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Storing incomplete quilts & threads
What do you put them in to protect fabric, embroidery threads, etc?
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Date: 11/1/11 6:58 AM

Try as I might I have some quilts in progress that I do not think I can get finished in the next few weeks.... so my question is what do you store them in for a longer term to protect the fabrics, thread & should I remove pins ? Should they be rolled, folded or what? One is partially sewn .. queen size I have matching embroidery floss for the tying & want to keep it all together if possible. Another is still in the cut strips stage & no pins so far. ... thinking now this may well be a longer term storage depending on how things go. Possibly end up stored in outdoor storage locker. ....... any ideas, tips or ??? ..... I am thinking regular cardboard box would not be good???
I really do not want them to get ruined but time is getting away from me.

Thanks so much for your advice.

To add; thinking more on this ... would it be best to donate them to someone who would finish them & enjoy them? What do you guys think?
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In reply to tgm and Kittys

Date: 11/1/11 9:56 AM

I like those clear plastic zipped sleeves (can't think of what else to call them) that comforters etc come in; some are quite large and I think would hold a large project.

Or, perhaps the larger sizes of vacuum bags? then you could compress them to a smaller size, and with a well-sealed bag they'd be protected from the elements, bugs etc

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Date: 11/1/11 11:32 AM

Replace the pins as they may rust, with thread basting. I store in Sterlite or Rubbermaid clean/opaque tubs.

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Date: 11/1/11 1:17 PM

Moisture, and possible mold will result if you store fabric in just a paper box in an outdoor type rented storage place. If the storage place is the indoor heated/ac type, then that should be much better. If outdoor type, it MUST be in plastic of some sort or all your hard work will be for nothing. You do not want that.

Large heavy duty plastic bins, heavy duty plastic bags for comforters, space bags, all these are good choices.

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Date: 11/1/11 8:54 PM

I have an unfinished top that I have stored in a large Zip lock in a plastic tub - no pins. I have two tops waiting to be basted and quilted that I store the same way. I have another project cut but not yet pieced, it is organized in Ziplock bags in a basket near my sewing machine. But once I layer the quilt sandwich, I am commited to finishing that project and it stays on my machine until its done, I want it to look consistance in the quality of quilting.

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Date: 11/1/11 9:00 PM

I have quilts I've stored in plastic containers for 10 years with the pins in them and they came out just fine. You should arrange a sewing weekend with friends to get these items finished! Or maybe we can help you out. PM me.

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Date: 11/1/11 9:08 PM

I had tons of $$$ fabric, thread, partially finished projects, books, mags, etc among all the rest of my household goods in storage for months to years, a different times. Sometimes indoors, but for the longest stretch of several years, outdoors in northern Illinois. No mold, bugs, mice, or deterioration. In rubbermaid and sterilite type containers. I agree, take the pins out. I wouldn't have anything marked. But otherwise, don't worry.

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Date: 11/2/11 0:31 AM

For the embroidery floss, I would put it in a zip lock bag and store it with the quilt. I would remove the pins if there is any chance of damp or high humidity.

If you have matching sewing thread, put it into a zip lock bag too.

Remember to put a copy of the instructions in with the quilt.

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Date: 11/2/11 8:36 AM

Thank you for the posts. Seems like a sturdy Sterile or Rubbermaid tub will do the trick. ; )

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In reply to Warbler

Date: 11/2/11 8:37 AM

Good tips! Since a small one is indeed still in the sm I will finish that one up for sure!

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Hello Kitty Kate (green), Hello Kitty Valerie (computerized), Bubba Kenmore the traveler,he has case & he travels. An occasional appearance by Martha Singer .

Lord I believe, Please help my unbelief. +

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