Tip Tuesday – 7 Ideas for your Quilting Space

Another week of tips has arrived! I found many of these tips helpful, particularly the tips about binding. They just makes sense, and I can’t believe they never occurred to me to try before. I enjoy this series because it’s all about quilters helping quilters. If you have tips of your own, let me know of them in the comments.

Tip #1: Creating a Binding Spool
I like to wind my binding on a toilet paper roll. I then tie a piece of ribbon through the cardboard tube and hang it around my neck. As I am sewing the binding onto the quilt, it rolls off nicely and doesn’t tangle. A cardboard paper towel tube also works well for borders.

Tip #2: Pressing Shortcut
If pressing is not your favorite part of quilt making, try stacking several sections. Press the seam on the top piece. Meanwhile you will have set the seams on the ones below. Just make sure everything is going the right direction. Try a bamboo presser to get crisp creases.

Tip #3: No Slide Foot Control
Cut a rubber bathtub mat to the size of your machine foot control. Place the mat under the foot control to keep it from sliding as you work.

Tip #4: No Tangles
As you press continuous binding, let the binding fall into a container, such as a clean wastebasket or plastic gallon ice cream container. You can pull the binding from the container as you stitch it to your quilt without the binding tangling or twisting.

FP-A-2765_image_orig_notions_organizerTip #5: Notions Organization
A cosmetic carrying case is perfect for holding tools and essentials for traveling to a quilt retreat. The sections zip closed so I don’t lose anything. At home, I can hang the whole bag where it’s handy.

Tip #6: Project Rack
I use a clothes-drying rack to hang the quilting projects I am currently working on. I use the dowel racks to hang the pieces or blocks that I have finished and pressed. That way, they don’t get wrinkled and I can keep all the fabrics for a project pressed and together. It is portable also so I can move it close to my cutting table or sewing machine. –Linda Chambers

Tip #7: Photo Album
You can keep swatches of fabric in a small photo album. It’s perfect to take to the quilt shop when you’re trying to coordinate fabrics for a quilt. You can then remove the swatches once you have made the quilt.

Facebook Bonus Tip: Teamwork
When making a quilt with someone else make sure your 1/4″ are the same. One can’t be a scant and the other a generous or you will have a lot of ripping to do. –Linda Long Hall

What types of tips would you like more of? Pressing, storage/organization, sewing, etc. Just let me know and I’ll find them. Thanks to everyone who offered tips of their own. We’re a community of quilters and I like to think when the best minds come together, we’ll only make quilting more enjoyable for all. So keep them coming! Comment here or on our Facebook page with your most helpful quilting tips.

Happy Quilting!

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10 thoughts on “Tip Tuesday – 7 Ideas for your Quilting Space

    1. 3 m have hooks that you stick on the wall and can remove without leaving holes or marks..different hooks for different weights.. make use of the space on the wall behind your bedroom door..those plastic shoe containers hang on closet rod and 6-8 “shelves”, will hold stacks of folded fat quarters, toiletry bags etc. hold threads, scizzors ets. no one will see the stuff except you when you close your door at bedtime

  1. STORAGE. I quilt in the same room my husband has his office. We have another room I could use downstairs but my husband of 30 years wants us to be together in the evening. So if there is any smart storage ideas I would be so grateful. The space was originally his office but once I moved in, my quilting stuff developed a life of their own and seem to be taking over. Poor guy, he only has a little corner now

  2. Lisa, Think of vertical space, not just horizontal. There is a lot of room on those walls and you can be very creative. One of the things I did was buy a small, inexpensive bookcase at a local big box store and put it on top of a table. You very seldom use the back of the table against the wall but it is great for that bookcase. And now you have a whole new set of shelves that wouldn’t have fit on the floor.

  3. I use plastic salad containers to store fabric and sort my useable scraps into colours. I keep a box on the floor at the end of my sewing table to capture scrap fabric when sewing.

  4. Just love your magazine with all the pretty quilt patterns, ideas, tips and everything in general. I have subscribed for years and will continue. I like mostly traditional things.

  5. Machine needles I no longer use, work well on my design wall to secure pieces I’m working on It saves the pins and they are sturdier as well as keeping out of the trash.