It's Tools Tuesday, but before we get to that, how about a tour around the Buggy Barn Quilt Shop? I got a couple of comments from folks wondering when I was going to blog about my great week in Washington attending the Buggy Barn retreat, I figured if I didn't start squeezing in pictures every day, you would never get to hear about my trip.
Remember that photo I posted last week of the outside of the shop, well look at all the great stuff inside that shop!
Quilts, patterns, notions, wool, you name it, they've got it squeezed in that shop.
My first stop in this store, I just walked around and around, looking up and down, taking it all in, and didn't spend a nickel.
Luckily we came back everyday we were in town and I got over my initial quilt shop overload and bought some stuff.
There were even quilts on the ceiling!
I would say the gals at the Buggy Barn have their own style, and most of the quilts in the shop all have that same folksy look and feel. With the limited amount of space it would be impossible to be everything to all quilters, but most everything appealed to me.
See those little white tags on those quilts below?
Those tags were on most of the quilts on display, they say the shop carries a kit for that quilt, how great is that! There will be more pictures of my classes and the quilt show to come later in the week.
When I blogged about those pressing sticks a couple of weeks ago I got a few questions about the iron I use.
I use the Rowenta Pro Precision Pressure Iron and Steamer. If you don't use steam, you won't be interested in this iron at all, because this iron is all about the steam.
It doesn't spit, leak, or splatter, I think because the water is held in the base and not in the iron itself. I bought mine from Williams-Sonoma, but let me warn you, it's a luxury item. My favorite feature, it doesn't have automatic shut off, which is great for a quilter, there's nothing more maddening than piecing a bunch of pieces and popping up to press them to find your iron cool and done for the day.
So finally here is the tools portion of today's Tools Tuesday post. You've probably noticed the pretty little hat box on the bottom shelf in some of my pictures before. This is where this hat box has sat since I moved into my sewing room. It holds my thread. And it worked pretty good for the first 5 years I sewed.
It worked because I didn't have much thread the first 5 years I sewed, some cream, some white, some gray, one black and one red spool pretty much got me through. Then I started appliquéing, sewing on my own binding, and the next thing I knew, I had a hat box full of thread.
This is how I find the thread I'm looking for, I dump it all on the floor then rummage around until I find what I need. Then I scoop it all up and throw it back in the hat box.
I hate this system, it's not even a system. I'm a neat person and there is nothing about this storage method that is neat. Every now and then I'll look for a good thread storage system on line but I've yet to find anything that appeals to me. How do you store your thread? I'm not in favor of storing my thread on one of those boards that hang on the wall. I don't want to look at my thread every day. And the holders that I've seen usually don't account for thread in different sizes from different companies. All I want is my thread to be neat, stored in a container where I can easily see and select my thread, and that doesn't take up much space. What do you think, is there something out there for me?