Big Quilt Block Alternatives | Think Big

This week Amy Ellis is celebrating her new book Think Big and hosting her second annual Pillow Collective series.  You will find many talented artists on the tour sharing their spin on her designs. You maybe wondering what's the deal with the "Think Big" title since we are talking pillows. Well, that's the beauty of the book. Think Big walks you through the process of thinking beyond the big … [Read more...]

Creative Storage Solutions

It's officially the new year and reality has hit, it's time to dig in and organize. This task is something that I dread! I seem to collect stuff like mad with the thought process that eventually I will use it.  Does that sound familiar?  Well, if so, just know that you are not alone. This year, I am determined to pair down and find a few creative storage solutions that actually work for me. Not … [Read more...]

Make Mini Scrap Bundles

Do you ever get bored with your stash? I do! I look at it and sew on it almost everyday so, it's only natural to want something different from time to time. Since I'm terrible at letting go, I like to make sure it has a great home to go to. To help clear out, I like wrap up a few pieces together and create mini bundles. These little minis are perfect for tucking inside a swap, gifting to a new … [Read more...]

Creative Storage Solutions

Over the past few weeks the hubby and I have been really studying my sewing space.  Well, let me re-phrase this... He has been studying my mess while Chewie and I have been doing our thing. It seems that no matter how hard I try, I am just not neat and organized.  So, it's back to the drawing board or in this case Pinterest, I go.  I really need to put my thinking cap on to make this space … [Read more...]

Sewing Splurge … If money were no object!

Have you ever thought about what you would like to have in your sewing life that you don’t have now? If you had no restraints on your time, money, or other real-life issues: what would your sewing splurge be? We asked our community to answer this question: If you could splurge… I mean really splurge on a sewing something, what would it be?  A fancy sewing machine, a sewing retreat, maybe a … [Read more...]

Start with a Clean Slate

Hello faithful friends of First Fridays at The Sewing Loft! Last month I popped in to announce that I would be sharing the story of my denim quilt project.  And during this process something funny happened that made me realize I needed to come clean and be honest about the way any big project gets undertaken around here. It usually starts with a mass cleanup. It struck home when I took in … [Read more...]

Different types of marking tools

Marking your fabric is a standard part of sewing but understanding the different types of marking tools on the market is a totally different ballgame. Let's explore our options and helpful tips on when to use. Whether you’re tracing a template or transferring pattern markings, the type of tool that works best will depend on the type of fabric you’re using and the purpose you need it to fill. … [Read more...]

Wall Art Work In Progress

Yesterday, I started a project for my studio - Wall Art.  You see, I have one blank wall that is the 1st thing you see when you enter the space.  Anyway, I thought it would be fun to showcase some of the fabrics in my ever-growing stash.  Remember, I'm a fabric addict. Wall Art Work In Progress   Since it is not up yet and I am still working out all the details, I thought I would … [Read more...]

Got Notions: Monthly Meme

Hi everybody!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here because it's time for the monthly meme once again!   OK, who recognizes this glass head?  Anybody remember?  It's the same one I used to set up the other famous meme about being a card-carrying thread head.  Well "famous" might be stretching it but hey, I'm a creative.  It's my job! When I set up this photo shoot I dug and searched for my box of … [Read more...]