Love Your Creative Space Blog Tour with Lilo Bowman

Today I’m excited to tell you about a fabulous new book, from my friend Lilo Bowman.

Lilo Bowman

Lilo Bowman

Love Your Creative Space: A Visual Guide to Creating an Inspiring & Organized Studio Without Breaking the Bank is Lilo’s new title from C&T Publishing. It’s full of ideas, solutions, and creative ways to set aside and love your personal space for making.

Love Your Creative Space book

Click here to buy Love Your Creative Space on Amazon. 

So backing up a little, I first met Lilo when I was a guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. She’s used to working behind the scenes as a producer for the show but now I’m excited for her to be the star of the show with her new book and blog tour.

The Quilt Show Set

Click here to see the trailer for my Quilt Show episode.
Lilo helped keep me organized and ready to roll on filming day!

Love Your Creative Space is divided into My Stuff (we all have it!), My Space (tiny or large) and My System. It addresses the common needs of needlecrafters, but also covers many less common topics.
Love Your Creative Space
For example, how do you stay organized when you head out for a class or a retreat? How can or should your space be altered when life itself changes because of a move, an illness or just getting older? There are many ideas and suggestions, along with questions to help you analyze your own stuff, space and system.
I especially enjoyed the gallery of artist studios. One space has been adapted for its owner’s special needs after a stroke left her with partial paralysis. One space is especially compact. A third artist requires both dry and wet work spaces!
If you work in more than one medium, you’ll find ideas to organize, separate and combine your supplies. The book’s photography might even inspire you to try something new!
Love Your Creative Space
This book recognizes that budgets for creative spaces come in all sizes, and Lilo gives helpful advice for saving, economizing and reimagining or repurposing. It’s clear that she wants makers to love and enjoy their spaces regardless of the size or financial constraints. That’s a win!

It’s a Giveaway!

This week’s blog tour includes a giveaway of the ebook Love Your Creative Space: A Visual Guide to Creating an Inspiring & Organized Studio Without Breaking the Bank. For your chance to win, leave a comment here by Tuesday, June 30. Tell me what kind of space you’d like to plan, or how you’d improve your current space.

There are other great stops on the blog tour. I hope you’ll follow these folks and check out their posts for more insight into Love Your Creative Space by Lilo Bowman.

The Love Your Creative Space Blog Tour:

Friday, June 26:
Christa Watson/Blog –
C&T Publishing/Blog-

Saturday, June 27:

Bonnie K. Hunter/

Sunday, June 28:

Monday, June 29:
Tuesday, June 30:

Be sure to follow the entire tour for much more inspiration around creative spaces large and small!

132 thoughts on “Love Your Creative Space Blog Tour with Lilo Bowman

  1. Regina Harris says:

    I am fortunate to have a separate area for crafts but organizing all of the materials for sewing and quilting is always a challenge, particularly all of the different stabilizers, batting, etc. for projects such as purses, wallets, bins.

  2. Susan M says:

    thanks for the opportunity – I’d love to be able to have a cutting and ironing areas. right now my ironing is crammed at the end of my cutting table or I put the ironing board in the hallway. I get my steps in that way, but it would be great to stay in one room!

  3. springleafstudios says:

    I’m fortunate to have a small studio space all to myself but would love to redo the fabric storage area and improve the ironing area.

  4. Shari K. says:

    I have half a bedroom and would like to rearrange the whole house so that I get a full bedroom. Then I can buy shelves and really get organized.

  5. DEBI JIMENEZ says:


  6. Pam says:

    I’m grateful to have my own sewing room, but it’s very small. I’d like to use more wall space for storage.

  7. Janet Crossman says:

    I have a complete bedroom in a 2 bedroom apartment. Too small yes, but too much stuff, YES. I have a sliiiighttt overflow into my own bedroom, but, in all seriousness, I am very happy to have what I do have. Keeping the dust bunnies down is the biggest problem.

  8. farmquilter says:

    I would like to have a better way to organize my PIGS. Gone are the days of working on one quilt until it is finished and they have a tendency to get lost in my quilting room because I don’t have a dedicated place to put them!

