Category: Tips and Tricks

General Tips and Tricks for Quilting

Template Frustrations

Have you ever used paper foundations or templates for a project? Have you sewn a block together and found it to be smaller than the designer says it should be? Did you measure your 1/4-inch seam accurate and still have an issue? You are not alone. This often happens with copies or printed patterns. It […]

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Fabric Maps

Have you ever worked on a quilt and been confused about which color was which? Have you ever decided to change the fabric in a quilt pattern? If so, then you probably have had fabric confusion. The symptom include the following statements: What color was that? How many colors are there? What did I plan […]

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Press – Wet or Dry

Over the past two days, I have been washing fabric for the Forget Me Not quilt, which as twenty-one fabrics of varying shades and intensities of purple and yellow. Fabric cuts ranged from 1/4 yard to 1 1/2 yards. The light batiks bled very little as expected. The yellows were not too bad either. The […]

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Photo Op

This weekend, I was getting a few quilts ready to photograph a few quilts for our local quilt exhibition – Quilters Unlimited – June 4 – June 6, 2021. To complete this, I had two tasks: add a sleeve to the quilt for hanging and take the photographs. The first task was not too difficult […]

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Fur, Lint, Threads, and Dust – Oh My!

You spend all that time working on a quilt, pouring your love, sweat and tears into it. When you are done, you have a labor of love and often something smothered in fur, lint, threads, and/or dust. So how do you clean your baby, especially for gifting or show? The usual answer is wash it. […]

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Retooling

Have you ever found yourself struggling while you are cutting your fabric? I found myself pushing down harder on the ruler to hold it in place. I tried adding nonstick tape, but I never seemed to get it in the right places. Meanwhile, my rotary cutter seemed to take more and more effort to cut […]

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Calculating Binding and Backing Materials

You just finished a quilt top and are elated! Then, you realize you need to find a backing material because it didn’t come with the kit you bought. Then, you have to bind it…. Shopping for the material will be fun if you don’t have enough in your stash. Then, again maybe you do but […]

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Listen to Your Machine

How often do you listen to your sewing machine? I know many of us talk to our sewing machines (or curse at them), but we don’t expect them to talk back. Machines are getting smarter, but hopefully they aren’t that smart. Regardless of whether you talk to your machine or not, it can tell you […]

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Face Mask Update

In the past few weeks, we have made and distributed over 400 masks in eight states. A good portion of these have been donated to senior centers, church groups and medical offices. We are still making masks when we receive a request. Many of these requests come from friends and neighbors. For those still making […]

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Making Masks – by A Safety Professional and Quilter

Right now, my husband and I are supposed to be on a lovely river cruise in Europe…. However, we made the right call to stay home instead. The cruise will wait until this is over and it is safe. To stay safe, I have spent the last few days making several dozen face masks. I […]

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