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  • Binding a not-so-square quilt

    Recently I had a longarmer quilt a Quilts of Valor medium size quilt and it came back very distorted among other issues.. I squared it up the best I could and tried to think of an easy way to make the sides match. When I sewed the binding on the first long side, leaving a two foot length hanging off...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by White Eagle on Thu, Oct 27 2011
  • When quilting a large quilt on my DSM

    I have a small Brother machine and a limited space. I now plan all my quilts in thirds or 6ths. When I make my quilt top I do not assemble the whole quilt, instead I keep it in thirds or sixths. I cut the backing one inch larger all the way around, unless it is the final edge. I cut the batting the same...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by purplemem on Tue, Oct 18 2011
  • recycle mattress pads

    Here's an article I wrote about my mother's quilting idea. When my dad had cancer and was bed ridden, she recycled old mattress pads into bed pads. This would make a good service project for older girl scouts working on their Gold Award. http://www.examiner.com/children-s-arts-crafts-in-panama...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Paula Hrbacek on Thu, Oct 6 2011
  • Re: QCA Member Tip Contest - Post Your Entries Here

    [quote user="Patty"] Because my cutting mat is dark blue (and my eyes old!) it is sometimes difficult to see the edge of dark fabric when lining up my ruler. I take a narrow strip of white paper (about 2-3 inches) and place it just under the edge and I can then see the fabric. When squaring...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Caryl Anne on Sun, Oct 2 2011
  • Storing Fabric

    I cut acid-free mat board into 6 x 12 (approx) rectangles and simply wrap fabric (1/2 yard cuts and larger) around the bolts. To hold the fabric on the "bolt" I simply snap a rubber band around the top and bottom. Then, I store them on closet shelves by color...so easy to find what I am looking...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Julie on Sat, Sep 10 2011
  • Organizing through remodeling!

    We recently remodeled our kitchen, and when the contractor was about to throw out the old cabinets, I stopped him and had him hang them in my sewing room! No more totes with labels and digging through the to find my stash! Now, i have kitchen cupboards on every wall in my sewing room and all I have to...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by cviens on Thu, Aug 18 2011
  • Tip: Use fabric panels to practice machine quilting.

    I have a tip for you. Use assorted size leftover fabric panels to practice machine quilting and then use them for gifts such as pillows, wallhangings & quilts for a quick & easy gift to let someone know your thinking of them. Kathy
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Quilt Gal on Sat, Aug 13 2011
  • Tip: Use Empty drink mix containers to Store Lint rollers

    I have a tip for you. I recycle to empty drink mix containers to store the paper lint rollers to take to quilt shows, retreats, & classes. They fit easily in vehicle cup holders or anywhere. Kathy
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Quilt Gal on Sat, Aug 13 2011
  • Tip for mailing a quilt

    I have mailed many quilts and have always ended up with a bulky, oversize package to deal with. Recent postal rate increases and package size constraints can make this an expensive venture, many times with added oversize package charges. I now pack my quilt inside one of those vacuum storage bags inside...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Lorie on Thu, Jul 7 2011
  • Re: QCA Member Tip Contest - Post Your Entries Here

    For beginning quilters and those of us without a walking foot - a very simple (and non-frustrating) machine quilting method for smaller items. 1. After creating the "quilt sandwich" cut a piece of freezer paper just larger than the quilt. 2. Draw/stencil/create the pattern to be quilted on...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by susandf on Sun, Jun 12 2011
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