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Thread: Organizing the Studio: Idea Pin Up Board and Other Mighty Good Things

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    Organizing the Studio: Idea Pin Up Board and Other Mighty Good Things

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    Great Grandma Edna's Doily Stretcher, converted into my ideas board next to my sewing machine.

    Here's what the doily stretcher looks like, unadorned. Somewhere, I noted what year Grandma Edna ordered the doily stretcher from Montgomery Wards ( I still have the MW shipping box). Can't remember details off the top of my head. But, its an early one for sure.
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    I am so lucky to have this cork-like surface to hang up bits and pieces. I use it all the time: thumbnail sketches for designing quilts, applique circle templates, notes to myself--especially about tension settings for the long arm machine, color samples I am fond of, images I want to explore, business cards of quilters friends, blocks that could turn into quilts.

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    Other things that helped me get organized are these black plastic dollar store bins, just the right size to sort thread spools by color and fits nicely in the library card file drawers.

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    If you look closely at the walls--around the perimeter of the studio are 4 inch shelves to store things like serger and long arm quilting thread spools. Storing those items in plain sight keeps aware when I am low on a particular color (and one more good reason to go fabric shopping). The shelves are a convenient place to lean quilting rulers. Below some of the shelves, I installed large white coated "Cup Hooks" to hang scissors and measuring tapes.

    The plain ivory curtains by my sewing machine do more duty that keeping the sun out of my eyes, they are convenient for storing threaded needles, and binding clips. I work in the studio everyday.
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    Enjoy all the creative storage ideas you have! Great studio area~
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    Very nice! Not at all cluttered.
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    Great job!

    What is on the upper right side of the french doors? More thread?

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    Answering your question: Upper right-hand of the glass doors are two heat exchangers, one is gas forced air and the other is heat sourced from our outdoor wood burning furnace that super heats water, (hot water passing over a plenum and fan blows heated air). My studio is 800sq.ft and is the second story over a two story garage built to look like a grain elevator. We live in a restored Victorian in rural Wisconsin. This week we are double digits below zero.

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    Wonderful creative space! I am a wee bit jealous of the card catalog files. I see you have a lot of them. And the long 4" shelf running along the perimeter to show off that eye candy in an eye candy store

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    You have a beautiful sewing studio. Thank you for sharing your tips.
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    Beautiful studio. threads add color to the room.
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    I hope you enjoy every square inch of this wonderful space for many years to come!

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    Very good ideas and your space looks great. I try to keep my studio neat, but a tornado must have come through it during the holidays.

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    Your studio is lovely. You have shared lots of good ideas in this post. Thanks
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    Thank you for sharing your wonderful sewing studio and ideas.
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    You may have an expensive antique in that doily stretcher, especially since you still have the box as well. You might want to check it out.

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    Very nice, thanks for sharing!
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    Love everything in your studio. The containers for the threads are a great idea!

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    I've never seen that much thread in my life!
    Great studio, have fun playing!!!

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    I love how you did your threads in the library drawers. clever move.
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    I read your blog. I'm from Oconomowoc,Wisconsin.But now live in Casa Grande Az. Any way I was reading and showing my husband your pictures. I told him where you live and he's never heard of it. He was born and raised in Milwaukee. He asked me to ask you where are you located on map. I know Green lake, Hurley, lots of places but not your town.

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