First Friday Studio Tour – Myfanwy Hart

This month we travel to England to visit with Myfanwy Hart in Fleet.  Myfanwy’s studio renovation has been interrupted by some health problems, but she has graciously offered to show us her current workspace, and share her ideas for her future studio and some of her work.

Do you call it a studio or sewing room?  

At the moment I don’t have a specific place to work. My ‘studio’ is no more, and, until I can continue with the details for the renovation, it will remain like that. I have had severe back problems since last summer which have severely curtailed my creative activities. However, I’m still having fun – more about that later.

Myfanwy, sample 3Myfanwy, sample 7

What are you planning to have in the renovated studio?  Anything that might surprise us?

Well, this is the theory…… I need room for all my machines. All? I have two computerised sewing machines, one little basic sewing machine that I use for machine embroidery workshops and 13 Embellisher machines. No, that isn’t a typing error – I have 13! I had the first Embellisher machine in the UK and have written a book and made DVDs on the subject, so 7 of my machines are for lending to students when I teach. The others are examples of all the machines on the market that I trust. (I don’t trust all makes of these machines). I use most of them from time to time – take the examples around when I give my talks – but most of all I USE my Janome machine. This hasn’t given me as much trouble as some of the others. There will be storage space par excellence too – eventually – and water for dyeing and mixed media work. The way things are going it might be a while, though…..

Myfanwy, sample 2

How is your “stuff” organized?  How do you organize your fabric? By color?  Amount? Any separate categories (batiks, hand dyes)?  How do you organize your thread (color, weight)?

Almost all my fabric is hand-dyed. I also teach dyeing and dye a range of threads and fibres for sale – so I can always squirrel away the ones I don’t want to leave home yet! I have mountains and mountains of thread samples – all catalogued with recipe references and books of details of the dye recipes. I use a number of different dye methods, and very little leaves here having only seen one dyebath.

Myfanwy, Just a few of my helpful dyeing instruments....Just a few of my helpful dyeing instruments

Myfanwy, My very reduced outside dyeing area

My very reduced outside dyeing area

Do you have anything, supplies, more machines, etc. tucked away in any other rooms of the house.   If you have a separate building, we want lots of pictures.

Currently our ENTIRE HOUSE is overtaken with bits and pieces! I have even had to move some dye bits and pieces into our almost outside bathroom! I sometimes use this for dyeing. My husband takes great delight in saying to telephone callers “I’m sorry, she can’t come to the phone at the moment, she’s dyeing in the bath.”

We also have a small supply business – called Winifred Cottage – and we sell machine embroidery mixed media supplies as well as my own hand-dyes. We don’t have a shop but move around visiting specialist courses, colleges and groups. There are very few supply shops in the UK; many quilting suppliers, but not many that specialise in my sort of creativity.  My first studio, shown below, hasn’t been used as a studio since about 1990, but it is current filled to overflowing with boxes of stock.

Myfanwy, My first studio

My first studio

How much horizontal surface do you have, and is it ever enough?  Do you have to move piles of stuff to cut anything bigger than a fat quarter?

If I need to cut anything I do it on a bed! I have a board that I place on top and use that as a base. My current working space is very small – you will see that in one of the pictures. It’s hard to get used to only a small space after having a whole room.

Myfanwy, My current workspace!  Just big enough for a small sewing machineMy current workspace! Just big enough for a  small sewing machine

Myfanwy, Workspace covered and ready for some mixed mediaWorkspace covered and ready for some mixed media

Myfanwy, All set up and ready to playAll set up and ready to play

Do you straighten/organize as you go, putting each fabric away as you cut, or do you clean up after a project?  How many projects do you work on at a time and how do you keep them organized?

I work on many at a time. Almost all my work is Mixed Media – apart from the Embellisher I love working with paper. I also use odd bits and pieces as I find them. I try to be methodical – starting with an idea – sketching and note-taking then on to sampling and finally the piece. I am currently working on a series based on Alzheimers. I’m investigating the feelings and thoughts of the family carers of sufferers, if anyone has anything to contribute I’d love to hear from them. Obviously anything that is said is held in the strictest confidence.

Myfanwy, sample 1

I am very careful to keep projects ‘filed’ in an orderly manner. I use storage boxes of various sizes. At the moment  EVERYTHING is filed in boxes! The studio was being planned when our severe wet weather hit – suddenly the storage place was damp and not suitable at all so our ideas had to change. We had a winter of wet weather, but you probably all know about that. Dampness is the terror of textiles!

