Useful Things? And a Giveaway!

I just returned from my annual quilting retreat in Saco, Maine. It's so lovely to spend three days just sewing and chatting and not cooking. Even though we are just minutes from the ocean, I almost never make it there because I am too busy sewing and chatting and not cooking.

Today as I unpacked from the trip I realized there are many items I use in my every day quilting life, that were not designed for quilters. These are a few of my quilting "hacks".

My sewing machine came with a fabric case, which is buried somewhere in the back of the closet. Why bother with the case when I can use my giant L.L. Bean bag? Not only does the machine fit in there, so do all of it's accessories.

llbeanbag

At my sewing station I use an old aerobics step to rest my foot pedal on. This keeps my short legs bent at a 90 degree angle, and my back happy in its ergonomically correct position.

What's that yellow thing you ask? A pool noodle cut down to fit over the presser-foot-knee-lift-lever (I'm pretty sure that's the technical term). The lever is a bit too far away from my leg in it's natural position, so the noodle brings it closer to my body and therefore easier to use.

stepandnoodle

Of course there is always good old Freezer Paper. Does anyone really use freezer paper for freezing any more? It also fits nicely in this slightly smaller L.L. Bean bag. (I won't tell you how many of these bags I own. It's embarrassing.)

freezerpaper

What products do you use for quilting that weren't designed for that purpose? Leave a comment for me here, or on my Facebook page, telling us all about your wonderful hack. If you are a resident of the US and comment before 11:59pm Eastern time, Friday, November 21, 2014 I'll put your name in a hat to win a copy of Joen Wolfrom's new edition of "Color Play". The book is signed by Joen and features a few of my quilts as well as many, many other gorgeous works.

colorplay