Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Getting ready

This weekend is Quilt Retreat Weekend for our quilt guild. I've never been and I'm SO excited!

I'm planning to finish both my Geese in the Forest quilt tops. I think I can do it.
If I have time I'll finish the scrappy quilt top too.

They provide three meals a day, sewing tables, ironing boards, warm beds...
We won't have anything to do but quilt all day every day.

We're allowed to have a small travel iron with us while quilting. I figured if I'm going to be foundation piecing, jumping up and walking to the big ironing boards after every seam could be a little time consuming. Our sewing tables will be 3' x 5' and having a sewing machine, cutting board AND ironing pad on there could get a little crowded. We are, however, allowed a small side table.

I started thinking and here's what I came up with.

Take one $16 TV tray table and cover it in one layer of batting and two layers of Insul-Bright. (I found out that The Warm Company is a local company!) A staple gun comes in very useful here.

Make a little cover for it. The table top is 17" x 17" so I cut a 25" x 25" square, made a channel around the edge for elastic and threaded some 1/2" elastic through it.

How do you like my little Rowenta travel iron?

The best thing of all: it folds flat for easy transport.

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41 comments:

Heidi said...

What a great idea! I have been trying to come up with a system in my own studio for this type of thing. Hmmmm... I wonder if I could find some second-hand tables at my GoodWill store.

nicolette said...

Great idea Anina! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. You’re planning to stitch a lot! It all sounds very tempting!

Lisa said...

Your retreat sounds perfect! Have fun!

Amber said...

Oh my goodness - how fun! Wish I could go with you :-)
Maybe I need to clear my schedule and tell my family I'm having my own quilt weekend!
Hope you get lots done and have a wonderful time!

greetingarts said...

Brilliant! I've got 4 of them sitting right next to the junk area where I end up dumping my quilt mat and rulers when I've got to clear off the dining room table for mealtime. Why didn't it ever occur to me to do that?! Well, clearly, I'm just not as clever as you! :0) Question: do you put the batting down first, or the Insul-Bright?

Jackie Russell said...

Cute idea! Have fun at the retreat.

Sara said...

Terrific idea! I need to make one for my sewing room.

Robin said...

Awesome! That would be so handy even at home. I may have to try it. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

AnnieOfBlueGables said...

That's so cute! And I LOVE the appropriate fabric! You can even measure with that stuff!
have fun on your retreat!
~a

Sarah said...

This is a ridiculously clever idea. So cool!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I think I need to copy you TODAY on this idea. I was making the rest of my March Geese in the Forrest blocks last night and I wore a path between the machine and the ironing board. Have a great weekend retreat. Wow - finishing both Geese quilts is an amazing goal - don't overdo it.

janet said...

I love retreats and you have come up with one fantastic idea, it saves standing and waiting for the iron so thanks for sharing.

Aimee said...

Wonderful idea - thank for sharing! Have fun on your retreat!

Jackie said...

That is a terrific idea! I hope you have a wonderful time at the retreat and I am looking forward to seeing your finishes!!

pinsandthimbles said...

so nifty! have fun!

Andi said...

Clever lady!!
I dream of a quilting retreat! Maybe some day!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Anina -- that's very cool! Have a great time at your retreat -- I hope you get all your quilting done!

Katie said...

Very clever!!! I'll have to remember that. :-)

The Demanding Doll said...

Great portable table. Thanks for sharing.

Quilt retreat...sigh...I wish.

Have fun!

mamaspark said...

Totally cool!! Some women had something like this at the quilt class I went to recently and I think it is fantastic!!

MichelleB said...

What a great little traveling ironing board! I might be able to use that in my sewing room. After all, I DO have that same iron.

Have a wonderful time and I hope you get all of your stuff finished.

Tina said...

Have a great weekend! I've been going to a weekend quilting retreat every March for 15 years, and next year, I'll be taking over the organizing. The "regulars" have become a family, even though there are some we only see once a year.
Love your ironing table. The cover is perfect. I always bring my own adjustable desk chair.

heather said...

I LOVE your little ironing board!! I hope you have a GREAT time on your weekend. I'm sure you will! It's quilting all weekend how can you go wrong???? Good for you!! Have fun.

Magicaldamselfly said...

Great idea and how handy to have right there beside you. I'm feeling a weekend project coming on.

jacquie said...

this is going to work so well. i do envy days of non stop sewing. i can't wait to see the finished geese quilts. i'm hoping for a goosey filled weekend as well!

Sam said...

That is awesome. I might have to do that. Right now I use a card table in my living room to cut on, to sew on and then I move my sewing machine and put a mini ironing board on it when I need it. Sort of a hassle but this would be the perfect size so I think I might do it. Thanks for the creative idea!

Mushyhed said...

1. Great travel ironing board. you're so smart! 2. I can't believe you've finished BOTH quilt tops. AMAZING!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

You are so mart! great side table!! have fun ;)

Melinda said...

I have one of those tables in my garage waiting for me to do something with it. Thanks to you I plan to find it tomorrow and make a cover for it. Thanks!

Peddlecar Quilts said...

I always have that problem at retreat!!! Thanks for such a great idea!!

Dallas said...

That's a great idea. I've got a tiny little ironing board, but it has to go on a table since it doesn't have any legs - this is a great solution.

randi said...

A quilting retreat sounds like great fun! Enjoy!

The little table is a perfect idea. How handy!

Jodie said...

It's nice to see this idea here. My mom actually just made us each one of these. I have absolutely no idea how she came up with the idea, but they work great! I'm not sure I could funtction without mine :) Hope you are having a wonderful time on your retreat!!

Sandra said...

Great idea! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us :)

Solidia said...

I LOVE this idea!! Thanks. I sure could have used it last weekend when I spent the weekend crafting with my girlfriends. I'll have it for the next time. :)

Staci K. said...

What a great idea! I hope you had a nice time at your retreat and finished the projects you had hoped to. Let us know how your little ironing table worked out for you.

amandajean said...

that's a perfect solution! you are clever!!!

Anne said...

I think you should check out this tutorial : (it would be really portable!) http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2009/01/tabletop-ironing-pad-tutorial.html

Mary Grace McNamara said...

How very clever! Love the fabric you used too! And what a cute little iron!

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MGM

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Minka's Studio said...

Very nice. I'm thinking of making a pressing board, but I don't have someone to cut the board and round the corners. this might be a good alternative.