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    I do lots of mini's and those little pieces can easily get lost :roll: So if you have an old flannel backed vinyl tablecloth, cut it up into large squares. 14 1/2" ones hold a 12 inch block pieces. These squares are about 8"--perfect for the mini's. The small pieces stick to the flannel, you can stack multiple squares as the vinyl side of the top square doesn't stick to the flannel side of the bottom.

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    Great tip. I've used whole table cloths on retreats never thought to cut it up for minis.

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    Awesome tip, thanks for sharing!

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    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks for the tip. What a great idea. I have used a flannel backed tablecloth as a design board but never thought of cutting it up into smaller squares and using them for setting out blocks. Super great idea.

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    That's a great tip, G! I'm like everyone else here -- never thought of cutting it into usable sizes. I covered pizza boxes with flannel and use them as a portable easel as a mini design board that I put a pillow behind to prop up, use pizza boxes (with no flannel) to transport cut pieces to the machine. One box stays loaded with stashes of fabrics I've pulled for a project and I carry that back and forth. Pizza boxes are great for the sewing room! :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    That's a great tip, G! I'm like everyone else here -- never thought of cutting it into usable sizes. I covered pizza boxes with flannel and use them as a portable easel as a mini design board that I put a pillow behind to prop up, use pizza boxes (with no flannel) to transport cut pieces to the machine. One box stays loaded with stashes of fabrics I've pulled for a project and I carry that back and forth. Pizza boxes are great for the sewing room! :-D :-D
    For scrap 9 patches or double 4's I have placed the squares on the vinyl flannel squares and then stacked a whole quilt of blocks one atop the other. Putting them in the pizza box would be a great addition to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    That's a great tip, G! I'm like everyone else here -- never thought of cutting it into usable sizes. I covered pizza boxes with flannel and use them as a portable easel as a mini design board that I put a pillow behind to prop up, use pizza boxes (with no flannel) to transport cut pieces to the machine. One box stays loaded with stashes of fabrics I've pulled for a project and I carry that back and forth. Pizza boxes are great for the sewing room! :-D :-D
    For scrap 9 patches or double 4's I have placed the squares on the vinyl flannel squares and then stacked a whole quilt of blocks one atop the other. Putting them in the pizza box would be a great addition to that.
    It sure would! I know some who even do that with their projects. One girl went to a pizza shop and asked for a pizza box and they gave her one! We order alot through carry-out so I saved all sizes of pizza boxes and they're just deep enough to stack all your projects in them one-on-top-of-another!

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    Neat ideas !!!!

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    thanks for the idea

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    Pizza boxes! wow and to think I have been throwing them away lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by imjustme
    Pizza boxes! wow and to think I have been throwing them away lol
    Pizza boxes are great for storing and traveling with quilt stuff. I usually lay a piece of batting on top of fabric pieces. Keeps them from getting mixed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad
    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    That's a great tip, G! I'm like everyone else here -- never thought of cutting it into usable sizes. I covered pizza boxes with flannel and use them as a portable easel as a mini design board that I put a pillow behind to prop up, use pizza boxes (with no flannel) to transport cut pieces to the machine. One box stays loaded with stashes of fabrics I've pulled for a project and I carry that back and forth. Pizza boxes are great for the sewing room! :-D :-D
    For scrap 9 patches or double 4's I have placed the squares on the vinyl flannel squares and then stacked a whole quilt of blocks one atop the other. Putting them in the pizza box would be a great addition to that.
    It sure would! I know some who even do that with their projects. One girl went to a pizza shop and asked for a pizza box and they gave her one! We order alot through carry-out so I saved all sizes of pizza boxes and they're just deep enough to stack all your projects in them one-on-top-of-another!

    :-D :-D
    Great Idea, my son works in a pizza place- never thought to have him bring be unused boxes.

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    Great Idea, my son works in a pizza place- never thought to have him bring be unused boxes.
    You'll love the 16" size to lay out all your cut pieces on to carry to the machine. I love using the boxes as a tray to transport the selected fabrics; it holds more than my arms can carry! lol. I also love the way the flaps are inside (and not outside) so they become more neatly stacked and no lost pieces. :D

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    I always use left over batting pieces, to layout blocks.
    thanks for the tip

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    I do lots of mini's and those little pieces can easily get lost :roll: So if you have an old flannel backed vinyl tablecloth, cut it up into large squares. 14 1/2" ones hold a 12 inch block pieces. These squares are about 8"--perfect for the mini's. The small pieces stick to the flannel, you can stack multiple squares as the vinyl side of the top square doesn't stick to the flannel side of the bottom.

