O my, I have to respond to this idea - magic. I used to spend so much time threading needles, it got to be frustrating. When I use this threader, it is done and I can move on with the sewing. Dont remember the cost but it is worth it! Now it is so part of my life, I cant remember being without one. It even impresses my skeptical family members, those could not imagine why I would spend money on a device to thread a needle.
Another use for perscription bottles. I put the remains of broken sewing machine needles in them. Also old needles and bent or dulled pins. I keep a bottle by my machine, and also have them near my quilt frame and in my "to go" bag. Seems I can break applique and hand quilting needles also. I have a label on the bottles, and when they get full they are safe to throw in the trash.
I went to our local Dollar General store and purchased 20 of those small plastic baskets and use these to keep my pieces separate as I sew the pieces together. I initially tried baggies and just stacking them but these baskets are the greatest and the best part is when I have to stop sewing for the day I can just stack up the baskets and all the pieces remain separated.
this is how i use the large pads of construction paper...for a couple of years, they're just on different pages, but eventually the paper pages come out and then they go into the pizza box in a stack, one block to a page!
I too have used painters tape and found that sometimes I iron on them when I'm pressing my seams. I had some extra quilters safety pins and attached small circles of beads left from another kraft. These I numbered 1-1, 1-2,1-3 etc with a waterproof pen. Now I see them very clearly when I'm pressing. Maybe someone will like this method.
Keep quilting, Marge
There are beads available with numbers & letters stamped on them in the beading sections of craft stores. I put each one on a safety pin to mark my rows and columns. One box of those beads is ample to make up several sets as gifts to fellow quilters. Usually 10 rows and 5-6 columns will be sufficient, but you can always use more.
I now make small fabric envelopes for the back of my quilts which contain the label and washing/storing instructions.
I open and trace a paper envelope adding a seam allowance, then sew it using two matching fabrics from the quilt. Once it is stitched, inverted and pressed, I slipstitch it to the bottom of the quilt adding a button, velcro or snap closure. These look really nice and all the inside information can be removed for laundering. I had seen too many tacky labels spoiling the look of otherwise beautiful quilts, so came up with this solution. I no longer have to worry about inks that might run or my lefty handwriting.