Marking Border Quilting Designs

Since Joyce asked, here’s a short tutorial about fitting border quilting designs when marking a quilt. This is the Swanky quilt, which is about 24″ x 29″ and the border stencil is 2″ wide. For a first try at this method of border marking, use a small-ish quilt, so that the borders aren’t really long. Here’s my slap-dash method for border marking: Read More

WFMW–Storing Quilting Stencils

Note: Works-for-Me-Wednesday is hosted at an alternate location today, because its usual mistress is away in Africa!

Thanks to comments from Kim and Kristin, I was able to finally come up with a solution for storing quilting stencils. I ordered binder rings from the States (I had to order a box of 50 to actually get someone to ship them here! No idea where to find them here, but they seem to be readily available at office supply stores there. Sheesh!). I already had a flat Rubbermaid tub that’s big enough to lay most of the stencils out flat on the bottom and I used four or five of the rings to group the stencils by size and type.

Binder rings to organize quilting stencils

When I need a stencil, it’s easy to flip through what I have and then just open the ring and pull them off. Someday maybe I’ll even have the time to make some snazzy embroidered tags so that I can easily tell which group I need to pull out of the box when I’m looking for a certain stencil. They’re flat, they can’t get dusty, and there’s plenty of room for more! 😀 Thanks ladies, for all your helpful suggestions!

Quilting stencils in the tub

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WFMW–quilting stencil help!

WFMW at Rocks in my DryerWFMW (Works-for-Me-Wednesday) is a “blog carnival'” hosted by Rocks in my Dryer (great name for a blog!). Basically, the idea is that on Wednesday you post a little tip you’ve learned on any topic–anything that has “worked for you” in making your life easier. I liked the idea, and I thought I’d give it a try with a bit of a quilting slant every week. This week happens to be the “Backwards theme” week at WFMW, so instead of sharing a tip that has worked for me, I’ll throw out an issue or question that has stumped me, and hopefully you’ll all leave some super suggestions to help me (and anyone else who reads this and has the same problem) out!

So here goes: I have about a bazillion plastic quilting stencils, and I can’t figure out a good way to store them so that they’re sorted by type (small block, large block, border, etc.), easily accessible, and not bent or mashed into un-usability. Tall order, isn’t it? They’re all different sizes, some of them quite large and others really small, though they do usually have a hole or holes at the top for hanging. Short of mounting a giant piece of pegboard on my wall and hanging each one of them up (we absolutely don’t have wall space for that), I’m stumped. How do you store all your quilting stencils in your sewing room? Help me out here people, please!

Then head over to WFMW headquarters at Rocks in my Dryer for great tips on everything from kids to money on this Works-for-me-Wednesday.