Saturday, August 18, 2018

Dealing with Tools and Rulers



Welcome to the sixth and Final week of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!  
Today is all about dealing with tools and rulers.

I am THE WORST when it comes to organizing my tools and rulers.  I literally throw all of my tools and needles into the drawers of my Olivia Sewing Cabinet.  Don't believe me?



























I even store my rulers between one thread cabinet and my sewing cabinet.  I used to hang them on the way using nails, but since I started Twitch streaming there isn't much wall space.  I have a few panel quilts hanging behind me instead.














The one that I do have organized is my travel case!  I have every foot and tool I may need when on the road.  I use it every day, even when I am in my home studio.  It is a simple acrylic case normally used for Cross Stitch or Beading.



How do you organize your rulers and tools?  Let me know!

Want to come hang out while I stream?  My schedule is always on my Facebook and my Twitter.  I also announce on Instagram when I go live.  We have a lot of fun, talk about sewing and quilting and of course have daily giveaways.  I am the giveaway queen after all.

Speaking of giveaways, let’s get to them!

First, the overall prizes. Crafters Edge is giving away their Crossover II Fabric and Cutting system plus several die packs. Daylight is giving away a Slimline LED table lamp. Basal is also donating some prizes. To enter, make sure you visit www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog.

Now for my giveaways!

I am giving away a few of my new books Designing Block Quilts, a quilt kit, patterns, and of course stickers!  To enter, just complete tasks for chances to win here -> https://gleam.io/01uGu/creative-spaces-block-hop-giveaways

Make sure to check out everyone that is participating in the hop!  In addition to the giveaways on Cherry Blossoms Quilting page and my blog, all of the other participants may be doing giveaways as well!

Mondays:   Tammy Silvers Tamarinis  www.tamarinis.typepad.com
   Cherry Guidry Cherry Blossom Quilting www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog
Tuesdays:   Reeze Hanson Morning Glory Designs  http://blog.morningglorydesigns.net
    Jessica VanDenburgh Sew Many Creations thestraightstitch.wordpress.com/
Wednesdays: Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream   seamslikeadream.com/blog
Jessica Caldwell  Desert Bloom Quilting   http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/
Thursdays: Jackie Kunkel Canton Village Quilt Works   https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog
Vicki Hansen  Cranberry Pie Designs   https://cranberrypiedesigns.com/blog/
Fridays:  Erin Hentzel  Avery Lan Designs    http://averylanesewing.com/the-blog/
Christa Watson  Christa Quilts   christaquilts.com
Saturdays:    Toni Smith  Quiltoni   quiltoni.blogspot.com
Swan Sheridan  Swan Amity   www.swanamity.com/blog
Sundays: Pauline McArthur   Funky Friends Factory   www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/blog/
Annie Smith
Joanne Sharpe
  • Week 1: Studio Clean Up - before and after pics
  • Week 2: Favorite Tools
  • Week 3: Organizing Tips
  • Week 4: Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric
  • Week 5: Dealing with Embellishments/Buttons/Thread
  • Week 6: Dealing with Tools/Rulers






Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dealing with Thread


Welcome to the fifth week of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!  
Today is all about dealing with thread.

I showed you two weeks ago the furniture I use for my thread, the cabinets from Arrow.



The Mod Thread Caddy will come with 4 fabric baskets to place all your fabric and notions in and 3 pull out thread/spool holders holding countless spools.  Place your thread in the racks in a color coordinated fashion, by size, by brand, or by material…..the options are endless!





The Modular Thread Caddy rests on casters allowing you to move it from place to place. Once in place the casters lock down in place and the bi-fold door closes to conceal the contents for a clean and neat look.  It fits all types of thread, even Aurifil and Signature!




I organize mine by brand and color.  I even have space to separate out the large spools!
My favorite organizer is one that Gutermann recently sent me.  It allows me to spin and choose which sew-all thread I want for my project.



How do you organize your thread?  Let me know!

Want to come hang out while I stream?  My schedule is always on my Facebook and my Twitter.  I also announce on Instagram when I go live.  We have a lot of fun, talk about sewing and quilting and of course have daily giveaways.  I am the giveaway queen after all.

