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!

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

  1. Amy W says:

    I would like to improve my sewing space to remove clutter and focus on one project at a time. Manage projects in various phases.

  2. Sherry Whalen says:

    I am lucky to be able to use my whole house as my studio! My husband says the only rooms that don’t have a sewing machine is the 2 bathrooms….this isn’t true because MOST of the time there isn’t a machine in my kitchen, dining room or bedroom. The book looks great!

  3. Ann Hibbs says:

    I’m an empty-nester that has taken over parts of two small bedrooms to accommodate both quilting and scrapbooking/paper crafting. Until my son became independent and gifted me his room, I had to clean off the top of my sewing cabinet and drag out all the paper stuff if I wanted to put together a couple of scapbook pages or make a card. His room now also doubles as the guest room, with a wall bed that I can pull out when our son comes home for a visit, so I’m limited on what I can do with that space. I have some thoughts about what I’d like to do with the main room that’s been my primary quilting space, but the amount of STUFF I have to purge, move, reorganize is really daunting. Help!

  4. Laura M says:

    I need to create a more efficient plan for my various WIPs as I like to work on more than one project at a time.

  5. Bess says:

    Due to unexpected changes in my life, I need to downsize, organize and transform my quilting/ sewing space less cluttered and more joyful.

  6. Carol V. says:

    We just moved and I am trying to set up my new space. This would be helpful in doing just that and organizing as I go.

  7. Carol Andrews says:

    My sewing space since we moved to our apartment was 4’ square. My studio was 16’ x 24’ so it has taken creativity to make it work. Every few months I tear it apart and move it around. I still haven’t found the “perfect setup”, but one day I will!

    • Caroline says:

      I purchased long bins sort fabric by color/type batiks all together/ Australia. I figure I can slide them under my bed..get them at Walmart.

  8. Becky Weimer says:

    I have absorbed three relatives’ sewing rooms into mine and stuff is everywhere! I have one usable wall and mostly windows. I need to see how to use my space effectively! Thank you for writing this book for us.

  9. Sarah says:

    I would love to reorganize the small closet that I have for all my quilting and sewing things. I would love some ideas on what type of containers to use.

  10. Debbie P says:

    .I currently use my dining room as my sewing space and it is a constant set up & take down which is nerve wracking. The basement is currently my storage space but perhaps with good lighting it could be transformed into a comfortable, usable sewing studio.. I would love to organize all the boxes, bins and loose supplies into a manageable situation. Looking forward to reading Lilo’s book to form a plan.

  11. says:

    Currently, moving into my new space… and back to a cobbled-together space… instead of a nice neat more coordinated area, because I have already waited a year, with all the other moving stuff… impatient!!!

  12. Susan E. says:

    My space is overloaded and a mess. It does nothing for my creativity. Time to pitch and organize. This book has come at just the right time.

  13. Tamara Carlisle says:

    I have the 2 smaller bedrooms in my house. I just swapped the rooms so my LA is in the room with the better natural light. Now I am trying to figure out where to put stuff. One room has a twin bed for grandkids to spend the night but it piled full and you cant even see the mattress 😦 I really need ideas on how to neaten things up.

  14. Jennifer Swenson says:

    I am lucky to have a large sewing space, but I know there is a better way to organize the sewing machines/cabinets.

  15. Chris Smith says:

    I have an extra bedroom as a sewing/quilting room. It is bulging with Fabric and UFOs! I need to get more organized. Looking forward to this book tour.

  16. Rita Anne Hope-Haverman says:

    I have the smallest room in the house as my quilt studio. I try to limit my purchases of fabric since I have sort of run out of room to store it. Any help to go more vertical would be helpful. Thank you for this giveaway.

  17. Mary Newcomb says:

    My sewing space is also a guest room (and currently my computer is in residence). Needing some ways to make it useful and inviting (guests are young so the space also has to be safe for them).

  18. Jackie Murray says:

    I am having to move due to health issues and am having difficulty parting or deciding what I will take to my new place, this book sounds like it will really help.

  19. Brit Schjelderup says:

    I recently bought a longarm machine and now there is stuff everywhere in my sewing room, but there is no system so I spend a lot of time searching for what I need. It is definitely time to re-think and re-organize!

  20. Judy Gilmore says:

    Hi, This sounds like the inspiration I need to reclaim my quilting space. It is nice and roomy, but I have too much and it seems to be paralizing in a way. The few images I’ve seen in the posts are already motivating me to make some decisions about what needs to find a new home. Thanks for the push.

