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Thread: I am a human magnet for quilting gadgets!

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    Super Member seamstome's Avatar
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    Cool I am a human magnet for quilting gadgets!

    I had too much junk in my quilting room especially since I have been doing more purses and crafting projects that take different interfacings, etc. The UFO's are piling up.

    What was my solution? Get rid of stuff...no. Finish projects before I start another....no. I bought a new storage cabinet. Makes sense and sounds like the perfect solution to me.

    It came the other day and hubby put it together. It is perfect and I have plenty of room. But I decided to gut and clean my room since it is holiday weekend and I have today off. It has not been "deep" cleaned in probably a year. Can you say dust bunny heaven??

    So I started in one end and pulled everything out so I could clean behind and around it. The fabric that was pre-sorted was fine. We aren't even going to talk about that!

    Big mistake. This is a 14 by 12 room with a walk in closet. Now I know why I need another storage cabinet. Three sewing machines-two I dont use, a felting machine, a serger-that hasnt been used in a decade.

    Five different types of irons. I must need a different iron for every technique. Five different ironing board surfaces. Big Boards, little boards, regular boards, miniature boards, traveling boards. When I was in college I used a towel on the kitchen table.

    I can tell I am aging, the eyes must be going. There are eight lights in that room...half Ott, some attach to a machine, some have magnifiers... I must have enough wattage if I turn them all on to be spotted from outer space.

    I refuse to count the rulers and templates. I think I have more than the local quilt store though!

    More sewing knick knacks than any one human being should ever have to dust which is probably why it only gets deep cleaned once a year or so.

    I am a human magnet for quilting gadgets! I see all the fabric moratoriums you all go on. I need a support group for gadget-aholics. Hello, my name is Cindy and I have never met a quilting gadget I could resist.

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    Haha! I have a cabinet full of gadgets too! You don't happen to have the prairie pointer tool that you would like to get rid of do you? http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Be-With.../dp/B004495XO6
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    Cindy, you're funny. I have no answers for you. Sorry.

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    I know just what you mean. I can't pass up anything quilting either

    Quilting is my therapy

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    oH, WHAT A FUN READ! iT REMINDS ME OF MYSELF AND OTHER 'GADGET' FRIENDS. yOU HAVE A SPECIAL SENCE OF HUMOR!!

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    Thanks for the pick-me-up. I couldn't seam to walk out of quilt shop will out something new to try.
    Scrapy quilts have more love in them.

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    Some people are fabriholics, I am a gaget/book-aholic
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    Hello Cindy, my name is Jeanie. Let me know when the first meeting is. I love my gadgets too.

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    Extra lights are not a sign of aging. I know because I, too, have been contacted by martians, and I am not old.

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    I looked at the prairie point thing the other day. But I don't use a lot of pp or I would own it. Got rid of one sewing machine. The server one ironing board and a bunch of little junk. 8 hours later and half the room done. Maybe I will turn the lights on so the Martians can find me and take me away before I have to finish this!

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    What a hoot! You go girl.

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    Now I am also a magnet for quilting gadgets and books. I definitely have more rulers triangle rulers etc than the local quilt shop. How do I know being a friend she says so. If someone after or looking for a ruler Dotty will have one.
    Books are another gadget I can't resist, bought a new bookcase at end of last year. HELP it is full. Do I read them yes and remember what I saw problem which book. Do others have these problems.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Haha! I have a cabinet full of gadgets too! You don't happen to have the prairie pointer tool that you would like to get rid of do you? http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Be-With.../dp/B004495XO6
    Oh, I want one of those,too.I'm a magnet, too!

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    I too am a gadget attractor, for all types of crafts. My niece once observed that our hobby wasn't DOING crafts, our hobby was BUYING craft supplies.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Haha! I have a cabinet full of gadgets too! You don't happen to have the prairie pointer tool that you would like to get rid of do you? http://www.amazon.com/Pieces-Be-With.../dp/B004495XO6

    Auntpigglyn... You are not helping, you are enabling. LOL now I added that gadget to my amazon wish list. I am trying to only buy fabrics and stencils and thread. Books and gadgets are always calling my name.

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    That's right. My hobby is buying quilting supplies and gadgets not using them.

    Then my hubby asks the most innane questions like "What's the difference berween this gadget and that gadget? They look the same to me" He actually thinks I should know how to use them. Or the other classic--"When did you use this one last?" Well I made a baby quilt for Lexie with it. (Me being so proud!!) Isn't Lexie graduating this year. Well yes but I will need it again when she has a baby.

    Then there is the problem of covers and cords. These things are like Tupperware. You have the bottom but not the lid or the machine but not the cord.

    One last little box of doo dads, I need to vac under the sewing machine cabinet, better known as the Bermuda triangle for sewing machine feet and seam rippers, and then I am done.

    I will post pics.

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    So glad I'm not alone! I only have 4 irons and so much other stuff I forget what I have. I do machine embroidery as well as quilting so that just doubles the "stuff" that I need.

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    OMG, Ya'll are keeping me in stitches Please don't let me feel this way in 20 years.

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    Sounds like heaven to me. Thanks for the laugh, I think we can all identify wether its fabric, gadgets or whatever. Right now I have two bedrooms that look like a fabric explosion took place.

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    Is this a "club" called gadget anon? If so sign me up. I have rulers that I bought and have never seen again, let alone used. I think my hobby is buying gadgets and books. I cleaned out my sewing room and gave away 4 big boxes of books a couple of years ago. I now have 4 shelves on my bookcases full of books. There is no hope for any of us. We need to just give in and collect things in the hope that someday we will need it and in the hope we will remember that we already have that particular tool or ruler and not buy another. Been there done that, too.
    Sue

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    I must say that I have to agree with you, I love my gadgets.....sewing machines.........fabric.......Uh-Oh......I think I'm in trouble. List keeps getting longer..........
    Aronel aka Lee

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    finished so here's the pics. I didn't do rulers as I have given an ENTIRE set of Ominigrid squares to a friend and I have a few that are out on loan. But I did count THREE add a quarters plus an add an eighth! Guess I was really into paperpiecing!

    The one cabinet is in the main room and the other in the walk in
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    I enjoy trying all the new gadgets and tools for quilting. To me that is part of quilting. One wall of my quilting area has a big pegboard. I can see everything at one time. My guild has some of bah humbug members about gadgets and tools. It never fails they are the first to ask to borrow them when someone else buys them.
    Got fabric?

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    Waiting for the first meeting !!!! In Michigan? Funny Post!

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    Every morning I come here to find that certain post that will cause me to chuckle a time or two!! This is the one for today. Thanks so much for your entertaining post. Oh and since we are talking gadgets, I am right in there with ya!!
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