Updated 5/27/19– Thank you to all who tuned in! If you are a member of our group and would like to watch the replay, go to the Wise Craft Quilts Facebook group page, click on “Video” and if is the video from May 24th.
Facebook groups have been incredibly helpful to me over the past couple of years. I’ve gotten business guidance, help finding things in my community, found out about a newly released social media feature, you name it. I started the Wise Craft Quilts Facebook Group when my last book, Wise Craft Quilts, was published. Facebook Groups were emerging as a new resource for those of us who wanted to reach our audience online where they were at already. Since my group began, we have remade some of the projects in my book, live and in the group with others participating live. We have shared advice and projects, and have formed community around quilting. Its been a real source of support and enthusiasm for my work and I am so very grateful.
Updated- See the result of the bookshelves!
Many of you, if not all, have seen or heard about Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. A professional organizer with a lifelong love of tidying spaces and reducing clutter. Her books and now her show have many of us obsessed discovering what “sparks joy”. People inspired by her method of tidying have been lining up at donation centers across the country, to drop off tons of household goods, clothing, books that no longer spark joy for them.READ MORE
I decided that my desk/sewing table would not be clean clean until I made a sewing machine cover. I had been eyeing the Spool Quilt in Alexia Abegg’s Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics ever since I got it. While everyone was drooling over the Marcelle Quilt in that book (which is gorgeous, don’t get me wrong), the spools were always the ones that caught my eye. Not having the time to make a full quilt, I could definitely make enough blocks for a sewing machine dust cover. Each block is 4 spools/14″ x 14″, and after taking loose measurements over and across my machine, I knew I needed exactly 2 blocks. Boom…READ MORE
Having some sort of pretty, inspirational area in my workspace has always been important to me. I tend to work rather chaotically, with huge messes, and I’ve come to accept that (I’ll never work neatly, drives Peter nuts!), so having someplace to rest my eyes, daydream for a minute, can really help me through. Even as a working girl, in my tiny workplace cubicles, I had things hanging that inspired me. There was a time a few years ago that I completely changed up the inspiration board that hung in my sewing room each season, in 2012 I even made a year of monthly inspirational desktop wallpapers.