Studio Makeover: Progress and a project

As promised, an update regarding my studio makeover.  I found a paper towel holder at the thrift store and was lucky: the holes for the screws lined up with holes in the support bar on my shelving unit. So I was able to hang the paper towels using bolts instead of screws. No holes in the wall, and my paper towels are within easy reach.

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I’ve also been working in stages on my fabric storage. Whenever I’m on the phone for a while, I roll up my fabric. I think it’s going to work better than having it folded did. First, you can see all of the fabric at once (lots was getting lost in the stacks I had before), and it seems to take up less space, so I’ll have more room to play with.  I’ve decided I need  to find a way to hang my large scale Japanese print fabrics, though. When they’re rolled up, you can’t really tell what they look like.

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I’ve also been collecting wire bins (at the thrift store) that will fit on the shelves to hold the scraps that are too small to roll.  I think my favorite container so far is a recycled zippered plastic bag that a set of sheets came in.  Not only can you see what is in it, but is boxed-shaped so it sits up. (It’s in the cube above the yellow and brown fabrics.)

I haven’t made any more progress than this because most of my studio time this week went to machine quilting a piece that I hope to put in our family’s art show this November.  It’s a baby quilt for an inner child, and I’m having an interesting time figuring out how to hang the sucker. The obvious thing would be to just attach it to a larger square of fabric, but I’m not sure I’ll like how that would look…

Quilt for an Inner Child
Quilt for an Inner Child

The studio clean-up/reorganization will continue and I’ll keep you posted as I go.

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  1. The beauty of this quilt is that it is extraordinary in it’s shape! Maybe you could make a wood or heavy cardboard frame that mimics the top of the quilt to give it stability and somehow attach it to the back of your piece??? I’m not sure…but I LOVE your concept and the end result!

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    1. Thanks for your enthusiastic response. I’m still thinking about how to hang it. I was toying with the idea of making a sleeve for the back that is the same shape as the quilt and then putting something stiff like matboard in it. Only, I need to be able to ship this thing, and this would be awkward since it is roughly 3 feet square.

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