Monday, June 3, 2013

A Quilting Life Book Blog Tour and a chance to win the book

Welcome to day 1 of the blog tour for the book A Quilting Life by Sherri McConnell, published by C&T Publishing.
Sherri at A Quilting Life has been a friend for many years.  I think she's one of the most talented quilters in blogland.  And she's a nice person, too.  Sherri has put together her first book entitled appropriately 
A Quilting Life. It is a great book with many ideas and designs to make and create things for your own home.  If you follow the blog tour you have 10 chances to win a copy of Sherri's great book.
At my house, I've tried to live a quilting life myself.  I think one of the things that has helped me live my quilting life is making a place for me to sew, create and display what I make.  My entryway always has the latest creation hung for me to enjoy along with some favorite trinkets.  I was really happy to be able to hang my quilt from Lori's Row By Row project over the weekend.

I think it is so important to carve out a comfortable, well organized space in your home where you can make your projects and live that quilting life.
For me, if my fabric is organized and well displayed, my creativity is able to flow and I am able to relax and enjoy my quilting life.  When things get too disorganized, I waste my time lose my creative spirit.
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For my birthday I recently spent most the entire day with some of my family helping me reorganize and get back to where I need to be with my fabric and accessories.   It makes me so happy to have a clean room.

The room isn't perfect but it is a comfortable space for me to live my quilting life.  Over the years I've moved my studio from room to room as family needs changed.  But I've always been able to carve a space just for me to enjoy my hobby and live my quilting life.  This room is right off the kitchen so I'm able to stay close to the family and within range of happenings.

Leave a comment here and tell me about your quilting life space to win a chance for a copy of Sherri's book. Then for the next 9 days you can visit the other blogs on the blog book tour.

Schedule for blog tour:

Today is Me, of course
Wed is Sherri of A Quilting Life finishing up her Blog Tour

-nanette

Monday June 3rd

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Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I couldn't agree with you more about carving out a space for quilting as part of a quilting life. I recently left using my dining room for my quilting to an actual sewing room and I have been much more prolific. Thanks!

thevanillayear.com said...

Your projects are lovely and your space very inspiring! I'm with you, when the clutter becomes unmanagable my creativity shuts down. Then it's time to CLEAN UP! I would love to have this book, I'm a big fan!

Andra Gayle said...

I was looking at that book online just the other day, looks like it would be a nice one to have. Thanks for the chance! As for my sewing space, not big enough and always a mess. I could use a major redo to get organized!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

oh your space is amazing Nanette!
Mine is a little corner of the dining room - I try to be as organised as I can but I'm sure it looks like a whole heap of mess to everyone else ;)

paulapatchwork said...

What a beautiful sewing space you have ! I wish I had one to claim as my own, for now I´m the owner of a small corner in the dining room....;)
tks fr the chance! xxxxx

circle r motel said...

Morning Nanette - I am lucky enough to say I've had my own sewing room for 20 years. I love your chandelier! Cute. Thanks for the peak into your sewing room. I love how you have color coordinated your fabric.

Sabine Wright said...

Happily, my family decided that we do not need a living room and a family room, so the "living room" is my space to listen to music, knit, sew and read.

patty said...

Wish my sewing space was as clean as yours. Right now mine is a mess and needs to be organized! Maybe I will do that today as a birthday present to myself!

Susan Smith said...

I agree! Having a designated space for sewing and storing quilty goodness makes it much easier to be inspired and motivated. Thanks for the chance to win Sherri's book! I'd love to have a copy.

lia said...

My creative space is a corner in the dining room. And I ofte use the diningroom floor to lay out en make decisions about the design. lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

Vonna said...

Great advice. A well organized space all you own is essential. I would love a chance to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

MB in MI said...

My sewing space was our daughter's bedroom--one of the sunniest spots in the house. Makes me happy when I'm busy there :-)

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

I love your entryway display! My goal is to figure out how to consolidate some living areas to give me a space where I can leave everything out so I can work on it when I have a few minutes here and there. Right now my space is my dining table and coffee table, so I have to make sure everything is 'out of reach' before the 4 yr old comes over to visit.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

I am a cellar dweller...have a great sewing space. http://kwiltypleasures.blogspot.com/2012/06/cellar-dweller-sewing-room.html

Have updated it this year and will be posting on the new look soon!

Love your space!

longlake7 said...

Always enjoy seeing "sewing spaces." Mine is movable and has to be put where there is room - with five grown kids and a lot of grands - any spare space at any time is usually filled up. Someday LOL I would like to have a space like I see in books and magazines.

Thanks
Arleen
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Carla said...

Your room is lovely. I have taken over a bedroom for my space. Small, but it works

do_the_beach said...

I am trying to clean up my dining room to use as a sewing room. For years, it has just been used for storage. Trying to clean out the clutter so I can actually use the room for sewing and homeschooling my daughter. We have done a lot on it, but there are still some things on the floor that need to find a permanent home (i.e. trash, give-away, or Good-will. Thanks for doing the give-away!

Maxine said...

My quilting life is spent in a bright room at the front of our home. It looks out of a huge window onto a front porch, and a garden area of shrubs, blooming plants and a magnolia tree. Inside the room I have arranged my sewing machine, cutting table and ironing area for easy access.

Lisa Marie said...

