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Mike [my brother in law and Pattern Drop partner] and I are headed to QuiltCon next week, and are looking forward to sharing on Instagram and Facebook–we spent some time this weekend planning out videos, interviews, and content. [I went to the first QuiltCon in Austin, but haven’t had a chance to go back.]

We will be enjoying the show floor, listening to a few lectures, filming in a few classes, checking out the charity quilts and talking to as many people as we can!

Two questions.

1. Do you have a quilt in the show? Leave me a comment and let me know! I have had quilts in the show in the past, but the one I submitted didn’t make it this year. I am so looking forward to seeing your quilts!

2. What would you like to see from QuiltCon? Any suggestions of who we should talk to/interview/questions you want us to ask? Please reply and let me know!

Happy sewing!

p.s.  Mike and I tried to broadcast a Facebook live from our Pattern Drop page on Saturday, but couldn’t figure it out. Ha! So we did an Instagram live instead. We will be doing most of our sharing from Instagram @patterndrop.  We will be doing some Facebook live broadcasts from QuiltCon, so follow us over there too! http://facebook.com/patterndrop/

p.s. These are quilts for the next few months of Pattern Drop! I’m so excited to share.

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Marketing Tips for CreativesHi! I wanted to let everyone know that we started a new Marketing Tips for Creatives Newsletter over at Pattern Drop.

If you have ever wanted to up your marketing game, but aren’t sure about pixels and Facebook retargeting ads, or Instagram planning services, segmenting a newsletter campaign, or how to use CTA’s (call to actions), then this newsletter is for you. I’m teaming up with my brother in law (and Pattern Drop partner) Mike Blakesley to share what I think will be really beneficial content for creatives. The information will be relevant to quilters, of course, but also other artists and creatives–photographers, graphic designers, fiber artists, knitters, painters, etc.

Sign up here.

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5 Tips For Organizing Any Sewing Space

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Last week, I published a sewing studio tour on my blog.  I’m really lucky to have a dedicated sewing space in our Utah house, after years of sewing at the kitchen table and in the living room (Virginia), and in my bedroom (Oregon). I’ve learned some tricks for organizing sewing spaces of all types over the years, and am happy to share them today!

5 Tips for Organizing Any Sewing Area1. It doesn’t matter how pretty it is, if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work.  
Years ago, I wrapped all of my half yards meticulously on comic boards and put them in these black bookshelves. Rainbow order, it was lovely. But I hated unwrapping the fabric from the boards, cutting off a piece, and wrapping it back up. Do you know what works for me? Organizing fabric by color,  and throwing it in an opaque bin, folded, barely folded, or just thrown in there. See those gray bins? Utter chaos lurks inside. And its wonderful!

2. Find a way to display your quilts. 
You will probably feel more inspired to create if you have reminders of the beauty of finished projects around you. I have 2 quilts hung on my wall [I have hung quilts in all of my sewing spaces, actually), and I also love having the wire basket (mine is from Target) storing my rolled up quilts.

5 Tips for Organizing Any Sewing Area

3. Pretty storage doesn’t have to be expensive.
Thrift stores, super sales, inheriting things from friends–these are great places to find pretty storage pieces. I absolutely love storing my in progress 12.5” x 12.5” blocks out in the open in this 14” x 18” tray from West Elm (which I bought on super clearance last year].
5 Tips for Organizing Any Sewing Area

This is my Portland Square Quilt Pattern, in progress. You can buy a copy here!

4. If you have a small space, make your [movable] storage serve multiple purposes
When I sewed in my living room, pictured above, I bought this Ikea rolling cart (Alex) and at one time stored it under my small sewing desk [not pictured here]. I could roll it out when I needed it, and roll it back in when I wasn’t sewing. It has an ironing board on top, so I didn’t have to pull out the ironing board and take up even more space. [A piece of plywood, covered in a few layers of batting, with an Echino print stapled on.]

5. Make room for a design wall
A design wall is a quilters best friend, and it is so much better than a design floor! I used a  tutorial by Katie Pederson of Sew Katie Did in 2013. I posted about it here, previously! One tip Katie gives is to use flannel sheets instead of flannel fabric–the sheets I bought from Garnet Hill are still going strong.  This design wall was in my living room in Alexandria (my husband joked it was our ever changing art installation), my bedroom in Portland, and now my studio in Salt Lake City. I can’t believe it made it through all of our moves!

5 Tips for Organizing Sewing Space

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3C8A9845Last week, I published a sewing studio tour on my blog.  I’m really lucky to have a dedicated sewing space in our Utah house, after years of sewing at the kitchen table, in the living room (Virginia), and in my bedroom (Oregon). I’ve learned some tricks for organizing sewing spaces of all types over the years, and am happy to share them today!

1. It doesn’t matter how pretty it is, if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work.  
Years ago, I wrapped all of my half yards meticulously on comic boards and put them in these black bookshelves. Rainbow order, it was lovely. But I hated unwrapping the fabric from the boards, cutting off a piece, and wrapping it back up. Do you know what works for me? Organizing fabric by color,  and throwing it in an opaque bin, folded, barely folded, or just thrown in there. See those gray bins? Utter chaos lurks inside. And its wonderful!

2. Find a way to display your quilts. 
You will probably feel more inspired to create if you have reminders of the beauty of finished projects around you. I have 2 quilts hung on my wall [I have hung quilts in all of my sewing spaces, actually), and I also love having the wire basket (mine is from Target) storing my rolled up quilts.

3C8A98943. Pretty storage doesn’t have to be expensive.
Thrift stores, super sales, inheriting things from friends–these are great places to find pretty storage pieces. I absolutely love storing my in progress 12.5” x 12.5” blocks out in the open in this 14” x 18” tray from West Elm (which I bought on super clearance last year].

Design WallThis is my Portland Square Quilt Pattern, shown in progress in my Virginia living room. You can buy a copy here!

4. If you have a small space, make your [movable] storage serve multiple purposes
When I sewed in my living room, pictured above, I bought this Ikea rolling cart (Alex) and at one time stored it under my small sewing desk [not pictured here]. I could roll it out when I needed it, and roll it back in when I wasn’t sewing. It has an ironing board on top, so I didn’t have to pull out the ironing board and take up even more space. [A piece of plywood, covered in a few layers of batting, with an Echino print stapled on.]
5. Make room for a design wall
A design wall is a quilters best friend, and it is so much better than a design floor! I used a  tutorial by Katie Pederson of Sew Katie Did in 2013. I posted about it here, previously! One tip Katie gives is to use flannel sheets instead of flannel fabric–the sheets I bought from Garnet Hill are still going strong.  This design wall was in my living room in Alexandria (my husband joked it was our ever changing art installation), my bedroom in Portland, and now my studio in Salt Lake City. I can’t believe it made it through all of our moves!

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