Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Awe Ha Moment!

Quilting/Piecing/Pressing Tip:  Pressing is an essential part of piecing/quilting.  About 2 weeks ago I was pressing some blocks I had pieced and I was very annoyed that my ironing board was not larger.  I realized that most of the ironing board was being used to prop my iron on when I wasn't using it.  So.....I turned my ironing board around so that I now use the largest part on the left and the smaller area is now where my iron sits when it is not being used.  This is not ideal when ironing clothes, but I don't do that very much.  I piece and quilt much more than iron clothes.
 Here is another idea... Several months ago I was very frustrated by the drawer full of thread that was always a mess.  I found this craft organizer at JoAnn's and sorted my thread in it by color.  Now this is on the back of the door and the thread is easy to find.  This also shows that I do a lot of blue and green sewing because those are the two colors I have a lot of.  Why is there red thread in the neutral pocket?  I have no idea.

 Finally, my last organizing thought for the day...I am a prolific piecer.  I can whip out a quilt top in an hour/day/or week.  Then I forget about them.  So I started hanging them up with their backing fabric; this has helped to keep them in my eyesight so that I get around to quilting them quicker.  Seeing them also helps me get inspired with how to quilt them.  Right now there are 12 waiting to be quilted.  One hanger has four table runners on it.  These are just mine.  I also have 8 customer quilts to do.  Yes, I love to piece and quilt!


  1. Great tips! My thread is all jumbled up-I like your idea!

  2. Let's have a contest...to see who can quilt our own quilts the fastest!

  3. so funny to see you all organized mom.. i mean, its totally normal for you! ;)
    haha, jk. i love you and miss you!!

  4. These are great tips--love the ironing board idea especially!

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