Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 3 Organization Tips

Welcome to Week 3 of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop! It was so fun to hear from all of you last week as you read the tools blog. I'm so glad you all found things that excited you last week. This week we are focusing on keeping organized. If you find it a challenge to keep organized you're not alone. You saw some of my studio clean up photos. Clearly I face the same trials most quilters do. Organizing is HARD! I could give you some of the basic ideas that I use for everything like keeping all of my fabric for a Block of the Month on one shelf until the project is completed and bound, or creating labels for different sets of block pieces to keep them straight, but it's summer and I thought

The Summer Scrap Elimination: Week 6

Good morning Scrappers! Today marks Week 6 and the final Scrap Elimination blog of the summer. It has been a busy summer making fun projects out of my scraps and I love the results. This last one is perhaps my favorite, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. This week we are going to be using up 1 1/2" strips. You could also make this project with 2 1/2" strips, you're block would just have larger strips. Here's what you will need to get started! Materials: 1 1/2" strips at least 7" long 1 1/2 yard of a single fabric (I used a solidish batik to unify the project and create a resting place for the eye) 1. Begin by making strata blocks like we did in the first blog This time you will

Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 2 Favorite Tools

It's a beautiful week in the Sonoran Desert and my torch cactus are making lovely summer blossoms in the yard to delight me when I take breaks from the studio and my quilts! I hope you've been enjoying the Favorite Tools week with Creative Spaces as much as I have! So many ideas and new products I want to try. I've been thinking about what tools I want to share with you and I came up with a list of the 5 tools I use every week, most of them every day. These are the tools I absolutely can't do without. These tools are so fabulous, I feel like you deserve a chance to have some of them for your very own! Take note of the giveaways and coupons included in this blog, so you can scoop up some

The Summer Scrap Elimination Project: Week 5

Happy Thursday Scraptastic Quilters! Can you believe it's week 5 of this project already?! The summer is going by so fast. Last week we mentioned making simple precuts 2 1/2" wide and 1 1/2" wide and we're going to use those same precut scraps again. This time we are making scrappy throw pillows to dress up the couch toss on a bed with one of your new quilts. I will give you cutting instructions for a 20" pillow to fit a 20" pillow form, but you can make the pillows any size. For this project you will need: 2 squares of muslin or left over fabric measuring 22" x 22" 1 square of batting also measuring 22" x 22" scraps in any width (I used both 2 1/2" widths and 1 1/2" widths) ~ 1/2 y

Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 1 Studio Clean Up

Welcome hoppers! I hope you have been enjoying this first week of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop! So many wonderful designers have been offering you fantastic ideas on Studio Clean Up and staying organized. Moving into a new studio space has it's glorious moments and presents one with the opportunity to feel like everything is in it's place, however the longer one stays in a space the harder it can be to keep it organized. Sooner or later deadlines and multiple projects will put you in a position in which your studio might have a moment in which it looks like mine did when I came back from Spring Market and a lecture series in Oregon. My tables were cluttered, my scrap drawers were over flo

The Summer Scrap Elimination Blog: Week 4

Happy Thursday my Scrappy Friends! This week we are going to be looking at a simple couple of blocks that will pair nicely to make a beautiful scrappy project quilt that is easily expanded to be as large as you like. Once again, we'll be doing all simple piecing and all simple cutting. As you clean out a collection of scraps one of the best things you can do to be organized is go ahead and make simple pre-cuts. When going through my scrap drawers, I press my scraps and cut them into 2 1/2" strips and 1 1/2" strips, then stack them in like groupings. It doesn't matter how long they are, I can always sub-cut them later while I am working. This week I will be using scraps that were pre-c

The Summer Scrap Elimination Project: Week 3

This week we are making a super cute table topper. While going through my scraps I found several 1" strips that were all left over from a color value project I had done a couple of years ago. I almost threw them out because they were only an inch wide, but then I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make a project with tiny strips! So here are the directions to a great project for skinny strips. You will need the following 1" strips by Width of Fabric of 5 reds, 5 oranges, 5 yellows, 5 greens, 5, blues, and 5 purples borders: 2 strips 2 1/2" x 32 1/4" and 2 strips 2 1/2" x 21 1/4" backing: rectangle 38" x 24" batting: rectangle 38" x 24" 1. Begin by stitching each set of colors t

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