Monday, March 2, 2009

Best Quilting "Notion" EVER!

In my mailbox the other day was the newest edition of my very favorite quilting magazine EVER, Quilter's Home. If any of you haven't had an opportunity to savor this masterpiece, run out and grab a copy today. It will be more than worth the cover price, I promise you. I have never opened up a quilting magazine that offers so much. First, the creator of this magazine is hysterical. Oh, and irreverent. He is exactly what the quilting world needs. In addition to his wonderful personality and wit, he never fails to have within the covers of that magazine a project that I absolutely have to make NOW. This months magazine didn't let me down and is the reason for this post. Today I made what I am sure will be my favorite quilting notion for years to come. It came out of Quilter's Home Magazine and there is no one out there that can't make this themselves! The magazine tells you, step by step, how to make this amazing "Easy Portable Ironing Table". You start with this style TV Snack Table. I bought mine from Wal-Mart for $9.00. Yes, you read that correctly. Only nine dollars!
Once your table is home all you have to do is cover it with one layer of cotton batting, then a layer of Insul-brite (available at JoAnns) and top that with silver Teflon treated ironing board cloth (available at JoAnns). You need a piece of each of those items that is 5 inches bigger than the width and length of the table top. You layer those items on the floor in this order:
1. Teflon treated ironing board cloth - face down.
2. Insul-brite - non shiny side up.
3. Cotton batting - some people use two layers, I only used one and it's perfect for me.
Lay the snack table upside down in the center of the fabrics. Wrap the edges of the fabrics around the edge of the table and using a staple gun, staple through the layers to the underside of the snack table, covering the sides all the way around. Pull the layers tight so that you have a neat and tidy ironing surface. It's that simple!
The table is perfect for sitting next to your sewing machine if you are paper piecing, at a workshop, or simply putting blocks together. It is fabulous! Quilter's Home didn't use the Insul-brite, but I had some so I used it.
Grandchild update! This is my precious little Lucy Ann (second grandchild) who I wrote about in my last post. I am thrilled to let you know she is completely recovered and growing like a weed. In fact I think that she and the rest of her family will be coming down to visit her Grandma and Grandpa at the end of the month. YEAH! I also have to thank each and every one of you that answered my "Call Out to Quilters" for Project Linus quilts. It is a wonderful gesture and it reminded me that quilters really are the "Best of the Best." Thanks to all of you!
And not to be overlooked, and in my attempt to provide equal time, here is my first granddaughter, Madelyn, who proves that it is never too cold out to eat ice cream. Bless her precious little heart...

5 comments:

Jackie said...

LOVE the ironing table! What a smart idea....perfect for next to the sewing machine for those quick presses you need!

Greenmare said...

I love that magazine too!!! he is just awesome! and the babies are soooooooooooooooo ADORABLE!!!

Greenmare said...

I was sooooooooooooooo tempted to publish your boat picture next to my snow picture today just to show the unfairness of the guild membership...........

Brenda said...

I LOVE the pics of the grand girls..so sweet.

Brenda said...

Oh, and by the way. My TV snack table has a dual purpose too,,,,, It is my wine holder while slaving away at my school projects...