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Thread: Stuff you USE for Quilting, that isn't originally for Quilting!!!

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    Senior Member Rosie the "Ripper"'s Avatar
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    Instead of buying real glasses to make your red tinted glasses out of - try making a cardboard or cardstock, thick framed template and tape red cellophane behind the cut out holes. A pattern is very easy to make. Something like the paper frames you used to get at the theatre for watching 3-D movies. Made these in an art class once and the kids had a ball wearing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olebat
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
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    Where, pray tell, does one buy such quilt-fashionista
    eyeglasses? :)
    Ours came form JoAnn's, on sale, near the end of Valentines Day stock.
    Well, guess I won't be getting them, being that I'm not in the USA, at JoAnn's ... though I'll be watching to see if any show up in the stores here.
    Some eyeglass companies do have red lens sunglasses. However, the school solution would be any old pair of glass frames, glue the red cellophane onto the frame. Before I got the glamour glasses, I just kept the cellophane in my swatch book.
    Where do you get red cellophane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baloonatic
    Quote Originally Posted by sushi
    I position grocery bags on the floor at every point where I think I'll want to discard stuff. For example, one sits on the left side of my sewing machine and another sits on the right. I have 4 positioned at different spots around my cutting table. So handy!

    I know Eleanore Burns throws her scraps over her shoulder, but I don't have the staff she does :-)
    ROFLWTIME !!!!! :lol: :lol:

    I use cardboard from cereal boxes to make patterns for applique
    Another idea is to use ice cream pail covers,liquid detergent bottles, milk[just about anything with a flat side]. This plastic template material doesn't wear down like cardboard does with repeated tracings. Could also make your own hexigons for Grandmothers Flower Garden[ aki -Quilt Pattis].

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Powell
    I have never heard of a pin moore. But this sounds like a great and practical idea !
    I also have never heard of "pinmoors" but googled them. Have you tried double dipping each pin when you want it to stay in place? By that I mean not just going under the fabric once, but twice with each pin. I have serious arthritis and I use the long pins (standard in the shops) with yellow balls on the end and "double dip" them when pinning for quilting, or any time I don't want to risk them coming out. It ALWAYS works! Even when I'm moving the quilt all over the place.

    Sometimes less is more, and sometimes I just don't understand the problem. Forgive me if this is one of those times! This is really an informative line of discussion!!!

    Also, I bought one of those huge African baskets with a handle at a street fair and it holds all the fabrics, and even some I may or may not use (but were a "close" second) of whatever quilt I'm working on . I also use it when I go to a class. I do some "art" quilting and am never sure that I'm really done with a fabric, or I might just screw up so much I have to start over with a section, or..... I love not having to panic and dig thru my stash, but have it right there until the quilt is done.

    I also use clear topped pencil boxes (got a bunch at Staples on sale) and put tools in one, threads in another, pencils, erasers, glues in another, etc. I'm trying so hard to keep organized :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindasidlow
    I put an old tricot nightgown over my clothes when I'm sewing. Keeps the "quilt poop" from attaching to me. Just slides right off!
    QUILT POOP????? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    I use towlet paper and paper towel cardboard rolls to wind my fabric strips on. I made a rack with dowels to put the rolls on and all I have to do is measure and cut my blocks.

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    I use one of those handicap suction cup hand hold things to hold my cutting rulers down. I got it for 11.99 and the ones "made" for quilters were 25.00 same exact thing just a better price

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    Week long, twice a day plastic pill holder for holding machine feet and bobbins. Empty nut tin for used needles and rotary blades. Toss when full. Cheap gardening gloves for machine quilting

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    artist paintbrush for cleaning bobbin case, orange wood stick for stilletto, prescription bottles for used needles and no longer useable pins, priscription bottles for taking my pins to class with me, clothespins for holding my binding on, cookbook holder for holding pattern up to read as I work.

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    A vintage ice pick that I use as a stiletto.

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