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When sewing, I sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair. I started doing this so when I was away from my machine, my young children would not be ...
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If your iron doesn’t have automatic shut off, here’s a way to make sure you don’t accidentally leave it on. Plug the iron and a...
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I recycle worn cutting mats by trimming them to fit in the bottom of tote bags. The mats are lightweight but add extra support, making them ideal for...
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I keep a bag taped to my cutting table for fabric scraps. The next time I wrap a package, I put the fabric scraps instead of tissue paper in the gift...
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When making a gift quilt, I print quilt care instructions onto a piece of fabric that I sew into a coordinating storage bag. This...
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To prevent fiberfill from becoming lumpy or shifting when a pillow is washed, I add a liner made from leftover batting. To make the ...
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Use strips of scrap fabric to tie up plants in the garden. It is a form of recycling, adds color to the garden, and prompts...
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Tie leftover pieces of brightly colored binding on the handles of your suitcases. Then when you’re traveling and need to...
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While removing the 5" cardboard backing from a charm pack, I realized it would make a great view template for fussy-cutting. To...
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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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