Speaking of giveaways, let’s get to them!

First, the overall prizes. Crafters Edge is giving away their Crossover II Fabric and Cutting system plus several die packs. Daylight is giving away a Slimline LED table lamp. Basal is also donating some prizes. To enter, make sure you visit www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog.

Now for my giveaways!

I am giving away a few of my new books Designing Block Quilts, a quilt kit, patterns, and of course stickers!  To enter, just complete tasks for chances to win here -> https://gleam.io/01uGu/creative-spaces-block-hop-giveaways

Make sure to check out everyone that is participating in the hop!  In addition to the giveaways on Cherry Blossoms Quilting page and my blog, all of the other participants may be doing giveaways as well!

Mondays:   Tammy Silvers Tamarinis  www.tamarinis.typepad.com
   Cherry Guidry Cherry Blossom Quilting www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog
Tuesdays:   Reeze Hanson Morning Glory Designs  http://blog.morningglorydesigns.net
    Jessica VanDenburgh Sew Many Creations thestraightstitch.wordpress.com/
Wednesdays: Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream   seamslikeadream.com/blog
Jessica Caldwell  Desert Bloom Quilting   http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/
Thursdays: Jackie Kunkel Canton Village Quilt Works   https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog
Vicki Hansen  Cranberry Pie Designs   https://cranberrypiedesigns.com/blog/
Fridays:  Erin Hentzel  Avery Lan Designs    http://averylanesewing.com/the-blog/
Christa Watson  Christa Quilts   christaquilts.com
Saturdays:    Toni Smith  Quiltoni   quiltoni.blogspot.com
Swan Sheridan  Swan Amity   www.swanamity.com/blog
Sundays: Pauline McArthur   Funky Friends Factory   www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/blog/
Annie Smith
Joanne Sharpe
  • Week 1: Studio Clean Up - before and after pics
  • Week 2: Favorite Tools
  • Week 3: Organizing Tips
  • Week 4: Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric
  • Week 5: Dealing with Embellishments/Buttons/Thread
  • Week 6: Dealing with Tools/Rulers


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Dealing with Fabric




Welcome to the fourth week of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!  
Today is all about dealing with fabric.

I have a LOT of fabric.  I currently have 5 bookcases full of fabric I keep in my studio.  Keeping it all organized and displayed was a challenge for a while.

There are many ways you can choose to store your fabric:
  • Plastic storage totes or drawers
  • Collapsible Bins on storage shelving
  • Folded neatly on shelves
  • Boarded onto shelves
You need to take a few things into consideration when storing your fabric:
  • Will it be in direct sunlight?
  • Do I need to easily see what I have?
  • Do I organize by color, pattern, project, fabric line, or other method?
My space is in the basement out of direct sunlight and I need to quickly see every fabric I have.  So this led me to boarding it.  There are a few methods to boarding it.  You can do it yourself with comic boards, cardboard, etc.  You can also purchase specially designed boards meant to wrap your fabric like Fabric Organizers or Mini Bolts.  I have tried all of these methods for boarding my fabric and like the Polar Notions the best.



The problems I had with all other methods of boarding was the sliding of fabric down from the board or the board itself folding under the weight of the fabric.  Polar Notions has solved both of those problems.  The boards are strong and sturdy, holding the weight of all of my fabric.  They also have metal clips that when you fold the end of the bolt in and clip it, solves the problem of slippage.  It also allows the bolts to be put into and removed from the bookcase with greater ease without all of the loose fabric getting in the way.



How do you organize your fabric?  Let me know!

Want to come hang out while I stream?  My schedule is always on my Facebook and my Twitter.  I also announce on Instagram when I go live.  We have a lot of fun, talk about sewing and quilting and of course have daily giveaways.  I am the giveaway queen after all.

Speaking of giveaways, let’s get to them!

First, the overall prizes. Crafters Edge is giving away their Crossover II Fabric and Cutting system plus several die packs. Daylight is giving away a Slimline LED table lamp. Basal is also donating some prizes. To enter, make sure you visit www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog.

Now for my giveaways!