Sewing and quilting is how I spend most of my spare time. I love making quilts to give as gifts. I just wish my room was as organized as yours!

lory said...

ciao,quando ho iniziato a fare quilting,mi ero preparata un piccolo tavolo con la macchina da cucire sul pianerottolo delle scale,ma avevo sempre difficoltà a muovermi dato lo spazio ristretto,ora invece ho un piccola stanza dove posso cucire con più tranquillità.ciao lory

Janet said...

My quilting space got moved to the basement this winter as the needs of my family are changing. I'm not happy about it but at least I still have some space to be creative. Thanks for the chance to win Sheri's lovely book!

Emily said...

I'm tight on space right now, but I dream of having a wonderfully organized room dedicated to quilting! For now I have a couple nooks and crannies where I try to display my fabric stash and WIPs. Thanks for the chance to win!

Gill said...

I wish I had a sewing room - mine is the spare room which means when we have guests everything gets cleared away!

Linda said...

My quilting/sewing space is what was intended as a dining "room" in my apartment. It has also spilled over into the living room area. I have floor to ceiling Ikea cabinets wrapping around one corner and it is so nice to have all my fabric right there looking so pretty! Thanks for the chance to win.

sandra said...

I'm so lucky to have my own sewing room. My favorite spot is sitting at my machine which is directly in front of a window overlooking my garden. Luv your space! Thanks for the giveaway!

Cindy said...

I have followed Sherri for quite some time now and love her creative blog. My quilting space is "my" space to think about sewing - quilting - creating and "stuff" to make. I am fortunate to have a big room that Mr. SC made for me when we purchased this home - a space to call my own. Having sewing stations for each one when the girls come over is a dream come true. Having a closet totally devoted to organized fabrics is wonderful! Having sewing/embroidering machines and my longarm all set up in one room is a touch of Heaven for me. Nothing beats having an organized space totally devoted to one's hobby.

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

My quilting life space has changed with my family, too. I'm currently in the back of our living room, sharing space with the piano. Someday I'll get a whole room back :)

Tamara Oster said...

Your quilting space is lovely! Right now I quilt in the basement - I am looking forward to a time when I can have sunshine flooding my favorite place, but am grateful everyday for the space I have now.

Colleen said...

Just this winter I relocated my sewing room to the bigger "old bedroom" and now have a more functional and organized room. I am surrounded by things that I love and it is truly "my happy place"

Kathleen Guenther said...

Love your fabric shelves!

paulette said...

My quilting life is spent in a very small room...so I am knocking down a wall!! haha Yup...she is coming down! Thanks for the chance to see what a lovely space you have to work in! Also thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!
Paulette

Kindred Quilts said...

I enjoyed the nice tour of YOUR quilting life! Your sewing room is enough to inspire anyone to get organized! Love how your arranged fabrics look... it would be like working inside a beautiful rainbow! I have a sewing room and I especially like that I can close the door without putting everything away... and it will be there for me at the next opportunity to sew! Thanks for the chance to win Sheri's book!

Jennifer said...

Your space looks beautiful. My sewing room is a big mess right now. Cleaning it up tonight :)Thanks for the chance to win!

Mary said...

My space is a small room that was supposed to be a library in our house. naturally everything spills over though to wherever I am currently sitting. The handwork follows me around.

Linda said...

HI! YES,AN INDIVIDUAL SPACE FOR QUILTING/SEWING IS SO NICE.I HAVE AN ENTIRE UPSTAIRS LOFT FOR MY QUILTING LIFE SPACE AND REALLY ENJOY IT!THANKS FOR SHARING IN THIS BLOG TOUR+GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Doreen B said...

Your space looks great. Mine is small and cramped. But I still manage to squeak out a quilt or two. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

Paula said...

I love your space. I can only wish that I had so much available to me. Myself, my husband and our two boys live in a small two bedroomed house so as you can imagine space is at a premium. My sewing space is in a corner of our sitting room. My table (which folds down small when not in use) sits in front of the window and I have a beautiful old oak tambour cabinet with pull out shelves that stores all my fabrics.

Kate said...

I love your quilting space! Mine is in the office with the computer, so I can spend time with my family as they play Minecraft or other games.

Debbie B said...

I am redesigning my sewing space right now. Trying to be both creative and cost effective. I love seeing other people's spaces to get new ideas. It's a beautiful book. There are so many creative people out there.







sandy said...

I think those of us who have a desegnated space are indeed lucky. To have to pick up and put away after each day of sewing would be a pain. I have my daughter's bedroom to call my own now that she has moved out and love it.

bmayer said...

I've been quilting for 30 years....You know what that means? Tons of UFO's, and a enough scraps to "cover the world"!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I love seeing creative spaces! I have sewed in my dining room, basement, a closet, a shared guestroom/quilting room and am moving into a dedicated room now. All have been special but I'm over the moon to have my own room soon. Thanks for sharing your inspiring room.

Kathy said...

I found a fabulous dining table I thought would be perfect for a sewing room (former bedroom) but it is too big to maneuver around tight corners to get it into that room! So I have set up my space in the dining room for now:)

Nancy said...

I love your space that you have created for yourself. That is something I have longed to do for myself for a long time. Thanks for the inspiration!

Meredith said...

I have a little nook in our family room. It is the space behind the sofa and I have enough space to have two tables and a hutch there. I keep pushing the couch forward to give me more space though! Your space is beautiful.

jan said...

