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Thread: GO! die storage

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    GO! die storage

    I've got several dies that I wanted to get up off my table, but didn't want to spend the (at least) $16 for a wire rack that Accuquilt sells. I was perusing the storage section at Walmart yesterday looking for some things for work, and found this rack in the kitchen section. It's perfect - holds 8 dies and two mats just fine (2 dies in each section). And it was only $4.97!
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    Great Idea. Love the writing on the dies. What did you use? Luann
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    I used a silver Sharpie pen. I was tired of trying to find where to lay my fabric without cutting myself, and wanted to waste less fabric. The foam really absorbs the Sharpie, though, so be sure to pick up a couple of the pens!

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    The ink does dry pretty quickly though. I did them all one night and was able to use them the next day without fear of the pen getting on my fabric.

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    I like the idea of writing the cut fabric size on the die. I'm going to do that on all my dies. I bought a rack like that at Walmart but it doesn't compare to the Accuquilt rack for sturdiness and weight. It kept tipping over.
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    Perfect post for me to see today. A friend of mine was just talking about this and wondering what she could do with her dies. I will be sure to pass this on to her. Thanks for sharing.
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    I actually use the same rack from Walmart and it works great I think. But, I love the idea of writing on the die what size to cut the fabric! Brilliant!

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    The only reason I wrote the fabric size on there is because I walked away for a while to have lunch, came back and had forgotten, and had to re-measure. Thought to myself "I'm not doing this every time I need to use a die!". I'm to dang lazy for that LOL! After that, I pulled all the dies out, outlined them, measured them and wrote it down. Apparently my short-term memory is shot....

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    OH thanks for the fabulous idea!! I am going to Wallie World today! I just added this to my shopping list!
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    Oh wow thank you so much for sharing. I am in the process of redoing and organizing and was lost at the low $ way of doing this.

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    I have one just like that . Mine is really old had it for years.

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    Great idea, I am definitely going out to buy one. Thanks for posting.

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    Good idea. I'm headed to Wal-Mart.

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    Just be careful how you stack your dies in the racks. If you go to www.Lovebugstudios.com
    Ebony Love had a few photos on what happens when they get stacked together too closely. Not a very pretty sight. She also wrote a book "The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips", on choosing, buying and how to use your die cutting machines to get the most out of the dies and use the least amount of materials. I actually got to meet her at the International Quilting Market here in Portland, Oregon in May. She is awesome! And funny!!! Go to her site and you will not be disappointed.
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    Look as if I need to make a trip to Wal-Mart sooner than I planned!

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    Thanks for all the tips. The Big Little Book....arrived yesterday. Haven't had time to look. Too busy collecting dies.

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    Very smart idea!!!

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    Wow Cindi, GREAT idea about writing on the dies! I've had mine for a while and haven't even done the outlining yet... now I will write the size on them too! The people on this board are so smart.... I love it here.

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    Writing on the dies is also recommended by Ebony Love (www.lovebugstudios.com) as someone else already mentioned. She has several videos and a book that I have. I am currently storing my dies on end in a storage bin that I already had.

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    Thanks for the Love Bug's link. I'd never heard of her before! I've added her to my reader list

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    I traced the design lines on my dies, but did not think about including fabric size. Thanks for a great idea!

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    Some of my newer dies have a black outline around the shape. For lack of a better space, I store my dies in a tall kitchen garbage can (plastic) without the lid on. They stand on end and my can is full!
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    Great idea! It looks sturdier than the one Accuquilt sells too.
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    I am looking for storage ideas to put the dies on the wall. I don't like all the clutter on the desk/work area.

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    Great idea! I wasn't sure if it was okay to store the mats any way other than flat..due to warnings about them warping.. so I love your idea! Here I come Wal-Mart!
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