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Monday, 09 February 2009 22:06

My Studio is not the largest room you will ever enter in your life, but it has all of the essentials.  In all honesty, it is just a large bedroom but I have found that if  I call it a "Studio" it automatically sounds like a huge room with an over abundance of space.  A girl can dream, can't she?  It's because I don't have an over excessive room that I am totally compulsive about the organization of my space!  Ok, it does have a "little" bit to do with the fact that I am a NEAT FREAK!  My sisters are all getting a really good chuckle right about now.  Stop laughing Michelle and Lisa.  Remember, Mom said you have to love me, no matter what.  Embrace my compulsive behavior!

I quickly found that as my stash grew and I required more shelve space I needed to make some kind of "curtain" like cover to keep all that beautiful fabric from becoming sun faded.  My husband custom built everything in my studio, including my one of a kind design easel, so naturally I asked him to make some kind of rod that he could attach to the shelving and I could make a curtain for it that would be easily pulled to one side or the other for a complete view of my whole stash.  In this picture you can see the black metal rod he fabricated and the blue "cheater fabric" curtain pulled to the left side.  It has been a great solution for my storage delimna.  I actually have two of these shelves full of fabric...what a shocker, I know.

My fabric stash reminds me of my comedian like son Michael who thinks he is a funny dude.  When he was younger and lived at home and we went anywhere in the car and just so happened to pass by a fabric store, he would scream out..."Ahhh!...I can smell the calicos!  The kids sense of humor is a test to my sanity in many ways!  Now, years later, he still uses that phrase when fabric is involved.  Funny isn't he?

So, how do you store your stash?

This question is obviously NOT for my sisters...because they don't even know what a stash is!


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Sunday, 08 February 2009 23:12

I'm moving right along fairly quick on this Teal Quilt Project, it's going to be a lap size quilt.  I just love working with these fabrics, I can't remember ever having a quilt with a theme of Teal, but I really like it!  Here you see the rows going together and taking shape.  This project is going fast!


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Sunday, 08 February 2009 22:10

Here we go, a new project ready to be started!  Of course, the ever popular container is in place holding all those project needs.  Gosh, I am sounding so technical and boring for that matter.  When I saw these beautiful fabrics in TEAL I just had to make a quilt with them.  This particular line of fabric called INSPIRATION III by Blank Textiles is just wonderful.  I was able to find a few more pieces of teal in my stash to go with them, because you know what I say...MORE is better! 

A little note about my obsession with the CONTAINER...I really don't have 100 containers all full of projects in the middle of some kind of construction process.  So anyone out there getting ready to call the container police, you can rest assure, this is not a weirdo addiction to simply containerize projects and not really getting anything done.  I have 3 of these size containers that I use for ongoing projects, mostly to keep myself organized and focused on what I  need to get done.  I try not to organize a new project until one of these containers have been emptied out because the project is finished.  This way I only really have 3 containerized projects in "Action".  All of the other containers in my Studio are simply used for storage, not necessarily ongoing projects.  Now...have I managed to confuse EVERYONE?  

Check back to see how this Containerized Project takes shape!


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Saturday, 07 February 2009 22:07

Here it is!  All those Reds/Whites and Blues in a wonderful wallhanging.  It measures about 42" square and has almost 1200 pieces...I just love the look you get when you use alot of different fabrics.  MORE is always better...say it with me!  This quilt top was made using a simple 4 blocks a day until all 64 were made.  Containerize a project yourself and see how easy it really is to get something done without it becoming totally overwhelming and another one of your UFO"S!  Come on...join the fun!



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Sunday, 01 February 2009 22:12

Here's the latest hint to what all those Reds-Whites and Blues log cabin blocks were for.  It's just a corner of the finished wall hanging and with the large amount of different shades and prints of Reds-Whites and Blues I just love the depth perception you get with it all.  Click on the picture and you will see a closer look...isn't quilting the greatest?  One of the most important aspects to color theory I teach my students is that you really need the different sizes of shapes, prints and tonal fabrics in order to achieve depth perception you really want for any quilted project.  This is probably one of the most difficult things for quilters of any level to learn.  Be patient...it just takes time and practice!   Have confidence, you CAN do it!



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