Quilting Tips Archive

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"Finger" Pressing
I discovered this free gadget at the grocery store. It's the portion of plastic that gets punched out from the handle when plastic milk jugs are...
 
Use empty 35mm film canisters to dispense thread for hand sewing. Wind 4 to 5 bobbins with the threads you need, and place them in the canister....
 
Used sewing machine needles make great “nails” to hang picture frames on the wall. The needles are strong and make only a small...
 
To simplify threading needles, cut the thread at an angle so it easily slips through the...
 
To get the perspective of distance on a quilt plan, view it through a door peephole insert from the hardware store. This inexpensive gadget can help...
 
To help keep metallic threads from separating and breaking when hand quilting, draw a length of thread over...
 
If you are tired of turning the wing nuts on your quilt hoop or if they no longer work, substitute heavy rubber bands from fresh broccoli for the...
 
In addition to the usual information, transfer or print a photo of yourself onto the quilt label as documentation. Think of how much fun it will be...
 
Avoid using fabric softener in the washer or dryer when you prewash fabrics that you later intend to fuse. Fusible web will not adhere properly to...
 
Small trays are handy for keeping sewing items together and for transporting them around the sewing room. I keep one next to my sewing machine for...
 
If you have accidentally fused an appliqué in the wrong place, use a fabric softener dryer sheet as a pressing cloth to loosen the web so you can...
 
If you use a wooden hoop to quilt, consider sealing the wood with a good polyurethane finish to protect fabrics from the acid in the...
 
Address Labels
I found a good use for extra address labels. I fold them down over the tops of my favorite catalog and magazine pages I want to go back to. This...
 
To align the quilt top, batting, and backing for basting, fold each in half and mark the center fold with pins. As you layer your quilt, match the...
 
Cut the background fabric block for appliqué 1" larger than the desired finished block size. This will allow for "shrinkage" while you work. When you...
 
Appliquéd Bias Strips
For beautifully curved and flat bias strips, steam press in approximate curves before applying. I use metal bias bars to prepare my strips, but this...
 
I discovered that a piece of non-stick aluminum foil makes a great appliqué pressing sheet. Iron appliqué pieces together on the non-stick side of...
 
A great way to store small pieces cut for appliqué is on layers of flannel-backed vinyl. Cut a vinyl tablecloth in pieces the right size for a pizza...
 
Pin appliqué elements to the background fabric from the back instead of the front. The thread will be less likely to catch on the pins as you...
 
Attaching Buttons
I recently completed a quilt with dozens of buttons—each block had about six. Rather than placing one button at a time, I placed them wrong side up...
 
Audition potential quilting designs by drawing them on clear plastic. Lay the plastic on the quilt top to get a feel for how a quilting design will...
 
When changing thread on your sewing machine, cut the thread at the spool, and pull the thread out toward the needle. This will avoid fuzzing up the...
 
When I cannot find my awl, I used a toothpick to help guide my fabric as I...
 
To create a fun, all-over machine quilting design, choose a very large scale print for your quilt back. Motifs like flowers, fish, or animals work...
 
Bag Bottom Material
Recycle flexible plastic cutting boards for the bottoms of handmade bags. Cover the plastic with a layer of batting for padding and a fabric sleeve,...
 
Bag Handles
After making many quilted bags, I have discovered how to make the perfect handle. I wrap a strip of fabric around non-roll elastic and topstitch it...
 
If you baste a quilt on a hardwood floor, use masking tape to secure the edges of the baking before laying out the batting and...
 
When safety pin basting, use a crochet hook or a grapefruit spoon to help catch the points of the pins as they emerge from under the quilt. These...
 
When you have batting left from projects, measure the pieces and pin a note to each one indicating its size. Store the pieces in a bag from that type...
 
For a flat, durable batting substitute, use a flannel sheet. Many an antique quilt was made this...
 
Put the scraps or leftover fabrics and photo of the quilt into a plastic sleeve protector or large zip-top bag. If the quilt needs repair, you will...
 
Before bidding farewell to that old dishwasher, rescue the utensil basket. Use it for storing scissors, rotary cutters, and pencils on your cutting...
 
Plastic boxes for fresh berries make handy containers for sorting small fabric squares or other...
 
After cutting and pressing binding, roll it onto an empty cardboard tube. The binding will unroll without tangling as you attach it to the...
 
After I cut and press my binding I lay it flat, fold it into 8"-12" increments in a back and forth motion. Then I slip a large rubber band on each...
 
If you don’t like using pins when hand stitching your binding, try using plastic coated paper clips. They are easy to slip on, and the thread will...
 
When I make my binding for a quilt, I wrap it around a tube that I have saved from kitchen plastic wrap (it is heavier than a toilet tissue or paper...
 
If you are binding a quilt that is heavy or too warm to keep on my lap, drop my ironing board down and put it over my lap. You can then put the quilt...
 
Make your binding strip as usual. Rather than pressing the long strip in half to form the double binding, fold it and wind it jellyroll style.(not...
 
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...
 
Simplify the cutting for continuous binding by doing most of the cutting before joining the seam that completes the tube. Measure the desired widths,...
 
To keep blocks in order when joining them for a quilt top, use colored stickers to label the blocks in each row a different color. For example, use...
 
Try using a skirt hanger to store your completed blocks. The clips can be moved to accommodate any size block. This keeps the blocks organized with...
 
When working on a large quilt top, lay out the blocks on a queen-size or larger flat sheet. Once your layout is complete, pin the blocks to the...
 
You can use a jumbo zipper plastic storage bag (21/2 gallon size) to store your finished blocks. Hang the bags in a closet on pants or skirt hangers....
 
Block Storage
As I'm working on a quilt, I store my completed blocks in an unused pizza...
 
Have you ever bought an ironing board cover and it doesn't quite fit your ironing board? I fixed that problem. Cut a 3" strip of fabric long enough...
 
A pillbox is perfect to hold bobbins and other small items you take to workshops. The larger size holds even more....
 
If you hate to stop and refill bobbins when you’re working on a project, pre-wind your bobbins and put them in a prescription bottle. Then, when you...
 
Bobbin Keeper
To keep a bobbin with its matching spool of thread, insert a cotton swab through the bobbin and into the top of the spool. Even if they tip over,...
 
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