Quilting Tip of the Day Round-Up Part 2

Do you know what my No. 1 Pinterest pin of all time is? It's a quilting tip! (For more info on that pin, click here.) We all love tips and hints! Anything to make quilting go faster, easier and cheaper! Occasionally,  I post a QTOD on Facebook, and here's some of them that I haven't written about here yet. 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 1, click here.

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: Splurge on a really good iron. You can't believe the difference it makes until you use one! But also keep a cheap one on hand for messy jobs like fusing or heavy starching.

Quilting Tip of the Day: To make your borders fit without rippling, lay your quilt top out flat. 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.

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: When chain piecing I find it's easy to get confused when working with a lot of blocks that have a lot of pieces in each. Instead of having a continual chain going, I only chain piece units for one block at a time. It's much easier to keep track of which units go with which blocks.

Quilting Tip of the Day: Cut your binding strips when you complete the quilt top and put it in a safe place. It's really easy to lose track of the fabric (or cut into it for something else!) you intend to use for binding while the quilt is being quilted. This is especially helpful if it takes a while to get the top quilted! (Ignore the furry arm. She just loves to be photographed!)

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: I use a lot of starch. For me it's easier and cheaper to mix my own. I mix Sta-Flo (found in the laundry aisle) and water in a spray bottle. I can control how light or heavy the starch is, and if the nozzle gets clogged I can easily wash it out.

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.

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.

See all my QTOD on my Pinterest board called Quilting Tip of the Day.


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