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When I give away a quilt, I put a Shout Color Catcher sheet in a plastic bag and attach the bag to the quilt. I tell the recipient that the sheet...
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I recycle fabric scraps by making various-size washable pet beds that I donate to a local pet rescue. It’s an environmentally friendly way for...
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I fold binding accordion-style and put it in my thread catcher, so it feeds out smoothly. —Sandra Strickland Angler, North Carolina...
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I save and store the snippets of rayon thread from my machine-embroidery projects. Before the holidays arrive, I purchase clear ornaments at crafts...
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When I give a gift to a quilter or friend who does any kind of sewing, I always wrap the gift in fabric. Sometimes a scrap piece will work and...
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When I first tried English paper piecing I was frustrated by the heavy plastic templates, which are cumbersome, and flimsy paper, which can only be...
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To avoid overlapping stitches when I machine-appliqué, I pull the bottom thread to the top of the fabric so I can see where I started...
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For quilt groups that have many quilts in progress at the same time, create a standard form to put in each bag of quilt components. On the form list...
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I clean an old mascara brush and use it to remove the dust bunnies and lint from my bobbin case. —Aimie Stanley Hamburg, Arkansas...
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I stitch leftover binding pieces to the frayed edges of towels, which gives the towels a finished look and makes them last longer. —Ann...
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To keep my quilts smelling fresh and clean, I sew one or two dryer sheets to my batting before sewing my quilt layers together. —Channon...
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I do a lot of needle-turn appliqué and find there are pieces too small for this technique. For these pieces I use faux suede instead of cotton...
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To keep binding from getting tangled while I’m adding it to my quilt, I roll binding into a spiral, then place it on the upright thread spool...
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When I’m preparing to sew a project that has many long seams, I wind pairs of bobbins, then use one for the top thread and one for the bobbin...
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"To hold long lengths of binding in place while pressing, I slip a circle of elastic over the narrow end of my ironing board. The elastic...
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I love precuts but don't like the lint that comes with them. So before I put precut fabrics in my stash, I step outside and blast the fuzz off...
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In the spring, when the robins are looking for nesting material, I tear scraps into strips and place the strips on the lawn for birds to find. When I...
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Ask leaders of local preschools or day care centers if they need fabric for any arts and crafts projects. I was able to donate a shopping bag full of...
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When I finish a quilt for a baby girl, I reduce the pattern and make a matching doll quilt, which I give her when she is 3 or 4 years old. —...
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I take pictures of my quilts—finished ones and tops that aren’t quilted yet—and post them on my Facebook page so my friends and...
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If there’s just a bit of thread left on a spool or bobbin after I’ve finished sewing, I thread it onto a handsewing needle. Then I have a...
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Before I put binding on a quilt, I test-fit the binding to make sure the sections where I joined the binding strips will not fall at a corner. If...
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When cutting out fabric for a quilt project, I place a piece of tracing paper over the pattern’s cutting instructions. As I go along I use a...
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When I make a scrap quilt as a gift, I add a little quiz for the recipient. I might ask: How many fabrics are there? Can you find the only fabric...
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When quilting or sewing the binding on a large quilt, I position my ironing board next to my sewing machine to support the weight of the quilt while...

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