First off, let me say that yes, my camera has been compromised several months ago. I know that. The white balance is off now and the camera doesn’t get clear pictures anymore with the right amount of light let in. And I just haven’t fixed it.
But I am not going to let that stop me in posting pictures of my (blank) wall(s).
So bear with me.
So this past fall, was a change from one house to another, leaving me with more contained but larger overall space.
And it’s finally getting to the point where my quilts can be put up on the wall, getting to the point where every spare moment doesn’t have to be in relation to the best new thing for the house. Leading me to finally start to feel some enjoyment in my spare time.
Although I can’t say I’ve spent a TON of quilting time, I also can’t say that I find my sewing space actually “complete” either.
Anyway, I realized that you might want to see some pictures of my blank walls.
I really should title this post: My new-found-love-affair-with-3M-Command-products
I finally organized all the extra strips I have been getting with my 3M strips and put all the kinds of things into baggies.
I have used 3M large hooks and those “fancy” dowel rods to hang quilts up on the wall in the past. Below is a picture of a quilt in my previous residence.
See up on the top of the picture, the rod going through the back, and the large 3M hooks.
This particular hook setup actually stayed on the wall until I physically took it down, but some of the quilts just this past January that I had rearranged on the walls had fallen down by July using the sleeve and rod technique.
And guess what else I don’t like about the technique? Making the sleeve! Maybe for large quilts hung in shows, but I don’t really want to do sleeves again if I can help it. Let’s 3M and binder clip it!
OK. So I have found several different ways to use 3M products.
Strategies for using 3M Command strips in quilting.
1. The fridge clips. These come in a package of 6 clips. Which means for my small quilts, I can use them to hang 3 small quilts. Or if I wanted to hang 2 larger quilts instead, that’s an option.
Even my somewhat heavy “Don’t Panic” quilt can be held by these clear plastic clips. It takes a tiny bit of snugging up into the binding, but there is a larger top portion on these clips that the binding can jam up inside, and once it’s up there, it really feels held by the clips.
But I didn’t already have a ton of these clips, so using what else I had.
2. Mini clips (+ mini binder clips)
Clear plastic clips and mini binder clips.
I had purchased these 3M mini clips about a year ago or longer, and the mini binder clips that are all sorts of colors I already had them as well. Lots of them. For which I had no other known purpose.
These mini binder clips also happen to have a nice rubber, color-coded coating on the thin wire portion. The 3M Mini clips are just barely narrow enough to let the mini binder clip slip past. The mini binder clips aren’t terribly noticeable and can color coordinate a little bit with the quilts themselves. And I have seen many different colors and decorations for the binder clips themselves.
How strong is this setup? Well a quilt that’s about a yard on each side seems to be holding up ok so far if i spread it out between 4 small binder clips. This has really only been up for one week though.
For some reason, I have more luck searching amazon for “Mini Hooks”, and I get a similar looking product that is more prevalent, but I don’t know exactly how they work that says “Decorating Clips”. “Mini Hooks” is what I have tested, but “Decorating Clips” seem to be a horizontal version of the same thing, but I don’t know that the binder clips fit on them for sure.
3. Wire hooks
I also had bought a lot of the wire clips that are a little more unruly, but also are narrower and more forgiving. The wire clips I had set up to hold my main design wall at my old place. I have been using these wires to hold many things other than quilts. Wire hooks hold patterns, rulers, my towels in my kitchen.
As you can see, some binder clips are also employed in keeping rulers without holes punched out together on my stand.
In the background of the next picture, you can see some FMQ patterns and stencils held in my closet. And also you can see I am starting to store projects in bins instead of 1 gallon ziploc type baggies.
And above you can see I am using mini hooks for my shape cut and long ruler, and large rotary cutter (had to have some other extenders here). Mini hooks I can find like everywhere, they seem to be easier to locate anywhere these products are being sold. More so than the other clips.
Oh, and large binder clips can be used as well, but they just don’t look quite as cute as the minis.
Here’s a close up of the mini binder clip, with a comparison regular binder clip to the right. And the size and shape of the mini hooks. And 4 clear plastic tabs that fit with most of what’s shown above.
And it looks like if you don’t have mini binder clips, you can always use those wonder clips. There is a small slit in the back.
This hasn’t been field tested yet, but initial examination looks promising.
Anyway here’s another use for the 3M products.
4. Medium clear plastic hooks
This picture is of my blank wall, but you can hopefully be able to see the outline of the clear plastic hooks.
This is for my smaller portable portion of my design wall, my “design board” if you will that I am placing right behind where my sewing machine is, and not far from my iron.
I made a design board out of a bit of foam board I already had from Hobby Lobby. Last weekend, I used some Aleene’s Original Tacky glue in the gold bottle, and glued down some batting to a portable board. I see this being really useful as a smaller board, or for a transferring board.
Here it is resting on the 3M medium hooks. There are currently only 2 hooks on bottom, and two on the side horizontally to keep the board in place. So far it hasn’t toppled over. Yet.
I actually hope that this mini board experiment works well so I can duplicate it onto my larger wall that I am waiting to put a full “design wall” up. I have the flannel already, but not the 4′ X 8′ insulation foam. I am planning to use the very large white hooks and place them all around the design wall board. I am really hoping to not have to add any holes on these walls. I have done that too much in the past.
I know I have the option of taping 2 large insulation boards together so I can have a really large 8 X 8 design wall, or maybe even 3 boards. But that is just put off for a while. Hopefully soon! But in the meantime, I can use a nice design floor instead. Lots of options there.
Other non-wall, non-3M hacks?
My wire rack that used to have fabric now also stores quilts in progress.
On the side are 2 re-purposed DVD racks that have jelly rolls on them.
My cutting surface is a tabletop (new) on top of 4 shoe rack storage bins huddled in the corner. Now a lot of fabric is sitting in those small shoe rack bins. Luckily I had 3 of these already, this is rather expensive to put together from scratch.
Currently these are not secured, but there is talk and thought about securing the table on top with two of the 3 M wire hooks facing each other with a rubber band in between. So far, I haven’t cut so much on this mat, and what I HAVE done, I haven’t had a problem with shifting much. I also currently am about out of 3M hooks and strips.
These past few weeks have been fun, made me feel like an engineer a little bit. Trying to problem solve and use ready-purchased items to help me do so.