Quilt Life

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

Sewing room reno update

There is a small possibility I might meet my goal of shooting the May BOM tutorial in my new sewing studio. Last night my husband finally finished cutting the trim for the windows and baseboard and putting them up. I say finally, because this has been in progress for weeks. He’s not quite as motivated as I am to get this done. But I had to wait for him because

Quilting bucket list

As I see all the posts about Quilt Week in Paducah this week, it makes me think about all my quilting bucket list, all the things I want to do and accomplish in my quilting. Here’s my top five: 1. Go to the National Quilt Museum during Quilt Week Paducah during the annual AQS show is pretty much the¬†Mecca for quilters. From what I’ve heard, you need to book your

Using storage totes to organize fabric by project

Like most sewers I have trouble keeping my fabric organized. I have a closet packed with fabric, but it is mostly just yardage stacked on top of each other. I needed a solution for projects with little pieces or notions that don’t stack well. I found it during one of those trips to Target when you go in for one little thing and walk out with a $100 bill, so

Best day ever

When I released the April Block of the Month pattern on Monday, it was my best day ever for website traffic. That was followed up on Tuesday with yet another, best day ever. The amount of traffic websites consider good is so variable, but I can tell you that I got as many pageviews in one day as I used to get in one month last year. The problem, you

Sewing room reno update

I used to be a DIY addict. When my husband and I bought our home, it had pretty much stood still in time since 1980. There was a lot of work to be done and we did it. Kitchen renovation, new flooring, tearing down walls and gallons and gallons of paint. Five years later, we’re nearly finished, but having a baby has slowed down our progress significantly. Our sunroom has

Quilt retreat progress report

I had hoped to write a triumphant post today about how much I got done at Quilt Retreat last weekend. Unfortunately that’s not the case. While I normally can accomplish more in one four-day weekend of uninterrupted sewing than I can in a month of distracted craft time at home, my weekend was anything but uninterrupted. The child care I had arranged for Angela fell through, so she spent several

Quilt retreat!

As you read this I am happily sewing away at quilt retreat. The semi-annual get-a-way is hosted by my guild, the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild and it gives me four days of (mostly) uninterrupted sewing and quilting. This is the first time I’m going for more than just the weekend in three years, so I’m very excited about how much I can get done. I know, if you’re a regular

Storing quilt blocks in scrapbook cases

When I converted my sewing room into a nursery, quilt supply storage became even more important than ever before. One space-saving solution I’ve found that I absolutely love is using scrapbook cases as a storage solution for quilt blocks that are not ready to be pieced into a quilt top yet. I’ve got several to hold block of quilts in progress. There’s one holding my New York ¬†Beauty blocks for

Taking the plunge

Two weeks ago I was laid off. No warning, just called into the boss’ office and told that the social media department I was hired to build just wasn’t large enough to cover my salary and that was that. I probably should be mad. I was only there for seven months, and while at my previous agency I built the social media department into a $30,000 a month revenue driver,