Tuesday Tips {The Quilted Fish}

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Welcome to Tuesday Tips!

I am so excited today because the ever so talented, Amanda Herring (otherwise known as The Quilted Fish) is here to give us the scoop on her creative space!  Amanda is a friend of mine, who I first met through Alpine Quilt Retreats.  She's been an inspiration, an encourager and kind of a mentor to me for the last year or so.  She's a fabric designer (for Riley Blake Designs), pattern designer, crafter of all sorts.  She's funny.  She's creative. 
She's a one-hundred-and-ten-percent-kind-of-gal. 
Get your "pins" ready because I know you're going to love this.

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Hello!  I am Amanda from The Quilted Fish.  I am so excited to be here to share a little bit of my studio with you.  Amber is so amazing that she does all of this and gathers lovely bits from different people, don't you think?
So when Amber asked me to share some of my organizational techniques, I nearly choked on my drink.  Let me make one thing clear.  I am a lot of things, but organized is NOT one of them.  In fact, I had to clean my studio to take pictures!  I like to make messes.  It is part of who I am.  I do not, however, enjoy cleaning up after myself!  It was a good thing that she had other options for me to share!  So I am going to share almost everything (not my cutting table because that is where everything is piled that I didn't want in the pictures).  

I can't wait to show you around!

My sweet hubby (Mr. Fish) built me these beautiful shelves.  There are six shelves and they are all bursting with my favorite things.  I collect bottles and jars, antique scales, antique sewing machines, vintage trims and buttons and of course FABRIC! 


One of my favorite storage things I have is this metal chest that I bought at Hobby Lobby (aka the mother ship).  Each drawer has something special in it......

I love this little spot in my studio.  It is where I write patterns and work on my laptop when I have it in there.  We made this "pin board" from a window we had in one of my market booths.  It has chicken wire in it and I use clothespins to hang all kinds of treasures and special ribbon.




Then there is my actual sewing space.  I don't sit here as much as I would like to!!!


But when I do sit there, I often have company.  So I had to have a nice place for people to sit....


If I don't have every tool I own strewn all over the studio, they are here in these pretty little urns.


And I like to keep the selvages from my fabrics, so I use them as a necklace for this poor fellow...


Which on closer inspection is likely a woman.  Boy do I feel bad.  I thought it was a he!

So there it is.  Most of the studio, minus the mess!!  I hope you have found something fun that you could use in your studio.  Thanks to Amber for having me!

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What a great room, eh?
Thank you SO much, Amanda, for sharing those pictures with us.  You gave us lots of great ideas on how to decorate/organize our creative spaces!  I LOVE how you draped your selvages over the bust and all of your shelving is making me drool!  You've got it organized so pretty!

I'm having so much fun spying on all of these creative spaces.  Aren't you???Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of this Tuesday Tips!


  1. this is so fun peaking in on other peoples creative space, you are giving us a little look into other peoples live that normaly we see from the outside


  2. I so want the sewing space. i am in the basement with no natural light. It all looks so bright and sunny.

  3. I love that chair! It belongs in a movie :-) What an inspirational post, lots of ideas for making my work space better.

  4. Love your space and I even got a few ideas for my own. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love the chicken wire hanging thing. Great idea!

  6. I just came over from Twin Fibers....What a great idea to profile creative spaces -- though now I'm getting studio envy. Sigh.

  7. Love that chicken wire clothespin board! Great idea!

  8. What a wonderful studio space. I love it. So bright and cheery and neat and tidy too (I will bet it isn't always that way. LOL)

  9. I am so impressed with your husbands handiwork on the wall shelves that I might just need to steal the idea. There just never seems to be enough room to put things or I am just always bringing too many things in. You have a gorgeous space. I am currently redoing my own. If I could ask how many brackets he used per shelf and how far you spaced yours apart? I think yours turned out so successfully I would hate to mess it up...thank you..Renee

  10. Let's see where do I start... It's always fun to see how other people set up their space and your's is really neat Amanda. I love your shelves which I'm sending a copy the picture to my husband to show I'm not the one who collects treasures and really love that chair! Thanks for sharing.


I ♥ to hear from you so please feel free to leave a comment. I read each one and try to respond as often as I can. Thanks so much for stopping by! ~Amber