Eleanor Burn’s Koala Studio Makeover


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  1. avatar Amy Bevilockway
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 22:05:38

    What a fun, easy and clear demonstration. I teach beginning quilting and this is a wonderful idea to share.

  2. avatar Jan Dickens
    Oct 28, 2010 @ 15:07:25

    What a fun tour. There’s hope for me yet – but even if my room becomes a showcase, my quilts will continue to be just me!

  3. avatar Pam Finnegan
    Oct 29, 2010 @ 06:13:40

    Your new room is beautiful. I have two rooms but sew in my living room because have too much unorganized fabric and sewing supplies everywhere. Maybe one day my fairy godmother will come and organize my sewing life.

    Sewbuckeye aka Pam Finnegan

  4. avatar Jeannette
    Nov 11, 2010 @ 07:38:32

    I just love it. I am not alone and now know I am just as normal as any sewer.

  5. avatar Clara Steendahl
    Nov 13, 2010 @ 19:53:39

    Eleanor, Thank you for showing us the before & after of your sewing room make over!
    I have enjoyed watching your programs for a long time, an am very thankful to you for the lessons done with history & humor. I missed you last year at the Puyallup Wa. Sewing & Stitchery Expo. because of foot surgery, but my sweet sis, got me VICTORY QUILTS, for a retirement present, & she even had you sign it. I love the book, & your work!
    Now that I’m retired, I’m spending time on getting organized, & then I will HAVE FUN!
    Hope to see you at the Expo.

  6. avatar Dawn Odya
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 22:08:13

    I liked watching the befor and after shots of your work room.It has given me some ideas to help get my sewing room in order.
    Some day it will be how i need it to quilt and scrapbook,all in one lg room.
    My next quilt is going to be trip around the world.I bought your book and fabric to make it.
    wish me luck! God Bless Dawn

  7. avatar ruth
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 20:25:52

    Love it, Love it.

    Where does one find “slot walls”? I have searched and searched.

    thanks for the tour

  8. avatar Barbara Carney
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 03:10:55

    I sat here with my mouth open the whole time tour; what a dream, I love it!

  9. avatar Sonja
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 16:10:33

    What a beautiful studio! Happy Quilting!

  10. avatar Koala Marketing
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 15:54:57

    @Ruth: For slat wall, try a retail/store supply company in your area.

  11. avatar Tammi Gemaehlich
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 11:16:53

    WOW!! I couldn’t imagine someone as famous as Eleanor Burns having closets like mine!! Maybe there is hope for me yet. And what GREAT IDEAS – Thank You for sharing!

  12. avatar Sharon Murphy
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 03:26:32

    Nice and sure could use a makeover.

  13. avatar Sharon Murphy
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 03:27:45


  14. avatar Judy Clay
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 09:58:46

    I’d sure like a makeover and where do you get the headliner fabric… I can’t find anywhere.

  15. avatar Marilyn Strain
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 11:29:21

    I love the wall boards….first time I’ve seen them. I want them…so much better than pegboard.

  16. avatar Jondré
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 20:03:33

    I wonder if they make a murphy bed – with storage around it?
    My sewing room is going to have share space with a queen size bed… I’d love to have a beautiful, functioning sewing room so that my brain doesn’t focus on all that other stuff that has to fit into the room.
    Any suggestions?

  17. avatar Roberta Goodman
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 10:10:31

    Loved it.

  18. avatar Beth
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 11:45:52

    Boy could I use a makeover

  19. avatar Dorothy Yacovone
    May 04, 2011 @ 17:35:09

    love love it…so grand, so practical.

  20. avatar Dorothy Yacovone
    May 04, 2011 @ 17:38:29

    love love it…so grand, so practical

  21. avatar Barb Richards
    May 12, 2011 @ 08:45:59

    Hi El, I love the organizational capabilities of the Koala system for sewing and computing. I like the idea of the extra height too as I’m tall. I don’t see a large storage cabinet for fabric bolts and bins of stash. I also don’t see a regular ironing board, or one with a quilting board for ironing – as the blocks grow a pressing station is too small. Well, you have a great retreat house and thanks for all your wonderful books over the years !!!

  22. avatar Janette Norris
    May 13, 2011 @ 17:32:11

    I am jealous — What an incredible space. I would love to have a studio with so much organization!

  23. avatar Debbie Evans
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 13:58:40

    Beautiful room make over.

  24. avatar Themis Abdo
    Jul 28, 2011 @ 12:38:54

    Hi Eleanor,I am a fan of you and I have books and rulers Quilt in a Day, your studio is so beautiful , so pratical,congratulations to you and Koala.
    Kind regards from Brazil
    Themis Abdo

  25. avatar Peggy
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 10:26:34

    Love your new room, really would love to know where you get the slat boards and the huge ironing pad for your pressing table?

  26. avatar Maria Helena
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 00:17:50

    Your studio is beautiful and their joy and affection colors everything that he sees.
    Hugs friend, I still have my koala’s, I promise

  27. avatar Liz Kuntz
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 12:52:32

    How fun! I love your studio.

  28. avatar Barbara Marsh
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 15:14:58

    Love your new studio and love the suggestion of a Murphy bed! I have a small bedroom with my stash stacked in it everywhere. A twin size Murphy bed to fold up and have my stash organized in various Koala pieces, some on the back of the folded bed and others around the room would be a dream come true. (Make it so please?)