I am giving away a few of my new books Designing Block Quilts, a quilt kit, patterns, and of course stickers!  To enter, just complete tasks for chances to win here -> https://gleam.io/01uGu/creative-spaces-block-hop-giveaways

Make sure to check out everyone that is participating in the hop!  In addition to the giveaways on Cherry Blossoms Quilting page and my blog, all of the other participants may be doing giveaways as well!

Mondays:   Tammy Silvers Tamarinis  www.tamarinis.typepad.com
   Cherry Guidry Cherry Blossom Quilting www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog
Tuesdays:   Reeze Hanson Morning Glory Designs  http://blog.morningglorydesigns.net
    Jessica VanDenburgh Sew Many Creations thestraightstitch.wordpress.com/
Wednesdays: Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream   seamslikeadream.com/blog
Jessica Caldwell  Desert Bloom Quilting   http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/
Thursdays: Jackie Kunkel Canton Village Quilt Works   https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog
Vicki Hansen  Cranberry Pie Designs   https://cranberrypiedesigns.com/blog/
Fridays:  Erin Hentzel  Avery Lan Designs    http://averylanesewing.com/the-blog/
Christa Watson  Christa Quilts   christaquilts.com
Saturdays:    Toni Smith  Quiltoni   quiltoni.blogspot.com
Swan Sheridan  Swan Amity   www.swanamity.com/blog
Sundays: Pauline McArthur   Funky Friends Factory   www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/blog/
Annie Smith
Joanne Sharpe
  • Week 1: Studio Clean Up - before and after pics
  • Week 2: Favorite Tools
  • Week 3: Organizing Tips
  • Week 4: Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric
  • Week 5: Dealing with Embellishments/Buttons/Thread
  • Week 6: Dealing with Tools/Rulers

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Organizing Tips




Welcome to the third week of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop!  Today is all about organizing tips.

First, the thread.  I have a LOT of thread.  In order to organize it all I have two thread cabinets from Arrow.  They allow me to store all of my thread as well as give a place for my scrap fabrics.



   







Next the scissors.  I had many discussions with my family about how my sewing scissors are only to be used for fabric.  I finally thought of a solution, separate the scissors and tell them to never touch them!  To separate them I use a magnetic knife rack from Ikea.









Binding is the bane of my existence.  I hate making binding.  So I was overjoyed to discover binding by the roll.  But how to store it?  I came up with the solution of ribbon racks.  I am able to store the binding and then use it directly off the rack.  It is easy and takes a lot less time when I am doing my binding!







Want to come hang out while I stream?  My schedule is always on my Facebook and my Twitter.  I also announce on Instagram when I go live.  We have a lot of fun, talk about sewing and quilting and of course have daily giveaways.  I am the giveaway queen after all.

Speaking of giveaways, let’s get to them!

First, the overall prizes. Crafters Edge is giving away their Crossover II Fabric and Cutting system plus several die packs. Daylight is giving away a Slimline LED table lamp. Basal is also donating some prizes. To enter, make sure you visit www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog.

Now for my giveaways!

I am giving away a few of my new books Designing Block Quilts, a quilt kit, patterns, and of course stickers!  To enter, just complete tasks for chances to win here -> https://gleam.io/01uGu/creative-spaces-block-hop-giveaways

Make sure to check out everyone that is participating in the hop!  In addition to the giveaways on Cherry Blossoms Quilting page and my blog, all of the other participants may be doing giveaways as well!

Mondays:   Tammy Silvers Tamarinis  www.tamarinis.typepad.com
   Cherry Guidry Cherry Blossom Quilting www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog
Tuesdays:   Reeze Hanson Morning Glory Designs  http://blog.morningglorydesigns.net
    Jessica VanDenburgh Sew Many Creations thestraightstitch.wordpress.com/
Wednesdays: Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream   seamslikeadream.com/blog
Jessica Caldwell  Desert Bloom Quilting   http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/
Thursdays: Jackie Kunkel Canton Village Quilt Works   https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog
Vicki Hansen  Cranberry Pie Designs   https://cranberrypiedesigns.com/blog/
Fridays:  Erin Hentzel  Avery Lan Designs    http://averylanesewing.com/the-blog/
Christa Watson  Christa Quilts   christaquilts.com
Saturdays:    Toni Smith  Quiltoni   quiltoni.blogspot.com
Swan Sheridan  Swan Amity   www.swanamity.com/blog
Sundays: Pauline McArthur   Funky Friends Factory   www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/blog/
Annie Smith
Joanne Sharpe
  • Week 1: Studio Clean Up - before and after pics
  • Week 2: Favorite Tools
  • Week 3: Organizing Tips
  • Week 4: Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric
  • Week 5: Dealing with Embellishments/Buttons/Thread
  • Week 6: Dealing with Tools/Rulers


