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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (April 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607051966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607051961
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Disclaimer: OK. I was sold on this book the minute I saw the title. I am a sucker for any book that will help me get rid of clutter and organize my studio.

The Skinny: Here you’ll find ideas for identifying what causes clutter, setting goals to deal with it, and organizing what’s left. Oh, did I forget the best part? Here it is: How to maintain the organization. (That’s the part that gets me every time.) The book is filled with ideas: for what you need (good lighting, temperature, electrical system, and sound control are musts), storing your stash so you can use it, handling all the tools and trappings (books, magazines, UFOs) of quilting, and maintaining your space. There’s a section that deals with quilting-on-the-go (ideas for those who participate in workshops and retreats) and another that talks about storage and display.

Bottom line: I got some great ideas (room design, better lighting, fabric storage, packing for retreats), inspiration (to clean up my space and donate what I’m not using), and (my favorite) maintaining the space in an orderly way.



Here's a practical guide to help you organize and maintain your quilting space, no matter what size it is. Learn handy ways to sort and arrange fabrics and supplies into easy-to-use stations. See actual organizing solutions from quilters' studios including Alex Anderson and Diana McClun. Learn to identify what's causing clutter and how to turn it into a more creative zone. (Creative Spaces: Quilt + Sew + Craft, November 2013)

About the Author

Carolyn Woods is a professional organizer, author and speaker. She runs her own company, Totally Tidy Household Organizing.

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Carolyn Woods is a professional organizer and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Carolyn owns Totally Tidy Household Organizing, LLC. She is a frequent speaker on organizing topics at public events and in private workshops.

Her humble beginnings as an organizer started at age 10 when she organized office files for her mother's friend in exchange for a homemade lemon meringue pie. In high school, she offered closet organizing services as a summer job. Many years later, when organizing programs premiered on television, Carolyn recognized the market for her natural organizational talents. She established her residential organizing business in 2004.

With two preschoolers at home, Carolyn began her organizing business focusing on families with children. She works evenings and weekends with her organizing clients throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, as she has a full-time career in marketing communications.

Carolyn has a bachelor's degree in political economy from the University of California at Berkeley and her masters in business administration from Santa Clara University.

A native of California, she now lives in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband and two children. Her other passions include travel, cooking, reading, scrapbooking, gardening and hiking with her family. Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter is her first book.

Customer Reviews

This is a very helpful book and easy to read and understand.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for ideas to unclutter their space.
AmethystandOnyx
This book was very helpful in organizing my new sewing/quilting room.
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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Fairfield on April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book with the idea that it might help me organize a very small, and dually purposed, quilting room. Along the way to organizing this tiny space, my kitchen almost magically became better organized! Perhaps the kitchen was easier to organize as that room only has one purpose. However, and most importantly to me, this wonderful book provides a roadmap to a better thought process from the beginning of any quilting or sewing project to the very end. For someone who has a wide variety of interests, lots of fabric, books and equipment--not to go into detail about all the unfinished projects creeping out from under the bed and poking out the closet doors, this book continues to be a phenomenal resource. Clear direction for organizing your quilting space is provided along with excellent photographs and links to wonderful resources. An easy to read style punctuated with a great sense of humour helps the medicine go down smoothly. For this reader, the book has been extraordinarily helpful in organizing the thought process for several other projects unrelated to quilting that have helped minimize disorganizational clutter.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By BBKain on May 3, 2011
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The subtitle is "An Illustrated Guide to the Space of Your Dreams," and there are plenty of dreamy spaces in "Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter." With this book, Carolyn Woods helps us find the dream space in our own workspace.

She starts with the basics: understand the clutter and decide what to keep and (gasp!) what to let go. She delivers proven strategies and practical tips, with a good dose of humor.

While the photos of the dream spaces are lovely, Woods knows quilters work with what they have, whether it's a corner in the family room or a dedicated space for their art. So she provides tools for analyzing and designing the workspace to get the most out of it, given the realities of time and budget.

Whether you are stymied by your stash or just looking for a few good tips and tricks to fine-tune your system, "Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter" will help you move from clutter to creativity.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By C. Carter on April 6, 2011
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I enjoy organizing my sewing room because I'm a bit of a neat freak and also because it also gives me a reason to procrastinate. So, when this book came out, I had to have it.

This book has lots of great organizing and storage ideas for all of the fabric and tools that we quilters accumulate. In the first chapter, the author challenges quilters to analyze the reasons for their messes before going out and purchasing solutions. The pictures in the book are beautiful and the resources section is outstanding. I discovered several items that I would like purchase and was thankful that the author provided information about where I can buy them. I found this book was fun to read and I really enjoyed the author's writing style.

If I were organizationally challenged, this book would have had a greater impact on me and most likely would have earned five stars. If your sewing/quilting area is a mess, the information in this book will certainly help you out.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Lanaux on April 30, 2011
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And Carolyn Woods helps us do just that. She gives us suggestions for purging the items we no longer use or need. She shows us how to group our quilting items into categories for organization so that we can access them easier. Then she lends ideas on designing our quilt space with furniture, lighting and sound. She then takes us through storage options for our fabric and notions, quilting on the go, and display and long term storage.

Carolyn's ideas are beneficial to quilters and this book is a must-have for every studio.

I enjoyed reading through all the ideas for purging, organizing, and storing not only my fabric and notions, but all my craft items.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By goldendog on May 24, 2011
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If you are the 'organized' quilting-type, Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter, by Carolyn Woods, will give you tons of new ideas for keeping your quilting area clean and neat.

And, if you are the 'un-organized' quilting type, Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter is really for you!

This book covers every area of your quilting area and more. Woods covers fabric storage, furniture in the quilting area, tools, UFOs (unfinished objects), extra blocks, strips, scraps, and strings, thread, finished quilts and lots more! She tells how to organize your quilting books and patterns, and even your calendar!

I have never read quilting books that talk about what to take on a plane when you are traveling, how to quilt in small spaces, or how to store finished quilts, but these are all in Woods' book. She helps every quilter set goals for organization and how to finish your projects.

Even though, I am generally more of an 'organized' quilter, there were a lot of tips that I can use. I am also more aware of really cleaning up the space that I have worked in that day.

So, if you lean more towards being 'organized' or 'un-organized', either way, this book is sure to be helpful to you, as a quilter, and for setting your quilting area to top-shape!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Derevan VINE VOICE on May 23, 2011
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I have so many organizing books that I need a book to help me organize them! This one is my newest and my favorite. When I found out there was a book specifically written for quilters, I had to have it, and it doesn't disappoint. There are lots of great ideas for all the many things we quilters keep, from fabric to notions to tools, and it's a joy to flip through the pages, because it's illustrated with great examples of how others have conquered the sewing room.

There is a lot of inspiration in these pages--I am already starting to use the ideas to whip my sewing space into shape. Highly recommend this for anyone who is forever trying to dig out from under a mountain of sewing paraphanalia.
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