I love your Row Along quilt hanging in your foyer. It looks great. I am glad you have such a beautiful sewing space. I sew on the desk inthe living area, lay a board on my bed to cut fabric and iron in the laudry room. I have to be careful though because if I get really excited and on a roll sewing a project I get dizzy running from room to room! lol... one day I will at least be able to stay in the same room.. Love Sherri's book!

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Tammy said...

You definitely have to have a space for all your supplies and machines and fabrics and patterns. I fI can;t see it or find it I tend to never use it and I forget what I do have. Organization is a must for me to be creative....I love how you display your creations. Thank you for the ehcnace to enter for the book. Your blog is new to me by the way but I will be following along now via Bloglovin

Karen said...

When termites decided to start eating their way thru my studio, I ended up with a brand new room!! Not the way I would have chosen, but after 4 years I'm still enjoying my "new" space every day.

Heather said...

Having recently moved into a new house I am still setting up my sewing space. Because I have a huge stash and a longarm machine is is necessary for me to be well organized and the space needs to be large- hard to find in this move with no basements available. So I have divided the spaces, longarm and stash upstairs in a large bedroom and cutting, design and sewing happening in room off the master bedroom on the main floor. So far it is working well and has the added bonus of exercise when I need to climb those stairs!

Missy Shay said...

My space is my dining room, we no longer have a dining to eat in and eat all of our meals in the living room, but since it is just my husband and I - that's ok!
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Karen said...

One day I hope to have my own sewing room, but right now I have a small table set up in my husband' s, and my, bedroom. My fabric is in the closet and under our bed. We have 3 kids 5 and under so everything needs to be out of their way and all the bedrooms are called for. Thank you for the giveaway. I absolutely love Sherri's blog, she is such an amazing quilter!

Karen M said...

Your sewing space looks great. I love that you can see your fabrics for inspiration.

Marci said...

Thanks for a great opportunity for the give away! I'd love the book!

Beverly said...

I am an empty nester :( but I have a extra bedroom that is now my quilting space. I love being able to close the door and not see all my unfinished projects.

Sinta Renee said...

Love how you shared your creative space with us! And I love how your fabrics are all out in plain view... that's inspirational in itself! No wonder you are a creative genius!

Grandmasewnsew said...

I'm fortunate to have been able to modify a room that is my home office and, although it could really use a major makeover, it's fairly easy to keep neat and organized. The downside is that it's the only second floor room in our house (over the garage) and it's cold in winter and hot in the summer.
Organization is the key for me too and I love your open shelves which let you use your beautiful fabrics to liven up your room! Once everything has a home, every now and then it can all get there and look great! I try to put things in their place as much as possible while working on a project. Then it's easier to find what I need and easier to clean up (that minute or two) between projects.

Darlene said...

I try very hard to live a "quilting life" because it's what makes me happy. It's not always possible but I do try.

We've moved many, many times over the years and my family has always made sure I had a spot to create. I think they figured out long ago that if 'mama ain't happy, no body is'. LOL

Bonniedoo said...

I have nearly always had a sewing room or dedicated space. I feel fortunate as I read about sewists who have to use the dining room table or elsewhere just as inconvenient. Right now I have a wonderful space in our family room. I do need some lessons on organization though!!LOL

Elaine said...

I have a beautiful sunny room where I also teach piano lessons! Clutter control is a must for my creativity!
I find that one project at a time work best, but it's so hard to do!
satterfieldfamily at sbcglobal dot net

Stitched With Prayer said...

Hi Nanette! I love your sewing space and your wonderful stash as well. I've been quilting for just over five years so my stash is still having growing pains. Like you, I moved my sewing space from room to room, kitchen, living room, family room and finally, I got set up permanently (knock on wood) Nov. of last year and it is so nice to finally be truly settled in my small, but cozy space, with a ceiling to floor, fleece design wall. (thought hubby was going to go into apoplexy when he came in and found me tacking that fleece up, LOL). But I have to admit, no matter where I was set up, the minute I started working on a project everything around me disappeared. It's extremely nice to have our own space, but I don't know any quilters and stitchers who aren't happy as long as they have a place to create! Thanks so much for a chance to win Sherri's wonderful book. Hugs....

jenni said...

You are so right, I have been making quilts for years, but until my youngest moved out, and I took over her room, I did not have a quilting space. Now that I have my very own quilting space, I quilt A LOT more!

donna said...

Your space is awesome. Love all your shelves. I have a bedroom that is my creative space. It is painted lavender with lace curtains. I just might have to get hubby to build me more shelves.
Hugs
donna

tink's mom said...

My quilting Life Space is the second bedroom. That's where the stash, good ironing board and the Bernina are housed. My backup area is the kitchen. No stash there but a back up iron, towels for the counter top iron spot and my Feather weight are alway available.

Joni said...

I am currently looking for a new home and the top of the wants list rooms is my studio. I will make sure that it is big enough to house a long arm (gotta have long term goals!)
Right now my quilt space is a guest room. Your quilting space is lovely.

Sophie Brown said...

I have my own quilting space that I love but it would be even better if it were upstairs, near the rest of the family. I love pics of your space! Thanks for the chance to win - this book looks great!

Denise in PA said...

Love seeing your photos! I love looking at others' spaces. I am very lucky and very grateful to have two rooms to call my sewing spaces...our smallest bedroom for my sewing room - has my sewing table and books, tools and notions and some stash. Next door, in my daughter's old bedroom, is my longarm and most of the stash. As I said, I feel very, very lucky. Sherri book looks great- thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle said...

