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

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    This is a great thread - even if started in 2011!! I will add here that I use empty Crystal light containers - they are just the right size to hold a rotary cutter for transport to class and I also use them next to my machines to hold seam rippers, scissors, and styluses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys View Post
    This is a great thread - even if started in 2011!! ...........
    Thank you!



    Reading of your Crystal Light containers for rotary cutters
    made me think of my rotary blade disposal system ...... a piggy bank!

    Yup, a piggy bank ... it just happened to have a big enough slot for the blades.
    Likewise broken/bent/used needles and pins go in there.

    It sits on the corner of my sewing machine and is big enough that it'll be a long time before it is full.
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    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!
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    A baby monitor to put by the embroidery machine. When I have to walk away,(Like to check the computer) it will let me know if there is a problem with the stitching.

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    My latest great find is 3M non skid tape for bathtubs and showers. Get the clear coarse grit stuff. Amazon has it. Cut little pieces about a quarter inch wide and a half inch long (or a bit smaller) and stick one piece in each corner, on the underside of your cutting rulers. If it's a long ruler you can put a piece in the center of the long sides, near the edge. Your rulers will absolutely, positively not slip, guaranteed! You can't even slide the ruler a smidgen. It has to be picked up and repositioned.

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    I have only read 3/4 of this,so might have missed some. we are RVing fulltime so perhaps some of mine needs are a little different. I have 3 - 26" bakers sheets. These all nest and fit beside the shower when we are travelling. One is holding the red strips and the other the cream for my log cabin. The third gets turned upside down on the dinette table and with a towel over it becomes my big ironing board. My small ironing board is an old kitchen cutting board 13" long set up on the bar with a guest towel on it. Ferrero roche make a box that is about 10" square, if you turn it upside down the logo is on the bottom and the 'top' is now clear. It holds the two smaller sizes of thread. My old metal 6" drafting ruler has sharp corners (Ouch) but so crisp and accurate. My threads now go into an plastic pudding cup that my husband buys. My small scissors, seam ripper, pen, pencil, etc are contained in the top of a deli container. All my projects are stored in the zippered heavy plastic bags that initially held your sheets or duvet. With those as one project is complete and another one started, my storage space remains the same. Great thread.

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    I got this baby feeding dish for $1.00 at a thrift store. I use it to store pins, mini clips, and small scissors in each compartment. Just found one selling for $34 on eBay, maybe I should consider selling!
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    I use Crystal Light containers for hexie work and some small embroidery work I do for church.
    A secretary desk displays my precuts on the top and fabric yardage in the drawers.
    We made a dresser into an ironing station with lots of storage under.

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    MomtoSDR: I think your baby dish is worth more than that. Important question is whether your stopper is ceramic. Great find and super colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelsie View Post
    MomtoSDR: I think your baby dish is worth more than that. Important question is whether your stopper is ceramic. Great find and super colour.
    The stopper is a very hard cork.

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    haven't been here for a while, just happened to see a post reminder with this topic. I just bought some orange, cranberry huge cookies at Costco. The container is perfect to hold quilt squares, strips, what ever i am working on at the moment. Clear plastic so i can see what is in it. Big too. smile.

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    Computer - for music and YouTube how-tos
    Mallet - for pounding thick corners
    Large Wooden Picture Frame - covered with cardboard, batting and upholstery fab for small pressing pad
    PVC tubes - for frame above my sewing machine
    Large clips (for gluing wood pieces together) - For clipping large quilt to PVC frame
    Shower rings - to hold strips of wide elastic for clipping quilt to moveable rings on PVC for FMQ
    Window - for light box work
    Large TV cabinet (with wire shelves inside) - for my fat quarters and pre-cuts
    Exacto knife - cutting shapes for FMQ
    Newspaper tablet - for FMQ patterns pinned to quilt to sew over
    Printer - for FMQ patterns on newspaper
    Calculator - for obvious reasons
    Scrap paper - for jotting down measurements
    Elmer's (washable) glue - for glue dots when appliqueing
    Eyebrow tweezers - for picking out cut threads
    Long metal ruler - for measuring
    Extra long Measuring tape - for finding width and length of fabric/quilts
    Solid insulation sheet - 4'w x 5'l - Covers a window for my design wall
    Curtain rod - holds my flannel sheet, which drops over the solid insulation (can pin into it)
    Two chest of drawers (6 drawers) & 3/4-inch plywood top for my cutting table. (The dressers sit at each end - drawers out - for plywood. Large storage underneath with cloth to hide storage.
    King-size sheet - lays on floor under quilt sandwich for over spray of glue
    Rubber (drawer liner) - used under my sewing machine pedal (helps keep it in place much better than the rug material).
    Peg board - for supplies
    Paint brushes - I use the long pointed end for pushing out seam allowances for applique.
    Small paint brush - to get lint out of deep small places in my sewing machine
    Spray bottle
    Measuring cup - for filling my iron with water
    Retractable measuring tape (from tool section) - for making long measurements
    Bar soap (thin pieces) - to mark quilt tops
    Tracing paper - to copy FMQ designs from books
    Micro fiber cloths - to pick up lint and thread pieces in one scoop
    Dish towels (100% cotton) - pressing cloths
    3-M glue on hooks - I use them on my PVC frame to hang a photocopy of my quilt pattern
    Camera

    Various containers - for pens, rulers, tweezers, fray check (upside down), Elmer's glue (also upside down. Keeps nozzle from drying out).

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    Comic book boards. They are acid free so I can wrap my fabric on them and see everything in my stash

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    Moleskin will be in the foot section of any pharmacy. I have found that mole "foam" is thicker and sturdier than moleskin, but our Walmart has only the regular moleskin. I buy the molefoam from Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Scholls-Mo...dp/B0009MI9CA/

    I found it was cheaper buying in bulk, so I bought once and now have a lifetime supply. I cut narrow strips with my ruler and rotary cutter and keep the strips handie in a baggie. Easy to cut the strips to length with scissors.

    Oh, and my other favorite non-quilting tool is blue painter's tape. I wrap it around my hand a couple of times, sticky side out, and stick it on my sewing table to the right of my machine. Any time I have a thread to dispose of, I just stick it on that tape. When the tape gets full, I throw it away and put down a new one. It's very fast and convenient.
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