I am about ready to start quilting a big quilt and I like to iron the backing and front before I start, but it’s always a challenge with my ironing board. I was inspired by several bloggers who had created large ironing surfaces and on my last trip to Home Depot a light went on when I saw an MDF board that measured 2’X4’ for only $10. A while back I bought a small plastic folding table to put behind my sewing table when I am quilting large quilts to give me more sewing space and support the weight of the quilt, this MDF fits on top of the table perfectly. I covered it with insulbrite and a nice piece of fabric I had that matches my sewing machine perfectly. I sewed them together and pinned the corners to the backside, I might use velcro later so that I can take it off and wash it when I inevitably get something on it. What I love the most is that when I am piecing I can use a small area and still keep my supplies close at hand and then move them when I need more space. Then when I get to the big quilting projects I can pull out my machine and move the whole table behind my table and it serves double duty. I can also fit my fabric storage underneath so everything I need is close at hand. I have all this set up in the little area behind my couch in my living room and it is working out quite well.
Recently I acquired an old buffet that needed some refinishing and we got that job done, moved it in the house and I wasted no time filling it up with more of my sewing supplies which meant that I had to go through everything and sort and organize. Now I am feeling really ready for some snow days spend sewing and I think being so organized will really be conducive to finishing up some of the big projects that have been on hold.
This is the buffet that lead me to get organized. I bought it about 30 years ago and lost possession of it for several years, but so glad to have it back and looking beautiful. Next I need to make a nice quilted topper to protect the top and wrap it in love. It is now loaded with fabric and quilt projects.
Loving my comfy sewing space…