Tip Tuesday: 7 Time-Saving Quilting Tips

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the day great! Today, get tips on how to save time in your quilting life. Weather it’s a project going smoothly or a simple reorganization of your quilt room, small changes can have a big impact on your quiltmaking, which means a happy quilter! Check out these 7 time-saving tips that are sure to make the upcoming year even better. Tip #5 is my favorite!

Baby Boutique Pink QuiltTip #1: PUNCH CARDS
Keep your quilt shop punch cards organized – no more searching through your purse – with one of these great tips: a) Use a credit card wallet insert. The plastic sleeves are a great way to keep everything in one place and in order. b) Grab a gift card holder. c) Use a Ziploc bag! You could even punch a hole in the corner of it and use a key ring to attach it to your bag. Easy access and you know exactly where it is!

Tip #2: PRE-THREADED
For appliqué or embroidery work, keep multiple needles threaded with all the colors you need. When you’re in the groove, the last thing you want to do is stop to thread a needle. Having everything prepared ahead of time not only saves you time, but allows you to continue working while you’re in the zone.

Tip #3: TWO FOR ONE
When making a baby quilt for a little girl, make a doll quilt at the same time to give to her (and her dolls) when she’s a little older. Making the two quilts in succession will actually go faster – you’ll, as I said in Tip #1, be in the groove. With the doll quilt waiting in the wings, you’ll have a gift prepared for an upcoming birthday.

Tip #4: YO-YOS!
Instead of wrestling with small circles while basting around the edge of yo-yos, draw circles on fabric, and then baste inside the drawn lines. When you cut out the circles, be careful not to cut the thread tails, and, voila! You have all the yo-yos you need in a snap.

Fons & Porter Chalk PencilsTip #5: REMOVE CHALK & PENCIL LINES
Removing chalk or pencil lines isn’t always easy – some fabrics are a little more resistant than others. Try using a lightly moistened Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser for those pesky hangers-on. It’s quick and easy and works every time.

Tip #6: SEWING W/ KIDS
When children are using a needle and thread, knot both ends of the thread and you won’t find yourself constantly re-threading needles. Even better, knot the ends of the thread together – one knot, no fuss.

Tip #7: TOOL ID TAGS
Before attending quilting classes or retreats, make ID tags for your tools. They’ll be easy to identify and you won’t spend time fumbling around for your belongings when you could be enjoying yourself. Make durable ID tags by using Ultrasuede, leather, or felt scraps. Rotary cut ~1″ x ~2″ rectangles with a straight or decorative blade, then punch a hole at one end and tie a narrow ribbon through it. Use a Pigma pen or silver or gold Sharpie to write your name or initials on the tag. Attach the tag through the hole in your tool and you’re ready to go!

BONUS TipCOMMENT FROM 7 QUILT RETREAT TIPS:
“I use a rubberized computer mouse pad under my machine foot pedal to keep it from walking away. It is light weight and works great!” ~Barb Aldrich

Leave me a comment telling me how you save time on your quilt projects. What do you do to make your projects go a little more smoothly?

Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter

Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter Online Editor

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Carrie's first sewing machine was a gift from her dad—a better gift was never given. A crafter, trained pianist and experienced paintballer, when the opportunity arises, she's hiking in Yosemite or Rocky Mountain National Park.

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