Posts From Stephanie Soebbing

Utilizing vertical space in a small sewing room

My sewing room is a tiny eight by 12 feet. At that size it is critical that I not only take advantage of each square foot of floor space, but also the vertical space. You might not think of your walls as potential storage for sewing items, but that’s what I’m doing in my sewing studio. I’ve already spruced up a thread storage rack and mounted it to the wall

How to do fusible applique

I know how to do hand applique, needle turn, Hawaiian and spray starch method, but using fusible web to do applique by machine is my favorite method by far. It is fast, accurate and very sturdy. I use it often for kids projects, because it holds up well to lots of washings and if I’m going to spend hours and hours appliqueing a quilt by hand, I don’t want it to

Fuzzy cow

May is a big month for birthdays in my family. There are four kids who have birthdays all within a couple weeks of each other. Granted the fourth was just born last week, but it counts. All those birthdays mean May has unofficially been dubbed “Sewing for Kids Month” at my house. First up was a series of soft books for Angela. Next is a cow bathrobe for my 2-year-old

Dining room hutch to sewing room chic

A few months ago I picked up a dining room hutch on Craigslist. The piece had good bones. It was solid, made of real wood, no major flaws. But there were a few issues with the finish that came from use. It made it the perfect candidate for an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint transformation into a stylish display piece in my new sewing studio that doubled as excellent storage. I

Quilt National continues to push boundaries

The first art quilt exhibit continues to push boundaries in its 19th installment, scheduled to open next week at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Beginning in 1979, Quilt National is the preeminent art quilt exhibition, a juried competition that features the work of nearly 90 quilters from around the world. The 86 quilts featured in the exhibit are a mix of graphic abstract work, and more traditional pieces,

‘Playing with Surface Design’ review and giveaway!

If you’ve ever thought about creating your own fabrics, then “Playing with Surface Design: Modern Techniques for Painting, Stamping, Printing and More” by Courtney Cerruti is a book you should add to your library. I’ve reviewed probably half-a-dozen books on printmaking and art quilting techniques, and “Playing with Surface Design” is exceptional in its clear, step-by-step instructions accompanied by beautiful photography so you can learn visually as well as through the

Building a soft book library

I don’t know how it happened, but my little quilter turned one last Friday. It is amazing to look back and see how much she has developed over the past year, finding her voice, learning to feed herself, crawling, standing and developing a clear list of likes and dislikes. One of her likes are books. She loves playing with her books, looking at all the pages and turning the page herself

700 inches of binding

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the longarm lately. Thanks to my newfound flexibility in scheduling, I’ve been able to spend one day a week at Quilting By-You in Bettendorf, Iowa, renting time on a longarm to finally finish up some quilt tops. Two weeks ago I finished quilting one of my two 2014 Block of the Month Quilts. Then today I loaded my newest, not-yet-released pattern on

Thread stand makeover

Of the luxuries I’ve missed most about having a dedicated sewing space, a thread stand is definitely in my top five. Not only do I love the look of having my thread on display, it is a lot easier to find what you’re looking for when it is neatly displayed on the wall instead of digging through a basket with thread tails everywhere. But the natural brown wood of my