Frances, the Quiet Quilter here.
There I was, just sewing along and planning to write on my blog (One More Quilt) about new uses for old stuff, when out of the blue, Madame Samm blows me away with an invitation to post. Thank you, Samm, for giving me the chance to
I retired several years ago and eventually morphed into a "Quilting Phase" to keep myself busy. When I realized it was not going away (Like.... Never!), I immediately went on a shopping overkill for clear plastic containers.
roll around multi-drawers to hold fabric for projects
and a roll around cart,
which is temporarily out of service with my sewing machine being surrounded...
by my current project.
I also bought a chef's table...
( ! ! A CHEF'S TABLE ? ?)
Sure, why not. At the time I thought it would be a good thing to have due to the fact that I could no longer crawl around on the floor to baste or lay out fabric. Remember, this was when I had first started this glorious addiction. What did I know???
So I am stuck with this.. ( a roll around, again,,,,notice any trend here?). I'm using the bottom to hold the blocks, backing, and batting for my current project....Underneath is my bin of to-be-sorted-and-cut- into-blocks-and-strips to be stored in the above shoe boxes .
These are some more tools/containers I am using or may use in the future.
A slat from a faux wood blind that was too long for our window - great for a long straight edge
Hanging container in closet - one type of a variety of possibilities
sewing basket made by my grandmother.
crochet basket with hole in top of handle for thread to go through.
for my templates on the wall
Magazine rack for large templates (or special quilting books).
NOTE: For a small $$ amount an office supply store cut the binding on the EQ6 manual ( none of the printing on the pages were compromised) and added the spirals for me. It is easier to read and can lay flat or be folded back.
When using my extender for my sewing machine,
this caddy slides underneath out of the way.
Here is one idea I have not tried yet, but sounds promising.
An LED light under the extender turns it into a light box. This one is small but bright.
Odd shelves I happened to come across
again from DH's work area...)
Baskets.... and a wooden box I just found... Have to decide
where to put it...on the wall as a shelf or just
on a flat surface. I love the sliding top.
Old shower caddy..Please excuse the picture quality....
DH wouldn't let me take this out of the shower...can't imagine why....
and while we're here, this is a little item that is handy if you
need to wash that heavy quilt in the bathtub and not the
washing machine. I have done that in the past because I
have an old washing machine and I was afraid of the agitator....
Needless to say, I would highly recommend a new or dedicated plunger!
Sneaking into DHs work area (shhh)....
PVC pipe of varying diameters and sizes can be used for things such as
...a temporary "clothes line" between two chairs or
other supports for drying/airing out/displaying quilts.
I threaded the rope through the pipe, never
know when you might need a certain PVC size....
Pipe is there, honest.... see?
Part containers for electronics, etc could be borrowed/absconded and used for tools or attachments for each sewing machine. Look at the goodies I could work with....DH says NOT!
Old tool boxes, even the big ones with different size drawers. - for basics, scissors, tape,...yes, even your smaller templates. They (the tool boxes, not templates) could be painted with appropriate designs as a safeguard against having to return them.
DH let me stage this,,,he did not want his tool box to disappear like his shelving....
Have fun looking around your house with new eyes......and thanks again to Madame Samm for this opportunity.
I thought I contained myself quite well, did you?
Frances (Quiet Quilter)