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Free Motion Quilting - More Studio Pics

I've been trying to practice my free motion quilting and it's just not going as well as I'd hoped. I just can't seem to make the stitches uniform. I didn't actually practice on a practice piece, I used a real quilt. So, I've been ripping them out, one at a time. Not sure I have the patience to use practice pieces. Sigh. I think I'm going to use Art N Stitch and design a stitching pattern and just do it on my HQ16 with the ProStitcher so it will be even and more accurate. Not sure you can see, but some of my stitches are pretty big and a bit wavy and they have to come out.

Well, I've been cleaning and straightening my studio and I have another section finished.

This is my cutting area. I continued with my fabric bins and my pretzel jars sorted by color on one wall, so when you walk in you see a ton of color which I love. I have a couple of those wooden ruler holders for my most-used rulers close to my mat. The black laundry bag is where I collect my true throw away scraps. After I fill a pretzel jar on the table top which I seem to use better than throwing each scrap into the bag, I then dump it the bag. I hope to get enough to fill a pillowcase and offer it as a dog bed. You can see that there are 36 bins under the table and they have some tools and such in them, but most are UFOs and labeled as such. There's six more sitting out with another bin on top with my most used tools. These are also UFOs, but not yet labeled and are the most recent. The black garage-type racks are from Costco and I just set a huge IKEA tabletop on top of two of them and it's so wonderful to have a table that size. Three sets of bins fit perfectly under them. 

There's my Accuquilt GO! on the table with more bins with UFOs under it. The kitchen island/table has all my dies and a couple new PIGs on each shelf. No free bins available for them and I'm not buying more. I'm going to finish a UFO to free up a bin for of these days. There is also a huge Post-It notepad leaning there. They are huge and very sticky, so I stick one up on a free wall and list of which project I should be working on...or not. LOL

I moved my pegboard to this wall, hoping I have enough room to use my GO! It's a tight squeeze in there.  The white rack was another JoAnn's moving sale item and I have tons of tools hanging there and are mostly not opened yet so it looks like a shop! This stems from not-being-able-to-find-something and then I buy another, then found the old one, consequently, lots of new tools. The rest of the pegboard is scissors and rulers and whatever I still haven't found. There's an IKEA bar with most of my rulers that I rarely use, but had to have. 

Here's my ironing station and I love my iron. I made the top by covering a piece of plywood with batting and used the silver ironing board cover fabric and stapled it to the back. It's wonderful and just the right size for ironing yardage. Again, more UFOs in bins. Hmmm, that's probably more than 100 bins. Still a lot of tools and BOM monthly envelopes in them, so shouldn't have that many unfinished quilts--in this room!! However, you won't believe my closets, I probably do have 130 UFOs total. So embarrassing...I've been salivating over a bunch of kits that are online, but, so far, I've not hit the "order" button on those I've added to my cart. Sigh. 

I really need to be accountable so I'm looking for some blogs that I can link to that helps me get something moved along. I found two and put them on my side bar. Please post any that you have found that may have worked for you and I'll join with you. I thought about doing one myself, but I'd want everyone to link up three times a week and I doubt I'd get any takers, plus, I don't know how to make a button they could use. HaHa 

If you missed the first part of the tour, check the post that started all this


  1. Your studio looks so nice and neat! I love your ironing board setup!


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