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Favorite Tools


Welcome to the second week of the creative spaces blog hop!

Today I am going to talk about my favorite tools.  As a pixel quilter I do a LOT of stripping.  Stripping is one of the foundations of the techniques I use for pixel quilting.  Because of this there are two main tools I use help speed up the efficiency of stripping and chain piecing.

First, what the heck is stripping?!  Stripping is a way to describe Strip Piecing.  Instead of cutting each individual square, you cut strips of fabric and sew those together.  Pieces are cut from these strips saving time!  The biggest time saver for strip piecing for me is the Stripology ruler by Creative Grids.

This ruler allows me to cut strips fast!  Want to see how it is used?  Quilty Love has a great tutorial on how to use it

Want to see it in action on my Twitch stream?  This is from my St Jude Charity stream in May.


The second item that speeds up my quilting a lot is the Cutting Gizmo by Gypsy Quilter.

It allows me to separate chained pieces quickly.  No reaching for scissors!  I love this simple little device.  I have seen people make their own using spools of thread and seam rippers, but the sturdy base of the cutting gizmo allows me to move quickly.

Speaking of seam rippers, every studio or sewing place needs a REALLY good seam ripper.  Let's face it, it doesn't matter how long you have been quilting or sewing you are going to make a mistake.  I do ALL the time!  My go to seam ripper is the Seam Fix Seam Ripper by Dritz.


The seam ripper itself is nice, but the best part of it is the rubber stopper at the end.  This rubber stopper allows me to get rid of those little leftover threads VERY quickly. 

Want to come hang out while I stream?  My schedule is always on my Facebook and my Twitter.  I also announce on Instagram when I go live.  We have a lot of fun, talk about sewing and quilting and of course have daily giveaways.  I am the giveaway queen after all.

Speaking of giveaways, let’s get to them! 

First, the overall prizes. Crafters Edge is giving away their Crossover II Fabric and Cutting system plus several die packs. Daylight is giving away a Slimline LED table lamp. Basal is also donating some prizes. To enter, make sure you visit www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog

Now for my giveaways!

I am giving away a few of my new books Designing Block Quilts, a quilt kit, patterns, and of course stickers!  To enter, just complete tasks for chances to win here -> https://gleam.io/01uGu/creative-spaces-block-hop-giveaways

Make sure to check out everyone that is participating in the hop!  In addition to the giveaways on Cherry Blossoms Quilting page and my blog, all of the other participants may be doing giveaways as well!
Mondays:   Tammy Silvers Tamarinis  www.tamarinis.typepad.com
   Cherry Guidry Cherry Blossom Quilting www.cherryblossomsquilting.com/blog
Tuesdays:   Reeze Hanson Morning Glory Designs  http://blog.morningglorydesigns.net
    Jessica VanDenburgh Sew Many Creations thestraightstitch.wordpress.com/
Wednesdays: Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream   seamslikeadream.com/blog
Jessica Caldwell  Desert Bloom Quilting   http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/
Thursdays: Jackie Kunkel Canton Village Quilt Works   https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog
Vicki Hansen  Cranberry Pie Designs   https://cranberrypiedesigns.com/blog/
Fridays:  Erin Hentzel  Avery Lan Designs    http://averylanesewing.com/the-blog/
Christa Watson  Christa Quilts   christaquilts.com
Saturdays:    Toni Smith  Quiltoni   quiltoni.blogspot.com
Swan Sheridan  Swan Amity   www.swanamity.com/blog
   Sundays: Pauline McArthur   Funky Friends Factory   www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/blog/
Annie Smith
Joanne Sharpe