Quilting Tips 

Quilt and quilting tips, hints, etc.

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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

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BOBBIN STORAGE BOX

How to keep your bobbin storage box from opening accidentally. Needlepointers.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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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MASKING TAPE

If you do a lot of straight line quilting, collect different widths of masking tape or painters tape. Needlepointers.com

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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

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