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Thread: Any non-sewing items that you use for quilting?

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    I salvaged the silverware holder when we replaced our dishwasher and use it to hold small rulers, rotary cutters, etc. I also have the dishwasher container used for baby bottle nipples. Those little holes are just the right size to store marking pencils, etc.

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    I have a lid rack from the kitchen that holds my rulers. I use curved, spring loaded needle nose pliers to pull my needle through the fabric when I hand quilt. I use camel snus containers that are metal to hold my pins, I place a magnetic business card on back and the pins don't spill. I buy the plastic pencil holders from Wmt for 50 cents and use them for my mini hand quilting kit. In each one I place scissors, needles, pins, thread, mechanical pencil and clear marking ruler and the pliers. I place these in a clear shoe box with the sewing project. When I'm ready to go, so is my hand quilting kit. I make my own quilt kits by using the 4 quart plastic boxes with lids, I put all the fabric and the pattern in the clear box, and mark the outside with the quilt name or the recipient name. That way I don't accidentally use the wrong fabrics or lose the pattern. I also use empty kitty litter buckets with lids to hold quilt kits. I clean them and label the outside with the kit name. They stack well.
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    I use a 18" Magnetic Strip Holder screwed into my wall to hang my scissors and all my metal items. It's made for tools to hang and grab, but it works so well in my sewing studio and I never lose my sewing scissors and other misc, items. I bought it at Harbor Freight.
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    Rubber finger tips from an office supply store to pull my needle through the fabric when I hand quilt. I keep it on my index finger right next to my thimble finger and it works great. I also love those tiny baby hairbands to put around a bobbin when I'm traveling with it.
    I use plastic cafeteria trays to organize my cut fabric blocks for a project. I love sticky notes for everything from jotting a note about how many blocks or what size, color, etc. to put on that plastic tray to putting a note on my machine when I have a special setting in place or unusual needle to remind me to change them back afterward. Speaking of which I keep a little memo book by my sewing machine so when a specific setting works perfectly, I write it down there, so the next time I have to say zig zag two pieces of batting together I'll know the perfect settings.

    I use permanent markers to mark specific lines on my ruler I'll need for a specific project and then just wash them off with rubbing alcohol afterward. (I'll bet the whiteboard type are even better)

    Can't forget glue sticks. I've been using them for years. Elmer's glue is good too, any type that says its washable. I just give it time to dry and set before sewing through it.

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    I use dfs pool table to lay all my quilt tops out on after pressing them. Lol he hasn't complained yet.

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    I repurposed plastic baby food containers for bobbins, used rotary blades, pins, needles. Easy to travel with to classes.
    Love these!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjustice63 View Post
    Rubber cement for backs of rulers to keep them from sliding. Works like a charm. Thanks to original contributor.
    Hi, pjustice I'm intrigued. Could you explain the process, i'm a beginner in cutting pieces and the rulers don't stay put!
    I'm learning a lot with you, ladies!

    And for de main question I've got hemostatics, very handy with hand quilting , a magnet for seam guide, a lot of containers, Frixon pens are the best for marking, it disappear with a hair dryer and a tool box very useful. Here is a pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slovard01 View Post
    I use the frige magnets that you get from businesses as pincushions. Just turn over to the black side and drop the pins on. The one I'm using now has this years calendar on one side. Also very handy.
    I'll try this one! very clever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loves_2_quilt View Post
    I have a pair of long tweesers from the ER (they throw them away after one use) to reach "fuzzies" and such in my machine. I also have a pair of hemeostats and long handled, short bladed sissors from the ER as well. I work in a hospital!
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    Don't forget clear x-ray film for cutting out templates. And with everything going digital, most hospitals and clinics are getting rid of their x-ray viewing boxes. They make great light boxes! And they may be happy to have someone take one off their hands. We medical people find all sorts of things to recycle! :-))

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    Dollar tree. Eye glasses -
    Go get any medicine bottle in the store that has print so small u can't read, then go pick out a pair of glasses - hold the bottle 10 to 12 inches away - find the pair of glasses. I wear a 2.50 or a 3.00
    And I can see black thread on black material, they are only a dollar so I have them all over the house.

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