Myfanwy, Everything is filed in boxesEverything is filed in boxes

Myfanwy, just some of the damage caused by the recent stormsSome of the damage caused by the recent storms

Myfanwy, Some of my equipment for dyeing - safe, but now stored in a moss covered area until it is all cleared.Some of my equipment for dyeing – safe, but now stored in a moss covered area until it is all cleared.

Anything more you want to add about your studio, organization, working methods, etc., please do.

I’m also delighted at how popular my recent introduction of the Facebook group ‘Be Creative’ has become. We have just had our third weekend session and some lovely interesting work was produced. Some of the Postmark’d Group are taking part and it’s been wonderful to get to know them in a new way.

Until I can sit for longer at my sewing machine I am concentrating on mixed media – I have to stand to use any of the machines, and that isn’t comfortable for long.

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Thank you Myfanwy for sharing your ideas for your renovated studio and letting us see some of your work.

Next Month:  Some changes in some studios

Indispensable Tools

We recently had a conversation about the tools that we can’t possibly do without. As always, the comments were wide-ranging and interesting:

Kay Laboda said she can’t live without a seam ripper. “I use it for lots of tasks. Like when I need to hold down the fabric in front of the foot on the machine, or pulling the thread through from the back of the quilt, or when I thread the needle and have to pull the loop, and dozens of other small things. It’s truly my best friend. That’s why I have a dozen of them.”

“Misty Fuse is my favorite tool,” says Vivian Helena Aumond-Capone. “I love the Goddess Sheets because I can be sure my iron will remain clean. And I couldn’t be without Quilting Arts Magazine and all the gals connected with it.”

From Diana Mains Welte, “I cannot live without my ruler. It is a 6”x13” Easy Rule by Sharon Hulton from EZ Quilting. I have had it forEVER. I rely upon it to accurately cut a 4 x 6 postcard — I would be lost without it.”

“I’m going to admit that I can’t manage without my Squeezers!” says Myfanwy Hart. “Scissors that you squeeze closed, fit perfectly in the hand and have curved cutting edges to fit under the sewing machine needle for trimming threads as close as you can go!”

squeezers

Squeezers

“My essential tool is an extension table.” says Lauren. “I have one for each of my sewing machines. My favorite is the Sew Steady.  I use it on my sewing machine even when making postcards. The only time I take it off is for piecing 1/4-inch seams.”

Sara Kelly chimed in, “My favorite tools are my hands. They are the happiest part of me most days if I’ve been able to sew, knit, etc., especially when arthritis reminds me to treasure their flexibility each day I have it.”

Maureen Curlewis admits that she would be LOST without her collection of hand sewing/embroidery needles. “And,” she adds, “at last we have wet weather in south-east Queensland, making conditions perfect for stitching!”

“I cannot imagine life without my computer,” says Franki Kohler. “I’ve made so many wonderful connections with other artists around the world. It also connects me with incredible teachers and more inspiration than I could use in a lifetime!”

What is your favorite tool?

P.S. None of the above comments are paid endorsements of products.

Giraffes

Six giraffe-loving members have created a delightful herd of the long-necked wonders! Click on an image for a larger view.

To see more postcard art, check out the individual galleries. Just hover your cursor over the Gallery tab, then select an artist’s name from the list. Enjoy!

White on White

One of the themes that eleven of our group is working on is White on White. It’s so fun to see the varied interpretations of this idea. Here’s a peek at what has been created and sent off in the mail so far.

Click on image for larger view and more information.

 

 

First Friday Studio Tour – Lauren in Sammamish

This month we are returning to Washington state to visit with Lauren in Sammamish.

Do you call it a studio or sewing room?  To yourself, to friends and family?  Why do you think this is so?  Difference in starting point between quilting and art?  Thinking of this as a business rather than a hobby?

I call my quilting space my sewing room because it is actually my dining room!   I think that even if I were lucky enough to have a dedicated room for quilting and sewing, I would still have a hard time calling it a studio.  I see myself as being in the early stages of my quilting adventure, still trying many things. I have not yet discovered what defines my work.  It definitely is still a hobby.
Lauren1What do you have in the room?  machines, supplies, fabrics, paints, etc.  Anything that might surprise the rest of us?

