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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan Larrimore
    I broke a springed clothes pin in half, use the flat part to open and hand press seams the way I want them to go. It keeps my finger from getting burned.
    I'll have to remember that. I burned the bejeezus out of my fingers yesterday. Thank You.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Thanks Bev. I don't know how well the photo turned out but I have about 15 rulers in the main part of the rack and another 6 small ones in the untensil holder. I absolutely love it. The dark chrome makes it look stylish also, kinda like it was made for such a use.
    The original poster had a terrific idea. :-D

    I noticed that what would be the silverware holder is not divided into smaller spaces, which allows you to use it for small square rulers. Is it difficult to find one like that? It seems to me that mine have always come with cup-like holders for the utensils.

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    Bev, Not sure how widely Fred Meyers are located across the nation but we have them in the NW. It is a one stop groceries; household items, toys, furniture, etc. A little like Walmart or Target. Do you have Kohl's or Bed, Bath and Beyond?

    It just turned out well that the first place I went had what I thought would work. But, I did buy it because there wasn't a divider in the silverware hold plus the raised part to separate dishes was located more in the center rather than on one side. Hope that helps. :-D

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    OOH! You guys are the best. Love all ideas. Keep up the inventions! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    Bev, Not sure how widely Fred Meyers are located across the nation but we have them in the NW. It is a one stop groceries; household items, toys, furniture, etc. A little like Walmart or Target. Do you have Kohl's or Bed, Bath and Beyond?

    It just turned out well that the first place I went had what I thought would work. But, I did buy it because there wasn't a divider in the silverware hold plus the raised part to separate dishes was located more in the center rather than on one side. Hope that helps. :-D
    Yes, I have both a Kohl's and a Bed, Bath etc. Do you think they have the brand you purchased?
    I hadn't thought about the dish separater being in the center. That would seem to be an important of it. Well BB&B are just a mile or so from where I live so I can check them out tomorrow. Kohl's is a bit farther.
    Thanks for the info. Will let you know how it works out.

    8-)

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    A friend of mine got me to using self sticking flooring tiles for templates. they are great draw the pattern on the paper backing, and cut out with old scissors or kitchen shears. real easy, hold up great as long as you don't keep cutting into them. they are real cheap. don't take the paper off the back. I also made a folding ironing board with the wooden TV. tables they are great to put anywhere, and the right size and highet when you are setting at your machine. I also made a nice size lazy susan one side for pressing and the other for cutting. put the round wood at homedepot and the lazy susan turning part for less then $10 used it a lot when we lived in a fifth-wheel trailar. something else thats turns things inside out is the plastic cover that go over the thermoter in hospitals. I have a lot of other goodies, but am having a hard time seeing, and spelling today.

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    I found an old seam wall paper wooden roller - small, about 1 1/2 inches. I use it to press paper piecing seams.
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan Larrimore
    I broke a springed clothes pin in half, use the flat part to open and hand press seams the way I want them to go. It keeps my finger from getting burned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    I have freezer paper in my sewing room to use for paper piecing--the method that you don't sew through the paper.

    I have the tissue paper used for wrapping gifts in gift bags to trace quilting designs on which I then tape to a quilt on the frame and quilt through it. Much cheaper than vellum or the special paper sold to longarmers.

    I claimed a 36" square kitchen island after our remodel to use as my cutting table. Rotary cutters, blades & templates are stored in the drawers & scraps, UFO's, & orphan blocks are stored in the bottom.

    I use blue painters tape to tape the tissue paper onto quilts & it holds the leaders on the poles of my frame.

    Hairspray to keep chalked quilting designs from rubbing off.

    Silicone spray to keep the rails on the frame slick and the bed of the sewing machine.

    I used to have a roll of Press 'n' Seal in my room for quilting but I didn't like the little bits of plastic left in. Others still swear by it.

    I steal hubby's big carpenter's square when I need to square up a large quilt before binding it. And he occasionally has to come into my sewing room to find his level if I've been adjusting my frame.

    I have a small, rolling tv/microwave cart that fits under the frame. Usually my embroidery machine, stabilizers & threads live on it but I take the machine off to put my laptop that controls the PC Quilter on when I'm using it to quilt.

    I have one of the rolling plastic storage drawer things advertised for scrap bookers that I keep all my thread & needles in. It just fits under the sewing cabinet when it's opened up so I can just reach down, open a drawer & pull out needles, thread, or bobbins when I need them.

    I use a coffee mug to keep my little Clover iron in & I use it to put troublesome thread in when it lashes too much on the normal thread holder spindle on the machine.

