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    foam boards for storing fabric

    I've searched some on here, but now need to ask. Who is it on this forum that makes the foam core boards? I've been using Polar Notions (200 of them), and they're expensive -- but excellent. For my remaining stash -- those pieces that are 1/4 - 1/2 yard I'd like something more reasonable. I have a lot of them.
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    try M.I Late
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    Quote Originally Posted by johans View Post
    I've searched some on here, but now need to ask. Who is it on this forum that makes the foam core boards? I've been using Polar Notions (200 of them), and they're expensive -- but excellent. For my remaining stash -- those pieces that are 1/4 - 1/2 yard I'd like something more reasonable. I have a lot of them.
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    I use the foam boards sold at Dollar Store for $1 and cut them to size. Works the same as the expensive ones I bought before finding these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigidodds View Post
    I use the foam boards sold at Dollar Store for $1 and cut them to size. Works the same as the expensive ones I bought before finding these.
    Me too! And you can order a case of 50 at a time from Dollar Tree. Have to love it coming right to my door :-)

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    Have you thought about using comic book boards? You can buy 100 at the local comic book store, if a store is not availiable you can get a hundred of them on amazon for around ten dollars plus shipping. I got 100 at a comic book store for $7.00. Hope this helps

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    ecHi, I dont make foam boards but i do go to the dollar store and buy craft board that is paper on both sides with foam in the middle. It comes in s sheet the size of large poster. i just cut it down to the sizes i want to use. i get 6 to 7 81/2 by 11 inches pieces out of one sheet. So at $1.00 a piece for the large board makes my 6 larger boards that i cut out of it cost me 16 cents apiece. its very cheap. hope this helped you out

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    Is the form boards acid free?

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    don't know if its acid free but who among us will live long enough for that to effect our fabric. a finished quilt saved for someone should probably be stored in acid free material.

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    ok call me stupid...lol.. i dont know what any of you are talking about foam boards how do they work? thanks paula

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    I just purchased comic book boards from Amazon. They were about $13 for 100. I do believe you can probably find them cheaper if you have a comic book store in your area (I do, but forgot). They are acid free. What they basically are is posterboard cut to size. They in the long run would take up less room than the foam core boards. You can fold fabric that is about 1/2 yard and up on these. I do think I like the way these can stand up vs. the method of folding the fabric with a 6x24 ruler. You can really see what you have when you use these and they just seem to take up less space.

    I was so excited to get these that I immediately started putting my fabric on the boards. I am already down to about six boards left and still have more fabric to do! I would have never thought I would need that many and now I need more. At least I realize that I do have a lcbs (local comic book shop - haha) in my area.

    Now I need to decide how I am going to sort my little bolts. Should I sort them similar to what the stores do??? Ideas?

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    I wish someone would explain this to those of us who have no clue. It sounds like you are using these foam boards to wrap your stash fabric around. I have never heard of anyone doing this. Would someone consider positing a picture and give us the details of what you are doing. I am getting ready to organize my fabric and this sounds very intersting.

    The details would be very much appreciated.
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    Try this link to see pictures and sizes of boards. Hope this helps.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/items-s...g-t176075.html

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    I worry about the acid turning my fabric off colors. HAs that happened to anyone?

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    Google PolarNotions.com They have videos showing how to use their product. It's a book-sized thin acid-free rigid plastic mini bolt piece that you wrap fabric around.. Have you seen pictures of quilt stashes that have fabric on little bolts lined up on book shelves? That's using this kind of product. Great way to be able to see ALL your fabric at a glance.
    johans, Michigan's UP, Hiawatha National Forest West

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    Google PolarNotions.com They have videos showing how to use their product. It's a book-sized thin acid-free rigid plastic mini bolt piece that you wrap fabric around.. Have you seen pictures of quilt stashes that have fabric on little bolts lined up on book shelves? That's using this kind of product. Great way to be able to see ALL your fabric at a glance.
    johans, Michigan's UP, Hiawatha National Forest West

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    Went to Polar Notions I can see they are sort of expensive. Out of my price range anyway. I did look at their bolt buddy clips. Do they look like money clips to anyone else?

    I googled and found these
    http://www.theclip.com/store/product...t=0&featured=Y
    Last edited by damaquilts; 02-10-2012 at 03:21 PM.

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    The comic book boards are acid free.

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    yes, they are Acid free. Won't yellow or get moldy and reusable.
    Contact me for more information
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    Hi sweetie,
    I know this sounds bad mentioning ACID but they don't have any ACID in them.This is the type you look for to keep your fabrics like new.
    Acid free means it won't harm your fabrics because the boards won't yellow with age. That also means they are PH neutral free of Acid.
    They won't get moldy. I have my fabrics in our basement and wrapped on these boards and they are great.
    We pay so much for our fabrics that you want them to last and be organized too and the boards are great.
    PM for more information if you like to know more. I love theses boards. if you want me to send you a pic. of my fabrics on the boards I very willing to do that.
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    I recently bought 400 comic book boards and love my fabric storage now. I can move the stacks around without the stack getting messy. I can stack vertically in a bookcase and they stay up like books. The fabric now is neat in the totes and easily seen and organized. The boards are reusable since nothing is done to them. If i wanted to have a note of the yardage, I would stick a sticky note in one of the folds or use a 3x5 card with the informtion tucked into a fold.

    I even made a presentation at our local guild and got a lot of excitement built around organizing fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigidodds View Post
    I use the foam boards sold at Dollar Store for $1 and cut them to size. Works the same as the expensive ones I bought before finding these.
    Love the $ store foam core.....needing to cut some more today..( 3 orders from Connecting Threads arrived )

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    I don't remember who sold them but this link is where another member gets them and she said it's the cheapest she's seen. I hope this helps.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/blogs/p...ing-b9366.html
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    We have foam core boards for sale. Can't tell from this message from romansjg who was interested. Anyway email me for prices & sizes we have very low prices.
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    I'm with you. I don't know what they are talking about either. Maybe they are pinning fabric to the boards and then using that for storage like books on a shelf. That's all I can picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jratcliff View Post
    I'm with you. I don't know what they are talking about either. Maybe they are pinning fabric to the boards and then using that for storage like books on a shelf. That's all I can picture.
    Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe they use them to wrap their fabric around to resemble a "bolt" of fabric and they can store them upright like books on a shelf.

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