Typically I have multiple projects spread out over every available surface: my sewing machine centered on the table, active work area on one side, thread for the projects at hand, books, notes, and project elements spread on the rest of the table and credenza.
Lauren2We have two lovely antique cabinets in the dining room that were originally in the captain’s quarters on a ship.  One has a flat shelf and the other has fabulous cubby-holes where I have my every day sewing supplies stored.  It was originally intended to store wine. Fortunately, my husband decided we needed a dedicated wine cabinet so I got to take this over!  Granite tops on both mean I have a handy place to rest a hot iron.
Lauren3How is your “stuff” organized?  How do you organize your fabric? By color?  Amount? Any separate categories (batiks, hand dyes)?  How do you organize your thread (color, weight)?

My fabric is in bins in closets throughout the house.  I’ve now accumulated enough that I even have one bin in plain sight in our family room. (I’m not sure if my husband hasn’t noticed or is just being remarkably tolerant.)  I tend to store speciality fabric together:  batiks in one area, Asian fabrics in another, supplies targeted for certain projects in other bins, then several that are sorted by color.  I tend to have an abundance of tone-on-tone fabrics for good blending.
Lauren4My every-day piecing thread is stored in the dining room along with some specialty larger spools that don’t fit in normal thread containers.  The rest of my thread is sorted by 50-weight cotton and specialty in another antique chest I took over in our family room.  If I have enough of one brand/material/weight, I keep that group in a separate container.Lauren5Do you have anything, supplies, more machines, etc. tucked away in any other rooms of the house.  How many other rooms? (My husband likes to talk about that one.) Has a family member or significant other ever accused you of “taking over” the entire house? If you have a separate building, we want lots of pictures.

YES.  Just about every room in the house now has some of my supplies.  My husband has actually been encouraging me to turn our living room into a dedicated sewing room.  But I already use the living room for almost every project:  my design wall is often standing for weeks at a time and for larger quilts I use the living room floor as I finish the quilt top, bast and then quilt.  I can’t give up the space for that!
Lauren6I also often use the living room couch to audition large pieces of fabric that are too heavy for my design wall, or when I have a project that is back in the thinking stage as I contemplate what to do next.

Lauren7How much horizontal surface do you have, and is it ever enough?  Do you have to move piles of stuff to cut anything bigger than a fat quarter?

I’m pretty organized so I use the active working area of my dining room table to cut fabric.  I have also started raising my kitchen table to do all of my cutting for a project at one time.

I tend to have project materials on just about every surface close to my sewing.  As I’ve gotten more into quilting, my interest in giving dinner parties has waned. It takes too much work and time to put away all of my supplies!

My husband built two railings to separate our living room from our foyer.  I have put these to excellent use as storage racks to keep project fabric and quilt tops wrinkle free.  Every time I walk by I think about the project at hand and develop ideas, especially for how to quilt finished tops.
Lauren8Do you straighten/organize as you go, putting each fabric away as you cut, or do you clean up after a project?  How many projects do you work on at a time and how do you keep them organized?

I have ‘organized messes.’  Cuttings from a project are usually in a general heap, with other project-specific heaps of fabric, embellishments, etc., all together.  But I do organize my fabric as I cut and keep only 1 project at a time in my active work area.

Anything more you want to add about your studio, organization, working methods, etc., please do.

I bought an ergonomic stool which I use instead of a sewing chair.  It has freed me from back and neck pain and it’s much easier and faster to get in and out of.  I also have cork flooring, cork side up, under my machine foot pedal to stop it from sliding around on the carpet.
Lauren9My grandfather’s antique sewing cabinet is in the living room.  He was an engineer with Western Electric (manufacturer division of the old AT&T) during the depression.  When they had no other work, they built these sewing cabinets.  I have no idea if they sold them or gave them away or if my grandfather made this particular one, but it is a cherished piece of furniture.
Lauren10And lastly, I have an adorable dog, Riley, that particularly enjoys lying in the sun and supervising the drying of my quilts.  There is a little bit of dog hair in every quilt.
Lauren11Thank you, Lauren, for a delightful tour.  I love your use of the antique pieces and the creative use of the spaces in your house.  And we all know that quilts are made warmer by the addition of dog (or cat) hair.

Next Month:  Lisa Alff

First Friday Studio Tour – Colette Herrin

This month we travel to Kennewick, Washington, to visit with Colette Herrin.

Do you call it a studio or sewing room?  To yourself, to friends and family?  Why do you think this is so?  Difference in starting point between quilting and art?  Thinking of this as a business rather than a hobby?

 I call it a STUDIO.  I am an artist and artists work in a studio.  It took me a long time to be able to call myself an artist, so having a studio is like a rite of passage.