    I like to use used fabric softener sheets to sew my applique shapes onto so I can turn the seam allowance under before stitching them down to the background fabric. It really helps to keep those little pokies under the piece. It doesn't add bulk so I don't have to cut it out from the back side like those who use paper do.

    I'm sure there are lots of other re-purposed & purloined items in there, also--LOL!

    Just look at your quilt catalogs and when you see their nice but high priced cutting tables,just think of what else that looks like. One option that I used is a kitchen counter that I found at a yard sale for $10 and they had a marble top for $10 that was cut to fit (24").So I got a really nice cutting table for $30 .I paid $10 for a sheet of plywood for the back cause the back wasn't there. Another option for a sewing table is the every day kitchen table,just get a square or rectangle one. The yard sales or thrift stores usually have those for $ 10-$20 without chairs . The more you save by thinking outside the box the more you can spend on the things that are ,what I personally think are really neccesary, a really good desk chair,scissors,rotory cutters,rulers,mats,stuff like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    Gads, so much that we do and don't really think about.

    I use a wheeled wooden folding kitchen cart as my cutting table. I can clean off the shelves and fold it and put it in the garage when I have company.

    I am using a Country Time lemonade container to hold specialty threads when winding bobbins or sewing.

    Plastic make up bags from Walmart or such make great places to put my tools so I am ready to go for sew-ins.

    Ikea has some fabulous things for storage and sorting. I use the Antonius systems for my projects and stash. I can see through the bins, which won't rust.

    Am enjoying reading all this.

    ali
    I thought of something else that a friend of mine uses. She bought large flat screen tv for their living room and it didn't fit their entertainment unit. But insead of selling it she took it to her sewing room,and took out the wire racks that really weren't working very well and turned that unit into a fabric shelf.
    It is a 6ft x 6ft unit so it held all of her stash. So check out that ,cause it looks good in her room and makes her looks so organized. Now she's looking for a smaller one for her books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04
    I use:
    - a sliverware try in the drawers to organize small supplies
    - a 2"x3" ziplock bag I found first at the candy-making store and then in jewelry supplies that I put the spool of thread and matching bobbin in, so I don't have to guess which bobbin goes with which thread!
    - a soft artist's paintbrush to clean the bobbin area
    - zip lock freezer bags (gallon size are great) for WIP
    - painter's tape (all widths) for quilting lines
    - sandpaper to hold fabric steady when I trace templates, or write a label
    - pop top vitamin bottle to hold old needles
    - frezzer paper as a stabilizer for applique and machine embroidery
    - pipe cleaner to put through the cone of large thread to attach its correct bobbin
    - dryer sheets to clean the iron

    Your bargello quilt in your picture in fantastic! I've been looking for some qreat bargello quilt patterns but haven't found any has good as that. Where did your find your pattern,if you don't mind me asking? I won't duplicate your colors,I just really love bargello quilt designs.

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    what a great thread!!! there are so many good ideas...i will have to go tour my house and see what else i can repurpose!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hexagonquilter
    I got to page 7 reading what all everyone sent in. I have one that I haven't seen yet..
    Use a net shower puff to scrape all your lint fuzzies off of your cutting board. Works great.
    You have a beautiful hexagon quilt. The colors go great with the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgmoby
    Quote Originally Posted by SNUGQUILT
    I haven't actually used this yet, but since I'm in the midst of redoing my sewing room....I asked my DH for a peg board, but he didn't think I'd be happy with it (pegs coming out, etc.)...he suggested just penny nails in the wall...my idea...cover a board (any size you want) with fabric, THEN put the nails in that...much prettier, and sill EXTREMELY useful...I'm thinking my tools, patterns, thangle packages, endless possibilities! :)
    Some people don't like the look of a pegboard, but I LOVE mine :)

    I use it so much, that I expanded the one 2'x4' area to fill an entire wall - more like a LQS. Having a small room that holds a lot, including a longarm, makes it invaluable. My large one holds patterns, all my longarming templates, rulers and tools, rolls of paper/interfacing, all large spools of thread (about 200), oil, and a multitude of other things. I have have some of the very long pegs put across the top, with acrylic sheets on them for shelves. Then I placed some magazine holders with my magazines I wanted to keep, and covered boxes to hold zippers, buttons, extra marking pens/pencils, and other things that are small. I adore my pegboard! Liking that one pegboard wall so much, I created an additional pegboard space near my cutting table for all those tools (rotary cutters, scissors, etc.) and other supplies that hang up. 'It's a good thing,' as Martha says :)

    Debbie in Austin
    I have a 4'x8' piece of peg board on one wall and a 3' x 6' piece of peg board on another wall. I have almost everything that I work with on those. Until you have one ,you won't know how helpful they are. I painted mine the same color as my walls and the pegs also so they seem to blend in with the walls.For anyone who doesn't have one, try a small one. You'll probably go back for a bigger one.

