Welcome to the “Quilting Modern” weekend book celebration blog BLAST! Eighteen amazing bloggers, sewers, quilters, business owners and all around good eggs will be coming to the party. They have volunteered to co-host this party and help Jacquie and I celebrate the book. There will be things to see at every site and chances to see projects, read their thoughts and maybe even get your hands on a free book. Posts will be appearing throughout the weekend, so make yourself a list and be sure not to miss anyone.
Please enter my Livudio. ‘Livudio’ is my family’s portmanteau for living room/studio. It’s living proof that good things can happen in small spaces.
I create in this ‘U’ shape. I can easily move from cut, sew, press with the swivel of my chair. Most of the time I keep my ironing board at the same level as the tables so there is no need to get up, unless you need to go to the design wall.
The project’s fabrics get stored in these two baskets as I’m working on them. One is for yardage and the for other scraps.
I’m lucky enough that my family puts up with the rotating artwork on my design walls. The walls are a good distance from where I sew and far enough to see if fabrics are playing well together.
I have two design walls. I roll the flannel/laminate one up to reveal the one underneath. Due to the laminate side, everything stays in place. When I get bored or stumped with one project, I have the space for another.
Out with the table and the kitchen becomes the perfect basting spot. My poor floor only gets a mop down every quilt.
Once I move onto quilting and binding the ironing board gets put away.
Removing the ironing board keeps me on track to finishing the task at hand. I move my machine over to my collapsible 6′ table. This offers a bit more support for the quilt and I can watch some TV while I stitch.
Binding, check! Down goes the table and I do a clean up. I enjoy moving through the stages of the quilt and cleaning up as I go. I have a little needle book and portable set of tools I use when I sit down to bind.
The only drawback to this little set-up? My fabric stash is off-site, though certainly not far away. A trip through the bedroom reveals my stash.
(photo by Chara Michele Photography)
There’s more in another dark closet.
It’s floor to ceiling mess, but the good kinda mess. I keep getting rid of clothing to make room for more fabric.
But on the positive note I think hiding it all away helps me stay focused. If I could look at fabric all day my home would be consumed with more coordinated piles of fabrics and less finished quilts.
My final finish to any quilt includes a big clean up and sorting of scraps into these bins which I generally take to my classes for students to play with.
So, there’s my kickoff for you. Hope you enjoy the weekend and can join us for the Quilting Modern blog celebration weekend with:
A Stitch in Dye – Malka Dubrawsky
Film in the Fridge – Ashley Newcomb
Generation Q – Jake Finch
Handmade by Alissa – Alissa Haight Carlton
Happy Zombie – Monica Solorio-Snow
iheartlinen – Rashida Coleman-Hale
Oh Fransson – Elizabeth Hartman
One Shabby Chick – Amber Carrillo
Pink Chalk Studio – Kathy Mack
Quilting is my Therapy – Angela Waters
Red Pepper Quilts – Rita Hodge
Sew Mama Sew
Sew Take a Hike – Penny Layman
West Coast Crafty – Susan Beal
Wise Craft – Blair Stocker
We will wrap up the party with an appearance on Pat Sloan’s American Patchwork and Quilting radio broadcast on Monday. The show airs at 4:00 p.m. EST.
Finally, don’t miss Quilting Modern’s Flickr Group for photos by quilters inspired by Quilting Modern to share images of their creations! There are already a few ambitious (never-get-any-sleep?) quilters who have finished quilts using the book’s projects. We love their dedication!
Be sure to check back often this weekend…there may be a surprise or two. It’s always good to leave comments. (Hint, Hint!)