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Thread: Helping a Quilting Wife

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    Senior Member MZStitch's Avatar
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    How about a design board! Go to your local Lowes or Home Depot and ask for Homosote, it is a board made out of compressed recycled newspaper. Homosote is a name brand I have heard, Lowes had it but didn't call it that, but the guy knew exactly what I was talking about. Buy a large good quality flannel sheet(preferably white so it doesn't interfere with the colors she's designing with) and staple it around to be back of the board. Hang it on the wall and she can move her blocks around the wall without pins, as the cotton fabric sticks to the flannel and she can also use pins to tack patterns and other things to the board while she is working a project! I love mine, and use it constantly.

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    Ok, how about a drive, picnic and end up at a quilt shop to browse. I love the rides my hubby and I take. Oh,oh wait... how about a massage???? I love a nice upper back massage after sitting at the sewing machine :)

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    How about a shirt that says, "I'm married to a one-of-a-kind. He supports my quilting!"

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    Ironing board that folds toward the wall..
    Sister has one.. magic !

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    Quote Originally Posted by MZStitch
    How about a design board! Go to your local Lowes or Home Depot and ask for Homosote, it is a board made out of compressed recycled newspaper. Homosote is a name brand I have heard, Lowes had it but didn't call it that, but the guy knew exactly what I was talking about. Buy a large good quality flannel sheet(preferably white so it doesn't interfere with the colors she's designing with) and staple it around to be back of the board. Hang it on the wall and she can move her blocks around the wall without pins, as the cotton fabric sticks to the flannel and she can also use pins to tack patterns and other things to the board while she is working a project! I love mine, and use it constantly.
    I have a friend who has one of the collapsible ones you can buy and she chose gray for the color of flannel. Believe it or not, it's a much better color than the white/off white color because it doesn't compete with what you're putting on it.

    My suggestion would be a peg board to hang rulers, thread and scissors and things off of.

    I think you are a wonderful husband and she will appreciate anything you do for her. Good for you! :thumbup:

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    You could offer to help her quilt and then she may release you from any futher envolvement in regards to the sew room. LOL.

    You sound like an O.K. guy and she is very lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWifeMadeME
    Although I help put up shelves for fabric, look for months for a good table the right size and then customize it for height, etc.... any suggestions that I might surprise my wife with?? You know, something out of the blue... a complete surprise???
    You opened up a can of worms, sir. ;)

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    Does she have a big board? Depends on how handy you are but drawers/dressers are nice to stash stuff in. Design wall. Ruler holders.........all the above

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    Wow!! Lots of ideas... I have surprised her with a trip to the hot springs and a massage... driven 150 miles to Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC just so she can look for fabric, and several others,,, BUT, look at all the other ideas!!!! THANKS!!!

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    We have a long arm,,, she isn't gonna let me out of it totally...

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