Where was that needle?? and more Quilting Tips

One of our favorite things to do for the Love of Quilting television show is to share reader-submitted tips – our editors review every tip submitted and share the most creative and unique on the air (if you have a tip you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s our quilting tips submission form). Here are a handful of tips that were selected for recent episodes – we hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Picnic anyone?

use fabric scraps to make picnic quiltsI use my fabric scraps to make picnic quilts! I sew the scraps together and use oilcloth or vinyl tablecloth for the backing. You can use your serger or pinking shears or a decorative trim around the outside. The fabric scraps are nice to sit on and the reverse side of oilcloth or plastic you put near the ground, is easy to wipe off!

Erma Clevenger
Hamilton, Mo.


Where was that needle??

keep a piece of contrasting fabric handy to stick your needle in toWhen hand quilting, I keep a piece of contrasting fabric handy to stick my needle into so I can find it quickly when I stop and start again.

For example, this bright green shows up great on a blue and brown quilt!

Linda Happel
Wadesville, IN


Drape it

use a pin-on drapery hook to hang your favorite trim scissors to my pin cushionI use a pin-on drapery hook to hang my favorite little trim scissors to my pin cushion. That way I always know where to find them!

Diane Salguero
Baldwin Park, CA


Frame it

cut windows in a file folder to test fabric selectionsWhen trying to find a block design that would work best with a collection of fabrics I bought, I was concerned about piecing, as one had a rather large motif in it.

I wasn’t sure the piece would work, so I cut windows in a file folder the same finished size as the pieces of the block I wanted to cut out with that fabric, and auditioned the fabric.

Mary Jane Berchak
Delaware, OH


Use your backing fabric for the front quilting design!

you can use the backing fabric for your project for a quilting pattern!When you don’t know what pattern to quilt, you can use the backing fabric for your project for a quilting pattern!
I stitch from the back side and the design of the backing shows on the right side over piecing. I found this while making valentine table runners using a heart design. Any fabric works that is not too small and close.

Pat Stutzman
Ephrata, Wa

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