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On each quilt that I make for my granddaughter, I appliqué a label that incorporates her traced hand. It makes a cute label, and it’s...
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Because all my quilt bindings are the same width—2-1/2"—I save any leftovers in a shoebox to use in strip-quilt patterns that call...
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Because I sometimes sew with colors other than gray or ecru, I have a drawer of partially filled bobbins in many different colors. I use these...
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I love to paper-piece, but sometimes it takes me longer than I think it should to get the first fabric piece in place. I have found that if I look on...
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In the past, I would start a quilt and work on it until it was finished, though partway through I would start to lose interest and my progress would...
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I love to hand appliqué but holding my work in my lap was awkward and resulted in inconsistent stitches. The instructor of an appliqué...
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Quilters often are unsure of what to do with thread left on the bobbin after a project has been completed. I wind it back onto the original spool of...
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To add a water bottle holder to a tote bag I’ve made, I stitch the ends of two pieces of elastic into a side seam to form a pair of loops....
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I save all my leftover binding pieces. To finish a scrappy quilt, I often piece the leftover scraps together to make a binding that fits the...
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To organize units for strip piecing, I arrange them on 8-1/2×11" foam sheets (found at crafts stores). The fabric does not slide on the...
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Nail or glue a yardstick to the front of your sewing machine table. This makes the yardstick always available and measuring fabric easy. —...
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After laying out quilt blocks in a specific pattern, keeping them in the correct position while sewing them into rows can be challenging. To keep...
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I use pins with different color heads to keep rows in order when sewing a quilt top together. I follow the colors of the rainbow. For example, on...
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For years, I had trouble keeping the bobbin and needle threads to the back of my sewing machine after cutting. Recently I placed a 1-inch square of...
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To ensure that I don’t leave the straight-stitch needle plate on my sewing machine when I’m doing fancy stitches, I place the zigzag-...
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When the binding for a quilt is made, I roll it onto an empty paper towel roll. When I’m ready to sew on the binding, I...
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I’ve found that trying to precisely cut busy print fabrics can be a challenge because it’s difficult to see the ruler...
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When hand–sewing, use a piece of ribbon to tie together the scissors and spool of thread. Both items can be easily found...
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Save all fabric snippets until a quilt project is completely finished. You never know when you may need a small piece of fabric...
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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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