Share Your Studio June Round-Up

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June was filled with Share Your Studio love, seeing five new Koala sewing studios. From Jean’s DualMate Plus IV to Debra’s TreasureChest Plus IV, we saw five functional, diverse work spaces. Click on the photos below to see more of each studio.

Kathy K. from Pensacola, FL

Perky F. from Nipomo, CA










Debra J. from Groton, MA

Leann M. from La Grange, TX







Jean L. from Niceville, FL














International Quilt Festival- Long Beach

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Title: International Quilt Festival

Location: Long Beach, CA
Link out: Click Here

Description: Throughout the festival, a variety of classes will be offered, including Beautiful Binding, Creative Cloth Doll Making and Colorful and Creative Log Cabin Diamonds. Along with multiple class offerings, there will also be special exhibits and lectures open to attendees.

The International Quilt Festival- Long Beach will take place July 27-29, 2012 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. There will be a special preview night in the evening of July 26.

Start Date: July 27, 2012
End Date: July 29, 2012

Dream Studio Planner

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Are you dreaming of a Koala Studio, but not sure how or where to make it fit? The Dream Studio Planner Kit is your solution!


The Dream Studio Planner is the ideal way to plan and organize your sewing studio. There are two ways you can utilize the program:

1. You can download the kit for free to your computer.


2. You can order the Dream Studio Planner Kit for $3.95, including shipping.

Start with a grid page, then crop the sheet to your specific room dimensions. For the next step, take a look at the various Koala models. The Dream Studio Planner page is divided into categories by width and even includes the companion models.

The great thing about the Dream Studio Planner is that you have the ability to “try out” each Koala model to see which one would best compliment your space.

Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at the Koala Studios that have been uploaded in the “Share Your Studio” section of this site.


Studio Suites are a Dream Come True

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Deciding between all of the great studio options Koala offers can be tricky, but we’ve made it a little easier with our Studio Suites collection. Choose from one of the five following options:


The RollAbout Plus IV and Left/Right Cub Plus IV Studio Suite includes:


The QuiltMate Plus IV and RollAbout Plus IV Studio Suite includes:



The SewMate Plus IV and RollAbout Plus IV Studio Suite includes:



The TreasureChest Plus IV and StorageCenter Plus IV Studio Suite includes:



The SewMate Plus IV and Cub Plus IV Studio Suite includes:

  • One OutBack Leaf Extension
  • One Storage and Shelving Kit
  • Left and Right Door Shelves
  • Empty Matching Madeira Thread Treasure Chest
  • Madeira Aerofil Thread Set
  • One Matching Wood Machine Insert
  • One SewComfort XL Chair

Storage Bins Round Up

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Storage bins are the perfect compliment to your Koala Studio, keeping your supplies organized and your space beautiful. We have found some of the best places to find a variety of storage bins to fit your organization and style needs.


Fabric Basket Organizer from The Spotted Barn


There are over 2,000 items that fall into the “storage bin” category on Etsy with styles ranging from vintage industrial bins to fabric basket organizers.






Container Store

Rugby Stripe Bin from The Container Store


From rubber buckets to water hyacinth bins, the Container Store has bins that fit many price points, decor styles and functional needs.







Medium Black Tote from Storables


Storables has three categories of storage baskets:

1. Plastic Baskets and Bins for inexpensive, yet functional storage solutions

2. Woven Storage Baskets for a natural look to seamless organization

3. Wire & Metal Baskets for modern and sturdy storage



There are a ton more options for finding storage bins, like Target, Garden Ridge, and, of course, our Pinterest “Storage Bins” board.


Where do you get your storage bins and baskets?


Spring Klean Up Sweepstakes Winner


Congratulations to Bonnie S. of Cookeville, TN for winning the Koala Spring Klean Up Sweepstakes! Bonnie has the choice of a Creative Armoire, Storage Tower or the Small StorageCenter.

Storage Tower

Creative Armoire

Small StorageCenter

 Which one do you think Bonnie should choose?


Western Sew, Quilt & Textile Expo

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Title: Western Sew, Quilt and Textile Expo
Location: Reno, NV
Link out: Click Here
Description: The expo will include a large vendor mall, seminars, workshops, make-it-take-it projects, demonstrations, daily prize drawings, traveling quilt exhibits, FREE stage presentations and MUCH MORE.

The Western Sew, Quilt and Textile Expo will take place June 21-23, 2012. The vendor mall will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the event.

Start Date: June 21, 2012
End Date: June 23, 2012

Share Your Studio May Round-Up

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Two beautiful studios were shared with us this month, and we just couldn’t resist bragging about them!


Mary E. from Louisiana has her own sewing cottage outfitted with a DualMate Plus IV and a TreasureChest Plus IV. Click on the photo to see more of her sewing cottage and to read her story!




Four up! Sewing, serging and sashiko-ing!


Carol K. from California has space in her studio for 2 DualMate Plus IV‘s, which gives her room for 2 sewing machines, a serger, and a Baby Lock Sashiko machine. Click on the photo to see more shots of her studio!



Do you own a Koala Studio? Upload a photo or two of your sewing space and receive a FREE gift from Sewing and Craft Club!


Quilter’s Dream Retreat

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Title: Eleanor Burns Quilting Retreat
Location: Bloomington, MN
Link out: Click Here
Description: Baby Lock and Creative Sewing Centers of Minnesota have partnered to bring an exciting three-day event. Attendees will take three hands-on classes and walk away with three finished quilt tops. Eleanor Burns will be there all three days and will be teaching in one of the classrooms.

The retreat will take place at the Ramada Mall of America, June 21-23, 2012. Early registration is highly recommended,  as this event is expected to sell out. Take advantage of a discounted “early bird” registration fee.


Start Date: June 21, 2012
End Date: June 23, 2012

Original Sewing & Quilt Expo- Raleigh

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Title: Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
Location: Raleigh, NC
Link out: Click Here
Description: The Original Sewing & Quilt Expo will feature classes and workshops, trunk shows, how-to demos, and more. Attendees can look forward to learning about fashion sewing, embellishment and surface design, machine embroidery, craft sewing, and of course, quilting.

The expo will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center June 21st & 22nd, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General Admission tickets are available in advance and at the door. Value packages can be purchased that include class sessions, general admission, and a shopping bag.

Start Date: June 21, 2012
End Date: June 23, 2012

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