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When threading a needle using dark color thread, place a piece of white paper or fabric behind the needle. —Ruth Bryant Paris, Texas...
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Save batting trimmed from a quilt to use as packing material. Fragile items, such as crystal and cookies, have made it to their destinations in...
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I buy a lot of fat quarters to build my stash and use in scrappy quilts. When I buy one, I make sure that it includes the selvage edge that...
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When I square up fabric I save the resulting long strips and use them in my garden to tie up daffodils after blooming, peas, beans, and other things...
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I like to tuck the thread tail back into the spool edge when I’m finished with that thread, but often find it difficult to locate the slit. To...
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I spread old sheets or plastic tablecloths on the floor beneath my quilts when spray basting. The sheets and tablecloths protect my floor from...
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I always keep a hand-piecing project (such as hexagons or Dear Jane blocks) in a resealable bag in my purse or vehicle. When I’m waiting for...
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My all-time favorite tip: Measure twice, cut once. Sometimes I place a sticky note on my ruler where I need to cut. Then I can easily refer to the...
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A cotton swab dipped in water is a great way to remove the markings made by washable markers. This way only a small part of the quilt gets wet and...
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When I start planning fabrics for a project, I cut a small swatch of each fabric, chainpiece the swatches together, and label them. I then can wear...
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When I give a quilt for a special occasion, such as a wedding, graduation, or baby shower, I like to include a greeting card in which I’ve...
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My hand-sewing needles often slip into my pincushion. To prevent this, before poking a needle into my pincushion I slide an earring back (a small...
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Go green and use discarded hard plastic packaging to make your next template. Trace the template pattern onto the packaging with a fine-tip permanent...
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Do you have trouble remembering where to position your needle after you return to an unfinished project? Write the needle position and stitch width/...
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To join cotton or polyester batting pieces, layer one piece over the other at the edges, then use a felting machine or tool to fully mesh the fibers...
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When tracing templates, I put a piece of very fine sandpaper underneath the fabric. This keeps the fabric from stretching or moving as I draw. I...
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Instead of tracing printable patterns onto freezer paper, print them. To do it without the paper slipping or jamming, cut freezer paper to 8-1⁄...
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Remove batting from its packaging several days before you’re ready to start quilting so the wrinkles and folds have time to relax. That way the...
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I usually have a few quilts in progress. Each time I finish a quilt top, I measure it and write the dimensions on a piece of paper that I pin to ...
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It’s a challenge to keep track of my unfinished quilts but because I made a vow to complete them all, I came up with a system: I took a photo...
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During a stay in Lake Wales, Florida, I was inspired by a ceramic tile floor to make a quilt pattern. I took photos of the floor and used them to re...
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To help me remember what fabrics I used in a quilt, I save leftover selvage strips that are printed with the designers’ names, fabric...
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To balance the placement of scrappy blocks in a quilt, I lay the blocks out in a pleasing arrangement on my dining room floor when it’s dark...
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I love to quilt, though the obvious downside of this hobby is lack of exercise. To move more, I keep my fabric stash upstairs, my ironing board...
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I keep a pair of 5-pound weights in my sewing room. I place one behind my sewing machine foot pedal to keep it from sliding away. I use the second...

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