  21. Vivian B. says:

    My challenge is keeping my space clear enough to work — especially when my mind has zeroed in on more than one project I want to do! I’m definitely an “out of sight, out of mind” quilter but it is a challenge to keep every project visibly handy and still have space to work on whatever is the next step du jour. It can’t be that I just need to have less projects can it, LOL?!?!?

  22. Laura M says:

    I have a dedicated room, but I’d like to move out some of the extraneous materials so it is less cluttered. I am thinking on it.

  23. Donita Shipman says:

    I have recently had to move my sewing room from the main floor to the basement. All my stuff is still boxed up and I desperately need inspiration to set up my new space.

  24. Laurie C says:

    I need to organize my scraps – sort by color and size, etc.- just overwhelmed, and making string quilts hasn’t made a dent in them yet!

  25. Valerie Jenkins says:

    I’m lucky to have a whole room for my quilting, and the fabric is pretty organized. What I’d like to improve and have an actual plan to organize is all the sundry tools — rulers, templates, patterns, threads, papers, cutters, markers, planners, needles and pins, thimbles, and machines and accessories.

  26. JoAnne Scharn says:

    I have a small room for my quilting and thus I try to stay organized. I’ve implemented various storage ideas, but still the room is small. Thus what I really, really need is a larger room 🙂

  27. Debra Nicklaus says:

    I have a nice size room and I would like to create a comfy space to hand quilt or take a nap. I would like my space to more restful and less chaotic. I can’t wait to see all of the ideas.

  28. Debbie says:

    I actually have a decent sized space of my own, but one would never know. There is all kinds of junk piled up from years of ‘hoarding’, so first it needs to be cleaned up!

  29. Catherine Simmons says:

    I have a new she shed – studio that I dearly love. I’m sure there are a lot of tips I can use to improve my use of my space!

  30. Amelia A Godissart says:

    My sewing, quilting and embroidery hobbies have taken over my house. I started out with everything in one room and then purchased a larger embroidery machine AND a longarm machine. Did I mention I also collect vintage sewing machines? I need better organization ideas as I move my embroidery into a separate room from the sewing & quilting. This book has come along at the perfect time!

  31. Jean McConaughy says:

    I have fabric yardage and tons of scraps randomly in plastic totes, bags, whatever. I’d like a system to organize it all that is easy to access.

  32. Michelle Turkette says:

    I moved in October 2018 to a smaller home with a walk out basement that I am using part of for storing my fabric and machines. I haven’t felt creative in so long because it’s a jumbled mess of tubs and bags and boxes. I need ideas that don’t break the bank and a better organization system.

  33. Tonni says:

    I’ve actually got two spaces and what I need is always at the other space. My home space and my work space (blessed to quilt for a living.) I need to bring order to both…and have them play nicely together.

  34. Julie Kennedy says:

    I have a good-sized sewing room, but I could use some ideas on how to get it better organized. The piles and projects are taking over!

  35. Kerry Davidson says:

    Can’t do much about my space – although I do push the walls out occasionally (literally). I’m actually reasonably happy with my organisation. My fabric is on shelves, wrapped on boards – it’s standing up at the moment, but I’m going to try laying them down, hoping I can fit more in. I have a cupboard half full of thread (mostly embroidery thread), all in plastic boxes sorted by colour, then a chest of drawers fill with assorted stuff. I have a beautiful big table for my machine which makes me very happy – not so happy with all the stuff I have stacked under it though – will get to that one day. And my pride and joy is a design wall which is actually a portable wall between my sewing area and bedroom. My little cabin is pretty much one big room, with two movable “walls”. Mostly I just need to stay tidy, but I’m looking forward to seeing some more suggestions.

  36. Polly Lushbottom says:

    In my fantasy I live alone (sans grumpy teenage boys) and have my art and quilting stuff in the lounge or living room. I have no TV cos I want my living space to reflect how I want to live… with art and stitching central. I have excellent lighting. Everything has it’s own place and I know where everything is ….. such are my crafting/arting dreams. Oh and Cloth, Paper, Scissors comes back and never dies again.

  37. Agneta Ekholm says:

    As my kids got older and needed their own rooms in our small townhouse, my creative space has gone from a very large room, to a smaller room and is now in part of the hallway, Stash and stuff did grow over the years – more stuff, smaller space – which makes the equation even harder so I really could use some tips on how to organize everything without needing to use the livingroom and kitchen while being creative. I think I actually need to either move (will not happen) or have my kuds share room again (asking for a disaster) so a helpful book on the subject must be the best choice for me.

  38. Michele says:

    Like most, I need to refine storage (some is great, but the overflow, not so much) and figure out how to have a wet studio space.

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