Wednesday, June 13, 2012

WiP Wednesday: The one with the new and improved sewing space

Ah, the first Wednesday of the summer. I'm having a hard time finding my summer groove so far, and haven't spent a whole lot of time sewing, but I have been going through this odd little belated spring cleaning spree. The biggest accomplishment I've made this last week is a big reorganization of my sewing space. I can now proudly say that I know exactly what fabrics I have and more importantly, where they all are!! I'm so glad that I spent some time doing this, it was totally worthwhile.

lots of leaning towers of fabric!

no more piles!

nice drawers for all of my fat quarters, unsorted scraps, and selvages

sorted scraps on top of the bookcases

precuts right where I can see them!

I did wrap up two big projects late last week, my EZ Dresden Challenge quilt, Dresden Stairs, and my Zakka Sew Along project, the Orchard Path pouch. Giveaways are open through the end of the week on each of those blog posts, too, so if you haven't entered yet, hop on over!

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In other sewing news, I've got a bunch of catching up to do now that I've got a nice, clean space again.  Here's what I've got going on:

In the works: 

Bee blocks for Kati - Kati is working on a really cool star sampler and since I'm in two bees with her, I'll be making two different star blocks for her. I think I may draft one myself and do a Florida star for the other. I really love the color scheme Kati's using for this quilt!


Bee block for Tiffany - Tiffany's asked for a Crown of Thorns block, and I had fun pulling some blue scraps together for this block. I got started with some half-square triangles for this block and I'm hoping to wrap this up to get this block in the mail next week.


Christmas in July project - I'm super excited about the Christmas in July festivities that are coming up next month. I'm still debating on what I'm going to do, but I am having fun finding some non-holiday fabrics that still give me that good old holiday feeling!


Bella Parade project - I've got a new tutorial to share with you all on Saturday, using four new Bella solids and some fun print coordinates that have been in my stash for a while. Still need to put the finishing touches on it, but it's almost ready.


Stalled at the moment:

Patchwork Wheel quilt
New munchkin quilt
Farmer's Wife quilt

What are you working on this week? Write it up and share it over at Lee's WiP Wednesday linky!


  1. Looks amazing!! I love how you have your fabric organized. Tips please!! I clean my sewing room a couple of times a month but it never stays clean long!!

  2. Looks amazing - those were first words also in my mind! That is every quilting girl's dream! Enjoy and have fun! x Teje

  3. Your sewing space is just amazing, wow!
    Can you come organize mine?!
    And the Dresden Stairs are so pretty!

  4. your stash looks amazing! And I love your Dresden-Project! It's a very good way to do an interpretation of that pattern! And your colors are just beautiful!

  5. Wow, you've got your own fabric store at home! Can I come over to shop? Your dresden project looks great!

  6. Great organization! I organized over the weekend too. But my was fueled by finding my missing magnets. I'm tidy, but my magnets are still missing!

  7. Wow!! YOu practically have a fabric store in your house! :) I love how organized it looks! Everything looks beautiful!!

  8. wow - you did good! How nice to have everything organized! And congrats on your two lovely finishes! Looking forward to your tutorial...

  9. Oh wow! Your sewing space looks great!

  10. I do mini bolts too! It's so satisfying and beautiful, isn't it? I think I only have about 1/24 of your stash though-- I'm seriously envious!

  11. Nice! I love pretty stacked fabric :) I see your row of 505 - where did you order? I've been scouting some sources.

  12. Your sewing space looks awesome. And of course your have fabulous projects underway as usual!

  13. it is my goal to have as much fabric as you do! xo

  14. Oh that fabric!! I am in love and awe. And your Dresden Stairs is feeding my obsessive love of all chevron and/or zigzag patterned, thankyou!

    PS - I am going to be super cheeky and casually inform you that there is Christmas in July Secret Santa swap happening over on my Blossom Heart blog *wink wink* I LOVE Christmas, so am totally up for twice the fun each year!

  15. There is almost nothing better than a clean and organized sewing space, I'm feeling motivated to do the same!

  16. I aspire to have my sewing area as organized as your "before" picture! Nice work!

  17. Love how nice and clean your sewing area looks! I am also in a belated "spring cleaning" mode and get sidetracked easily. Have not used those mini-bolts but am wondering how they would work with big pieces of fabric, like 3+ yards. Also, are they very expensive? I have a variety of cuts, like fat eights, fat quarters, so am thinking those would stay the way they are. Any help/tips in organizing my stash would help, thanks!

  18. I love seeing sewing spaces, and your looks fab! Love the fabrics you've pulled!

  19. Your space looks awesome, Elizabeth. I think I'll be switching to vertical storage of my fabric. Do you wrap it around cardboard?

  20. Oooh, I love your Christmas fabric pull! Looks fun. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  21. Oh I want your room! And your supply of basting spray (I've run out lol)

    Loving the look of all the projects anyway :o)

  22. Love the sewing space! The new look really highlights the don't mind if I pop over for a quick visit (with a large bag)?

    Great fabric choices for the new projects =D

  23. Very nice! I love the organized sewing space, and I'm envious that you know where all of your fabric is. :)

  24. Good for you! Isn't it nice to work in an organized sewing space?

  25. Oh I would love to have your stash!! and the tidiness....great job on the shelves. Nice projects too.

  26. Hold the phone! You have to KNOW that your BEFORE pictures are better than what my AFTER pictures would EVER!!! look like. I"m amazed!! It's a perfect space! Working on bits and pieces of UFO's , thing I love to work on and things I don't love so much, but need to be done to "cleanse my sewing palatte!".

  27. wow i'm jealous of your sewing room!!! love the way you store your scrap in plastic container! How you place it? color or size??

  28. Nice stash! Even one glimpse of the before picture had me thinking "fabric heaven"! Now it's even better. Nicely done!

  29. I adore your sewing space!! Also - I'm really looking forward to your bella parade project! :) And those chevron-flying geese are so sweet! :)

  30. Congrats on cleaning! I love the feel of a clean matter where it is in the house.

  31. a fairly newbie quilter I am in awe of your fabric 'stash' Can you please tell me...when you are buying precut fabrics that you don't have earmarked for a specific much do you buy? a metre, two metres, more? I tend to buy fat quarters because I don't know how much to buy off the bolt. Thanks for sharing your pictures and your wisdom!

  32. Looks great! That's a lot of work. Love your fabric display - especially the solids. Beautiful!


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