Monday, August 29, 2016

My Favorite Things in the Studio

 Havel's Sewing tools of the trade. Snips for the sewing machine table, pinking sheers, rotary cutter, scissors.

A wooden paper dispenser from Ikea (kids dept) for rolling out a 12" wide bolt of Mistyfuse

My first Bernina. 153 QE from 2001

My Bernina 750 QE

Inspiration wall of my favorite quilts

The best iron ever. It has a flat bed, dry and doesn't shut off, unless you un plug it. I buy two at a time. Continental is the brand. Amazon.

Sizzix die cutting machine, portable - Fabi (same as a Big Shot)

Wire racks on wheels.  I buy them at Target, and I have to put them together.  They are incredibly sturdy and I can move them easily.

Bakers rack. I friend of mine closed her catering business and offered me this. It is a fabulous 'project cart,' with slide out trays
Sizzix Big Shot Pro (not portable), but the greatest for cutting large dies. It is on a table with wheels which makes it nice!

a really big design table with room to sit all around it, and with storage underneath. I had it custom made for my studio

Ikea CD shelving is the greatest for storing fat quarters and other small cuts of fabric. I wish I had bought more at the time, so I could have 6

When I start questioning myself, I look at the bottom shelf of all of the publications that my work has been in since 2003. I have value, I have a voice, I can do this.  And there is Yvonne Porcella staring back at me from the Mistyfuse package, and I smile

My vintage Royal typewriter, which has been the model for my typewriter quilts. The apple and dog were made by my friend, Cindy Cooksey!

World globe from my dad's office that I collaged with pieces of my life. The dream big sign, made out of license plates was a great find at a store in Santa Barbara

A few of my favorite things


  1. Ooooh, I love your space and your stuff! Thanks for the tip on the iron. My long suffering Rowenta recently blew up (literally - almost took out the fuse box with it). I had a new one gifted to me two years ago but I'm not liking it. Your Continental iron looks like one my mom had that was so good.

  2. Great Art space and all the storage pieces!

  3. I could look around that room fur hours, such a visual delight.

  4. Great tour of your lively studio and many good equipment tips. I imagine that just being there is inspiring.

  5. Always fun to get glimpses of your studio! The Bakers Rack does look interesting!


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