With a New Year started, its a great time to get organized. We all have little tips and tricks we use to make organizing our creative space easier.
I have the Janome QMP18 longarm quilting machine, which for now it is located in my garage, though it is moving into the house this year. I purchase big bolts of batting as it is so much cheaper than buying it by the metre. However, storing it is another ball game. The bolts are huge and cumbersome and I don’t have a lot of space to have multiple bolts of batting around.
Have you tried to cut a piece of batting off a bolt? It can be difficult, so my husband created this system for me, which also saves space.
We are hanging the bolt from the ceiling. I can just unroll from the ceiling and cut off the piece with ease. Please note the clamp on the end. I had to put this to stop the bolt from unrolling. Yes, it did almost completely unroll before I put the clamp on, lol!
This is what the bar looks like without the bolt on it. It’s a thick wooden dowel, though even a long broom handle would work. The cord suspended from the ceiling is looped around one end of the bar, so it’s easy to to take off to load a new bolt of batting, then affix back in place to hold the bar level.
This is the attachment at the wall side. The end of the bar goes into a hole in the board and is reinforced with a cleat underneath for extra support. This system works beautifully for me and may work for you and your space, too!
It is great space saver and makes life easier to store the bulky bolts of batting, yet keeps them accessible when it’s time to load a new quilt on the frame.