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If you are short on space and assemble your quilt layers on the floor, use a batting scrap to dust the floor first. Anything that would otherwise...
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I use an inexpensive glass vase to collect scraps. On the occasion of squaring up 48 blocks that contained 24 different fabrics, I noticed how...
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After my father passed away, I kept many of the shirts he was so fond of and used them to create small memory collages for my family. I cut the...
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I use my clothing steamer to remove the wrinkles from a new package of cotton batting. Giving the batting a light steaming gets out the wrinkles...
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When threading a needle I keep a tube of lip balm handy. Instead of wetting or licking the threads so they will stay together, I put a dab of lip...
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When I’m hand-stitching on a wool or flannel foundation, the fabric tends to stick to my lap. So I can easily move the foundation piece as I...
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I glued a small circular magnet from a crafts store to a dowel from a hardware store. I use the handmade wand to gather stray pins I’ve dropped...
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It used to be that tools would get shuffled when my friends and I would get together to quilt. Today we each have ribbons in a specific color on our...
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I asked family members who are potential quilt recipients to write lists of their 10 favorite things.  As I travel and visit different...
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I have found that the illustrations in children’s coloring books make for great appliqué patterns. The drawings are fairly simple, well...
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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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