Quilting Tip of the Day Round-Up

It's been a while since I posted a QTOD on Facebook, but here's some that I haven't posted here yet. I hope to get back to the QTOD soon! If you don't follow me on FB, now is a good time to click like. In addition to the QTOD, I post all kind of other fun quilty stuff almost daily! (For Quilting Tip of the Day Round-Up Part 2, click here. )

Quilting Tip of the Day: Invest in a few good quilt reference books. Not only are they great for finding the name of an unknown quilt block, but they are also infinite sources of inspiration for your next project!

Quilting Tip Of the Day: Do you know how to wind a bobbin? I learned this trick recently and I can't believe I didn't know this! There should be a hole on the side of your bobbin. Run your thread through the hole and hold it while you wind. As the bobbin fills, the thread you are holding will break. Finish filling the bobbin and voila! No slipping or tangles! (Note: This might not work with plastic bobbins.) 

Jenifer's Comment: After this one posted, I was lambasted by numerous quilters who told me this is the proper way to wind a bobbin. I am a self-taught sewer so I don't know many of the "rules!" I wonder what else I'm doing wrong!?

Quilting Tip of the Day: You can take your quilting books to a copy shop and have them spiral bound. This allows the book to stay open and flat while you're using the instructions. It also makes tracing appliqué templates easier!

Quilting Tip of the Day: This one will be controversial! I LOVE the auto shut off on my iron! I tend to forget to shut off the iron when I leave! It drove my husband nuts so he banned all irons that don't automatically shut off from our house! How about you? Are you an auto off quilter or not? I'm interested to know!

 Quilting Tip of the Day: Dawn dishwashing soap is great to wash your finished quilts. It's the same as Synthrapol, a detergent dyers use to keep fugitive dyes from redepositing on fabric. I use just a tablespoon or two per quilt so it doesn't foam up the machine. I also wash new fabric with it for the same reason. (Wash new fabric in HOT water.) Cheap and available everywhere.

Quilting Tip of the Day: There is no quilt police...well, there is no quilt police unless you enter a show, then EVERYONE is the quilt police!

Quilting Tip of the Day: The best purchase I ever made was my 1/4" foot! What was your best purchase?

Quilting Tip of the Day: If you use any kind of school supplies for quilting, now is the time to buy! Everything is cheap and plentiful!


Quilting Tip of the Day: Online fabric swaps are a great way to increase your stash and meet people from all over the world! Go to this post to learn how to find a swap to join.

Quilting Tip of the Day: Look for color inspiration everywhere you go, and embrace unexpected combinations. 

Quilting Tip of the Day: Trouble picking the perfect color combination? Complementary colors always work - red/green, yellow/purple and my favorite - blue/orange. What are your favorite combinations?

Quilting Tip of the Day: I keep an envelope of fabric swatches for my current projects in my purse. On the envelope I write what fabrics I still need and yardage amounts. This way I can make sure to get the exact shade and amount I want, and I don't have to worry about buying something I already have! 


  1. after my 1/4 inch foot its this little plastic thingy! http://www.connectingthreads.com/tools/the-angler-2-tool_TD81088.html
    LOVE, love . love it!

  2. I also had my Dear Jane book spiral bound--makes it so much easier to work with. It was only $4.00 at the local office supply store and that included a piece of heavy stock for the back and a clear overlay for the front.
    When we finished our basement to be my studio my husband did all the wiring so I got a custom job. First he put all my outlets at counter height--no more bending over or trying to find an outlet behind a desk. On the outlet that I planned to use for ironing I asked him to use an outlet with a switch. I leave my iron turned on and use the switch instead. In the open outlet I plugged in a nightlight (not one with a sensor) and when I shut down and there is still a small light I know that I forgot the iron. Of course it only works when that is the outlet that I use--I shift around occasionally to iron quilt backs.
    And my complimentary colors are purple and yellow!

  3. Keep posting those tips...we don't all know them! I love my 1/4 foot, but just found the 1/4" marks on the left hand side of the foot by accident. No one ever told me they were there, I could have been sewing bindings and Y seams all these years without marking!

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  5. The tips are great - we definitely DON'T know it all. I've been quilting for 20 years and I still read tips as there's always something new to learn. I laughed out loud at the quilt police tip - so true!!
    (PS found out about you through Bonnie H)

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  7. I've been sewing for over 35 years, and I had no idea about that bobbin tip! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Re: Auto shut off iron. I have placed a timer in the outlet for my iron. The timer is in the on position for the time of day I am most likely to be sewing. The rest of the day the timer is set on off. This way if I should forget to turn my iron off I am assured it has a "shut-off" time every day.

  9. I learned this trick recently and I can't believe I didn't know this! There should be a hole on the side of your bobbin. maquinas de coser


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