Quilting Tips

 
Binding
Sometimes I need to change the width of my binding depending on the thickness of the batting and fabric in a quilt. I made sample bindings so I can...
 
Canned Air
Some sewing machine manufacturers advise against using canned air to blow the lint out of your machine. I use a bicycle hand pump to blow 100%...
 
Choosing Colors
I lay my blocks on pieces of construction paper to help me decide what colors to use for borders on my quilts. Viewing it at home gives me a plan for...
 
Cleaning Pads - Sew Easy Tip
I keep some alcohol prep pads in my sewing box and some in a drawer by my sewing machine. They’re great if you jab yourself with a needle. You...
 
Cushion for Knees
I use a garden kneeling pad when arranging blocks or layering backing, batting, and quilt top on a floor. It's more comfortable for my knees...
 
Decorative Stitches
I save scraps of stabilizer and use them behind ribbon to test decorative stitches. The ribbons are fun to use on scrapbook pages. --Martha Intorcia...
 
Easy Cutting
Before I start a new quilt, I transfer the cutting instructions to a dry erase board. As I cut, I erase that size and move on. It's easier than...
 
English Paper Piecing
I use plastic folders to make patterns for English Paper Piecing. Instead of making piles of patterns out of card stock, I only need to make a few of...
 
Flannel Binding
This is a fun way to finish flannel quilts for children. Cut straight binding strips 2" or 2½" wide. Sew to back of one side of quilt right...
 
Foundation Piecing
I use very lightweight sew-in interfacing for foundation piecing so I don’t have to tear out paper. To transfer the pattern, I press...
 
Hand Piecing
As a beginning hand piecer, I was having trouble judging an accurate ¼" seam allowance, and didn't want to mark stitching lines on every...
 
Hexagon Template
I cut a hexagon out of a square of template plastic to use for a Grandmother's Flower Garden template. It's easier to trace inside the shape than...
 
Recently I made a quilt that was arranged in descending diagonal rows, and the pattern suggested a paste-up chart with 24 different fabrics. The glue...
 
Machine Quilting Practice
I cut my practice pieces into circles and zigzag the edges. I use the circles as protection between pieces of china when I stack them. --Pamela J....
 
Needle Organization
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...
 
Non-slip Templates
To keep my templates from slipping, I use adhesive-backed sandpaper. I cut ½"-wide strips from the sandpaper and use a paper punch to punch...
 
Point Protectors
I use pencil grips to protect the points of my small pointed scissors. They also help prevent poking and cutting fingers. --Sharon Smith Casa...
 
Pressing Tool
My daughter-in-law is a new quilter. When she was learning about finger pressing, she discovered that the cap on her Fons & Porter...
 
Quilt Marking
Instead of using a marking pencil with a quilt stencil, I use a foam paintbrush. I dip it into loose chalk, and dab it over the stencil. It's really...
 
Quilting Designs
I find that the wooden figures sold at craft stores make good quilting designs, especially for kids’ quilts! --Sharon Meier Granger,...
 
Save Selvages
When cutting quilt pieces, I save a small strip of selvage with the printed names of the fabric collection and fabric company. Then, if I happen to...
 
Sewing Machine Cleaner
I use pipe cleaners to clean the nooks and crannies in my sewing machine. They grab the lint and dust, and I just throw them away when I’m...
 
Store Fusible Web Flat
Save leftover paper-backed fusible web in a large zipper storage bag. Cut a piece of card stock about the size of the bag and slip in the pieces of...
 
Template
Floor tiles make the best templates. Press paper pattern onto the adhesive side of a self-stick floor tile. Cut the template out on the line with a...
 

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