Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Quilt Qwazy Queens 2017 Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop!  Today I'm going to share my studio with you along with some great giveaways!  Be sure to see Seams to be Sew for all the giveaway details.

I thought about cleaning up my sewing area so it would look perfect.  But let's be real here.  I teach third grade full time, have 2 elementary age sons, and I quilt for show and my blog.  It's a bit of a mess.  To be honest, it's not bad right now for me.  So here it is au natural!

The first picture is my ironing station.  It's on top of two white square shelves from Target.  I have the ironing board simply tied on top.  It's amazing how much more storage it gives me!  There is also my inspiration bulletin board above the ironing station.  Just don't touch the wall under the bulletin board.....it tends to be a little sticky from starch!


Here is my sewing area.  You can see I've modified my chair so it's just right.  It's not necessarily pretty, but it fits perfectly.  I have my main machine in an embedded table from Tracey's Tables and an extra table for piecing/guests.  I also have a pole lamp here to add more light when I'm quilting late in the evening after my children are in bed.



Here's my fabric.  Sigh.  I love it.  I have it sorted by color and style.  Prints separate from batiks which is most of the stash.  When it starts getting too full (yup, about there) I pick out some things I don't like and give it away to groups who make quilts for charity.  Sigh.  It's getting hard to get rid of things as I've done a really good job in the past.  Maybe it's time to pause buying....not likely, huh?


Here is my cutting table built by my amazing father.  I have an Ott Light above and shelving below.  This table was my art desk as a kid.  My dad made new taller legs for it so it's just right for a cutting table.  You can still see of my graffiti on it from when I was a kid.  It always makes me smile.  Right now it's covered in thread that needs to be put away.


On the left side of this picture is my flannel design wall.  I can't show you the whole thing as it has secret sewing on it at the moment.  I also have a dresser full of partially done projects.


You've probably noticed all the ribbons in these pictures.  I started entering shows in 2001 and my son tells me I have about 100 ribbons hanging on the walls right now (he counted the other day.  It was entertaining for a 5 year old).  My proudest are my Best Machine Quilting ribbon from MQX and Minnesota Quilters and my ribbons from Paducah and Houston.

Last, but not least, I have a tip for you.  Below is a large piece of laminating film that someone at my school was going to throw away.  Sometimes you end up with a large piece when you advance the film so you can cut it off.  I had to have it.  I draw quilting design ideas on the transparency with a permanent marker and then lay it on my quilt to see how it will look and decide if I like it or not.  You could do the same thing with transparencies or plastic baggies too.  It really helps to see the motif on the quilt.


And now it's time for some giveaways!  

Marian at Seams to Be Sew has some amazing giveaways. All giveaways are open to everyone, but before entering the drawing for these 3 giveaways--Terial Arts and Island Batiks, you must agree to pay your own shipping costs should you win. *Northcott FQ fabrics have free shipping.

USA Priority Mail: 6.75
Canada: 15.50
International: 23.50





Fat Eights from my FAVORITE Island Batiks?  It can't get better than that!

EQ7 is giving a 30% discount for the length of the hop!


Use the code that follows.
Promo code: EQHOP2017
The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017
Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.
(This code is also good for Upgrades from EQ6 to EQ7, and also the EQStitch.)


Be sure to check out all of the posts from the Quilt Qwazy Queens 2017 Blog Hop!

March 16
March 17
March 20
March 21
March 22
I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

51 comments:

  1. I love the shelves full of fabric.

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  2. Thanks for the plastic film tip. It's definitely one of those "why didn't I think of that" things. Thanks for not doing a thorough cleaning before giving the tour too!! Thanks for being a stop on the hop.

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  3. You have a very nice sewing room. Thank you for sharing! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  4. Great Sewing Room! You are a busy Lady indeed!

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  5. Great sewing room. I am very impressed by all your ribbons--and fabric stash!

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  6. Congrats on all your ribbons! Thanks for inviting me in to enjoy my morning coffee in your wonderful quilty space. You can just feel all the creativity happening from here. Love your colorful and well organized stash shelf. Very inspiring ... :) Pat

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  7. How nice of your father to modify your childhood table so that you can use it now.

