

Love your organized space!!!

Tina Jeo said...

Such efficient use of space! Thanks for sharing. tljeo at yahoo dot com

Seacoast Quilter said...

Thank you for sharing your sewing space and storage areas. It is a never ending issue where to store everything.

OhioLori said...

You are soooo creative!! You made a small room into a large space!! Love it!! Thank you for all your ideas... Sorry I don't have a storage idea to share...but I am learning some super ideas from all the stops I am making here :)

wendy said...

My sewing space is small,I definitely need to reorganize my mess. Thanks for some good ideas!

teachpany said...

I want to know how you got a long arm in that room! Awesome. I am hoping to do something like that soon. Thanks.

teachpany said...

Great use of the space. Thanks.

karen christensen said...

Lots of great ideas for storage, a few of which I already do. I cut a small piece of fabric, staple it to a sheet with yardage and where it is located so I can keep track of my fabric.

Pedal Sew Lightly said...

Great storage. My space is in a bonus room without closets:-(

MoeWest said...

I enjoyed seeing your studio. I fill up the 'air' space wherever possible too. I started putting my yardage on foam core boards in my square cubbies. My smaller fabric pieces are in plastic containers, organized by colour. I have an Ikea CD tower for fat quarters. I love how pretty they look stacked in there.

Beth said...

Thanks for the tour of your sewing space. I can definitely use the nudge in the direction of organization.

Sabrina van Ginkel said...

Nice blog.

Lynne Stucke said...

Nice studio! Thank you for sharing it with us! (lynnstck[at]

Lynne Stucke said...

Thank you for sharing your space. It is lovely! (lynnstck[at]

Moira said...

I use lots of totes for organization......lots and lots of them. =)

Nancy said...

Oh, your room is an inspiration. My husband has been saying I can't fit a longarm into my room. Your photos will show him it CAN be done! You are well organized. Guess I have to rearranage a bit.

Scrapatches said...

You are sew organized! Very inspiring! My sewing area is in a multi purpose room right now so I have to make do ... and I need to neat it up (a little) to take some pictures for my day in the hop ... ;) Pat

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Very nice sewing room. Good organization. Looks like you can get a lot of work done there. Thanks for the tips. Karen