Quilting Tips Archive

 
After you decide on the layout of your quilt blocks, take a Polaroid® or digital picture to use as reference. Then, if you can't leave the blocks...
 
As you complete a project, take a photo, record the pertinent information (including the recipient if a gift), and put the information in a photo...
 
A refrigerator magnet makes easy work of picking up pins and...
 
Use a Polaroid® camera or digital camera to capture various setting ideas for quilt blocks. You can then use the photo record to compare the settings...
 
When transporting supplies to a workshop, try slipping your rotary cutting mat and long rulers into a standard pillowcase. It will hold both without...
 
To keep your thread from catching on the basting pins when you hand quilt, pin from the back side, leaving the top smooth. If you have a design that...
 
I keep a "freebie" refrigerator magnet (I use a 4"x4" one from Publix Pharmacy) next to my sewing machine. It's great for catching the pins as I sew...
 
Advertising magnets, especially magnetic business cards, make good substitutes for a pin...
 
Cut a small hole in the lid of an empty whipped topping container. As you remove safety pins from pin basting, drop them into the container. The...
 
Pin Holder
A magnetic paper clip holder works great for holding pins. The holders are available at office supply...
 
Pin Holder
I use travel soap containers for my straight pins and safety pins. They fit in my small tote bag for my quilting an they stay tightly closed until I...
 
Pin Safety
I purchased a packet of earring bakcs at a hobby store. I use them on my directional pins to prevent "pin sticks" and also to keep the pins securely...
 
If you pin baste for hand quilting, do it from the backing side. When you quilt, you will be less likely to snap and catch your thread on the...
 
Reclaim that old folding cardboard cutting board to use as a portable pin-up design...
 
Pincushion Filling
Silica Sand makes great filling for a pincushion. It sharpens pins and needles, and helps prevent rust. Because the pincushion is heavy, it will stay...
 
When one pin keeps slipping out of your fabric, use a second pin at an angle to hold it secure....
 
If you use the large 2,500-3,000-yard spools of thread, wind several bobbins from the spool the first time you use the thread. They will be ready to...
 
Consider using fabric from my quilt top on the back of my quilt. This provides extra fabric for repairs if necessary. The fabric on the back will...
 
Plastic Templates
When I need to make a template, I copy the pattern on sticky-back paper, and then adhere the pattern to plastic. This allows me to skip one step...
 
Point Protectors
I bought a pack of foam doorknob hangers at a hobby store, and cut them into pieces about ½" square. I use them with flat-head...
 
To help protect your underneath finger when quilting, try coating the tip of your finger with clear nail...
 
I love your show and magazine - especially the tips! When I shop for fabrics (especially in Lancaster, Pa) I often buy fabric for several quilts at a...
 
A flannel-backed, plastic (picnic-type) tablecloth makes a great, portable design surface. After arranging fabric pieces, fold or roll it up, plastic...
 
If you don’t have room for a design wall, make a portable one from a dressmaker’s cardboard cutting board covered with flannel or cotton batting....
 
To make a lightweight, portable, ironing surface, wrap the cardboard core from a bolt of fabric with an old bath towel and pin to secure. Great to...
 
Portable Ironing Surface
Make a portable ironing surface from a fireproof gypsum ceiling tile. Cover one side with a layer of cotton batting and then wrap cotton duck cloth...
 
Practice for New Quilters
When I finish a quilt, I put together blocks into a plastic zip bag with the instructions and extra fabric. I label the bag "Practice Kit." I give...
 
Practice Quilting
When I find a quilting pattern I like, I put a copy of it in a plastic page protector. I use a dry erase marker to practice the pattern. The lines...
 
For appliqué or embroidery work, keep multiple needles threaded with all the colors you need. You'll save time and...
 
Use x-ray film to make heat-resistant templates that you can press the fabric over to prepare appliqué...
 
Turn your ironing board around and use the square end for pressing a finished quilt...
 
Wash fat quarters and partially dry in the dryer. Place damp fat quarter on a flat surface such as a table or countertop and smooth fabric with your...
 
Pressing Seams
When I only have a little pressing to do, I use half of a spring-loaded clothespin to press seams while I'm sitting at my sewing...
 
If pressing is not your favorite part of quilt making, try stacking several sections. Press the seam on the top piece. Meanwhile you will have set...
 
If pressing is not your favorite part of quilt making, try stacking several sections. Press the seam on the top piece. Meanwhile you will have set...
 
I discovered that you can use half of a spring-type clothespin (with the spring removed) as a wooden pressing tool. One clothespin will yield two of...
 
When using a metallic thread for machine quilting, thread a second thread of monofilament thread through the same machine needle. The monofilament...
 
Prevent Rust
Place a silica pack from a medication bottle or a shoe box in with your needles and pins to keep them dry and free from...
 
Save the little packets of silica that come with new shoes or other leather goods. Store them with your needles, scissors, and pins to help prevent...
 
The zippered plastic bags that some linens come in make great project bags. Do not use for long-term storage of textiles since the fabric can't...
 
Use a recipe file to keep a running file or magazine articles or patterns that you may want to go back to in the future. Use file tabs to keep the...
 
The small plastic hooks often attached to a new pair of socks can be used to hang small projects. Lightly whipstitch them to the back of a...
 
Put a sticky note listing patterns and page numbers for projects you like on the cover of your quilt...
 
Project Organizer
As I begin a new project, I gather all of my supplies (pattern, thread,scissors, needles, fabric, etc.).I keep them together in a plastic zipper...
 
Project Organizer
I am a new quilter and am making my first Log Cabin quilt. I attached my cut strips to a pant hanger that had 2 clips on it. I used clothespins for...
 
I use a clothes-drying rack to hang the quilting projects I am currently working on. I use the dowel racks to hang the pieces or blocks that I have...
 
Before washing small fabric pieces, put them into a mesh laundry bag to reduce fraying and...
 
Cut the bottom from a large paper grocery bag. Slip the bottomless bag over the end of the ironing board to protect the cover from residue from...
 
Apply moleskin to your fingertips to protect them from needle pricks when hand...
 
Slip a rubber finger guard from an office supply store on the finger under the quilt to protect your fingers when hand quilting. Guards are...
 

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