  9. Janet T says:

    I would love to have a large, beautiful space, like the ones I see in photos. But in reality, I have a corner of the kitchen where I sew. Unfortunately, it ends up being a catchall for drills, screwdrivers, phone chargers, and other hardware coming in and out of the back door.

  10. Pam says:

    I would like to come up with a plan for a better cutting table with storage and make some improvements on my sewing table set up.

  11. Rita says:

    I need to reorganize my space to make room for a little long-arm. I’m having trouble being more efficient. I could sure use Lilo’s advice!

  12. Carolyn Montgomery says:

    my room is small, 10X10, and i am constantly moving things from one spot to another to have room to work. i need to know how to maximize my available space to be more organized.

  13. Rhonda H. says:

    I recently purchased an used Koala Outback sewing station (in excellent condition), and this has allowed me to organizing my sewing area. Now I need to address “The Quilt Book Library” and the fabric scraps. I find that I am MUCH more productive if my surrounding environment is clean and not cluttered. Thanks for the opportunity to win the e-book!

  14. Lisa Toth says:

    I’m always trying to arrange my creative space. Part of the problem is I do have several interests. I moved a few years ago from having a space 23×27 to a space about 15×15. I am overwhelmed.

  15. mblittle5 says:

    We’re planning to move in the next 6 months or so. Right now I have a 14’x14′ sewing room. I’ll be keeping this house but moving to a smaller sewing room in the new house. Figuring out what to move and what to keep here is a little daunting so this giveaway is right up my aisle right now!

  16. mblittle5 says:

    Right now I have a room approx. 14×14′. We’re planning a move to FL which will be our primary home but keeping the one we have now. My new space will probably be about 11×11′ but with a closet. I’m trying to figure out what will move and what will stay. It’s a little daunting but I’ll figure it out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Patricia Evans says:

    My room has two sections of built-in book shelves filled with my husband’s collection of old books. I’d love to remove the books so I could use the shelves and I really wish I had room for a design wall, but there are too many windows. Oh, and there’s all that fabric hanging around.😊

  18. weddingdressblue says:

    About 2 years ago my sewing space got a big upgrade when I got a cutting table. How did I live without it for so long? I struggle with the newly created space UNDER the table, though. It has become a catch-all mess. I need some help working on that.

  19. Dawn Spero says:

    I have a large second bedroom for my quilting room. The closets are not large but I would like a system for utilizing them better. I’m also trying to figure out how to grow my stash and organize it in such a way that it doesn’t overwhelm the room. I need to buy storage but I’m not sure what to order or buy.

  20. Sheryl says:

    I share a space with my daughter. I am a quilter and all things fiber, she is a vinyl cutter and a second grade teacher so she has lots of crafts!! I am afraid I take up most of the room and it is her house. I would like to de-clutter (quilters have ALL the tools) and organize so I am not moving one pile to another place just to work on any one project!!!

  21. Caryn says:

    I moved last year into a new home with my own dedicated area, but everything is just kind of jumbled together. I have trouble keeping track of what’s where – still looking for some items a year later. This book looks inspiring.

  22. Loris Mills says:

    I have a wonderful space. However, I had a huge table/cabinet made years ago and it’s just too big for the room and though on wheels, it’s too heavy to move often. Would love to have a smaller one that could allow more room function but it’s almost too big to get rid of. First world problems….I’m learning to be content. 🙂 I’m eager to read new suggestions in this lovely new book!

    • Beth Andrepont says:

      I am needing to organize my scraps, most of the yardage is on boards in a cabinet along with precuts.

  23. Joni says:

    I have a small corner in my guest bedroom. I would love some organizing tips for stash management, project storage solutions and notion organization tips.

  24. Suzy K says:

    My space is everywhere i can find usable space.. some here.. some there.. and it does not work. My hope is to someday have a everything is in one space. It has to be better.

  25. Kathleen McCormick says:

    I am constantly arranging. I have the fortunate situation of being in two places, but COVID has change my primary location and now my primary sewing supplies are elsewhere. Have to rethink a lot of it, but I am working on it. It is a constant problem. Love to learn new tips for this!

