These ideas are not original, and many quilters have been using them for years, but if you haven't seen them, they might just give you a 'why didn't I think of that?' moment. The humble polystyrene pool noodle (about $2 in a $2 shop) is light, easy to cut to the size and shape you need, and have found a range of uses amongst quilters ...
|As a block roll, with the outer edge secured by a pin or two.|
|Large and small quilts can be rolled around a noodle. |
Small quilts can be layered (this one has two mini quilts layered together).
As a pin cushion, especially useful to keep basting pins secured and
open without tangling (see Deborah Louie's blog post, here).
Store pre-made or left-over binding without creasing, secured
with a pin - easier to find than free floating strips!
Would work for pre-cut strips, and bias strips.
|Being hollow, the noodle can easily be cut cross-wise or |
length-wise with a bread knife ...
|A length-wise cut will give your pin noodle a stable base.|
Brenda Gael Smith's blog post on her blog Serendipity and the Art of the Quilt about a series of textile conservation workshops she attended includes reassurance about the safety of pool noodles for storing/rolling quilts, and additional tips, and some very useful tips on packing and mailing quilts.