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    Is your seam allowance still a 1/4 inch. Or do you do an 1/8 inch. Do you trim the seams if you use a 1/4 inch seam. I'm just asking because I've never sewed anything that small. And, I need a couple of tiny dollhouse size pieces. Thank you for any advice you can give. (I've been searching your threads. You seam to be the one to go to for "Tiny" advice.
    My little shinning stars. Brantley, Kaylynn, and Emmalee

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    Hi Judith...I'll try to give you what "little" I know....I have tried all sorts of ways to seam these...

    1/8" seams, one little misstep and you are off the seam allowance and in the deep dark realm of knotted fabric in the bobbin area...maybe others sew better than I...so all my seams are 1/4".

    Most of my quilts are made from someone else's scraps, i.e., waste triangle corners so when I sew them they are a little oversized; I cut them to the largest size I can make them to the nearest quarter inch. Because I recut them, accuracy in the HST stage is not imperative. I got so tired of making HST's, I paper pieced flying geese strips (there are 2 FG quilts on the tree)....sometimes I press seams open, sometimes to the side..I've trimmed seams, but usually don't. After ever step, I square the blocks up...like in a lot cabin...every log gets squared after sewing......oh and starch is your friend...good luck..
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    flannel backed table cloths are great! i have several friends that use them as design walls. i use mine as table cloths for when the coffee spillers gather ..i too, do minis & several years ago i created a "book" of felt pages seperated by clear vinyl. it's 12" square, each page holds several mini blocks or one or two blocks for larger quilts. i can roll it up, hold together w those pony tail bands and take with to sew groups. when not in use it hangs on wall via a hanging strap. i can even leave blocks in and they don't fall out while hanging.
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    Oh rogue...this is a great idea..its would be easy to sew the table cloth squares into a book version and make a hybrid version of our ideas....

    BTW, are your mom's friends still saving you scraps?.....
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    Thanks for the great tip

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Hi Judith...I'll try to give you what "little" I know....I have tried all sorts of ways to seam these...

    1/8" seams, one little misstep and you are off the seam allowance and in the deep dark realm of knotted fabric in the bobbin area...maybe others sew better than I...so all my seams are 1/4".

    Most of my quilts are made from someone else's scraps, i.e., waste triangle corners so when I sew them they are a little oversized; I cut them to the largest size I can make them to the nearest quarter inch. Because I recut them, accuracy in the HST stage is not imperative. I got so tired of making HST's, I paper pieced flying geese strips (there are 2 FG quilts on the tree)....sometimes I press seams open, sometimes to the side..I've trimmed seams, but usually don't. After ever step, I square the blocks up...like in a lot cabin...every log gets squared after sewing......oh and starch is your friend...good luck..

    Thank you very much!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Oh rogue...this is a great idea..its would be easy to sew the table cloth squares into a book version and make a hybrid version of our ideas....

    BTW, are your mom's friends still saving you scraps?.....
    the book out of table cloth would work great! vinyl can be tedious to sew on, but i've made several block holders, little bags etc so i'm used to it. i liked the idea of seeing what my layout is when i turn page to start next block(s) and when i have the book hanging on the wall with a block in it, it's like an instant wall hanging.

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    yes!! mil friends and churchfriends are still sending me scraps. last fall when i needed to be putting yard & water lines to bed for winter, she sent me three huge black garbage bags of fabric from a friend deceased sisters estate ...took me a long time to sort thru all the "yardage" ...no scraps! i don't do novelty prints but have a friend that does quilts for Caring Hands and i pass all of that to her. christmas before last one of the quilts i made for grand treasures was fill d with the flannel scraps fr mommyinlaw friends! littlest grand came running from vedroom later that evening grabved her new quilt, wrapped it around herself, turned to me and said "i need this to sleep! forever!"
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    So precious....wait until they start going through the bags and start designing quilts from the bag...that's what happened to me last week...won't be long and she'll be sewing her own quilts...
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    they. both greeted me last spring with "gramma ham! we want to make quilt blocks!" oh really ...hmmmm ..i was there for the weekend for birthday parties and schools' grandparents day ..didn't take anything to sew with. but next time i did. the oldest dug thru scraps (i brought) snipped and stitiched a doll quilt that weekend. after i taught them both to sew on my fw & an older necchi i'd brought that my son asked me to leave there. oldest one sews all the time. just cuts & sews. i started her on 9-patches at christmas for something interesting to do. the youngest is a "designer". doesn't want to use the sewing machine, but by hand is making "purses" and we made a new outfit for their Elf on a Shelf. we all three wished we lived closer so we could "just sew sew sew alll the time gramma ham!"
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    thanks for tip!!!
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