Wednesday, December 30, 2015

What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - Just In The Nick Of Time...

Hi, all!

It's Wednesday, the holidays are over, and I got a bunch of new books for Christmas!  And there's one that's just perfect to share today, because I'm sure I'm not the only one cleaning out my sewing studio and attempting a reorganization...

This week's book is called Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter, by Carolyn Woods.  Ms. Woods, a professional residential organizer, has done an excellent job of showing the steps to go from this.... a useful, organized, and functional space that will spark your inner muse and make you want to create!!  The first section of the book walks you through determining the causes of your clutter, then helps you set goals to deal with the clutter.  Goal setting includes setting a time frame so it doesn't take forever!  Then she moves on to Storage Options.

This section is broken down into three parts:  fabric storage; thread, notions, tools and more; and project and UFO storage.

I particularly liked her use of all types of organization products that might not immediately spring to mind when organizing a sewing studio.  The under-shelf basket shown above holding ribbons is a great idea!

She also shows some very unexpected and very inexpensive storage options, many times repurposing common household items that would ordinarily wind up in the trash.  The picture above shows repurposed deli food containers...

...while this picture shows repurposed baby food containers used to sort tiny notions!  I recently threw away piles of these I had stored in the attic - sure wish I had them now!

And how about using a dishwasher utensil basket for holding your small tools?  This section of the book will make you look at things with an eye to storage - you'll be surprised how many places you see unexpected storage!

I also love the idea of using an over-the-door shoe storage unit to hold fabric - I use mine to hold large cones of thread!

There's also a section about quilting on the go - a great place to find ways to stay organized when you take your quilting on the road!  

And then there's my favorite idea and picture in the book - this adorable pincushion on the head of a golf tee - and the golf tee holds a matching bobbin on the spool of thread below it!  

All in all, I found this to be a great book, and very useful in my current "The Space Between" project (see more about this in my post from Monday) as I reorganize my sewing studio.


So that's what's on my bookshelf today!  Have you taken a look at yours lately?




  1. As I busily cleaning I'm running across books or magazines I forgot I even had.

  2. As I busily cleaning I'm running across books or magazines I forgot I even had.

  3. Sometimes these 'organizing' ideas leave me shaking my head, but this looks like some useful and resourceful stuff. Now, if I just had room for another book. haha

  4. I'm sure you can get more baby food, or any other containers from networking your quilt ministry. I got egg cartons, berry boxes, etc. when we were selling on Farmers market. I never bought any new ones. Now people give me fabric they don't want.

  5. I showed hubby your post on the illustrated Harry Potter book, and, one was under the tree for me. Woohoo!

  6. My husbands suggest that I skip the book because I'm a lost cause. I can be my New Years resolution, but I doubt I can stick to it. Happy NY.

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