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Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter: An Illustrated Guide to the Space of Your Dreams Paperback – April 16, 2011
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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)
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice book, lots of great colored pictures, and I got some ideas for storage solutions from it.Published 3 months ago by Nancy Krier
Just redid my sewing room based on ideas from this book. Excellent suggestions with low cost alternatives as well, not just the high end solutions that are so often found in this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda Maglione
What lovely ideas. Now to put suggestions and imagination to work. Thanks.Published 11 months ago by kb