Every quilter has their own way of doing things: organizing fabric, cutting, assembling, sewing… the list goes on. Sometimes, though, a trick of the trade slips through from fellow quilters and, ah-hah! We’ve adopted a tip that helps our quiltmaking run a little bit smoother than it did before. This Tip Tuesday, learn how other quilters use sticky notes and tape to to their benefit. You’ll see Fons & Porter offers a few ideas to go along with some of these tips, as well.
I use sticky notes on my rulers to quickly line up my cutting line. It’s especially useful when measuring to an odd 8th or 16th of an inch!
Fons & Porter idea:
The Creative Grids Itty-Bitty Eights Square Ruler (6″ x 6″) features easy to read 1/8″ markings!
2. SIZE UP YOUR FABRIC
I’ve bought a number of fabric remnants and panels. My problem was I couldn’t remember the yardage or size of some of these pieces I had ideas for, so I wrote on labels and stuck them on the piece so I could go through and hand reference quickly.
I love English paper piecing, but with age comes arthritis for me. I found painter’s tape works well to baste my pieces quickly before sewing the pieces together. It saves my hands and doesn’t leave residue.
Fons & Porter Idea:
Use a glue stick or glue marker like this one from Fons & Porter to temporarily adhere fabric. It applies easily, leaves a blue tint where applied (fades as it dries), and any remaining glue comes out in the wash.
4. WRAP IT UP
I always have masking tape in my sewing room. When I remove a rotary blade, I put the old one into the pack that the new one came out of. Then, I wrap it up with the tape before throwing it in the garbage. This prevents anyone from getting cut.
5. CATCH THOSE THREADS!
Take a small piece of cardboard and cover it with double sided tape. Thread sticks right to it. I use wax paper for storing it.
I use Post-It tags to remind me where I am in my project. I use one color for cutting and one color for where I left off on sewing. This saves time and fabric!
Fons & Porter Idea:
Use different colored chalk pencils to temporarily color-code fabric. They can also be used to mark quilting lines, seam allowances for hand piecing and placement lines for appliqué pieces!
7. ROLL WITH IT
When removing screws from your throat plate, the screws roll around easily and can fall out of site. I use a roll up of tape such as masking tape or scotch tape, attach it next to the throat plate and stick the screws on there until I’m ready to put them back in.
We appreciate everyone’s quilting process! Some ideas are new to some of us and others have been doing these things for years. However you approach it, Fons & Porter is proud of our quilting community. Thanks for being a part of it!
What sticky tricks do you have up your quilter’s sleeve? Share in the comments!