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I keep a quilt journal where I document my quilts. I include a description of making the quilt, pictures, and a 2 " square ...
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A bulletin board can be re-made into a portable mini design wall. Cover the cork surface with quilt batting or flannel. Screw...
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As a golfer and sewer, I use golf tees to pair my bobbins and spools of thread. When I’m done sewing, I place the bobbin on the...
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I have a dry-erase board hanging in my sewing  room. On it I write in large print the rotary-cutting measurements of my current...
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I use 1⁄4"-diameter hole reinforcement stickers to mark the bottom of bobbins with the thread color and manufacturer....
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Behind every quilt label I include scraps of fabric from the quilt top. That way if a quilt ever needs to be repaired, fabric pieces...
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My scrappy quilts look great when the fabrics vary in value, but I noticed a real lack of medium prints in my stash when choosing...
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Serge the edge of new fabrics before washing and ironing them. When the urge to cut and sew strikes, you can reach for the...
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I enjoy making miniature quilts. By lining clear CD holders with thin batting, I can cut several blocks and place the pieces in...
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Take photographs of your completed quilts and have them developed into 4 × 6"- size prints for postcards. On the back...
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After losing too many small appliqué pieces due to a circulating fan or open window, I now easily keep track of them by...
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When I’m sewing on binding, I wrap it in a roll and slide it over my wrist. As I sew the binding on my quilt, I’m able...
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During nesting season, I save my clipped threads and put them out for the birds to use in building their nests. They especially...
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To keep binding neat and clean while applying, cut a 1" hole in the lid of a clean plastic jar and sand any rough edges....
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I save all the white tissue paper from gift boxes to use as tracing paper and for foundation paper piecing. I tape several pieces together to have a...
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Leftover batting makes wonderful filler when mailing packages. I also use it when storing fragile items.  —Anita Jackson Hernando,...
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When making a quilt, buy extra fabric to make matching pillows and shams.  —Christine Carlson Cumming, Georgia Share your tips for...
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I buy fabric at a variety of places, from quilt shops to online sources. After purchasing a new piece of fabric, I write on the...
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I use leftover quilt blocks to make tote bags for gifts. I line the bag with coordinating fabric from the same quilt project....
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I keep two rotary cutters in my sewing cabinet, one for fabric and one for batting. When the blade from the fabric cutter becomes dull, I switch it...
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Doing fusible appliqué by tracing each piece (especially tiny detailed ones) can be time-consuming. Instead, I scan the...
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When designing a wool appliqué piece, I decided the widely spaced flowers needed a vine to connect them. After drawing a...
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Sometimes it seems impossible to get fusible web’s paper backing to come off after it’s been ironed onto fabric....
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I used to have a hard time remembering which way I was supposed to press my seams on my walk to the ironing board. Now I label a flat,...
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One of my favorite ways to use up leftover batting is to cut scraps into 9×13" rectangles and attach them to my dust...

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