Love Your Creative Space!

Love Your Creative Space by Lilo Bowman



Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Lilo Bowman, author of Love Your Creative Space (C&T Publishing). In the Quilt As Desired Membership, we have discussed our studio challenges when it comes to making the most out of our space. I am a firm believer that our creative space is our sanctuary, and it yours isn’t feeling that way, there are probably a few things that you can do to tackle some of the problem areas.


Common ones are:

  • too much fabric (quilters usually have more than they will ever use, and much of it often gets buried behind newer purchases or stacked on our work surfaces
  • duplicate tools that take up space we could use differently (how many rulers do we actually need?)
  • using our creative spaces as more of a depository than an inspiring place to make things


Lilo has some great tips in our interview and in her book, which I highly recommend! Enjoy our discussion and leave a comment to let us know of an issue you have that we may not have mentioned in the video. For Quilt As Desired Members, there is an additional video inside of the Member Portal with 3 actionable steps from Lilo to get started on organizing your creative space today. If you are not a member of the Quilt As Desired club, but would like to know when membership opens up again, be sure you are on my mailing list.


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  • Julie Moss

    October 24, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Perfect timing for me as I’m moving again and I’m downsizing and purging into a smaller space!
    Thank you for the tips on storage ideas and for thinking about giving my extras to beginner quilter/sewers who may be looking for supplies to start their new hobby!

    • Blair Stocker

      October 24, 2022 at 5:28 pm

      Glad it helped. Best of luck with the move Julie. We downsized and got rid of about half of what we owned when we moved from Seattle to Santa Fe and I’ve never felt lighter.

  • Holly S Landon

    October 24, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    I enjoyed this talk. Thank you! We recently moved and I am using our guest room as my sewing space. I’m in the middle of setting it up so this was helpful. I am using most of the wall space for design panels (Kaffe Fasset grey grid flannel) I’ll send photos when it is in better shape.. Blair what do you suggest is a really good quilters/sewing light that I could easier move around? Thanks!

    • Blair Stocker

      October 24, 2022 at 5:27 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I recommend her book too, full of great ideas!

  • Jane Plant

    October 25, 2022 at 9:01 am

    I enjoyed this talk. Rethinking my space was sparked by some of yours and Lilo’s suggestions. I like the idea of vertically storing fabrics behind doors. I also noticed you have in your background view books that are stored vertically. How does that work for you?

    • Blair Stocker

      October 25, 2022 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Jane, that vertical bookshelf is from Design Within Reach. I only keep current books that I am actively using on that bookcase and change them out often because of sun fading. But it works well for that, and you’re right it does utilize vertical space that would otherwise be unused for storage.

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