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I like to finish baby quilts by tying them with yarn but I would get frustrated when I tried to thread  the yarn through a needle. Now  I...
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Being thrifty and a hand quilter, I cut the fingertips from old rubber gloves to use on the thumb of the same hand as my thimble. The extra bit of...
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Whenever I work on a quilting project, I attach a scrap of batting to my shirt with a safety pin. I put any stray threads I find on my quilt top,...
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I serge the edges of every quilt top. The stitching prevents a top from stretching when I load it onto my long-arm machine. —Dot Colna...
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When finishing a quilt by either stitching in the ditch or shadowing around the blocks, I often had a hard time keeping track of which blocks were...
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I use cookie cutters and chalk dust to mark the design I want to machine quilt. I stamp the cutter in the chalk, then onto the quilt top. This trick...
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When I’m hand-quilting I poke my needle in the fabric before I thread it. This way the needle is less likely to move, which saves me time and...
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I use a safety pin to mark where I stopped when I am machine quilting in the ditch with invisible thread. Then I don’t need to look at the...
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When I’m long-arm quilting, I use hardware store finds to prevent pulling and distorting the fabric edges. I put a paint stir stick under the...
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In order to machine-quilt straight lines, I apply strips of extra-wide masking tape to my quilt to use as stitching guides. I can sew on either side...
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To quickly and inexpensively transfer quilting designs to a quilt top, secure a piece of tulle in an embroidery hoop that’s approximately the...
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Nothing says "I love you" more than a quilt you made by hand. The Baby Lock Jazz is equipped with the features you need to create your next quilt.

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An easy and convenient way to increase table space when machine-quilting a large quilt is to set up my ironing board next to my sewing table. I...
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I hand-quilt using a hoop, but in the heat of the summer the weight of the quilt on my lap made it too hot to enjoy the process. Now I rest the...
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My nephew has a July birthday, so I used red, white, and blue star fabric to make him a quilt. I had one star-shape quilting template, but I wanted...
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Tying, or tufting, is a quick alternative to hand- or machine-quilting. Tied quilts have a puffier look than those that are quilted.

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Machine-quilting a project can take several hours and often is not completed in one sitting. Once you’ve determined the...
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Tie a bright ribbon to a safety pin and place the pin where you stop quilting. When it’s time to begin quilting again, you...
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Having recently become the proud owner of a long-arm machine, I have made several whole-cloth practice pieces to master the...
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An easy way to mark quilting designs when I’m long-arm quilting is to use a makeup brush and talcum powder to apply the...
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I purchased a pair of inexpensive gardening gloves that have rubber dots on the palms to use for machine quilting. The rubber ...
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As a hand quilter, I mark my quilting patterns with chalk because it is easy to remove. However, I could only mark a few inches...
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I usually complete several quilt tops before taking them to be quilted. After completing the tops, I stack each one with its...
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After taking a machine quilting class, I had leftover squares of batting sandwiched between muslin. I put one of these recycled...
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When tracing a design on Glad Press’n Seal wrap for machine quilting, I use fine-point markers in two colors. I use one...

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