The main reason I don't like to cut fabric for quilts is that my "cutting table" (actually a folding, resin table) is just too low. I always get a backache that troubles me for days. I considered purchasing bed risers, but the cost to raise the table to the necessary height took my breath away. Since each riser is 3.5 inches, I would need a minimum of three risers for each table leg (a total of three sets of bed risers), and the cost would have been over $70 US. Yikes!
Feasible? I don't think so. So, I limited the time I spent at the cutting table.
I considered using cement blocks, but they would not offer enough height without stacking. I considered gallon-size cans, but they would be too short on their own. No solution came to mind.
Then this week I discovered the solution. when one of the Stashbusters members posted on the group message board about using PVC table extenders. I knew this idea was worth pursuing because PVC pipe is durable, light-weight, and best of all, inexpensive.
I purchased a length of pipe at Ace Hardware and had it cut in 13 inch sections, resulting in nine segments. The "extenders" were very inexpensive: $4.00 US for the pipe, averaging an incredible $ .44 for each extender.
I slipped each table leg into a PVC segment, and now the table is a comfortable height. I am eager to see if this eliminates my backaches. If not, I am only out $4.
The bins to the left of the table are filled with yarn, and the bins under the table hold fabric and spare bedding. If the clutter bothers me, I may construct a table skirt out of a thrifted sheet.
Bonus: I have five extenders left, enough for another table and a spare.