Storage Containers

The quilters I know are always looking for something for “storage”.   It could be that we have too much stuff but I’m going to pretend that isn’t the case.  I’ve recently found these storage containers at Wal-Mart and I love them for all my quilting stuff.  The top of them says “Lock & Lock”.  They come in quite a few sizes and they do lock very tightly and they stack very nicely.  (Notice lazy dog hanging off the edge of his pillow in the background!)

Let’s see what’s in all of my little containers.  This one has needles for the sewing machines and the longarm.  Yes, I buy needles by the 100 for the longarm.

This one has blades for the rotary cutters and extra straight pins.

The back box has spools of thread that I take with me when I travel with a sewing machine.  At home, I use cones.  The front left has needles for hand sewing and hand quilting.  Want to bet how long those hand quilting needles will sit there before they get used?  On the right is tea light candles.

See how neatly the lids fit and then snap down?

Why do I have so many tea light candles?  I love this little burner from Bath & Body Works.  I light a candle in here as soon as I come downstairs each day.  I love things that smell good!



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    My son found some of those containers and brought me. I use them to store leftovers in the fridge. I love them. Our Wal-Mart didn’t have them the last time I shopped. I think he found his at Costco.

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    I know I’m supposed to be looking at the wonderful storage containers (and they certainly are!), but I can’t stop looking at the picture of your adorable dog! One of my doggies sleeps that way. Doesn’t it seem like they would be uncomfortable? But I guess they like it! 🙂

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    Cindy says

    I like those containers. When they first came out, I found one that is the perfect size for a pound of Starbucks coffee. I still have it, but I wanted another one because, well, sometimes I buy a different blend before I run out of the first one and I need to keep them both fresh, because I _am_ going to finish the first pound. I promise.

    They don’t make that perfect size any more. I’ve looked and looked. They make one that is just as tall, but it’s square. Now why would they do that, do you suppose? I could put 2 pounds side by side in the square one, I guess. That just occured to me.

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    Cindy says

    Oh, and I forgot to say. If you get tired of buying tea lights, just put your candle in a votive cup or whatever and set it on an electric mug warmer. I bought them for about $3 at WM. They melt the candle and it smells wonderful. Plus, no flame.

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    Hmmm, I haven’t seen those at Wal-Mart before. I buy (on sale of course) the ornament snap boxes at Joann’s. There are three in a pack and each one is just about 12.5″ square and they clip to each other. They’re great for storing blocks (smaller than 12″ finished) or projects.

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    Ramona-quilter says

    So Judy, if I go to Walmart and buy those storage containers, will you come organize by studio? LOL. I also appreciate the recipe for my guild pot luck, with black beans, of course.

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    Ramona-quilter says

    I see that Speck is on duty. Sometimes I wish I was a dog, sleep all day, eat all night and bark at stuff I don’t like. Sounds like a good life to me. Speck is just resting up for his watchdog duties later.

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    Pam says

    I think that the ones I bought at WalMart are similar but were called SnapLock. There is a handle for every 2 of the small containers and you can snap on more. I bought enough to keep my small cut squares in -1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, and a few 5 inch squares. Since I only use one lid, I have 3 extra lids. At least I know where my squares are when a friendship block says to cut 3 1/2 inch squares. I don’t have to pull out uncut fabric and start from scratch. ( I learned that from JudyL!)
    I even bought 2 sets to give my non-quilter friends for Christmas. I made labels for the lids with their names on them. Hope they like them.