Colette Studio 2  Standing in the doorway looking into the studio

The difference between quilting and art is a point of reference and is different for each person.  For me, it was when I allowed myself to be free and think out of the box and just do what I wanted to do, what felt right, what looked good, and what followed the rules of good design essentials

Colette Studio 2To the left of the doorway is my design wall

Colette studio 10Sitting at my work station and looking across the room to the design wall and some more art work above it.

I am continually told that I could make a lot of money selling my art and some of my everyday quilts.  That would be nice, but I don’t want the pressure.  I enjoy sewing and creating so much – I just can’t imagine spoiling that for myself.  For three and a half years, I was a creative consultant for Pfaff sewing machines.  That was a blast.  I traveled all over the United States teaching sewing/quilting classes and had a ball.

Colette studio 3
Every studio needs a cat

What do you have in the room?  machines, supplies, fabrics, paints, etc.  Anything that might surprise the rest of us?

Fabric, lots of fabric.  A must.  There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a creative moment and not having the right color fabric.  I have lots of supplies:  paints for fabric, and paints for silk, watercolor paints for painting, big bin of lace and threads and cording to couch.  Lots of bits of what I call specialty fabrics such as silks, linens, organza, etc.  If there is an acrylic ruler out there, I have one in my studio.  I seem to be an acrylic freak.  I think I have every known gadget for sewing also.

Colette studio 6
My work station showing my tool bar and some of my art

I have my books neatly arranged in a book-case so I can get to the one I want quickly.  Colette studio 4

There is a laptop or two in there and we cannot forget the kitty bed. There are several machines in my studio: one for regular sewing and embroidery work, one for quilting – has a 10 ½ inch throat, one for serging and one for felting.  The one I use to take to retreats and classes is in a tote bag and in another room.  Since I’ve taken up beading, there is also a drawer full of beads and supplies.

I have discharge paste and embossing powder and crystals to add to anything that might need a little bling.  My knitting and cross stitch endeavors are also in the room.

Colette studio 9
In my white cupboard there are many things – patterns, project boxes, supplies …

Anything that might surprise the rest of you?    YES!!!!!  I have a neon sign that is kept on 24/7.  It says “OPEN”.  It’s blue and red and at night when all the lights are out, there is a purple glow from that room.  Neighbors have been known to come over and ask what the purple glow is.  Why the light?  To remind me to keep an OPEN mind while creating.

Colette studio 5
My sewing station with my Open sign

How is your “stuff” organized?  How do you organize your fabric? By color?  Amount? Any separate categories (batiks, hand dyes)?  How do you organize your thread (color, weight)?

My cotton fabrics are sorted by color.  I have separate sections in my shelves for hand painted fabrics, hand dyed fabrics, batiks, collections of fabrics, etc.  I have a stack of novelty prints, a stack of polka dot, a stack of stripes and so on.

Colette Studio 7
My closet where my fabric is stored
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The fabric

My thread is sorted by type and then by weight since I have so much of it.  I use a tower of drawers  along with sulky see through boxes for my thread.

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Thread storage
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMore thread storage

Do you have anything, supplies, more machines, etc. tucked away in any other rooms of the house.  How many other rooms? (My husband likes to talk about that one.) Has a family member or significant other ever accused you of “taking over” the entire house? If you have a separate building, we want lots of pictures.

I have my retreat/class machine in another room (as I mentioned earlier).  I also store my retreat/class bag with iron, fan, extension cords and Ott light — all ready to travel — there.   A second bag is empty (somewhat) and waiting for projects to be packed into it whether I am going to a class or retreat.  I have not been accused of taking over the house, yet!

How much horizontal surface do you have, and is it ever enough?  Do you have to move piles of stuff to cut anything bigger than a fat quarter?

I have a fair amount of horizontal surface.  As you can see from the pictures, my studio is arranged in such a way that everything is in the middle of the room and I walk around the edge.  The cutting table from Koala  measures 72” x 36”.  I have my ironing board and the extensions on my sewing cabinet to the left and to the right of my machine.  My cutting table was much higher than my sewing cabinet so my husband built a platform for my cabinet so I can use the cutting table for supporting large quilts, etc.   Makes it all very handy.  I can drop my sewing machine to a height below the horizontal level making even more space available for cutting purposes if needed.

Do you straighten/organize as you go, putting each fabric away as you cut, or do you clean up after a project?  How many projects do you work on at a time and how do you keep them organized?

