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img APPLIQUE DESIGNS AND PATTERNS
An ideal place to find applique patterns are coloring book pages. Needlepointers.com
APPLIQUE TIP
When machine appliqueing use an open toe foot or open toe applique foot. You will be see what you are appliqueing easier. Needlepointers.com
APPLIQUE TIP
Pre-wash fabric before beginning to stitch your applique pattern. The fusible web product will adhere to the fabric much better. Needlepointers.com
BATTING
When choosing batting for machine quilting on my home sewing machine, I choose ANY batting that is 1/4" thick or less (uncompressed). Block Central
BINDING - QUILTING BINDING
Cut binding fabric on the grain to get the most from the fabric (cutting on the bias requires more fabric). Ideas for Quilting.com
BOBBIN THREAD
Always bring the bobbin thread to the top of the quilt before beginning to sew so you can avoid any tangling on the back. Quilt Block of the Month Club
BUTTONS - LARGE BUTTONS
Large buttons make great embellishment and accents on quilts. Needlepointers.com
CUTTING MAT STORAGE
Store your various sized cutting mats by hanging them from skirt hangers in the closet of your sewing room. This keeps them flat and out of the way until needed. Quilters Review
CUTTING TIP
Spread out your cutting mat on the dryer. It's flat, provides a back edge to stabilize your ruler, and it's a great height for cutting. Thanks to my mom for this tip! Blackberry Quilts
FABRIC CUTTING
When cutting fabric, always measure twice and cut once. This will avoid measuring mistakes. Needlepointers.com
img FABRIC MARKER
Keep soap slivers for the best, washable way to mark fabric. Needlepointers.com
FABRIC SELECTION
Unsure which fabric to select for a project. Choose prints from a collection of one designer. These fabrics were designed to go together. Needlepointers.com
img FABRIC STORAGE
How to use an old dresser to store fabric. Repurpose an old dresser into a great storage cabinet in your sewing room.
HAND QUILTING
Cut a small piece of jar opener rubber and keep next to you when you hand quilt so you can grab ahold of the needle to help pull it through fabric. Block Central
HAND QUILTING
Save bar soap scraps and old candles to use to pass a threaded needle through to make the needle and thread go through fabric easier. Block Central
img HAND SEWING AND HAND QUILTING
Do you ever have trouble pulling the needle through the fabric? This tips explains how to use a small piece of jar opener rubber to help pull needle through material. Needlepointers.com
img Hanging Quilt
This quick tip explains how to hang a quilted wall hanging using plastic rings. This is a quick and easy method. Needlepointers.com
LABELING QUILTS
Label, label, label! Imagine inheriting a quilt and unquilted top, and not being sure which grandmother or aunt made them. No matter how small the project; label it. Needle Songs
LABELING YOUR QUILT
The information you include on your label will be treasured for generations to come. Always include; Name of the maker and the quilter (if different); Date; Where the quilt was made. Bernina
MACHINE QUILTING
Disposable latex gloves, like doctors and nurses use, make fabulous machine quilting gloves. Block Central
MACHINE QUILTING
When quilting a large, heavy quilt on your machine, use cans of veggies or fruit to hold your quilt on your table, instead of buying expensive weights to help hold your fabric in place. Just make sure the cans are clean! Embroidery Library
img MASKING TAPE
If you do a lot of straight line quilting, collect different widths of masking tape or painters tape. Needlepointers.com
img ORGANIZING SEWING & QUILTING TOOL
Watch video to see how pegboard is an inexpensive way to make much needed storage space for sewing and quilting tools in your sewing room. Just build a wooden frame on the wall and attach pegboard.
Paper Piecing
Always remember to cut any pieces of fabric so that the edges of the foundation are cut on the grain of the fabric. Fabric stretches and this is where the grain is most important. Quiltaholics
PRECUT BORDERS
If you precut your borders, always add a few extra inches to the length. To determine the exact length of the border strips, measure your sewn quilt top across the center from top to bottom and from side to side. Compare your measurements to the project instructions and, if necessary, adjust the cutting measurements of the border strips to the actual length and width of your quilt top. Bernina
PRESSING
Press seam allowances. Press with care. Do not drag the iron across the piecing. Use a gentle up and down motion to prevent stretching bias edges. Use a warm iron with lots of steam. Ideas for Quilting.com
PRESSING YOUR QUILT
Press all seams so that they lay flat. You may press them all to one side or press them open which ever will result in the least bulk at seam intersections. Pressing as you go will result in a better quilt. Quilt N Sew Studio
QUILT BLOCK PRESSING
To prevent fabric distortion, press blocks with a pick up and press down action with the iron. Needlepointers.com
QUILTING
Keep soap slivers in the freezer to use to mark quilts. This keeps soap hard and easier to use. It also washes out right away. Ben Frankling Crafts
QUILTING
When pressing the seams in your quilt block, always press the seam flat first, the way it was sewn. This sinks the thread into the fabric and reduces the bulk of the seam. This habit can eliminate the "hanging-up" on the walking foot while machine quilting. Quiltaholic
QUILTING
Successful pressing is an important step in creating a well-crafted quilt so invest in a super-hot steam iron. Bernina
QUILTING
Using the same brand of rulers regardless of the size will make your measurements when cutting quilt pieces more consistent. Magazine Name, Date & Page here
QUILTING
If your cutting board will not lay flat, place it on a flat surface and cover it with a towel. With a hot iron, press it for a few minutes. Place some books on the cutting board and leave overnight. Kenai Peninsula Piecemakers
QUILTING
To clean the sole plate of your iron, gently sprinkle a brown paper bag generously with salt. Then gently rub your warm iron over it. --Pat Thompson, Mequon, Wisconsin Better Homes and Gardens
QUILTING
When appliqueing small, narrow strips (such as stems), I put washable stick school glue down the center of the underside of the strip. This keeps the small, thin pieces from wandering while I stitch them in place. Susan Collins
QUILTING
Use a balloon to help you keep a good hold of the needle when pulling it through the fabric. Nancy's Home Page
QUILTING
Be sure that you use a small stitch length (18-20 stitches per inch) when using paper foundation. This makes sure the stitches do not rip out when the paper is removed. Zippydesigns.com
QUILTING
When foundation (paper) quilting do not use steam in your iron when pressing. Steam could cause the paper foundation and/or fabric to shrink or distort. Zippydesign.com
QUILTING
Keep soap slivers in the freezer to use to mark quilts. This keeps soap hard and easier to use. It also washes out right away. Hobby Industry Association
QUILTING
Seams will always be pressed together in a chosen direction, and not open as in clothing construction. QuiltChat.com
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