My New Sewing Studio

 

Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Last year, my friend Kimberley Einmo asked me to send her photos of my sewing room for a guild lecture she was preparing.  After much cleaning, I sent her a few sanitized photos like this:  (See more HERE)

I felt a little dishonest, because this serene setting was staged…

My Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

The rest of the sewing room looked like this:

Sewing Room, Lori Kennedy

SEWING ROOM TO SEWING STUDIO

For most of my sewing career, I have carved out a small space in my basements next to the laundry room to sew.  I always installed good lighting, but used a hodge- podge of boxes, shelves and banquet tables.

When we moved to Minnesota, I took the bonus room over the garage for my sewing area.  I just moved the mess right into my new space. For the first time, I was out of the basement and I had huge windows!  I just loved the room…

But now….

We’ve splurged on REAL SHELVES!!  and a REAL ISLAND!!!

There are shelves to hold my stencils and drawers for all my fabric.  Cabinets to hide my messy stuff and a huge island for cutting!

I even had two huge bulletin boards/design walls installed!

Now all they need is a few coats of paint!

More photos to come…

Floating on air,

Lori

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A New Year-A Clean Slate

 

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Good Morning, Quilters!

I have been an errant blogger of late, but I haven’t forgotten about YOU!  I have been busy celebrating Christmas and the New Year with family and taking some quiet time to think, plan and organize.

I love the early days of a new year when everything is a blank slate–including the untouched calendar waiting to be filled with activities, goals, lists, hopes and dreams and of course, doodles!

WORD OF THE YEAR

One of the big discussions in the blogosphere at this time of year is the idea of choosing a word for the year-a word that suggests a guiding principle.

In 2015,  I chose the word  focus–a play on my interest in learning more about photography and my need to avoid distractions.

By the end of the year (Squirrel!) I was so harried (Squirrel!) I never chose a word for 2016.  (Perhaps I should have chosen Squirrel!?)

MOTTO FOR 2017

My motto  for 2017 is Make New Friends

I don’t mean it literally–but as a reminder to be open to new ideas and fresh ways of looking at things, exploring new possibilities and avoiding ruts.

Ruby and Roxie, Australian Shepherds

Remember the old Girl Scout song:

Make new friends, but keep the old…

One is silver and the other’s gold!

Ruby and Roxie, Australian Shepherds

MAKING NEW FRIENDS-MY THREAD STASH

One of my frustrations in my sewing room is my thread stash.

I LOVE thread, but finding the right thread is a nightmare and leaves my sewing room looking like a tornado hit!

All of my thread is stored (neatly) in boxes.  However, when I’m auditioning threads, I have to open all the boxes to see my choices–leaving my room a mess!

Threads, Sewing Room

HOW A THREAD NERD LIVES DANGEROUSLY

Last week I had six June Tailor thread racks installed on my sewing room wall.

I know this is not the best way to store thread–light and dust can damage thread.  

However, I have decided to throw caution to the wind and store my threads (on a wall with minimal sun light) in a way that suits the way I work--even if it means I have to replace threads more frequently!

Thread Organization

I spent several happy hours silently organizing my thread.  It was oddly calming and therapeutic…

Thread Organization

This will transform the way I work–a fresh look and a NEW FRIEND!

Isn’t it pretty???

What about YOU?  Do YOU have a motto or word for 2017?

Is there something YOU can look at with fresh eyes?

We’d LOVE to hear!

Signed,

YOUR Friend,

Lori

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Overwhelmed? Try the Quilter’s Notebook Cure!

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

After a very busy September, my sewing room is a mess, my quilts and fabric are everywhere and I feel totally overwhelmed!

Ever feel that way?

I have just the cure—

THE QUILT NOTEBOOK!!!

We haven’t talked about The Quilt Notebook lately, but with just 90 days left in 2016–I’m turning to my Quilt Notebook to get me on track again.

First thing–Do an Inventory of all of your quilts including kits and projects with patterns and fabric.

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

Next, choose The Big Three–your priority quilts for this year--(I chose four quilts)

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

 

Then make a list of the next few steps to jump-start the project again.  Keep the steps simple and easy–so you will be able to accomplish them in less than one hour.

Avoid writing steps like “piece the top”–It’s too daunting.  Instead, break it down–like “piece the orange blocks”…

One of my quilts is such a mess, I listed “organize” as one of my next steps.

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

I have 30 quilts-in-progress…and I’m not even sure where they will go…

MEASUREMENTS PAGE

I added a “Measurements Page” to my Quilter’s Notebook.

You can find quilt sizes in any reference book–but that doesn’t mean the quilt will fit YOUR BED…(Don’t ask me how I know!)

Mattress depth, personal preferences, quilt design–all affect the size of the quilt.

One of my tasks this week is to measure all the beds in my house to determine the perfect quilt size for MY beds.  I will also add the measurements I like for MY table and the size of the quilt rod that hangs in my bathroom.

Add pillow sizes if you plan to make any pillows.

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy

TIPS FOR STAYING FOCUS

In addition, I added a few tips from one of my favorite books…Manage Your Day to Day 

  • Creative work first (Actually, exercise first…)
  • Reactive work second
  • Best energy for creative work
  • Establish creative routines
  • To Do List:  3 things
  • Hard edges:  Deadlines improve work time

We’ll talk more about these tips in coming weeks….

Quilter's Notebook, Lori Kennedy
Manage Your Day-to-Day

DO YOU NEED A LITTLE MORE FOCUS?

After my “Quilt Notebook” exercise, I feel better about my quilting life and all the projects!

If you are feeling overwhelmed—here’s a short task list for this week:

  • Update or make a new “Projects List” in your Quilter’s Notebook.  (Be sure to date it!)
  • Pick The Big Three quilts–your priority quilts
  • List 3-4 small tasks for each of The Big Three quilts
  • Add a “Measurements Page” to your notebook–list all the beds you’re likely to make quilt for and start taking measurements

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

What about YOU?  Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your Unfinished Projects?

How many UFOs do YOU have?

What are YOU going to do to jumpstart your creativity today?

We’d LOVE to hear!

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Finally-Focused, Lori

at least until next week….

L

PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!