5 Quilt Art Studio Tips I Never Knew – Quilting Daily

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Dickens doesn’t like to be left behind.

We had a wild and wonderful time at International Quilt Festival/Long Beach last week! Now I’m catching up on emails and sleep. And with all the new ideas swirling around my head from the show, I’m also trying to catch a few minutes in the studio.

Whenever I come back from a tripespecially a quilting-related oneI always view my studio with new eyes. Should I organize my threads differently? Did I discover some new product that can improve the flow of my work or make it easier? Or (most often), where am I going to put the new fabrics I collected?

This time when I arrived home, after dropping my bags and greeting the animals, I also had the Fall 2011 issue of Studios to greet me (the one with HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder on the cover). So, while recovering from jetlag, I perused the pages, and found at least five tips that I had never considered and thought I would share them with you.

5 New-to-Me Quilt Art Studio Tips


Furniture mash-up by Thomas Wold.

1. Organize someone else’s space first. At first I thought this was just a great way to procrastinate. But according to professional organizer Carolyn Woods, this trick helps get you in the organizing mood, and when you see how great your friend’s space looks, you’ll want to do the work to get yours looking that way, too.

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Retractable electric cord
in Sue Bleiweiss’s studio.

2. Install retractable electric cords near the ceiling. Who knew? Apparently, quilt and fabric artist Sue Bleiweiss did. She added these during her new studio construction and now she can control all the outlets with one master switch, and no one trips over cords on the floor.

3. Shop in the kids’ department. Mixed-media fiber artist Lynn Krawczyk says the size, colors, and design of the bins and cubes meant for children’s rooms appeal to her more and that helps keep her organized.

4. Mash-up your furniture. I like eclectic décor, combining different styles in one room. But furniture artist Thomas Wold mashes up elements of many different styles of furniture (including orphaned drawers, mismatched handles, and Plexiglas®) to create one piece. Sort of like contemporary mixed-media patchwork and very visually stimulating.


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Lynn Krawczyk’s table, in Fall Studios.

5. Write on the table. I’m always looking for someplace to jot down measurements, do a quick calculation, or just write down a bubble thought I’d like to remember later. Textile designer Patty Young does, too, but she writes right on her tabletop, because it’s made of medium density fiberboard topped with dry erase board. Now that’s clever! (Lynn Krawczyk doodles on her assemblage table, and encourages friends to leave their favorite quotes on it.)

These are just a few of the great ideas I gleaned from the Fall 2011 issue of Studios. Imagine what I’ll find once I get over my jetlag.


P.S. Are these tips new to you? Have you ever tried or used them? What’s the most clever or transforming studio tip you ever received? Leave a comment below.

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