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  8. Loved your tip! I bought some clear table protector plastic stuff years ago for the same purpose . . . but it seemed SUCH an effort to drag it out. You have inspired me to stop being lazy and start dragging! Thanks (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

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  9. Your ribbon collection is AMAZING! Thank for the nifty quilting design tip.

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  10. Love your room! So many great ideas! And those ribbons, congrats!!!
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

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  11. great sewing room. Congrats on all your ribbons.

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  12. Great way to display all those wonderful ribbons!

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  13. Very nice love seeing the fabric at arms reach. ...ty for the trip threw your sewing space... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  14. I like the fact you showed a quilted space in use. It like visiting a house that is lived in, you feel comfortable there. I too am impressed with all your ribbons.

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  15. Wow!!! I might have about a dozen ribbons in my collection, so eyeing your collection is unbelievable!!

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  16. i like all your ribbons - wow and your sewing space looks awesome!!!

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  17. Congrats on all of your ribbons!

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  18. you must be very proud of all your ribbons, thanks for the tour

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  19. Thanks for sharing your studio, and the hint. I need to organize again. And purge.

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  20. A very well-loved sewing area-thank you for sharing, Susan

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  21. With that full schedule, I don't see how you get anything done, let alone win ribbons! Congratulations!

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  22. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt studio Suzy!

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  23. So that's where all your creative genius happens huh?? :-)
    It's fun to peek into the places people create!

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  24. Those shelves of fabric sure look pretty! Thanks for sharing your studio and your quilting tip.

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  25. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netMarch 21, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    I always enjoy hops because I get to meet new people, be inspired, get new ideas for storage and work, and enjoy other's stashes.

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  26. I remember those days of scarfing trash for a good quilting purpose. =) Your ribbons are impressive, as is the fact that your 5 yo counts to 100. I'm glad you didn't clean up your studio. I like seeing a lived-in work place. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. I follow your blog and love to see what you are working on. Thanks for sharing your space today.

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  28. You will not want to look at my stash - it will make you cry. *grins*

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  29. I enjoyed seeing your sewing area and some of the creative solutions you had. I would have never thought to tie the ironing board to the table!

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  30. I like your sewing area. Thanks for sharing

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  31. Thanks for sharing. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  32. It's wonderful to see you sewing area au natural! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Thanks for the tour of your sewing room. Great closet of stash.

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  34. Thanks for sharing your sewing area. Wonderful to see how people set things up.

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  35. thanks for the tour. I'd love to have a sewing room of my own.

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  36. Nice studio, and congrats on all your ribbons!

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  37. thanks for the giveaway. Your sewing room looks like a wonderful happy place to me.

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  38. Two comments.... I have those Target shelves, and your purple stash has obviously been raided by your Mom! Love you!! -- Lori

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  39. Great sewing area! Love your cutting table!

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  40. Thank you so much for sharing your "unedited" sewing room! Mine looks like yours most of the time - genius' at work! :)

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  41. Great wins!! Love the Ribbons!! Super job!! Your room is Super! :)

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  42. Congratulations on all of your wins, what an accomplishment. When these little ones grow and you think you are all done and will have time for yourself to quilt as much as you want - YOU BECOME A GRANDMOTHER - and have to start all over again. The upside is grandchildren are a true Blessing.

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  43. Thanks for the tour of your studio. I, too, have a workplace and not a showroom. Love the ribbon wall, congratulations.

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  44. I like it that you didn't clean for us... Mine is only clean at the moment because I've been unpacking everything... I still have stuff to unpack, but it's at least worthy of being seen... I'll be happy when it's all unpacked and I can really get in there and sew again on a regular basis. I love how you have your fabric stash set up and it's pretty cool to see the ribbons all lined up like they are also. Congratulations.. I'm definitely not ever going to win a ribbon, but when I enter shows, I ask for my things to not be judged, I just enter to show them off. If I were going for a ribbon, I'd want to strive for perfection and it would never be finished then. :)

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