Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Creating your Perfect Quilting Space and Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space Studio Planner by Lois L. Hallock

Wouldn't you love to have the perfect sewing/quilting/craft room?  I think we all would, but sometimes we only have enough room for a “space”.  But that’s ok because in Creating your Perfect Quilting Space author Lois Hallock shows the reader how to use space wisely and make the most of what we have. 

This book teaches how to set up the perfect work triangle and create storage space that makes finding your tools, magazines, and fabrics fast and efficient.  Many topics are covered: space, lighting, ergonomics, and design walls.  Also, there are tips on how to do it on a budget, and how to use what you already have more efficiently.

There are many photographs throughout the book and my favorites were the “before” and “after” photos. What a difference good organization can make!  Whether you have a huge room ready for shelves and cabinets or a limited space in a corner, this book will help you make the most of the space you have.

Also available is a companion piece, Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space Studio Planner by the same author. This is a creative tool to help you visualize what will be the best arrangement for your special space.  This is a light weight cardboard planner marked in grid with a worksheet for room size and shape. There are outlines of the furniture, tables and shelving to cut out and place on the grid.  With correct measurements of your room and furniture, you can use the cutouts with double stick tape or repositionable glue to plan your room. Move the pieces around as you like until you find the placement you want.  While I like the idea of this planner, I would have preferred a heavier cardboard and perhaps perforated punch-out pieces on a separate sheet instead of the cut-outs.   

Thank you to Martingale & Company for providing a review copy of both publications.


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