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    My favorite storage item is the Busy Box from The Container Store. It has several compartments which all lock together and is on wheels. I keep current projects in there while I'm at home, but the great thing is that it's awesome to take all your things with you to a retreat or workshop. It has a handle to pull it by. In fact, I bought a second one just to make it taller. You can connect them together for as tall as you'd like. One of the containers is shallow, so it holds all my tools, patterns, thread, etc. The deepest one holds the fabric and the middle one usually holds my travel iron, small fan, bottle of water, pressing mat, etc. It's a great organizer!
    Karen in Kentucky

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    If I were you, I'd find a quilt store with a helpful staff. I would explain I was new to quilting and tell them what size mat and rulers you have. I would ask them if they have a simple beginner's quilt kit and buy that. I would ask them to explain the terminology of the pattern and tell you the tips for making that quilt. After you make your first one, I'd go back to the store with the top of the quilt and ask them to help you find someone to long arm quilt it. And I would then ask them what they thought of your top and where you should go from there. That's how I started and now I have a $10,000 Bernina 830 and a spare room that I call my quilting room that is stuffed with only my quilting supplies. I started at my dining table years ago and now I have everything you could think of for a quilter. Start small. I did a table top quilt so I could see the results fast and decide if I wanted to keep quilting. You probably will. It's so addictive. I suggested buying a kit because finding a pattern and then picking out all the fabric to go with the pattern can be nerve wracking (even now) at first. Good luck. I'm 99% sure you'll love quilting and soon be fantastic at it. Remember, we sew 1/4" seams. That is the most important thing to know. And to cut exactly the correct size of each piece of fabric.
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    I'm a new quilter. I joined a local quilting guild, which has been wonderful. If one is in your area, you might go visit.

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    I started just a few years ago. On the dining room table with 1 mat and a rotery cutter. I got my first machine shortly after from Walmart and it snowballed from there. I now have an entire room - and although small I love it! I just got the Accuquilt Go Cutter so I know I have come a long way in just a few years. I remember looking at some of the first magazines I got and just dreaming of something that would actually cut my fabric accurately!

    Take your time - get what you need and use your Joanns coupons! The fun about being new is you want/need so many different things - there is always something you want that is not on sale! Often that is the trouble - the coupon is for a regular priced item and we have all that stuff already!

    What a fun thread. It brings us all back to the fun and excitement of the beggining. I got so much help and insperation on this board. I also got as many used magazines as I could get my hands on. I got a ton of that stuff from the used bookstore at $0.50 each.

    Like others mentioned - don't worry - before long you will have so much you won't know what to do with it!!

    But more importantly - HAVE FUN!

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    Always use joanns cou[pons for rulers and best of luck to you
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    Quote Originally Posted by squirtygirl View Post
    I to am new to quilting, could you please tell me what an awl is, and how you use it. Thankyou
    an awl is used to sew leather mostly, sometimes I have heard it used when you are trying to tie thick pieces of fabric, but I don't think I would like that. If you do any leather crafting at all, you will use one of them.

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    Red face One more item to buy...

    I have been quilting for many years and I think of all my items/gadgets, my most used is my Shape Cut. Can be purchased at Joanns with a coupon or just as cheap without a coupon at Wal-Mart. I have three standard size ones, one huge one, and a couple smaller ones. The small ones are pretty much a waste of money. I just bought the huge one so haven't used it yet, but the standard one measures about 15" x 18" with slots for your rotary cutter every half inch. Buy one and practice with it, and it will become your BFF. I use mine for cutting squares and rectangles, cutting strips for quilting and binding, and for squaring up finished blocks. Three things I can't live without... My dogs, my coffee and my beloved Shape Cut!

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    Light, light, light. Make sure that the lighting is good. Buy additional work lights if needed.

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    I don't have any advice for you but I just wanted to let you know that I am in the exact same boat as you!!!! Even down to the dinning room haha. Any advice that you get please pass over my way

