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Magnetic Bowl
At an auto parts store, I purchased a magnetic metal bowl designed to keep nuts and bolts from rolling away. It makes a terrific magnetic pincushion....
 
Katie suggested this tip when she was a young girl shopping with her mother.If you're going to the quilt store with your mom, be sure to take a book...
 
Thread Storage
I recycle wet-mop refill boxes to use for storing my thread. The clear top lets me see what's...
 
Fabric Storage
I use plastic salad containers for storing fat quarters. The containers stack nicely, and you can easily find what you're looking...
 
Rotary Cutter Case
I use a pencil holder to safely carry my rotary cutter to...
 
Needle Size
If you are unsure of the size of a sewing machine needle, use a magnifier to read the number on the shaft. The number is so small, you need to...
 
Appliqué Overlay
To create an overlay when working on an appliqué block, photocopy the block pattern onto a transparency sheet on an inkjet printer. This saves...
 
Needle Keeper
I love the Fons & Porter Dresden Plate pincushion for keeping my sewing machine needles organized. Using a fine point marker, I wrote a size and...
 
Quilt Shop Punch Cards
To keep punch cards organized and save time spent searching through my wallet, I use a giftcard holder. I decorated the holder with quilt design card...
 
While stitching my binding, I like to hold it in place with small plastic clips from the dry cleaner. They are free and work great, especially on...
 
To keep thread neat in your storage area, wrap a piece of clear lightweight vinyl around each spool to prevent tangling. You can buy the vinyl in...
 
Non-skid Foot Pedal
I attach a couple adhesive-backed floor protectors to the bottom of my foot pedal to keep it from sliding. They're made to keep furniture from...
 
Quilting Practice
I practice quilt designs on a dry-erase board until I get the feel of it. You can doodle away and erase over and over. Use a scrap of cotton batting...
 
Tool Hanger
I use a shower curtain hook to hang my templates and rulers. I place several on one hook, and then hang the hook in the closet in my sewing...
 
Personalized Gift Card
I used fabric left over from a baby quilt to make a label and a gift card. For the note card, I cut out a motif and fused it to a blank card. Then, I...
 
Block Layout
I cut a flannel backed plastic tablecloth into 18" squares. As I cut pieces for blocks, I lay them out on the flannel side of the squares. I can...
 
Bobbin Keepers
Toe separators used for pedicures are perfect for holding bobbins and keeping thread from unraveling. They stack neatly, and you can see the thread...
 
Magnetic Pin Holder
I put my magnetic pin holder in a disposable plastic food container so i can transport pins safely to...
 
When hand stitching binding on a quilt, I stop every 10"­12", make a small knot, and then continue stitching. If the thread wears out or breaks, I...
 
To remove the wrinkles and folds from batting, I fluff it in the dryer for a few minutes on low heat or air...
 
When I’m ready to baste a quilt, I tape the backing to the floor, then the batting, and finally the quilt top. I slip a marble under the quilt to...
 
I store my sharpened marking pencils in a toothbrush travel container to protect their...
 
To keep rulers from slipping on fabric when cutting, brush a thin, small spot of rubber cement on the back of the ruler in several places. If you...
 
Project Organizer
Use page protectors and zipper pouches to store information about your quilts. Put a page about the quilt and the quilter in the page protector; use...
 
Fabric Shopper’s Helper
When I take swatches of fabric to the quilt shop with me, I put them in a baseball card holder. Any divided protective sheet will work, but the...
 
Whenever I am going to be gone on a trip for an extended period of time, oil my machine before leaving. That gives the oil a longer time to soak into...
 
Instead of sending flowers to a quilting friend who is sick, give fat quarters or a gift certificate from her favorite quilt...
 
When you buy sweaters or blouses, they sometimes come with extra buttons enclosed in little plastic bags. I use the bags to store a spool of thread...
 
Cutting up old jeans for denim quilts is drudgery for me. To make this job manageable, I cut for a half-hour during “Fons & Porter’s Love of...
 
Needle Book
I make needle books using tiny scraps of fabric on graph paper foundations. Stitch on the lines using small stitches with lightweight thread in a...
 
Quilted Postcard
I like to use leftover scraps for mini quilt postcards. Zigzag stitching around the edges in variegated thread looks pretty, and holds the layers...
 
Marking for Quilting
I use Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Markers when I mark quilting lines for hand quilting. I like them because they're small and easy to handle...
 
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