If you’re handy with tools (or have someone in your house who is…) here are some great DIY projects for your quilt room.
A THREAD CONE HOLDER/STAND
It’s less expensive to buy thread for your sewing by the cone. But many sewing machines are not equipped to handle these large cones, which can cause problems with tension and thread tangling. If you try to simply run the thread from the cone directly to your sewing machine, the thread will catch and not unravel properly, again causing lots of problems with tension and tangling.
The solution? A thread cone holder that is placed behind your sewing machine. The thread cone holder normally has a long arm that brings your thread up to top of your sewing machine, allowing you to thread the machine as you normally would.
Here from Instructables is step-by-step directions for making your own cone holder.
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An inexpensive alternative from Amazon.com:
AN IRONING STATION
This ironing station is my own creation. I purchased an assemble-yourself kitchen island at IKEA on sale for $49.00. (Sorry, it’s not on sale now – price is now $99.) Before my Handy Guy in Residence assembled it for me, I cut a layer of batting, a layer of insulbrite and a layer of muslin about two inches larger than the top itself, wrapped it around the top, and simply stapled it all firmly in place. If the muslin gets dirty, I can easily remove it and place it with new. Not only does this serve as a great large ironing surface, but I have all my UFO’s tucked on the shelves underneath, and ironing supplies in the two drawers. The cart has wheels on one end, so it can easily be pulled to the center of the room if needed.
AN INSPIRATION WALL
Where do you get inspiration for your next quilt? A magazine photo, an internet print-out, a photo of colors in your garden? Wherever you find inspiration, here’s an inexpensive way to create your own inspiration wall for your quilt room.
Step by step instructions can be found on the PoopScape web site. (Photo with permission.)
A FLAT BED SEWING TABLE
You may have seen this video on QOB before, but it is well worth repeating here. Marguerita McManus, author of the wonderful quilting book Crazy Shortcut Quilts, did this great video on how she created a table for her sewing machine so the bed of her sewing machine is even with the top of the table. Everyone who machine quilts knows how essential a large flat surface is to even, steady quilting!