Welcome to another stop on the QQQ 2017 Blog Hop filled with lots of goodies and giveaways! Marian at Seams to Be Sew organized this hop to be timely with International Quilting Day, and to me that means community in quilting. Spreading the joy that quilting brings to you with others locally, nationally, and internationally. A long list of sponsors is sharing their love with fabulous giveaways, but first let me share how I've embraced the concept.
One Day a Month I Share My Studio Space
Looking at this picture really brings a smile to my face. This was Open Studio Day here, and we honestly have so much fun no matter who turns up! Today we had my mom (front right), and mother-in-law (middle front) join our group, too. We celebrated Mom's birthday with cupcakes, learned SLQ, pinned a charity quilt in the long arm with group effort, and drank a pot of coffee. The sun shone in through the windows, and the laughter was steady. It was the warmest, fuzziest feeling you could get!
One of the strangest things is that in the beginning of this Open Studio idea I wasn't sure I wanted to do this every month. Stopping my projects and cleaning it up every month didn't sound all that fun really. If I was going to try it, I needed to become better organized so most things would have a place to be stored. So...
The batting is held on a baker's rack, and stacked high.
Rulers and tools on a peg board. Long arm thread and supplies in an IKEA cart, and quilts waiting their turn on the long arm are stacked and labeled with their batting in plastic bins.
IKEA cubbies store my fabric stash. I added wheel sets last fall. (IKEA says they are not meant for cubes this high!) They are a delight to roll together to conserve space, or out to bring the cube right up to my table!
I left this picture in to show you I'm far from perfect. Sometimes I use laundry baskets and boxes to catch the overflow. There's a lot of fabric and project materials I need within reach.
My design wall is super simple. Green insulation board that is hot glued to masonry walls. Poly batting is hot glued to the board. I can stick up fabric or pin right into the thick layer. Note the tall Hektor lamps from IKEA. They are my latest and greatest improvement. They turn the design wall into a photo studio with balanced light. That's a feat with all the blue, northern light.
A 4' x 8' ironing board is also just green board covered with batting and upholstery weight fabric atop our ping pong table. It's amazing light weight stuff! If I need to use the slippery surface to square up quilts, the board lifts off and leans against the wall.
That's Axel, my HQ Avante center stage, book case and record keeping behind, and sewing station on the far right wall. The vintage settee and chair came out of an old car dealership when they closed, and gets a fair amount of use in here, too.
As much as I like my own time to work, I enjoy these days of sharing even more. They're worth the effort the clear a path through the chaos, and I'm even starting to embrace the idea of having a clean studio regularly. Imagine!
I'm glad to have the chance to share it with you, too. I hope it gave you some ideas for your own space.
And Now the Giveaways!
Marian at Seams to Be Sew has been hard at work organizing the hop, and securing some very sweet giveaways. She will have special giveaways each day on her blog as the host so plan on visiting, and the special giveaways change throughout the hop. Look for many more exciting companies you love already!
All giveaways are open to everyone, but before entering the drawing for these 3 giveaways--Terial Arts, Quilters Dream and Martelli, you must agree to pay your own shipping costs should you win. *Northcott FQ fabrics have free shipping.
USA Priority Mail: 6.75
Thank you, and GOOD LUCK!
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3 Fat Quarters from
The Garden Gate Collection by Northcott
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And last, but not least...an EQ7
30% discount for the length of the hop!
Use the code that follows.
The code is good from
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.