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Because I usually have quite a few appliqué projects going at one time, I could never remember the start date of a project...
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Folding a quilt across the foot of the bed or draping it over the back of a sofa often means only the bottom of the quilt shows....
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As a beginning quilter, I’m not always sure what combination of fabrics will look best in a quilt. Before sewing a whole quilt, ...
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One method for making triangle-squares is to add 7⁄8" to the desired finished size, cut two squares of fabric that ...
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I use a pair of my children’s preschool scissors when clipping threads on a quilt top or doing bindings. The tips are dull...
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When using a square ruler to fussy cut or square up a block, place a small piece of double-sided tape on the back of the ruler at...
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Before sewing a whole quilt, I make a test block to determine if I have mastered a new-to-me technique or if I like my fabric...
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I put a rubber band on my spray starch can and slip a small paintbrush under the rubber band. When I need to apply spray starch to my...
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Instead of adding a label to the back of a finished quilt, I use the embroidery feature on my sewing machine and stitch the...
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When making a quilt for a family member, I make the backing from strips of fabric that remind me of that special person. The...
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I buy a lot of fat-quarter bundles and sometimes find a printed panel included. If I don’t want to use the panel in a quilt...
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Some projects require changing needles in the middle of the project. I keep track of the original needle on a piece of masking...
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Instead of assembling heirloom blocks into one quilt that family members may argue over, use the blocks in several wall hangings...
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I use Christmas fabrics as backings on some of my table runners, throw pillows, wall hangings, and quilts. During the year, the tops show. When it...
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When I’m trying to work out color combinations for a quilt block, I cut pieces of fabrics I’m considering and pin them...
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To make labeling my quilts easy rather than a chore, I precut quality muslin in 6" squares and press them on the diagonal. I...
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When laying out my blocks for assembly, I used to make row markers using safety pins and masking tape. One day I had more than...
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The upper corners of wall hangings sometimes sag forward when they are hung. To remedy this, I add a fabric square folded...
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I never knew when I should oil my sewing machine or change my needle because I sometimes sew for hours at a time, multiple days...
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To keep a binding strip tangle-free and manageable, I loop it figure-eight style into a fist-size bundle and secure it with a...
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To make it easier to transfer pattern markings, pierce plastic templates at the matching points using a 1/8 " hole punch. These hole...
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I don’t always wash my fabrics immediately after bringing them home from the store. If I do wash them, I make a note along the selvage...
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When I’m piecing complex quilt blocks, it’s easy to sew pieces together incorrectly (even when I’ve made a sample block). In...
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In a beginner quilting class, one of the best tips I got was to use paper plates to keep fabrics separate for cutting. Before I start, I put...
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Manila folders make longlasting templates. I use freezer paper to create the original template, press the freezer-paper template...

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