Quilting Tips

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      1. I just discovered a great blog with very creative free-motion quilting tutorials by Lori Kennedy. It is theinboxjaunt.comthere is a link on the right hand side for the tutorials. They are wonderfully illustrated with many photos. Check it out and do some practicing!
      2. Two great tutorials on their site are Fold and Sew Quilts, which is just fascinating and the other is a tutorial on spray basting your quilt on a newspaper covered design wall!! It looks so easy!   The weight of your quilt keeps it smooth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UoUzK19Vww
      3. Here is a great article about pressing seams too!  http://blog.shopmartingale.com/quilting-sewing/how-to-press-quilt-seams/
      4. Backing – Use King size sheets for quilt backings. The major reason is cost savings, get them when they are on sale and a big tip is not to use a very high thread count. Remove the hems and tear to get the straight of grain.  Those quilters that used them reported that most long-arm quilters had no objection.
      5. Chris Qaddoumi sent me a great site for quilters.  They have help for any project no matter what your skill level is.  After all, we all need help every now and that for that pattern that is driving us crazy, don’t we?  Click here to access Generations Quilt Patterns.
      6. Here is a great tip I found recently!  If there is a particular thread color that you use regularly for your piecing (mine is Aurifil 2310), buy two spools and extra bobbins the next time you’re low and use the second spool to fill bobbins so that they are always ready!  What a great idea!
      7. Some of us struggle with getting a label on our quilts and it’s so important to label our quilts.  Bernina’s We All Quilt blog recently reposted a novel way to put label info on your binding.  If you have a machine with built-in alphabets, it’s easy to put a message on your binding!  See how it’s done here:  http://weallsew.com/quilt-binding-words/
      8. Solid fabrics are very popular now with the popularity of modern quilts and it can be very difficult to discern which color is which.  When you purchase solid fabrics, use a fineline Sharpie to write name of the color on the selvage edge to make identifying shades easier.
      9. American Patchwork & Quilting had a great tip for jellyroll precuts.  If you’ve ever worked with them, you know that it can be very messy with crumbs everywhere when you handle them.  Use a large lint roller on both sides of the jellyroll before you unroll it to keep crumbs to a minimum.  What a brilliant idea!
      10. When using a large cone of thread, a thread stand is invaluable.  If you do not have a thread stand available, you can place your cone of thread in a tea cup instead.
      11. Filling a pin cushion with steel wool helps to keep your pins sharp.
      12. Orange wood cuticle sticks (found in the cosmetics dept of Target, Walmart, etc) can be used as a substitute for a stiletto awl.
      13. Wonder Clips are a great tool to help when binding your quilt.  An inexpensive substitute would be to use hair barrettes or office binder clips.</li
      14. Fill several bobbins before you start to machine quilt.  When the bobbin runs out you can replace the bobbin without moving your quilt.  Keeps the top thread continuous.
      15. Fill several bobbins before you start to machine quilt.  When the bobbin runs out you can replace the bobbin without moving your quilt.  Keeps the top thread continuous.
      16. If you are making a quilt for a baby girl, save the scraps and make a doll quilt too.
      17. When thread basting a quilt, use white thread. Dark thread can leave dark spots on your quilt top.