February 12, 2014 What is the most expensive single item in your sewing room? I’m guessing it is your sewing machine, and you take good care of it. Do you keep it covered and free from dust when not in use? Do you protect it so it is not bumped? Now the question is, do you take good care of your sewing machine when you take it to your quilt lessons or to your quilting retreat? I hope so. Sewing machine quilting totes can prolong the life of your sewing machine by keeping it safe whenever it is taken out of your home. It is a small investment to protect a major investment. These quilting totes come in all sizes and you should have no problem in finding one to fit your particular sewing machine. With the introduction of wheeled suitcases several years ago, the quilting community caught up and has been offering wheeled sewing machine quilting totes for some time. What a relief. We no longer have to carry that heavy machine into our local quilt shop for our quilt lessons, or into our lodging facility when we go on that wonderful yearly quilting retreat. Many sewing machine quilting totes have additional storage for some of our quilter supplies. When shopping for these quilting totes, you want to make sure, at a bare minimum, there is sufficient room to handle all items needed to go along with your sewing machine. It is always nice to have added storage for some of your quilter supplies too. With all the styles of wheeled sewing machine quilting totes on the market today, there should never again be the need to carry your sewing machine any distance (unless of course, your quilt lessons are held in a classroom on the upper floor of your quilt shop). Check out the terrific options that QuiltAddict.com has for sewing machine quilting totes. I hope you can find one that is perfect for you! Thanks for visiting us at QuiltAddict.com where quilting is……………..A Great Habit. We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Comment" box below. A new feature is the ability for you to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo: 1.) At bottom of "Comment" box, click on "Browse" or "Choose File". 2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files. 3.) Double click on your photo file to attach it to your comment. 4.) The file name will be in the "Browse" or "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet. 5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment.
April 17, 2017 (re-posted)
Creative clutter is better than idle neatness! (author unknown)
Do you have a cluttered sewing room or a neat work area? I can answer “yes” to both parts of that question depending on my present work situation. However, I have discovered that I do need many types of quilting totes to help keep me somewhat organized. Quilting totes come in all sizes and can be used for many different aspects of our quilting endeavors. Why do we need a variety of quilting totes? Because. . . . . .
We need to keep each project organized with all fabrics for quilting in one place. With our fat quarters together, makes it easier to create 4-patch blocks and other ongoing blocks for future quilt tops, as well as having “just a little” fabric available for that zinger piece needed for a project.
Large quilting totes are always a good thing to have when transporting large projects to/from a class or quilting retreat.
How else would you carry your threads or keep them contained in one place?
Small sewing baskets to hold our hand sewing quilter supplies look great and do the job well.
Where would we be without the last item on our list for quilting totes - a container for our leftover fabrics that we intend to do something with “someday”? What kind of quilting totes do you have? Do you use some unconventional items for quilting totes? I like to use any and all “things” that I come across to organize my sewing room, and consider them all to be quilting totes.
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Have you started to drop hints on what you would like for Mother's Day yet? Mother's Day is fast approaching and as I mentioned in my last post, I will be highlighting our top selling quilter supplies at QuiltAddict.com. till the big day arrives. Last week the "Cheryl Ann's Design Walls" were price reduced and this week we are offering the best price around on the "Tutto Sewing Machine Totes" and the Sale Ends 5/12!
Mother's Day SALE - Tutto Totes (Click on Item for detail) 17" Small (red, lime, purple, turquoise) 16"x12"x10" $116.99 20" Medium (red, lime, purple, turquoise) 19"x13"x10" $148.99 22" Large (red, lime, purple, turquoise) 21"x13"x12" $169.99 24" XL (black, red, purple) 23"x15"x14" $197.99 28" 2X (black, red, purple) 27"x16"x14" $232.99 Embroidery Bag (black, red, purple) 25"x19"x 5.5" $97.99 Tutto Tool Caddy (black) $15.79 FREE Shipping on All!
January 18, 2013 How many different quilting totes are used when you go to a quilting retreat or to classes? More than likely you have quilting totes for your sewing machine and one or two others for your projects and quilter supplies. What do you bring your rulers, cutters, pins and all your other quilter supplies in? How great would it be to condense most of your supplies, fabric and sewing machine into one quilting tote. A very popular quilting tote on the market today that allows you to carry many of your supplies with you is the "Tutto" sewing machine tote. These quilting totes have many great features which makes it a must have transport and storage tote. The Tutto sewing machine totes are light weight for transporting, but are built with a strong tubular frame and inside straps to secure your machine. With wheels and a telescopic pull bar it is easy to roll from place to place. The Tutto comes in five sizes from small (16" long inside) to 2x large (27" long inside) to fit various brands and models of sewing machines. There are also several colors to choose from including red, black, turquoise, purple and lime. These quilting totes have many versatile pockets which includes mesh pockets to pack your fabric in, end pockets for storage and a front pocket to organize your sewing tools. When this case is not in use it takes up very little room by collapsing to three inches thick. The Arthritis Foundation has given Tutto luggage/totes a thumbs up by saying " it provides significant improvement in ease of use over other types of luggage/totes". Comments that have been written about the Tutto sewing machine totes include: "I love my Tutto because of the swivel wheels making it so much easier to maneuver"! "I have rheumatoid arthritis and this case is just the ticket for transporting my machine to classes". "It holds everything". "I couldn't be happier"! Check out QuiltAddict.com for the lowest online prices when Free Shipping is factored in and say "Good-bye" to all your other quilting totes! We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Leave a Reply" box below. A new feature is the ability for you to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo: 1.) At bottom of "Leave a Reply" box, click on "Browse" or "Choose File". 2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files. 3.) Double click on your photo file to attach it to your comment. 4.) The file name will be in the "Browse" or "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet. 5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment. Thanks for visiting us at QuiltAddict.com where quilting is……………..A Great Habit.
