Category Archives: Sewing Workspace

We’ve learned how to shirr!

Sue, our amazing sewist and quilter, has a lot of tricks and tips up her sleeve. Recently, I saw her with a cute little dress in her hands and I asked her, "how did you sew that to create that elastic-shrinking effect?" and she said, "Oh you mean shirring. It's easy!" So she set up a little class with some of us quilters here at work, and taught us how to shirr. This is how it went:

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Ann’s Quilt Studio Remodel – Part 3

Today is Part 3 of my quilt studio redo. Part 1 and Part 2 talked about my plans to do a little redecorating and a lot of purging of fabric and quilting supplies with the end goal of a clutter-free sewing space with room for my new (used) HandiQuilter 16. This blog posting will show my progress and discuss lighting...

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Color Wheel Pincushion

Since yellow, gray, white, and black is the color scheme for the redo of my quilt studio, I decided to make a Color Wheel Pincushion with these colors from the pattern and kit by Sheila Sinclair Snyder of License to Quilt. Read more to see the finished project...

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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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