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Product Details

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: That Patchwork Place (November 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564775690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564775696
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Home: Snohomish, Washington (near Seattle)

Lois L. Hallock is a quilter and professional organizer, with a specialty in maximizing efficiency. This is her first book.


More About the Author

I am a quilter, engineer and organizer. Not in that order. Growing up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, daughter to Mennonite parents in a intensely mennonite community, you would think the quilting came first. But I was a rebelous girl of the 60's and felt I should do something different, something girls just don't do. I was good at math and science, so it was natural for me to choose engineering. I have a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and I have worked for 20+ years in research and development in a manufacturing plant. I set up efficient work environments, with Parts, Plans, and Tools accessible.

My passion for quilting began after the death of my father nearly 15 years ago. When Abraham Schmitt left this earth, he left behind furniture that he made with his own hands and documentation in the form of books that he wrote. Grief over his death caused me to search out my legacy. Female ancestors from my community typically left behind quilts that are the only clue to their lives and spirits. I decided to follow in the footsteps of the women who went before and make quilts to express life and spirit to those around me.

My two worlds of quilting and engineering have collided to form a new synergy in my life. I have applied my organizing and problem solving skills to my passion of quilting, forming a whole new perspective on Quilt Studio Design. The energy and enthusiasm created by following my passions launched my Professional Organizing business.

For more information go to my website: www.clearview-designs.com

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I got a lot of great ideas from this book.
Deborah Hodge
It has some wornderful ideas and useful information about ergonomics that will help me in finding the right heights for the different surfaces in the room.
Wezzy
I recommend this book for anyone who needs help in organizing space so that they can spend more time sewing & less time searching.
Judith L. Edwards

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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you read the reviews of competing books, you'll see that I've already pawed through the virtual shelves. Some of those "organize your craft space" books are okay, with a few tips that might justify the purchase of the book, but Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space is the first one that made me feel that it's worth reading more than once.

For one thing, the author is very specific. You don't get general advice like "organize your books by theme." Hallock gives the shelf dimensions that work best for folded quilting fabric (i.e. most bookshelves are too shallow), and then she gives directions for folding the fabric consistently and neatly. I've already put that tip to work (it's something to do while I wait for the iron to warm up) and wow, does it help!

She is also very cognizant of storage issues, pointing out wisely that most quilters never do fold-up their cutting table, and suggesting that instead you choose a surface with built-in drawers or other storage. Sure, you could apply that as "expensive" advice (such as buying a kitchen cabinet), but it'll also cause you to cast a gimlet eye on a dining room sideboard you find at a garage sale. There are several before-and-after makeovers, too, so you can see the advice put into action.

Even if you're expecting to look at this book from an "armchair makeover" perspective, and your redecorating budget exists in the same fantasy world as your New Zealand vacation, this book is -- unlike the others -- worth it just for the organizing mindset that Hallock provides. She hates clutter, so there's plenty of advice just in the "organizing" section.
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154 of 162 people found the following review helpful By M. Spencer on November 30, 2005
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I had eagerly awaited the arrival of this book but must admit I was disappointed in it. I didn't find the information new, creative or inexpensive. If I had a large room, a carpenter husband to build shelves, or money to have them made, like most of the rooms portrayed in this book, then I wouldn't have needed help setting up my sewing room! I found the two books "Dream Sewing Spaces" by Lynette Ranney Black and "Setting Up Your Sewing Space" by Myrna Giesbecht to be filled with more ideas for storage and room design than "Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space".
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Andrea N. Bailey on December 5, 2005
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This is a very exciting book as it helps you figure out how to create a more organized, functional, less cluttered studio. I struggle with organization and CLUTTER....her ideas have helped me to create a room that I WANT to be in and I want to QUILT as opposed to feeling overwhelmed. I got rid of tables and storage baskets and bought tall cabinets at IKEA and an island that has storage below as opposed to wasted space underneath. I'm working at the correct heights too, so my shoulders don't hurt....it's a book that i'll mark up and incorporate more ideas in time. Lois designed marysquiltingcabin.com It's a quilting palace and the tables are the right height, for your sewing machine so that your shoulders and back don't kill you after sewing for 2 days. You can incorporate her ideas into other areas of your home too....to make life easier...thanks for a great book Lois!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sandi McGinnes on January 22, 2006
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I love the book "Dream Sewing Spaces" - which is my favorite because of the variety of sewing areas it defines - from utilizing a closet to using a whole room. But this book is both inspiring and full of practical advice. It has beautiful, idea-filled pictures of sewing spaces before and after. I'm a big fan of bookshelves - which are well represented in this book. The person who wants to transform a room can get lots of practical ideas from this book. It is great for transforming an existing sewing area or making your sewing haven from scratch.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Bare on February 1, 2006
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This book provides great information about setting up or rearranging sewing and quilting workspaces with function and ergonomics in mind. She pays special attention to the special needs of quilting (as opposed to other kinds of sewing) such as setting up a work triangle that includes cutting, piecing & pressing. She also provides lots of information on how to choose correct work surface heights based on your body and the task you are performing. Helpful to prevent aches and pains from poor work surfaces, like using a dining room table for rotary cutting - too low, causes strain. Offers a range of solutions for a range of budgets and spaces, so it's easily customizable to your home.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Wezzy on November 27, 2005
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I received this book and read it nearly cover to cover. I am just beginning to remodel a room specifically for sewing. It has some wornderful ideas and useful information about ergonomics that will help me in finding the right heights for the different surfaces in the room. I am tall and I have adjusted the height of my ironing board from the information in the book and my back is so grateful. I also realize that my cutting board should also be raised to reduce the strain. The idea of using the ruler to fold my fabric is brillaint. I should have thought of it! The pictures are clear and help you in visuallizing the room and why they chose that layout.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia A. Kostenick on December 3, 2005
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This book is filled with wonderful ideas for organizing your quilting space. Most of the "makeovers" featured in this book use inexpensive ready-to-assemble furniuture from Ikea. There is even a chapter called "Rearranging What You Already Own". This is especially good for me as I have a limited budget to work on my sewing room. I am going to spend my weekend folding fabric and rearranging my room!!!
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