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  • Stuffing/Filling

    Dog ears, fabric scraps that are too small to be sewn together, thread scraps, scraps of ribbon, scraps of yarn, so on so forth. Have a pile of this is in your studio? If so, then you all ready have filling for pin cushions, pillows, stuffed toys, etc. May not seam much in the beginning but it will add...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Rhenious on Tue, Jan 26 2016
  • Dealing with monofilament thread

    I like using monofilament on special quilts, but I ALWAYS have issues with the thread unwinding while I sew and getting stuck underneath the spool, causing stretching and breaking. I took a square of batting about an inch larger than the base of my spool, cut a hole in the center, and placed it on the...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by lilosmom on Fri, Jan 24 2014
  • Wobbly thread spools

    Whenever I have a spool of thread that wobbles on the post, I use straws to help tighten up the spool. You can use more than one, in graduated sizes, too. Really helps.
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Pat on Wed, May 1 2013
  • Staying green and ready to go.

    I am sure we all have someone in the house taking some sort of prescription med. Have you ever thought of how many of these pill bottles go into landfills. Most only need to be wiped out with a dry paper towel to be made safe. The come in a variety of sizes and the labels remove quite easily allowing...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by jgipson on Thu, Feb 2 2012
  • Tying threads so the know cannot come undone

    When I need to tie a knot so it won't come undone, I use a 'surgeon's knot'. Picture tying a knot. You turn one thread under the other, pull then repeat, right? Well, Instead of just turning the thread under once, do it twice. On the 'repeat' part, do it twice again. It holds...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Corly on Tue, Jan 31 2012
  • Chain Stitch Cutting Made Easier

    I do a lot of chain stitching when I am piecing and love the time it saves me but I was frustrated at how long it took to cut them apart. So, I took an extra seam ripper, removed the top and stuffed it point side up into an old wooden spool and bingo! I had a chain stitch cutter. It works great and I...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Beverley Williams on Wed, Mar 23 2011
  • Re: QCA Member Tip Contest - Post Your Entries Here

    I usually snip my threads when I am pressing so my ironing board tends to collect thread ends. I use a refillable lint roller to collect the threads and any tiny little fabric pieces from my ironing board. Just a few swipes of the lint roller and my ironing board is nice and spiffy!
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by greenmonstr on Wed, Mar 9 2011
  • Re: QCA Member Tip Contest - Post Your Entries Here

    February Newsletter Tip Winner: I'm not sure how "creative" my tip is for this post, but the best way for me to get a project finalized or work completed is for me to be completely and totally organized - which of course, takes time! I would say the best gift a quilter can give him or herself...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Kim Hanson on Thu, Feb 3 2011
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