A while back I started posting a Quilting Tip of the Day periodically on my Facebook page. It has been pretty popular there so I thought I'd share it here in case you don't follow me on Facebook. Look for more round-ups every week or so. (If you want to get the tips as they are published, click like on my FB page, 42 Quilts)
Quilting Tip of the Day: An orange stick is the perfect stiletto! It has a sharp tip for guiding fabric as you are sewing and the beveled edge is great for preparing applique shapes with freezer paper. It's a light-weight wood, so if you accidentally sew over it, it won't jam your machine and break your needle. And best of all, it's cheap! Get one in any health and beauty department.
Quilting tip of the day: Super-fine glass head pins are fabulous for piecing. Because they are so thin, they don't distort or shift the fabric when pinning, and because they have glass heads they don't melt when ironing over them. They also come in extra long, which are the ones I prefer. (Clover is the brand.)
Quilting Tip of the Day: If you have several different brands of rulers, compare them with each other. If they are the same, you can use them interchangeably. If they don't match, determine which one is inaccurate and get rid of it. This Easy Square Jr. and Omnigrid match-up perfectly!
|(I realize it looks like these rulers don't line up! They really do, I just took the shot at a slight angle and published it before I noticed!)|
Quilting Tip of the Day: If you have trouble seeing, put a gooseneck lamp behind the needle of your machine. More light makes a huge difference.
Quilting Tip of the Day: Not so much a tip but a product I really love! I keep a magnetic pincushion by my machine to put pins as I'm sewing and I keep one on my ironing board to use when pinning pieces together. So much easier and faster than a traditional pincushion.
Quilting Tip of the Day: When joining binding on the diagonal, press the seams open BEFORE trimming them to 1/4". This is so much easier than trying to press seams open after trimming.
Quilting Tip of the Day: To make your borders fit without rippling, lay your quilt top out flat (on a ping pong table or on the floor). Cut two border strips to width and longer than the quilt top. Then lay the borders across the center of the top, making sure one end is flush with the edge. Cut the other end off even with the opposite edge. Pin and sew the borders to the sides of the top, easing where necessary so it fits perfectly. Repeat with the top and bottom borders. This is faster and more accurate than measuring and cutting the borders separately.
Quilting Tip of the Day: Find a rotary cutter that feels good in your hand. A bad fit will tire you out fast. Ask at your LQS to try out a variety before you buy. And replace the blade often to further cut down on fatigue.