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    My husband was about to get rid of a small metal cabinet that he used in the garage to put his electric saw and drills in. The cabinet has a door,wheels and was drab gray color with little rust here and there.
    I happen to see out in the trash and asked if he would let me have it and help me spray paint it. He's a whiz at spray paint! His first question "what are you going to do with that?" And I said a place to store my serger! After he painted it, I did some stenciling on it. And I have cute little cabinet that sits under my cutting table. It the ultimate re-purpose, recycle and redo! Chris

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    I have learned so much from all of you! Now I can go through my kitchen and take another look. The things that are truly needed and that cannot be scrimped on are costly. But those are the are what we quilters need. So when we can substitute, it is truly as great thing to do.

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    I have a craftsman workbench that I use as a cutting table. Added some extension to legs and its great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I use bamboo skewers as a "stilleto". I cut one in half and taped the cut end. Works great and is CHEAP!

    I use freezer paper for appliqueing

    I have a wire "tray" thing that our flatware came in to hold my rulers.

    I bought old plastic flatware trays at thrift stores to hold my individual pieces.

    I haven't got it finished yet, but I was able to find a 6 foot roller shade at a thrift store for $10.00. I bought some flannel and will glue the flannel to it. VOILA - a designer wall!!!!
    Oh, that idea for the designer wall is a good one. Will keep that in mind when I need to put a room together.

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    I use finger nail polish on the tips of my fingers to keep from pricking them. Just make sure you use it when there are no sores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vjengels
    I haven't used the liquid bandage in quilting... but you can use super glue for cuts, it doesn't sting as bad, and it costs less. My husband gets cracks on his finger tips, and uses it all the time.
    Sorry, double click........
    IMO------clear nail polish works better than the liquid bandage for small cuts--------and doesn't hurt any worse.

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    sorry I didn't get back saturday like I said I would DH had to put on a antivirus on my computer and get it up and running again.

    About the insulubrite my sil said she got at Lowes. I looked and no one heard of it there also my Jo anns never heard of it or Hancocks so back to ordering on the computer. they never heard of thermalite nieghter

    I also found out what SIL did get was thermolte. It is for using in clothing and gloves ect cause it retains heat. If you can find it I guess it would be good for things like casserole wraps or bun warmers for bread but I wouldn't use it in potholders or pads cause I thought the idea is to repell heat so back to the insulbrite stuff for me.
    I thought maybe SIL knew more about stuff like that since she has been quilting for so long. I best stick to what I learn here for sure. LOL I should of known better and checked it out first after her directions put almost to Oklahoma when I first got here. Talk about the senic route home. LOL

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    About the insulubrite my sil said she got at Lowes. I looked and no one heard of it there also my Jo anns never heard of it or Hancocks so back to ordering on the computer. they never heard of thermalite nieghter.............

    I buy my insulbrite at JoAnn's. Ask them to look it up for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RkayD
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan Larrimore
    I broke a springed clothes pin in half, use the flat part to open and hand press seams the way I want them to go. It keeps my finger from getting burned.
    I'll have to remember that. I burned the bejeezus out of my fingers yesterday. Thank You.
    according to the doctor's column in my paper--------cold yellow mustard on a burn will pull the heat out. I tried it on a little burn this weekend and it works.

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    I use toe separators (for polishing toe nails) for housing bobbins. Slide it in and then turn it to hide the loose end of the thread. Each one holds 4 bobbins with no strings to tangle. You can get a pair of these for $1 just about everywhere.

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    I use the plastic bed risers to raise a table up to the perfect height for a cutting table.

    The plastic tubs from frosting make great pencil holders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzuslivz
    I use toe separators (for polishing toe nails) for housing bobbins. Slide it in and then turn it to hide the loose end of the thread. Each one holds 4 bobbins with no strings to tangle. You can get a pair of these for $1 just about everywhere.
    I don't know if it's been mentioned,but one of my quilting friends keeps a dish drainer on her work table. She uses the dish slots for rulers and the silverware slots for marking pens,pencils,seam rippers, and even a magnifying glass. It's a smaller one that's made to fit inside the sink and it seems to hold everything she needs right where she can grab it.

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