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    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???

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    Cook her dinner, I always like that one

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    does she have rotary cutter, cutting mat, quilting ruler etc? You might think of loading some of those shelves with a few pcs fabric in colors that she likes or uses in the house.

    I'm sure some other ladies could give better tips than that, but this is the best I can think of right now.

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    How about something to organize her threads or notions? If you are into fishing or tools, you know of some good tool boxes available. Same thing can be used for notions and threads - check it out.

    You may find something for yourself at the same time!

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    I like the dinner idea! How about a peg board for storing her tools?

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    Gift Certificate! Oh yea! :lol:

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    Limited to stuff to do in her sewing room or anything to do with sewing? If limited to the room ... lighting, a big ironing board, TV or radio (or Ipod), a different sewing machine (embroidery or perhaps featherweight), a selection of fabric that you picked out ....

    If not limited to the room ...

    I think a great gift would be a surprise trip to a quilting retreat.

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    Gift Certificate to her favorite Quilt Shop...thats the ticket!!

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    Let's see: Dinner's good. A needle case with MONEY inside it! A private shop hop just for her (and a friend). A design wall. . . . A quilting cruise! Might as well dream big while I am at it! Sounds like you are one-in-a-million kind of guy.

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    Since you are into building things, how about an ironing board just for ironing fabric?

    Someone put a tutorial over in the tute section.

    You said a cutting table? Did you get her a cutting mat that covers the entire cutting table? I have one and love it! It's great for blocking a quilt and also for cutting lenght wise strips for borders.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooklabell
    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 :)
    OOOHHH I like this even better, love picnics in the park and massages, who says romance is dead

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    Does she have track lighting in the room ?

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    Since you traveled that far to a quilt shop you an always surprise her from time to time by taking her to a quilt show. Here's one site that has listings, maybe others can give you addittional listings. http://www.quiltshowlistings.com/

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    Not original, but perhaps there's a new sewing machine that she'd be thrilled with, but has not thought of it as a possibility?

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    You've received so many wonderful ideas that I'm sure you will pick one (or more) that she would absolutely LOVE.

    Now, I have a question for you: can we clone you!!!??? :lol: :lol: :lol: Your wife is married to a sweet, loving man, and I'm sure she knows just how blessed she is!! :wink: It is so thoughtful of you to want to do all this for her.

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