January 11, 2013 How many of you walk into your quilting room or space used for quilting and want to walk back out because it feels so disorganized? Is it disorganized because of the lack of surface space available so you start laying projects on the floor? Is there to much surface space available so you accumulate things you really don't need, but there is space for it? Do you have more than one project going at one time? Do you not clean up and put things away in quilting totes after each quilting project is worked on? Honestly, I can answer "YES" to many of these questions. Yes, I have way too many projects started and while being in a hurry before the holidays to finish up some projects, I never cleaned up the mess I made. Before any new quilting projects can be started in 2013, I need to organize my quilting disaster area. QuiltAddict.com just received a stock of new books, including a great book called "Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter" by Carolyn Woods. This 112 page book's focus is on various methods of organizing your fabric, thread and quilter supplies using different quilting totes or organizing systems. Instead of having your unfinished projects sitting on the floor, how about putting them in 12" x 12" clear plastic quilting totes that stack nicely on a shelf or storage cubes where you can see what is in each one. If you have several types of thread and many spools of each, there are quilting totes that can hold many individual spools. Do you have a mess around your sewing machine with seam rippers, pins, rulers and cutters? How about looking into quilting totes (tool caddies) that you can store all yours tools in while making them easy to find and reducing clutter around your machine. I found this book very helpful with tips to "Get Me Organized" along with "Keeping Me Organized" in my quilting room. Maybe this is the book you need to transform your quilting room or space for quilting into your "Quilting Haven"! We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Leave a Reply" box below. A new feature is the ability for you to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo: 1.) At bottom of "Leave a Reply" box, click on "Browse" or "Choose File". 2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files. 3.) Double click on your photo file to attach it to your comment. 4.) The file name will be in the "Browse" or "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet. 5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment. Thanks for visiting us at QuiltAddict.com where quilting is……………..A Great Habit.
July 24, 2014
As mentioned previously, I consider quilting totes to be anything in which you can store or keep fabrics for quilting or quilter supplies. I also think they are great places to “hide” things, like unfinished projects!This suitcase holds a lake themed wall quilt “in progress”. A friend and I started to work on it years ago and neither one of us has yet completed it. Any cute suitcase is perfect for quilting totes. Have you ever run into the problem of what to do with larger spools of thread? I love my “hot wheels” quilting totes for my threads. I have several of them and have organized threads by color and type. They were the perfect answer to my dilemma of what to do with those larger spools – I don’t play with “Hot Wheels” but I do play with thread! How do you organize your scraps and hide the mess? My two favorite types of “totes” are my Mexican baskets and my canvas bag. I have two of these large Mexican baskets and toss my Batik fabrics in one and Christmas fabrics in the other. Both are overflowing and need some attention! This canvas bag was received as a gift exchange at one of our Fall Quilt Retreats and is ideal for tossing in those miscellaneous scraps as a project is completed. Periodically, I go through this bag and cut scraps into specific sizes. However, some scraps I do leave as is because one of my favorite things to do is make a “true” scrap quilt where there is no road map or directions. (I’ll be showing you how to do this in a future video.) The quilting totes that I’ve mentioned here are all items that would not be listed specifically as a “quilting tote” but can certainly fill our needs. Some additional items Quilters use as quilting totes are fishing tackle boxes, over-the-door closet organizers, and decorative glass jars. If you are interested in checking out some of the common quilting totes on the market, go to QuiltAddict.com and check the Archives for the month of April under “Quilting Totes, Carrying Cases, and Organizers – So Many Choices” to see what our Suppliers have to offer. Why do we need so many totes and organizers? To keep our sanity! If your sewing room or area is upside down with all of those items, where can you find the space to work? I’m speaking from experience – sometimes my sewing room is so messy that I cannot accomplish a thing. Then I know it is major clean-up time! What do you use to “hide” things in your sewing room? Please share your innovative ideas and methods.(See "Leave a Reply" below) Visit us at QuiltAddict.com to see why quilting is……………..A Great Habit!