Category Archives: Sewing Workspace

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Ann’s Quilt Studio Remodel – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote Part 1 about starting a major redo of my quilt studio to accommodate a newly acquired used Handi-Quilter 16 mid-arm quilting machine. This installment of my story will include the purging process (with some pictures of my out-of control clutter), choosing colors, flooring, and paint.

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Ann’s Quilt Studio Remodel – Part 1

As an avid quilter since 1989, I have longed for a mid-arm or longarm machine for quilting for many years. Finally, this spring my dream came true when I was able to purchase a used Handi-Quilter 16 (HQ16) with a Pro-Stitcher computer from a co-worker! This exciting event inspired me to plan a redo of my quilt studio to accommodate it! Here is the first part of my adventure...

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Set of Nesting Baskets

This project is from the book Fun Home Accessories and is perfect for using scraps! I loved the look of these baskets from the very first time I saw them.  They add a fun combination of texture and color.  The fact that they are useful is a nice bonus!

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Sponsor Highlight: Arrow Furniture

We are so pleased to have Arrow & Kangaroo Cabinets as a sponsor of our Christmas In July contest! Arrow Cabinets has been building some of the cutest and nicest sewing furniture since 1943. That’s a long time! We think that the company has been around so long because of their top-notch products and, above all else, their amazing customer service. They’re so great!! When we told Arrow about our

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My New Sewing Area

Four years ago I had a son whom I love beyond belief and we were overjoyed when he came into our lives. On the other hand I lost my coveted sewing room. I got shoved in with the spare room and had to consolidate, which is a nasty word when you are talking about fabric! I prefer to talk about expanding my stash NOT consolidating. Apparently I have been pathetic enough because this year for Mother’s Day I ended up getting new furniture and now I am sharing the media room with my husband.

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Getting Organized–Baby Steps

I’ve been working on getting my sewing area more organized and I just have to share how much I love my Double-sided Thread Organizer!  It’s clear enough to see through so you can tell which colors are in which side. 

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Meet Debbie, Production Manager for Connecting Threads

My name is Debbie and I work at the "happiest place on earth". No, it’s not Disneyland, but we have a lot of characters with many hats and have fun doing our jobs just the same. I have worked for Crafts Americana Group for over 10 years now. I was first employed as a Customer Service Representative for four years before moving on to Connecting Threads. I couldn’t believe that I got the opportunity to work and get paid doing what I loved: sewing and quilting!

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National Organizational Month: Shoe Hanger to Project Storage

This week's tip is a great one. Everyone seems to have an old plastic shoe hanger laying around. Shoe hangers are one of those household products that always seem like a good idea at the time, but then when you get home and try it out, it proves to be more trouble than it's worth. Especially if you buy the cheapest kind that has the clear plastic on the front. The good news is: if you are one of the people who have tried and failed to make your shoe hanger work, there's an alternative use for it that works so well for organizing your quilt projects!

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