I love all your shelves. I just enjoyed pictures of your space. Thanks for sharing.

Ramona said...

I used to move my sewing room from time to time and could never find anything I needed which was frustrating. I like my room organized and it is an ongoing process to keep it that way. I need to get my Lori Holt row along finished too. Thanks for the chance to win Sherri's book.

Sally said...

Right now my space is just a desk in a corner (but it has some good drawers!) so I daydream about having some more shelf space and open display. I love your quilt hanging in the entryway idea.

Sue H said...

I have the spare bedroom for my space and I couldn't agree more - it is impossible to be creative and productive if everything is a mess. I try to tidy up at the end of each sewing session but of course it doesn't always happen and then slowly things get out of hand!

CJ said...

I have a room dedicated to my sewing, freshly painted walls, a big tabletop that has 4 huge drawers and a drop-in for my machine. a smaller table for my serger, my ironing board always set up, a closet of cubbies full of fabric, a little desk for my computer and the crowning glory - a great window that lets in lots of natural light and a GORGEOUS view over the front pasture and the ski mtn. I'd love to win this book. :)

KMSC said...

Since my husband and I are empty nesters, I took over a smaller bedroom for my "quilting life." I've started several projects lately so my room is cluttered but I'm trying to organize it for, as you said, better creativity and productivity. PS I love your row by row quilt.

jesop84 said...

I agree that organization is a key point. At this very moment, my sewing space is not there. Anyway, thanks for a great giveaway.

Wendy Ouellette said...

You have a lovely bright place to quilt...lucky you. My spot is here...it has had a few updates since this post, but you get the idea.
http://wendy-itiswhatitis.blogspot.ca/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00:00:00-04:00&updated-max=2012-01-01T00:00:00-04:00&max-results=50

tpott said...

I love my space, I recently organized most of it. I have the smallest bedroom it's about 10x11, I'd love to have a larger space (someday). I've used wood cubes stacked to make a cutting table and a big ironing rectangle. I also have an Ikea book case filled with fabric and a lot of wall shelves. My Bernina is set in a desk and my featherweight is in its table in the living room. My mid arm is in the basement, I ran out of room upstairs, I'm all over. I LOVE seeing other sewing rooms, thanks so much for letting us peek. ;-> Toni Anne

PamKittyMorning said...

I always love pictures of your pretty room, you have a nice space there and I'm thrilled to have had a peek at it in real life! You have so many pretty things. Love how your quilt turned out, it looks great hanging!

Sherry said...

I have a space to create now that my kids are all grown but it is pretty cozy and sometimes hard to keep organized. I will have to do a little brainstorming about organizing a little better. I enjoyed visiting your space and I would love to have a copy of A Quilting Life. I love your row quilt.

Stacy Lindblom said...

Wow, your space is beautifully organized! Mine is a mess right now. I need to take a weekend and organize it like yours. I get distracted when I can't find what I'm looking for so I just decide I'll do it later. So frustrating! LOL!

Beverly Atkins said...

I love your 'space'! I'm in the process of cleaning out AGAIN to make room. Mine won't look as good as yours but it will be more workable. The book looks so interesting. I love A Quilting Life. And I've always loved her header with the hope chest full of fabric! Thanks for a chance to win.

Lynn said...

My quilting life space is my favorite room in the house. I super appreciate having my own room. It has a big window and is so cool and lovely in the summer (although a bit nippy in the winter). The other day I was sewing and I saw a fox run by with my neighbor's two dogs in hot pursuit. Your fabric stash makes me giddy!

Maxwells said...

Oh I'm crammed into a corner right now :( with everything stashed into 3 different closets. Makes it hard to start a project. One day I'll have a craft room for me and my kids, hopefully.

Heidi Babi said...

My quilting life space used to be my formal dining room. But really, who needs a formal dining room when my "nook" actually has a table that can seat up to 16? So my quilting took over the formal dining room. Then it seeped into the formal living room, too. Because really, who needs a formal living room without an ironing board and fabric storage?!?

Beverley TimmonsWilson said...

Yes A dedicated sewing-quilting space is necessary. To have all your notions and fabric handy makes a huge difference in what can be accomplished. I love my quilting loft. Your space looks great too.

lee said...

In my own house I had a nice craftroom, but living together now I have a small corner in the livingroom but sometimes taking the whole livingroom ;-)

The Patchsmith said...

I have a lovely little sewing area with a desk that is big enough for two sewing machines - then when my sister comes over we can sew together. I also store my FQs in tall CD units and I like it when I walk into the room and see all the colours and patterns set out neatly - it makes me happy.

Jane said...

I'm sure I'm lucky to have a space, but it's a small guest bedroom, so the bed takes up a lot of the space. I need to be better about keeping things picked up, cleaned up and put away. Thanks for the giveaway!

Patti said...

I, too, have moved from room to room during the 39 years we've lived in this house. Now that kids are grown and gone I have two rooms just for me. A downstairs bedroom has been converted for my sewing room with Ikea Billy bookcases with glass doors, and island cutting station (one of IKEA's free standing kitchen cabinets) and an pressing station (another free standing kitchen cabinet). My fabric lives here, as does my featherweight on which I do all my sewing. In the large bedroom upstairs I have my longarm and my Pfaff. The closet is full of tops waiting for me to quilt them.

corinne said...