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    Seems like you have gotten tons of great advise so all I am gonna say is "ENJOY" the experience and yes it is addicting.........Welcome to the board and the world of quilting...
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    They say money does not buy happiness, but it buys fabric & fabric makes me happy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    I'm really laughing.. I started in a small studio apartment with a small healing mat, rotary cutter, used machine in a cabinet, safety pins, and a small kitchen table.. I made a queen sized quilt which was scrappy before scrappy was popular.. I used buttons instead of ties.. I love it.. but made a big mistake.. I didn't wash the fabric before quilting.. I don't use the quilt, so never washed it.. I'm terrified to do it.. Now I'm in a one bedroom.. I have a small table with 18"X 12" mat, and I'm using a 1926 Singer 66 in a cabinet.. I'm in the middle of making five identical queen quilts qith scraps.. The fabric for the project is sitting on my cocktail table.. The rest are in sweater boxes stacked.. I'm not jealous of all who have the room.. I just take what I have, and make the best of it.. I have one major problem.. I have a curly little dog, and the snippets travel from where I'm working to other parts of the house.. Sort of like hitch hikers..
    Barri
    I am also in a one bedroom tiny apartment. I have a good sized bedroom. So that is where I sew. I wish I had more room. I envy those who have the beautiful rooms devoted just to sewing. However, I do ok, and I love working on projects. I have a wonderful Janome 660 Professional that I absolutely love. It's all good.
    Karen from Appleton, Wisconsin

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    Hey there, many of us had to start small. You can enlarge as it presents itself. Or as you get older you may need to downsize.

    Joann's coupons; LQS's sales are all part of it.
    I had my fist stash given to me and still have to use most of it - will probably give it away.

    Storage: I absolutely love IKEA Antonius system with the baskets that don't rust. Have 2, one on top of another in a closet and another under my IKEA table that I have my embroidery machine on. They store a lot. I also found stacking rolling baskets at an organization type store, but can't find them anymore. They went under the daybed for guests.

    The very best ideas:
    --Have quilting buddies who encourage you.
    --Take some classes, locally if you can, or online if nothing is available nearby. Consider going to something like Quilt Camp [www.quiltcamp.com] or other learning opportunity. Check LQS's and quilt guilds/groups for retreats.
    --Be creative and find what motivates you the best.
    --Make things that you enjoy and Have Fun!
    --If finances get tight consider joining a group that does charity quilts and will provide the fabric to you free.

    You are in the right space here on the QB.


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    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    Before you know it, you'll be trying to figure out "where did all this come from and where am I gonna put it all"
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    Get what you need when you need it, you are new to this and you may decide you aren't as into it as you think you will be. There are various places to get supplies and equipment from, Amazon and Overstock.com have a lot of things cheaper.

    Sewing armoires are very practical and a great way to integrate into a working living space.

    I could write a book on this subject, and it would be best for me to stop now before I launch into a long list.
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    Smile sewing room update

    I acquired a cutting table from a store that was closing for 15.00 has drop sides and closes, have the rulers, basic thread colors, and my wonderful hubby purchased me a Juki sewing machine. Loving how easy it is to use, the thread cutter, self threading , even the foot pedal cuts the thread. Who knew it could be this much fun. Making quilted potholders as my first project and playing with decorative stitiches. My daughter moves out in a week and then i can empty the dining room and paint it. I am going to put my machine in front of the windows, I have a pie safe im going to paint white for fabric storage, and I acquired a sewing table at joannes for half off. I will post pictures, thanks for all the great tips, I am so excited to finally be learning to sew.

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    first, you must decide what kind of sewing you will be doing. Quillting, clothing, home dec? I find that getting supplies from others who do not use them any more is the best. Join a sewing, quilting club and listen to your fiber arts friends about what they are doing for storage, sewing etc. I belong to the American Sewing Guild and at each mtg someone brings supplies, books, magazines, fabrics etc.that they no longer use to just give to someone who will use them. I have been sewing for 40 years and I will never be done reorganizing myself.

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    Ah, yes, I started out on the dining room table too. Welcome to this wonderful adventure! I would add a magnetic pin cushion to your list of things to get because it really helps when you drop pins (and you will). Also a good seam ripper because you will need to take things apart as well as put them together. To keep things corralled and organized maybe a small plastic drawer unit on wheels. That will give you some place to store things but also a small area to lay your scissors, pin cushion, etc. when you are working and then you can roll it into a corner when you are done. You'll get a feel for what you need to get when you start working on different projects. Good luck and have fun.
    Ginny B

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    One thing that I wouldn't trade for anything now, is I have all my favorite little tools in a plastic fishing tackle box. I love the way the trays open out when I lift the top one. I have been using and relying on that little guy now for 6 or 7 years and wouldn't trade a thing. Of course, now they have cute little pink ones and such. Check Wal-Mart.

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    Cool Too Funny!!!

    So I'm reading the organization/sewing room topics and run across this thread. I think to myself after reading it that I'll have to tell my best friend someone else is starting just like her......then I get to the signature line and it is my BFF's post! Too funny! Painting will be going on this week..Yea!

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