We love our craft. We love quilting, and while we have an idea of the best and easiest way to do things, sometimes we get a tip from a fellow crafter and think, “How did I not think of that?!” Some of the tips below are things you’ve been doing your whole quilting career, while others you’ve never thought of. Even if it’s something that makes you think duh!, remember someone else might not be thinking the same, so keep comments positive, please.
Tip #1: Organizing Needles
I keep all my sewing machine needles organized in pocket pages. The pages fit nicely in an expandable folder or three-ring binder. I note the type and size of needle in each pocket along with any general information I’ve collected about needles.
–Elaine Davis Fairmount, IL
Tip #2: Get Comfortable
A small pillow on your lap may help out your hand piecing or hand appliqué at a more comfortable level.
Tip #3: Keep Your Scissors Straight
Identify your good scissors with a red ribbon or yarn. Inform your family that this indicates that these scissors are off limits. Put a green ribbon on the scissors that are OK for general use.
Tip #4: Make a Larger Ironing Surface
Try placing a mattress pad atop your cutting table. This makes a great pressing surface for a large piece of fabric or just a seam.
Tip #5: Quicker Removal
Make removing your quilt from a Q-snap® frame easier by placing 6 – 8″-long strips of fabric on the quilt before you snap on the half-pipe. When it’s time to reposition the quilt, pull up on the strips to pop the half pipes off and release the quilt.
Tip #6: Make a Quilt Repair Kit
For every quilt you make, consider also creating a repair kit. Just place pieces of the quilt fabric, binding, and a square of batting in a plastic bag and give it to the person receiving the quilt.
Tip #7: Organize Patterns with Recycled Envelopes
Instead of discarding large used mailing envelopes, punch holes along one edge to fit a three-ring binder. Use the envelopes to store patterns and templates. Attach a photocopy or sketch of the block or project to the outside of the envelope so you can quickly identify the contents.
What other tips can you think of that have been the most helpful in your quilting career? Let me know in the comments below with your first name and location and I might just post it here for next week’s Tip Tuesday!