Thursday, August 27, 2009

Amy Butler Softwares review

Amy Butler Softwares cover Head over to True Up to read my review of Electric Quilt’s Amy Butler Softwares pattern program! Kim gave me the chance to play around with the software, and one of the test projects I made was the Pinwheel Pillow—shown here as commandeered by Princess Fluffinstuff.

Her Highness on her dais

Monday, August 10, 2009

Vintage Sewing Rooms: storage cubes

Using cubes for storage in sewing rooms is nothing new—here’re some configuration ideas from the 1976 Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing.


Long, low arrangement provides bin, shelf, and drawer storage, stand-up slots for books or patterns. Tops make a convenient surface for sorting and selecting.


Stacked cubes supply flat shelving for fabrics, drawers in two depths. Shallow ones are excellent for keeping small items separate and accessible.


Cube combinations can be stacked to any desired height. If grouping will be free-standing, look for system that provides clips, pegs, or other means of holding the cubes together.


Work table of components is just one example of the many possibilities offered by combinations of separate parts. The top could be a flush door, a plastic-laminated slab, a rectangle of plywood; it could also be purchased large enough for cutting . . . . The storage units could also vary: both sides instead of one; stacked cubes as shown, a desk-type pedestal, or a modular base unit . . . .