Sorry I am a day late posting my blog. I have been traveling the last 2 weeks, and FINALLY arrived home this afternoon. I am collapsing with my feet up in the recliner while I am writing this post. It has been a fun trip.
I left on July 31 and flew to Texas, then back to Kansas City, then to Nashville, Cleveland, Chicago and finally home 14 days later. Phew! Saw Family, friends, and lots of great quilts and ate some great food! Now, back to work!!!!
This week I will take you on a tour of my my tool storage. You have already seen some of this, but as we wrap up this 6-week long blog hop, I will show you a few of the storage ideas I have come up with over the years.
Let's start with Rulers.
Who can resist a new ruler? Not me, for sure! I love to explore new cutting and piecing techniques and a new ruler gives me the chance to try out new ideas. I store rulers in wood ruler racks on my worktable. The big ones are in a large rack on the left. These are square rulers from 7" up to 20". It protects them while keeping them handy.
The smaller rack to the right holds short rulers and small squares. A bin with extra rotary cutters in several sizes sites next to the ruler racks. In addition, my Martelli turntable is nearby. This is a great set up for pressing and trimming blocks and smaller units.
To cut strips and larger cuts, I keep my long rulers in a rack mounted to the post just above my large cutting table.
Notice my brown stool in the bottom picture? I pull that out to sit at my cutting table if I am doing a LOT of cutting. It is a back saver.
I also keep a few rulers on my ironing board. If I am paper piecing or sewing and trimming at the machine, I keep a turntable and a few trimming rulers on the ironing board. It is all about keeping things close to where I use them.
Notice that I have a basket with ironing stuff right on my ironing board too. Starch, Best Press, water spritzer, and cups for filling the iron all go in there. There is also a pressing cloth folded and tucked in there when I need to protect surfaces I am pressing.
Beneath the ironing board is a 3-drawer storage container which holds more pressing hams, a clapper, and other pressing tools left over from my dress-making days.
Specialty rulers and templates I don't use often go in a storage drawer under my long work top.
I typically keep rulers I use for classes in the box that holds all the class stuff, but I also keep a large supply of extra templates in the storage drawer.
Smaller templates and rulers I use very seldom go in a small bin stored on my shelving units.
They are easy to find when I need them and out of the way when I don't.
Big things too big to put in a drawer or a bin are stored at the end of my worktop or behind my cutting table.
Because I teach a lot of quilt classes and vend my patterns at a lot of shows I have to be able to store things I need and access them quickly.
This long narrow table holds bins that store patterns, class supplies, and vending supplies, below the table. Each bin is labeled with its contents and I can pull out just the patterns I need to ship or the class I need to teach. This has made my life SOOOOOO much simpler.
Quilts for trunk shows are stored on my storage racks and in suitcases.
I actually need more room for quilts!
This is part of my fabric stash, by color. These reside next to my quilt storage racks.
I have this old pie safe cupboard I use to store my light boxes, paining supplies, extra irons, my Brother Scan and Cut and a few other odd goodies.
So thanks for hanging out with me the past 6 weeks. Watch for the announcement of winners of my weekly give away coming at the end of the week.
Easy Binding Winder
Karen K Buckley 4" Scissors
Aurifil Thread Pack
and this week. . . .
A Fat Quarter Fabric Bundle!!!
Be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win.
Thanks for hanging out with me for this blog hop. It has been a blast.
Here’s the list of participants and the days of the week they’ll be posting. Click the links to go to each of their blogs below and follow them, or bookmark their sites so you can check out what each has to say every week!
- Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream
- Kris Poor of Poor House Quilt Designs
- Jessica Caldwell of Desert Bloom Quilting