a January notion

I love the fresh momentum that January brings to makers. Have you noticed that everywhere we are digging out our old works-in-progress with renewed vigor or starting new grand projects? Or even both! I have felt it too, particularly this year. That’s partly why I jumped in with the Gypsy Wife Quilt-Along, even though it was last minute. And I haven’t regretted it one bit!


Here’s my Pershing block, for week 2. It’s definitely my new favorite.

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But that’s not my only iron in the fire. I’m also feeling drawn to English paper piecing. Around the new year I even considered making a Passacaglia quilt. What an epic undertaking, right?

Instead, I’ve decided to make something more mid-range in skill. I don’t have all the details sorted out, but more EPP is coming in an original design. I’m eager to sit down and to start sketching my ideas, but haven’t had the chance yet. I’m sure you know the feeling!

What’s been really keep me busy lately is yet another project. I’ve been writing a new online course called QuilterSpace. It’s all about organizing your sewing area, be it large or small, for efficiency and pleasure. I’m about halfway through the writing process and so pleased with how it’s turning out. Can’t wait to launch it early spring, just in time for spring cleaning.

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I plan to offer QuilterSpace as a custom-paced email PDF course, just as with Angled Course (it’s not too late to join!). Angled seems to be working well for students, and this organization course is particularly well-suited to customization. Not everyone has the same sewing room challenges or prefers the same order of attack. Choices are always helpful.

Speaking of that, I’m about to start writing the Notions module. Notions is a broad category, spanning reusable tools like rulers, wonder clips and hoops; supplies like floss, transfer paper and thread; and trims like ribbon, zippers and bias tape. The sheer number of notions in our sewing space is mind boggling, so sorting and storing them is no small task.

But I like organizing! Love it, actually. I have lots of ideas to share, but I bet you do too.

If you’d like to share a notions organization tip, please add your comment here or drop me a line. I’d love to add your wisdom to the class, with your permission.

I’ll leave you with this photo of my most challenging notions drawer. This one houses my trims, basting pins and clips. It’s the hardest one to keep organized, but can you guess why?

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Because it’s Rora’s very most favorite drawer! The ribbons, zippers and business cards all delight her. If I’m not looking she might try to open that thin cardboard box too. Inside are tiny embroidery beads, yikes! But her top pick is the wonder clips, which I let her play with all. day. long.

I know I’m lucky to share my sewing space with someone so precious.