I like to clean up as I go.  I do not put everything away after I have cut something out, but I will fold up the remainder and make a pile of fabric off to the side for the project.  Any specialty tools that I might use will be put away when I am finished with them.  I will work on three or four projects at a time.  I keep them in project bags and have the bags ready on the cutting table for when I might feel like working on them.

Anything more you want to add about your studio, organization, working methods, etc., please do.

Colette sent a photo of her only grandchild, Luke, for whom she enjoys making quilts, and his first quilt, well as photos of her first two postcards.

Thank you Colette for inviting us into your studio.

Next month: Lauren Calaby.

Start the New Year by Freeing Yourself of UFO Guilt

by Colette Herrin

A conversation with my friend Jane about why we were stuck in neutral when it came to our creative process made us realize that we both had incredible guilt about the UFOs in our studios.  Both of us experienced a heavy feeling whenever we walked into our studios.  It was a feeling of things being just barely under control.  I had the feeling that any minute my studio might explode and I would be found days later in the middle of it all.  We knew we had to unload this burden in order to become productive again.

First step: We had to find out what we were dealing with.  Jane cleaned out her studio and found over 100 UFOs; I counted 72 in my studio! No wonder we felt stuck.  Jane went to work and devised this wonderful system.

The system uses two sets of numbers to evaluate each project. Adding the 2 numbers together will provide the final number. It works like this:

The first set of numbers represents the amount of time a project will take to finish.

1 = <2 hrs (less than 2 hrs)
2 = ½ day
3 = 1 day
4 = <week (less than a week)
5 = week or more

The second set of numbers represents the level of need or importance you place on the project:

10 = need immediately
20 = need soon
30 = need sometime
40 = want to do it
50 = can let go of this, but not right now

One of my projects is a green silk purse. I estimate that it will take me two hours to finish this purse and I really need it now.  So the final number assigned to this UFO is 12:  2 for time it will take to finish + 10 for the level of need.

NOTE:  If there is no date-sensitive need (birthday or other special occasion), then the project is a 40 or a 50.

Now to get organized. Place each UFO in a clear bag that has a tag or label inside (I use 3” sticky notes).  I number each project by the year — 1401, 1402, 1403, etc  — and the final number from the above-explained system.  This number is circled. As the bags are sealed closed, the project is added to a master list. I have this list on a clipboard in my studio so I can easily access it. My list of projects looks like this:

Project # Description Time to Complete Level of Need Final tag number Date Completed
1401 Green Silk Purse 2 10 12
1402 Angel Placemats 3 50 53

Store projects by Level of Need Number.  I have plastic boxes marked “10 Projects”, “20 Projects”, and so on.

Now you are ready to put the system to work.  When you have some time before an appointment for instance, look through your list and find a project by number that will fit the time frame you happen to have available.  Let’s say I have 3.5 hours in the morning before I have to be somewhere.  I can do project #1401 – Green Silk Purse because I rated it as taking me 2-3 hours to finish.  The fact that I need it immediately also comes into play.  I can start this project and not worry about being able to stop in time to leave for my appointment.  I just set the timer and get to work.

When I am finished with a project I line through it on my list and write the date I completed it.  Once you finish your first project under this system  -  OH THE JOY!!!  You get excited and set goals for the week for how many projects you will complete.  I have been doing this since March of 2005 and have completed over 300 projects.  Everything from sewing on a button to making a quilt count.   Things like cleaning the refrigerator have been known to show up on my list also.

Note: As you are going through your UFOs and discover a project that you doubt you will ever finish disassemble the package, put the fabric in your stash and file instructions or patterns. Put a line through the project on the master list and “LET GO” in the date completed column. Just for fun, put a tick mark at the top of the list to indicate those projects that you let go of.  You will find that this system helps keep down the clutter in your studio, gives you a real sense of control and incredible satisfaction.

That’s the system! You can work with it easily at this point or you can take the system one step further. Here’s what I do:

Each project has its own index card.  At the top of the card in the left hand corner is the number of the project.  In the right hand corner at the top are the three numbers assigned during the “grading process” followed by the title of the project.  My index card would look like this:

#1401                                                                  2         10        12
                               Green Silk Purse

I can fan through my cards very quickly and find all of the “2s” for instance and work on them during my three-hour mornings.  Or I can fan through and look for “10s” so I can get the most urgent projects completed first.

