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When rotary-cutting fuzzy fabrics like plush, fleece, or chenille, I hand-vacuum along the cutting line. The vacuum sucks up all the tiny fuzz and...
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After I finish piecing a quilt top, I take a picture of it, type a description that I save on my computer, and place the quilt top in storage. When...
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When I give a quilt as a gift, I make a set of pillowcases to go with it. Sometimes I make the pillowcases out of material left over from the quilt....
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The floor under my long-arm machine is not carpeted. To keep it clean, I cut pieces of leftover batting the size of my sweeper mop, place one under...
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Before I start hand sewing, I like to run my thread across a bar of soap. The soap residue helps keep the thread from tangling and washes out when I...
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When I cut out pieces for a quilt, I also cut out the borders and binding. I press the binding in half and wrap it around an empty paper towel roll....
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I use a hair dryer to remove the lines made with a Frixion marking pen, which requires heat for removal. Using a hair dryer is fast and I don...
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After I complete a quilt I always clean my sewing machine and sewing room. Only then do I feel like I am organized and ready to begin a new project...
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I take a picture of every quilt I make, print the picture, and label it with the date the quilt was made, for whom it was made, the fabrics used, and...
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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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