  26. LynneP says:

    I have a decent sized, dedicated studio for all my creative “stuff”. I am having difficulty organizing my “wet” area (I paint) and my sewing/cutting area, my knitting supplies, and all the mixed media and scrapbooking items. I have LOTS. Things are separated but the room doesn’t FEEL comfortable. And I have trouble getting rid of anything because “I might need it” or “I might start doing that again.” Sounds as if your book might be of some help!

  27. Janna says:

    My mom passed away in December and I have boxes and boxes of stuff from her house taking up space in my sewing room. I should organized but would rather just play.

  28. debbierhodes says:

    My sewing room is an ever evolving area. Part of my personality is when my thoughts are chaotic I reorganize. I walk in and think what if I move this over here. Which usually leads to moving that over there. Or I open a drawer and empty it and straighten. I just feel more at peace when I do this. But I have noticed as I hav gotten older I occasionally forget where I moved something. When I find it I put it where I originally thought to look for it !

  29. Anne says:

    I need a system to organize my fabric. I have lots and don’t even remember what all I have. It’s precuts, fat quarters, yardage and chunks which are partially used. Batting is the same. Thanks for the possibility of help.

  30. Bonnie Larson says:

    I do have a dedicated sewing room (third bedroom re-purposed), but I would love it if it was twice as big. Then I would be able to organize my collections and still have room to set up a couple of stations without having to stand on one foot with one hand behind my back. LOL.

  31. aquiltingdesigner says:

    You may have figured this out already but I left the Quilt Pattern Designers team on Facebook recently. I’m trying to simplify my life and I thought the conversation was inappropriate and I just didn’t want that drama. I will miss your posts. And thank you. Carol Wilson Stearns

  32. Shifra G. says:

    For now, I sew in my living room and keep my quilting and sewing supplies in the guest room closets. I’d love to get a special table for my machine and move it to the guest room. Right now there is no room due to working from home. Maybe when I retire.

    • Nancy Stevens says:

      I do have a dedicated room for my sewing space but it’s small and packed. Things are organized but hard to get to when I need something.
      How can I make my fabric and supplies more accessible?

  33. grace thorne says:

    my space is half my living room which is adequate but hey more space for more tables…what could be better than that? would be nice if i had room to keep another machine set up, one with walking foot…

  34. Beverly Sensabaugh says:

    I have a fairly small space , which I love, and even though I have quite a bit of storage, I still have stuff always laying around. I usually have to straighten before I sew.

  35. thatfabricfeelingcom says:

    If I could reorganize my space I would first get a better sewing table. Secondly, I would ask my hubby to vacate the room (again) so I could have the entire footprint to work with. Given that won’t happen, the table might be a possibility!

    • Melody Lutz says:

      I’m in process of redesigning my space right now! Presently it takes up 3 rooms as I sort everything out…kinda fun discovering things I forgot…and prioritizing projects.

  36. Pamela Cincotta says:

    My next improvement needs to be my ironing station. Would like to do away with the traditional ironing board.

  37. Rita S says:

    My issue is” I might be able to use that”. I know I should just let it go. It would sure help to organize my space. It’s not always fun to try and sew with so much stuff on my table. Hopefully at some point I will be able to find away to become more organize. Help…..

  38. Karen Addleman says:

    I have my sewing space in our basement. There is plenty of space, but it is not very well organized. I have been working on sorting my stash so I can spend more time sewing and less time hunting for what I want to use. I like seeing ideas from others.

  39. Helma says:

    Now I use half of the attic in our house. Within a year we pal to move and I will get a dedicated sewingroom. My husband has two right hands, so a book like this will be awesome. I need lots of inspiration!

  40. Cindy K says:

    I have a small sewing room. Now that our youngest daughter has moved away, I’d like to move my sewing room to her old bedroom. Ideas would be helpful.

  41. Cindy J says:

    I am planning to rearrange my sewing room to try to add a long arm machine. This book may be helpful with that task! Thanks for the opportunity!

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