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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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I make a knot every 20 stitches when I’m hand sewing binding to the back of the quilt. That way if the binding ever gets caught on something,...
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I buy doilies (many of which have lace and gorgeous embroidery) at antiques shops to use as labels. I back them with white flannel, then hand...
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When laying out small quilts I place my blocks as they are shown in the pattern, then snap a photo of the layout with my cell phone. Next I rearrange...
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Make a black-and-white photocopy of a quilt pattern to easily see the placement of lights, mediums, and darks. Along the side of the photocopy, list...
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In order to stop agonizing about which colors to choose for a large pieced project, I toss all the fabric pieces in the dryer to shake them up. Then...
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Whenever I am making a quilted gift, I cut extra binding strips. I fold the strips in half lengthwise, turn the raw edges in toward each other, and...
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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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