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Old 05-18-2015, 08:51 AM
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Several times on this board I have read threads about unusual things that you use in quilting that have nothing to do with sewing or quilting. The list of items and how you use them is so interesting. I would like to use it as a starter discussion on our next quilting group but cannot find the threads. Can you please point me in the right direction to find those? And, feel free to add anything you might like to share. Thanks for your help. Love this Board. So glad I found it.
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:11 AM
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From my kids' set of blocks - (can also be purchased at hobby stores and lumber/home improvement stores)

A round dowel - great for pressing tube seams and Barbie doll clothes
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I use my dh 4ft T-Square for marking and cutting batting off the roll.
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At the moment I'm making a Jelly Roll Race quilt "just for fun" on my 50-year-old Elna while my Husqvarna is being serviced.

I use two black wire office wastebaskets.

Strips go into one, shake, sew these into one long strip: as the strip forms, it goes into the second basket. The I sew "out of" the second basket and "into" the first.
Repeat until the length doesn't need feeding into a basket to keep it off the floor.

Just make sure no one comes along and throws something away into one of the baskets. DH: "Opps! I guess that isn't trash." Lucky for him, it was a clean piece of paper. When my Quilt Studio is finished I won't have to worry about "invaders" any more!
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I have made those pressing sticks out of wood trim and I just picked up a porcupine quill to be used as a stiletto. I also bought a Telescopic Magnetic Pick-Up Tool from Home Depot for picking up pins and needles.

Just do a search on the board for the other threads about tools.
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Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
From my kids' set of blocks - (can also be purchased at hobby stores and lumber/home improvement stores)
how do you use these?
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:17 PM
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I bought a six foot and four foot straight edge from Lowe's. It's 2 1/2" wide. Perfect for getting the quilt top straight and for marking across the quilt for crosshatching or straight line quilting. Very inexpensive too.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_119896-1099-...ght+edge+ruler

Using a plastic suction bath/shower holder to put on the car window when traveling and sewing.
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Originally Posted by HouseDragon View Post
At the moment I'm making a Jelly Roll Race quilt "just for fun" on my 50-year-old Elna while my Husqvarna is being serviced.

I use two black wire office wastebaskets.

Strips go into one, shake, sew these into one long strip: as the strip forms, it goes into the second basket. The I sew "out of" the second basket and "into" the first.
Repeat until the length doesn't need feeding into a basket to keep it off the floor.

Just make sure no one comes along and throws something away into one of the baskets. DH: "Opps! I guess that isn't trash." Lucky for him, it was a clean piece of paper. When my Quilt Studio is finished I won't have to worry about "invaders" any more!
I've used baskets, even large bowls, when I'm ironing long strips in half for binding. I also use a "basket purse" from my decoupage days of the 70's for fan-folding so the binding is ready for feeding around the quilt.
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Try this thread

http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...g-t249301.html
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I use a floss threader found in the dental section to thread my upper and lower loopers of my serger. My fingers have a heard time manipulating thread in this small area.
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