  29. avatar Julie Naatz
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 06:46:55

    I have a dedicated sewing space and do the most with it that I can, but a Koala Studio would be so unbelievable to own. When the company needs a nice space to “makeover” keep me in mind! Thanks for the tour Eleanor!!

  30. avatar Madonna
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:27:36

    I love Eleanor’s redesign. It would be wonderful to work in such an organized area.

  31. avatar Loretta Johnson
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 19:01:24

    Thanks for the before and after. The Koala cabinets are beautiful and I would love to have them too. Someday????????
    Can’t wait to see you in Baltimore in June.

  32. avatar Marla
    May 03, 2012 @ 12:43:10

    Oh My! Absolutely magnificent!!! I wish I could have mine that organized. My room looks much like your before…..only I feel it is much worse. I do feel now I have to re-organize…just as soon as I finish a project or 2.

    You are very lucky and I absolutely love, love, love your program….and website.

    Keep stitchin’ those miles.

    Thank You

  33. avatar Kelly Smith
    Sep 22, 2012 @ 14:43:15

    Love seeing the pros have the same kind of organization issues that I have as a novice. Thank you for the ideas and I’m downloading my Koala design package next to begin the remodel in my sewing/craft room. Thank you – Kelly

  34. avatar Deborah
    Dec 13, 2012 @ 17:38:47

    Gotta Love you Eleanor, you are so real!!!!!! The old studio is one I can relate to, and I bet just about everyone else! I am a great fan of Quilt in a Day, but I can’t quite quilt in a day because I am forever playing in search of for the day, or days, or longer! I am positive that your new Koala Studio will be everything you want it to be and more… leaving you with a lot more time to be creative! Gee, I never realized that we had so much in common, the difference being that I don’t have a Koala Studio like YOU!

  35. avatar Cindy
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 15:31:15

    What a can of paint can do. You did a really nice job on this. It is taking me forever to redue my studio. So much fabic, supplies and other things and so little time each day……

  36. avatar sheila
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 03:41:44

    I just wept…yep those are tears. I’m so frustrated in my sewing room. l’ve emptied it out and redesigned it 5 times in the 3 years I’ve lived here, grrrr! There’s hope yet.

  37. avatar Leigh Lakey
    Jul 23, 2013 @ 07:53:25

    I see lovely new cabinets but where is the stash of fabric. That is the hardest part for me. Organizing the stash.

  38. avatar Bill Savage
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 12:24:22

    Oh, great! Now my wife will want me to do this to her room. I am, however, the one who usually remembers Quilt in a Day on RFDTV, and I suppose a make over would keep me busy. She is talking about taking over my wood shop, so I have to do something.

  39. avatar aimanbutt
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 22:10:18

    i like your patchwork designs

  40. avatar Sue Hawkins
    Mar 26, 2014 @ 18:28:25

    Loeb your studio. I want one but the money is a problem. I am just learning to quilt and love my new craft. Perhaps someday a new studio. Sue

  41. avatar Cindy
    May 07, 2014 @ 09:28:42

    I just purchased my first Koala Treasure Chest Plus piece of furniture. The one hugh piece of furniture missing from these studios is where they display their fabrics. I have 4 large bookcases in my studio that I have my fabric on bolts so I can view them easily when I start my projects. None of these studios show any fabric storage solutions.. shoving them in drawers and closets is not feasible..

  42. avatar Candace Cassim
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 08:35:19

    I love the make over. My husband was kind enough to give up his “Man Room” for me to use, unfortunately most of the walls are slanted, so very little “wall” space to hanging “quilt” projects on. Still, I could use some of these pieces for all my “stuff”! One can Dream!!!

  43. avatar Donna Collier
    Apr 15, 2015 @ 11:05:27

    I have a few 6 fool tables for my shoe boxes of applique scraps, and for my sewing machine, my embroidery machine, and my serger. I could use more organization, but if I put it up out of sight, I won’t remember where I put it. 🙂 Would love to have a Koala makeover.

  44. avatar Carol
    May 06, 2015 @ 10:00:58

    I was just there in January and. Saw your studio. I can’t believe what a difference! It’s beautiful! I really think the new lighting is amazing. I can see that those organizing cabinets from Koala have made a difference.

  45. avatar Polly Martin
    May 23, 2015 @ 14:44:38

    Dear Eleanor,

    You were the 1st quilter that I ever saw on TV. I was inspired to try quilting. I’ve always sewn. My Mom taught me to sew. My first quilt was a doll quilt made from scraps after sewing 2 prs. of flannel pjs and a hooded robe for my great-granddaughter. It was lovely. Thanks for all of your help via TV.


  46. avatar Kathy Gee
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 15:52:54

    Hi! I know what you mean! I will be selling my dining table, which is large and oval, bringing up a smaller, foldable table from elsewhere, and potentially evicting some other items. Then, I have to decide what I can afford, and measure the area, before purchasing anything at all! So there’s more of us out there…But nice to know what’s possible, if you’ve got the space, the cash and the ideas!

  47. avatar vernyce
    May 06, 2016 @ 06:20:38

    i’d like to think i’d be scary productive in a room like this – since i sew my own family’s apparel as well as quilting, i admire the versatility and flexibility of the room!

  48. avatar Sharon Olson
    May 31, 2016 @ 12:24:09

    Amazingly simplified storage! Looking for fabrics purchased, quilting tools you know you have, & even spools of thread, is a big waste of time – precious time that could be used for quilting. It’s amazing how these cabinets fit in the original area but looks streamlined now! I’m very impressed!