At the last Northwest Quilters Guild meeting, I agreed to “test-drive” a new product called a QuiltSafe for Sullivans, the makers of quilt basting spray, in return for responding to their questions within one week.
The QuiltSafe is available in King and Queen sizes. Here you can see I’ve placed a small quilt in the bottom. Notice the flaps. The idea is that you can store several smaller quilts with the flaps separating them or in the case of the king or queen quilt, you insert the flaps between folds. I would suggest for “important” quilts you stuff the folds with archival tissue paper.
Here’s the QuiltSafe zipped up. You can see the clear pocket on the front where you insert a label.
Currently, I’ve been storing my quilts in archival, acid-free boxes, which stack well. The issue is that by the time I’ve put several quilts into the boxes, they become very heavy and awkward to move around. Yes, I could place fewer quilts into a box, but then I would have even more boxes than I already own. I haven’t solved the issue of so many fiber artists and quilters of how to store work, but here is a new solution. QuiltSafe is available on-line or through Jo-Anns Fabrics or their retail stores. Retail is between $12.00 and $15.00, but there are always sales and coupons.
Be sure to zip up your QuiltSafe immediately or you will have to defuzz it and your quilts as I did.
As long as I’m on the subject of tools, I have to say how much I like this chair. My friend Jeri Oswalt had one in her studio and was telling me about it. She happened to have a 30% off coupon to the Container Store where she bought it, so I bought one for myself. It’s adjustable, naturally. But more importantly, it’s super comfortable. I also don’t have to fight my cats for it. Previously, one of them would jump into my old chair the minute I got up from my sewing machine. When I wanted to sit back down, I’d boot them out and oftentimes have to sticky roller it to get the fur off. They instinctively have realized this is not the chair for them. Problem solved.