I use our dining room table and I store my fabrics, patterns and thread in a hugh old trunk. It does keep me organized and neat.

Hanke said...

I have a little room and for the big projects I use the kitchentable.

Sharon Dawn said...

Your organized space looks like the PERfect way to spend your birthday! It is so much easier to be creative when you don't have to dig, isn't it! Your finished Row Along looks wonderful!
Thanks for sharing your quilting life!

TwoLuLa said...

Loved seeing all your fabric out in the open. Right now most of mine is behind doors. Soon to change!

JoyceLM said...

My sewing space has taken over the living room & dining room - very disorganized. We hope to do some home renovations this year & I may get my own dedicated space. Thanks for the giveaway.

Joyce Carter said...

When my daughter married, I took over her room for my sewing room. My son built me a closet to hold all my fabric. It has a lot of shelves and my fabric is sorted by colors. He also put cabinets on the walls so I have a place to store my threads and other supplies. I really love my sewing space. Thanks for the chance to win Sherri's book.

Jenny Lynn said...

I like how quaint and quiet your space looks. It looks like a place where you can get lots made. Personally I have a small place set up in my basement. not as nice as yours. But, it is nice to have someplace to work on my quilts when I get a chance and then leave all set up for when I can steal away for a few moments to work on them.

Anita said...

I feel very fortunate to have a sewing room. One of our bedrooms has been converted to my sewing room. I have book shelves for fabric, books, etc. I share the closet with storage. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Sherri's book.

Jennifer said...

I am fortunate to have a spare room behind our garage that is my creative space--though not as organized as yours!

KurtzCrafts said...

My poor quilting life space is still a work in progress. We now have an extra room and all my supplies are going into the walk in closet.

Katie Cohagen said...

When we moved into our house last summer, I was so excited to have a house with a basement! I have a quiet corner with all of my quilting tools and tables. It is so nice to have a space of my own!

Thumper said...

I am currently using my dining room for quilting because I love my big dining table for cutting and sewing. I'm also able to look out French doors and enjoy my front yard. My next organization project is to install bookcases in either my study or guest bedroom to display finished quilts and fabric. Thanks for the inspiration!

Joan and Kevin said...

I have a quilting room that I love to sew in and it needs
work. Like paint and the floor sanded. One day it will be done. Thanks for the giveaway!

Ms De said...

Your space is beautiful and like you, I have a dedicated, organized space that I love!!

M.W. said...

My space is small dresser drawers and i sew on a small fold up table. Thanks for the chance to win
Shawn

Carol said...

Your space does look beautifully organized. My goal is better organization, but it doesn't seem to be working very well in the short term.

kathy said...

I have an extra bedrrom that is my creative space. At the moment I'm in the process of reorganizing it. I seem to keep out growing my spaces. My husband refers to it as Disneyland for the kitties. They just love going in the room and rearranging things.

maggie said...

Your sewing space is lovely, very well organized.
For many years while my boys were still at home I sewed on the dining room table, had to move everything at mealtime and had things stored in boxes and dresser drawers. When my boys left for college, I got a bedroom , but only for short time until they came home for a visit!
well now we are retired, boys are all men with homes of their own and after nearly 40 years, I finally have a sewing room in the basement which is wonderful and bigger than I ever could want. maggie
maggiemine42@gmail.com

Lesley said...

I have carved out a crafty corner in our home office to do my quilting. It is a small space but one day I hope to have a crafty room dedicated to quilting and other creative projects!

Sheila said...

Your quilting space is beautiful! I love how you hang your quilts.
I have a smaller space, less organized. I need to work on it.
Lovely give away.
Thank you for a chance to win Sherri's book.

Janet said...

I love your space. I too have a studio space and it needs a bit of revamping. I like
the way your fabrics are folded and that you have a pail or bin for your scraps of each color. I might borrow that idea for my space.
Janet

terriquilts said...

When we rebuilt our home after a fire we made the old garage space into a master bedroom and our old bedroom is now my sewing room. It's great to have my own space so I can leave things out and ready to go. Sometimes if I want to be closer to the rest of the family, I'll bring my featherweight down to the dining room. I would love to win the book!

Jennie said...

We just moved to a new house, so I'm working on my sewing room, but it is lovely to have a room to myself for creating. I like being able to leave it out and just shut the door. With five kids being homeschooled in the next room, it's good to have my own creative space.

I'm only starting to display my quilts, but I do love having them thrown over the sofas and on the beds. Makes me happy knowing my quilts are keeping my babies warm.

Judy said...

How wonderful to have a room designated as your quilting space. My space consists of several spaces -- my cutting space is the dining room table, my sewing space is in the sun room/computer room/through room (to outside, to a bedroom, to laundry room), my storage space is in a closet off our bedroom and some space in our bedroom. Ah, but I can create!

skippie said...

What a gorgeous sewing space you have. I love looking at other quilters creative corners as it confirms that as quilters we need that space to create and store our supplies.Yes I am blessed to have a room for myself. We converted a garage and its my haven. Have a great day.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I'm still settling into my new space. Last year we began the process of swapping our much larger master bedroom with the guest/sewing room. I'm love that I have so much more space and that I can have all of my machines (including my HQ16) in one room!

Janarama said...

I try to straighten up my sewing room after every project or at least twice a month. This helps me keep things pretty organized.

