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  • Binding bracelet ends tangles

    Save the large plastic spools with rims that gift ribbon comes on (Xmas is a great time to save these) wrap your bias bind on them. The rim keeps the binding from slipping off. I slip it on my right wrist as I am right-handed. As you machine sew the binding on the quilt edge, it just reels off the "bracelet"...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Sarah M Silk on Thu, Oct 13 2011
  • Forget the safety pins. Attach the quilt sandwich with...

    2" straight pins and erasers cut into pieces. Instead of the stress on hands brought on by opening and closing safety pins, cut red erasers that the kids use in school, into smaller pieces. Each eraser can make up to 12 pieces. Use the erasers on the ends of the long pins. Much easier on the hands...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by upchurs on Tue, Oct 11 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
  • DIY Templates Tip

    I glued my printed paper pieces onto my template sheet before I cut them out. Now I have all the printed information, I can jot a note on them, and I only had to make one print instead of several.
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Ruthann on Tue, Aug 23 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
  • Paper for paper-piecing

    I have been paper-piecing for many years and have tried all different types of paper from regular copy machine paper to freezer paper and even tracing paper. I finally have come up with what is the solution for me. I use onion skin paper which was used for typing copy ages ago when we used typewriters...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by Anonymous on Tue, Jun 14 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
  • Re: Joining pieces of batting

    Sharon, I was having the same trouble with the batting not coming out even at the end. I found extremely fine "Knit Interfacing" that is 1 and 1/4" wide - It is IRON ON and very light weight . To sew, I use a zig-zag stitch lengthened - right over the tape. Goes on evenly and your batting...
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by barbarag-8 on Thu, Mar 24 2011
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