After a project is completed, I update the master list then I record the completion date on the index card.  The index card goes into my file box behind the tab labeled “DONE”.  It is very encouraging to watch that “DONE” portion of the file grow as time goes by.

I take a picture of each completed project and file it electronically in “Things I Have Made”. This is an easy way to document all my projects and another source of satisfaction.

The burden is lifted, my spirit feels free and I am at peace to sit and sew with a real sense of excitement and expectation of good things to come. You can achieve this sense of well-being too. It really works. So, get busy and free yourself of UFO GUILT!

Special thanks to Jane Koura for her great idea and for sharing it with me.

First Friday Studio Tour – Laurie Dhandapani

This month we are visiting with Laurie Dhandapani in Vernon, Connecticut.

Do you call it a studio or sewing room? To yourself, to friends and family? Why do you think this is so? Difference in starting point between quilting and art? Thinking of this as a business rather than a hobby?

I play in many different mediums, so I consider myself a mixed media artist: but I am also a professional quilter and teacher. Since sewing is only a part of what I do, I refer to my work areas as a studio. I also think it makes me take my art more seriously.

What do you have in the room? machines, supplies, fabrics, paints, etc. Anything that might surprise the rest of us?

I have all the ‘usual’ quilting supplies, rulers, cutting implements, fabric and a sewing machine; but because I like to paint (both on fabric and other surfaces) I have a wide assortment of paints, dyes, inks, markers and pens. I also like to do surface design, so I also have some odd things on the shelf like, rice cereal and boxed mashed potatoes (These make great resists on fabric.)Laurie Dhandapani studio 4

I have a good assortment of stamps and stencils. I have a lightbox, stencil cutter and a heat tool for distressing/distorting things. The best thing I did was put up a 6 foot by 8 foot design wall. Not only can I put things up as I work, but I often hang a project that is ‘stuck’ and after looking at it for a while, the solution comes to me.Laurie Dhandapani studio 3

I love to draw and journal, so I also have lots of paper. I have a longarm machine as well, both for myself and customer quilts.

How is your “stuff” organized? How do you organize your fabric? By color? Amount? Any separate categories (batiks, hand dyes)? How do you organize your thread (color, weight)?

I try to organize my supplies by medium. One closet holds paints/ dyes and another closet for batting.

Laurie Dhandapani studio 1

Thread is organized by type- the frequent flyers are on a stand and the others are kept in plastic boxes. Generally the things I use frequently are on open shelves or on a pegboard so I can readily get to them.Laurie Dhandapani studio 5

And then there is the fabric. I am a self- proclaimed “collector” of fabric! I gravitate toward batiks and ethnic fabrics, but also have some silk and velvet. I have acquired lots of fabric and know that it will eventually find a way into something I am making. I also collect ribbons, lace, buttons and ephemera, for embellishing.

Do you have anything, supplies, more machines, etc. tucked away in any other rooms of the house. How many other rooms? (My husband likes to talk about that one.) Has a family member or significant other ever accused you of “taking over” the entire house? If you have a separate building, we want lots of pictures.

I manage to contain my ‘stuff’ to two bedrooms…although I did need to convince a couple of kids to move out! One room houses the longarm machine, the equipment pegboard and most of my fabric and the other room is really my working studio.Laurie Dhandapani studio 2

How much horizontal surface do you have, and is it ever enough? Do you have to move piles of stuff to cut anything bigger than a fat quarter?
Do you straighten/organize as you go, putting each fabric away as you cut, or do you clean up after a project? How many projects do you work on at a time and how do you keep them organized?

My working table is a six foot banquet table on supports to raise it up, so I can stand to work. I do all of my cutting and non-sewing work on this table. My sewing machine is in its own table. In a pinch I work on the ironing board. I try to keep the cutting table cleared off as much as possible. I tend to work on several projects at a time. I keep each one in a basket or bag so I can easily pick up and begin work.

Anything more you want to add about your studio, organization, working methods, etc., please do.

Making art is personally fulfilling. As a teacher I am thrilled when a student ‘gets it’ and I enjoy quilting for someone to complete their vision. I love what I do!

Thank you, Laurie, for letting us tour your studio.

Next Month:  Colette Herrin

Happy New Year

Beginning in 2011 and culminating in 2013, we took up the challenge of using the alphabet — plus the Question Mark and Ampersand — as inspiration for creating fabric postcards. We had so many members interested in this challenge that we had several groups of traders creating simultaneously. Here is what one group created. Click on an image for a closer view.

May the future bring you more creativity that you hoped for! Happy New Year!