Angela said...

Last year I was lucky enough to close in a large attic space above my garage. It was to be my knitting room, but once I finished my first quilting class in September, it soon became my sewing/knitting room. I am very fortunate to have this.

Margaret said...

I got such a kick out of reading your blog entry today. I, too, move my sewing space from room to room. Right now, I'm set up in the formal living room (which rarely gets used otherwise), but I'm getting the urge to move my sewing into my grownup son's bedroom. He's married and won't need that room anymore.

Debra Maesk said...

My quilting/creating space used to be a small room that was my husband's office. A couple of years later, I transported my quilting/creating space to the upstairs loft area where I can look out of several windows to the beautiful outdoors; woods to the back and prairie to the front!! It is a very inspiring space.

Pattie Crum said...

I agree, you do need your own space to create and sometimes leave a mess in progress. My studio is 2 bedrooms combined into one bigger room, still I could use more space. I guess that's just the way it always is.

Anne D said...

I love sherri's blog and the book looks gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win. I think it is important to have a quilt space so you are ready to sew even when you only have a few minutes.

Joyce said...

I took over the kids playroom in the basement when the youngest got his own apartment. It is so true...you are much more creative when everything is organized and you don't have to pick up and put away each time you have a few minutes to sew. The book looks wonderful, like everything Sherri creates!

Jolynn said...

Last year I finally turned one of my spare bedrooms into a sewing room with lots of shelves and cupboards and counter space. I love it!
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Nita said...

Nice to meet you! We are moving next year and I am very excited to have my own sewing room. I am busy thinking about wall colours and looking at sewing room ideas on Pinterest etc.

Karla said...

I missed my son so much when he went off to college, especially after the first year when he decided to stay and live in the town where school was. But soon I figured out that I could have a sewing room and I feel very blessed now to call it "my space"!

Jackie said...

We recently bought a new home! Yahoo it has only 2 bedrooms ( we downsized), but hey.... One is completly my room! I love it with my sewing machine right in front of the window, i can sit , sew and stare out the window. Its a wonderful room and I love it? Thanks for a chance to win !

Jan Baker said...

I actually use the guest room for my sewing. The dresser holds my material and the closet stores more. I also have a sheet on the waal for my design area.

TJ Sikkink said...

I agree you must carve out that happy space that's all yours. Would you believe my husband took out the hot tub to make room for "my space"...what a guy!!

quiltedhappiness said...

Hi Nannette, I loved seeing all your shelves full of fabric, colour coordinated! That really inspired me,as mine is all tucked away in drawers. I have progressed from teh dining room table, to a sewing room, to a studio ( at least that's what I now call it!)The kids all share a room, so that one room is freed up.Funny, how they are all so used to my stuff that they just ignore it now, which is cool with me! - Suzy

Snickelfritz said...

I have a two and a half car garage that has been converted into my quilting space. Just this week I painted the floor and cleaned it so now I am ready to start quilting again.

Barb said...

Thanks Nanette for the chance to win. Your home is so inspiring. My quilting life takes place in the office in our house - it is on the main floor, very close to where my kids play.

sue said...

My sewing room is one of our bedrooms now that our children are grown and out of the house. You really have a lot of fabric! But it's organized great and you have a lovely sewing room!

CathyK said...

I don't have a quilting space right now, but when my last child leaves for college in August, I WILL have my little creative spot. Thank you for the chance!

Gayle said...

I have a studio too, and love to see my fabrics folded neatly on open shelves - all that color is so inspiring!

wonderlandbyalyce said...

I share my daughter's walk-in closet as my sewing/quilting space. I'm thankful to have it, but it lacks some things. I do have some plans to spruce it up though. Thanks for the giveaway!

suemac said...

My room looks like a disaster area right now. It is hard to get enthused about my have to projects with all the chaos. I too work much better when things are organized.

SpartanBabe said...

My quilting life space is in a room at the front of our house looking out over our cul-de-sac. I love the light as the day changes and being able to see the neighborhood. I hang most of my quilty stuff at work though, my cube is literally one giant quilted-wall room :o)

Mom C said...

Several years ago, when all the kids had moved out, we took 2 bedrooms and made them one. Since I was already using both rooms for fabric it just meant I didn't have to walk in and out of the rooms. My DH also put one wall entirely into shelves and later I filled another wall with cupboards. I love it. Thanks.

Nancy said...

I think Your room looks great. I'm sure the book will be great. Thanks, Nancy

annieb said...

Love your thoughts and quilts. I am a first time visitor and will become a more frequent visitor.
The book looks great. I am a librarian, and always on the lookout for quilt books I can recommend to my supervisor to buy. There are quite a few other quilters in this community. Good luck with the book!!

Anne Beier

Tina said...

My space is total mayhem. No I don't like it that way but every time I try to organize I find something else more fun to do.

quilt for fun said...

I also need to have a place for my sewing; it's currently my "guest room" but heaven help the person who wants to spend the night there! A Quilting Life was one of the first quilt blogs I followed when I started quilting, and I'd love to have a copy of Sherri's book. Thanks for the chance.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I have a sewing room which is where I sew, but we have a huge dining room which no one uses where I do my machine quilting, and a sewing machine in the living room where I work at sometimes also. I have a hubby that indulges me.

Linda said...

Very inviting space, and how nice to have your family members helping you organize it! Support is so important.

