Quilting Tips Archive

 
To protect your long rotary cutting rulers when traveling, sandwich them between discarded cardboard cores from fabric bolts. Hold the sandwich...
 
Protection From Burns
Wear a leather thimble on the index finger of the hand you use to hold fabric while pressing. The leather protects your finger from being burned by...
 
To help pull through stubborn needles when hand quilting, cut a finger tip from a pair of old rubber gloves. Slip the glove finger tip over your...
 
When you are ready to clip the seams on rag quilts, use a permanent black marking pen to draw a line on the blade of your scissors at the depth you...
 
Quick Quilt Hanger
To display a small quilted wallhanging, I use a twisted cord drapery tie-back and a wooden dowel. The tie-back has nice loops on both ends for the...
 
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...
 
Place a small, foam-backed, carpet remnant under your portable sewing machine to prevent sliding, soften the noise, and protect the table...
 
Fold an old twin-size sheet in half and stitch on two sides to form a giant sack. Put the trail of your quilt into the sack to keep your quilt clean...
 
Quilt Designs
As a new machine quilter, I'm sometimes at a loss when it comes to choosing quilting designs. I take pictures of quilts I like (with the owner's...
 
If you use your dryer to “freshen up” a quilt, toss in one or two new tennis balls. The bouncing of the balls fluffs the quilt in a shorter amount of...
 
A strip of extra-wide grosgrain ribbon makes a quick sleeve for small wall hangings. Pink the ends, and hand stitch the ribbon edges to the back of...
 
Make a quilt journal using a 3-ring binder and page protectors. Use your computer to create a decorative cover page to insert in the front of the...
 
Quilt Label
I use a unique method to make labels. I program all the label information into my sewing machine. Before adding binding to a quilt, I stitch the...
 
Quilt Label
The day I start working on a quilt, I make binding and a label. I place both in a see-through sealable bag and write the start date on the label....
 
To keep writing on quilt labels neat, draw lines on freezer paper and iron it to the wrong side of the label. Use the lines as guides when you write...
 
One reader suggests: When I find a quilt I want to make, I write down all of the yardages needed on a recipe card. When I am in a quilt shop and see...
 
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...
 
A great way to document your progress as you make a quilt is to take photos at each step and make a scrapbook page....
 
Make the sleeve for your quilt before you attach the binding. Catch the raw edges of the sleeve in the seam as you machine stitch on the binding....
 
To keep track of and avoid duplicating your quilting books, record the title and authors in a small address book. Tuck the book into your purse for a...
 
If Post-It® notes aren’t a quilter’s best friend, they are certainly on the buddy list! Keep a pad of 2"-square ones on your sewing table to mark...
 
To keep track of your quilting needle when you interrupt your quilting, keep a colorful piece of ribbon handy to attaché to the spot where you...
 
To help hold the edge of your quilt in a Q-snap® frame when quilting borders, slip a knit rolling pin cover or sleeve over the bar of your frame. Pin...
 
When hand quilting, first pull quilting thread through a fabric softener sheet to keep it from tangling or knotting....
 
Place a plastic lid from a coffee jar on top of the quilt you are quilting and put all your cut threads into it. It helps keep things tidy....
 
When you’re making quilts for your grandchildren, use double-sided robe velour for the backing. It comes in many colors and makes the quilts very...
 
For fabrics that are difficult to mark quilting designs on, try quilting from the back. Frame in the area to be quilted with quilting in the ditch so...
 
Just for fun, try binding your next scrap quilt with a binding made from random lengths of several fabrics used in the...
 
I love to read and to quilt, but sometimes I don't want to choose between the two. To solve this dilemma, I listen to books on tape while I...
 
Make yourself a thimble with a recessed top by using an inverted wide-headed nail. Place the head of the nail on top of the thimble. Tap the point of...
 
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...
 
Use the front of a men's old button-up shirt for the back of a pillow. Size the shirt to the correct measurement, remove the pocket, and join to the...
 
If you run out of stabilizer, try using the tissue paper found in gift bags and boxes. It works great, tears away easily, and you are recycling at...
 
I bought a set of queen size sheets that were packaged in a nice bag with snaps and was made from the same fabric as the sheets. I use it to carry my...
 
To reduce thread tangling and knotting when hand stitching, run your unknotted thread through a fresh, fabric softener dryer sheet a couple of...
 
My machine is in a cabinet and when I sew the binding on a full or queen size quilt I found that is was difficult to handle because of the drag of...
 
Place a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil on your ironing board under your pressing or fusing area to reflect the heat and improve the...
 
When you make a baby quilt, include the name and birth date of the child as part of the label, or stitch this information directly on the...
 
Temporarily glue or tape a snip of fabric to your template to remind yourself which fabric to cut from the...
 
Use a sticky note to remind yourself of the machine settings you are using for a project. When you return and turn the machine on again, the note...
 
To keep the thread end from tangling on a ball of pearl cotton, I secure the thread end with removable tape....
 
Finding a large work surface is always a challenge when it is time to put together my quilt sandwiches. I use a seldom used pool table (my children...
 
Score the paper backing on fusible web with a straight pin to make the backing easier to...
 
Try using a small crochet hook to help remove basting stitches from your quilt. Slip the hook end under the stitch and pull out the...
 
Keep an emery board and fabric eraser close when doing appliqué. If the placement lines are visible after you have finished the appliqué, put the...
 
If you accidentally get machine oil on your quilt top, work some dry cornstarch into the spots to absorb the oil. Then, brush the cornstarch away...
 
To make removing paper from paper foundation patchwork easier, dip a cotton swab in water and "paint" the stitching lines. Wait a few seconds, and...
 
Removing Paper
After I paper piece my blocks, I place a small ruler along the sewing line and, using the back of a seam ripper (the smooth side), score the paper...
 
When working with a design that requires multiple templates which are each used only once, cut exact finished-size templates from freezer paper. Iron...
 
To revive brittle or dry cotton thread, place the spool in a small, plastic bag and freeze for a day or two. When you remove the thread from the...
 

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