Look how many of us want to win Sherri's book! :)

EJ said...

I couldn't agree with you more. If my space is a mess - which it usually is - I spend all my creative energy cleaning up and run out of time to get to the fun stuff.

Thank you for sharing your space and invaluable advise.

Three Baggy P's said...

Right now my quilting life space is in the basement and very messy...but lately my sweet honey and I have been talking about ways to change that!

Patti Maisano said...

With my kids grown and living out of the house, I have 1 1/2 rooms to use for quilting..I am so so lucky!!! Love your book!

Katie said...

I have a little quilty space to work in and amazingly get projects done and I look forward to straightening up and starting a new project as soon as possible!

Cindy said...

Thanks for a chance to win such a fun looking book. I love my sewing space, a large unused room in our house that I painted my favorite mint green, with a 12 foot wall of bright white shelves to hold all my supplies. A rocking chair and soft light in the corner makes a great place to contemplate quilting and life!!

Kathy said...

I use the dining room to quilt. It's a great space but then I have to move things back and forth. I do have dedicated dressers for my stash. Recently saw your book at one of my quilt shops. It looks awesome. Hope to win a copy. Thank you...

Maxine said...

Love your quilting space, and all the nice shelves...so organized..my sewing space is in a bedroom, but alas the bed is still there...but it works for me for awhile until I can figure out how to still have room for company. Thanks for the chance to win...

Jeanenne Nielsen said...

I love your quilting space and that you can be so organized. I have just a little room and space to sew and quilt in. I have tried to organize and sew in it the best I can. For my birthday I got a disappearing designer wall that is a self I can put up above my closet and then pull down the wall to use and then put back up when not in use. This is such a handy thing for me, because I have no space to put up a design wall. Sherri also lives in my home town.

Maryjo said...

Your room looks so great! I ,too, like an organized room but somehow it never stays that way for long:( Oh well, I love my "studio" in the basement...where I can hide my creative mess. I would love this book...thank you for the opportunity!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I have a small room that also contains the washer and dryer. it faces east and north so the light is very good. Recently my fabric stash has been taking over the spare bedroom too.

Meg said...

I share a craftroom with my husband, half is mine and half is his! It is small so it needs to be kept clean otherwise I go mad!

Bonnie58 said...

Right now, I have taken over the dining room of my house, but will move into One of the children's rooms when they move out this fall. Thanks for sharing.
bonnielarson58@gmail,com

Michelle said...

Love your space how you store your fabric. Hopefully one day I will be able to a space like that. Right now, its just where ever I find room for it. Very hard to be creative. Thanks for the chance to win.

Melissa said...

I use the tiny spare bedroom. It's pretty cluttered right now and needs an organization intervention! :)

Donna said...

Love your quilting space. I've have a tiny one bedroom duplex and my quilting takes up most of the living area.

Sally said...

After my daughter married, I took over her bedroom and made it my sewing room. The more I buy the smaller the room gets. I've thought about asking my husband if we could knock the wall down between that room and the spare bedroom but don't I would like his answer. Lol

Martha said...

Love your quilting space. I recently moved and haven't picked a spot yet.

SewLindaAnn said...

Your room is lovely and fresh, thanks for sharing. My Quilting/Sewing Space is the dining room I took over:) we weren't using it anyway so I didn't see the point of empty space. Mine's right next to the kitchen too and I like that.

Pat said...

I don't have a specific quilting space - my quilting projects and fabrics tend to spill over into a bedroom and the dining room. My goal is to become organized so I could actually sew more often!

Sonya said...

I was feeling kind of blue when my youngest went off to college, so I decided to turn our tiny guest room into my sewing room. I painted it hot pink, and it brings me a lot of joy! It doesn't matter to me how small the room is, as long as I have a dedicated space for quilting!

Brenda said...

I sew on my dining room table. There is not a separate space in my house for me to have a sewing room.

Alicia said...

My poor sewing space is a disaster right now. We just moved, and unfortunately the Sewing room is a staging area for boxes, and right now it is a mess. I hope I can get it cleaned up soon!

Carol Candlish said...

I have a dedicated sewing space and a place to store my fabrics. The fabrics are organized, but I can't always say that about the rest of the room! Thanks for the giveaway.

Alexis said...

I have a little corner in the basement. It's small, but at least I have a designated spot for sewing. Thanks for the chance to win!

Patty said...

I have my sewing space in the basement. I have gradually expanded from 1 room to 3 rooms for fabric storage. Not good! I need to spend a few days to get everything organized and put like fabrics together, eg: batiks, kids, Christmas. Then I'd be more productive (I think!!).

goodmoodyogagirl said...

I use 1/2 of my laundry room wich my dear husband finished for me. Has a wonderful windowout the front of the house for light.
Diana
dpackech@yahoo.com

Mary Ann said...

My quilting space is a small nook in my kitchen.........and then there are 2 closets with all my goodies!

Sandy said...

I have a spare bedroom for my sewing space. I do have to say that right now it is VERY disorganized and so, as you said also, my mojo isn't there for sewing. I have lots of quilting projects I want to get done (or start)...time to organize. Thanks for the chance to win.

kathy said...

As an empty nester, I quickly converted my daughter's bedroom to my sewing room. I love that I am steps away for the heart of my home yet in my own space. However, I find I can use more space....or maybe find more time to complete my projects. We never have enough time or fabric, do we?

Jackie at Adirondack Urban said...

Hi! Being an empty nester, I could have chosen any of 3 spare bedrooms, but I have a small 8x10 sewing room I designed when we built our house. It's the first time I've had a room dedicated just for my sewing. I do my cutting at a great Ikea table with drawers and shelves that is in the foyer outside my sewing room. My space is organized and fairly neat most of the time. Your sewing room looks very nice and I really love the turquoise border on your row quilt!

Linda Enneking said...

My sewing room is one of the bedrooms which I set up with a work table, sewing desk, and a used Horn sewing cabinet I was lucky to buy last fall. My stash is stored in the closet.

Anda W said...

I have quite a small home so my family respects that my sewing machine inhabits the dining room table! awolk at rogers dot com

Christa Marcotte said...

I was lucky to recently Reno my house and change three bedrooms into one large sewing studio with an amazing view from 3 sides it's now my sanctuary!

Kristy said...

I have a small bedroom in our home that I use as my sewing studio. We are currently looking to buy a new home, and the thing that I just love is.....that my husband just knows without question that I will need one large room in the new home for my sewing room, and I hear tell the realtor this. In addition, I think Sherry's blog is fabulous!

Mary Graff said...

After years of using the dining room table, a few years ago I got an entire room to call my own. It is wonderful to be able to leave a project out, close the door, and return to it whenever I have a few minutes!

Joyful Quilter said...

I'm lucky that I have a sewing room, I'm unlucky in that it is not a self-cleaning sewing room. Poor me...hehehe

Beekeeper_mom said...

My 2 oldest sons have both moved away from home & i have been busy redoing their bedroom. Out with the bright blue paint & stained carpet and in with pale turquoise walls & laminate floors. WHile I miss my boys, i'm enjoying all the space to sew in.

Retiredgreeniequilter said...

Great space for quilting, I am just starting and my space, a spare bedroom definately needs some organizational help. How long did it take you to acquire all your material? Do you buy on line or a local fabric shop? You are an inspiration for me to get going....thanks!

Cherilyn said...

I love your quilting space! I have carved out a quilting corner in the laundry room. It is not a big space. With a large family and all the laundry they generate I tend to spend a lot of time in there. I am able to squeeze in some quilting and sewing. :)

Melissa said...

I need your daughter to come organize my sewing room. Love that I finally have my own room, but it is the little office, just off the front entry with no door. My hubby kindly explains that I am a fabric hoarder! I just sew until I can't stand the mess, then I clean up!

Sarah said...

I feel so lucky to have a sewing room! I try and take as much advantage of it as I can.

patty said...

I used to sew on the kitchen table when the four kids were home so I'm really grateful to have a sewing room now.
Is the quilt in your blog heading your own pattern? I have some of that London fabric and would love that pattern.

Rhonda D. said...

Love your quilting space. We live in an apartment. I have a quilting corner in our bedroom. I keep my fabric and supplies in our very large walk in closet that has shelves on three walls. I also move to the kitchen table when needed. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Sally Hurst said...

Your sewing room is so neat and inspires me to clean up my own space. I am lucky to have an extra bedroom in which to sew, but tend not to put fabrics back in their bins when I am done with a project, so consequently, there are random piles of fabric on the shelves. I think I will take some time to get it all in order this week. Thanks for sharing!

Lynne Tilley said...

Sewing over the years while raising my children was next to impossible. Now I have my own little room just for me and my machine and sewing stuff. It's my happy place :)

Unknown said...

I live in a studio, but I still have a quilting corner!

Susan, vegancommie@gmail.com

Unknown said...

I live in a studio, but I still have a quilting corner!

Susan, vegancommie@gmail.com

~Laurie~ said...

I've started to use my bedroom walls as design walls - it has really motivated me to sew more than usual!

Margaret said...

I love my sewing rooms. I have three. Actually I have one but since the kids left home I have over flowed into two other rooms. My main area is a small bedroom. It is very cramped but I love it. My hubs is afraid to step foot in the door. He is sure all the piles will come tumbling down.

Pat said...

I just love your sewing space. It is very attractive and makes me wish I lived there!!! My sewing space is also used as a bedroom for the grandkids when they visit, so I don't really have a space of my own and it's hard to have it be properly organized. You are right....when things are not well-organized (and are sort of topsy-turvy), it kills the creative spirit and I think that is why I don't work on quilting projects as much as I would do otherwise. It looks as if I will never have a space that is totally my own, though, so I envy those of you who do have such a space.

Helen L said...

Thanks for sharing your "quilting life". My space has almost always been one corner of the dining room table. Not too much space to call my own, but at least I have a great sewing machine to quilt on!!! :-)

Kim Newton said...

I love your organization in your space. I'm hoping I can get my quilting space to that point.

Polly said...

Gosh, yet another reminder that I need to make my messy sewing room a priority! Seems like I always have projects in the works. Your pictures inspire me to get organized.

Anita said...

Love your space and wished my space was as clean...sadly it's not :( thanks for the giveaway!

Nedra said...

I've been a little nomadic the last few years, but always carved out a sewing space where ever we have lived. Sew wonderful to see you as part of Sherri's give away week. Count me in!

mary said...

I just reorganized my sewing space so it has room to move around. I love the inspiration I get from reading quilting blogs. I want a quiltig life!

Just Sew Sue said...

I need to finish my row along and I hope it looks as nice as yours.

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