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  • 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 thread post under the spool, and it worked like
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by lilosmom on Fri, Jan 24 2014
  • Repairing Warped Cutting Mat

    If your cutting mat warps, don't panic! Lay it out on a totally flat surface in the sun for a couple of hours, and it will 'wilt' right back into place!
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by lilosmom on Sat, Aug 3 2013
  • Re: Left-over batting pieces

    I'm trying to get good at machine quilting, and when I have pieces of batting left that are at least 6" square, I make mini 'sandwiches" to put by my machine. I bought some muslin when it was on sale or I use other scraps from quilting projects as the 'bread'. Then whenever I have the urge to quilt but don't have much time
    Posted to Ask Quilting Questions Here (Forum) by lilosmom on Fri, Jul 29 2011
  • Re: quilting on a domestic machine

    ALL of the above, and when you work in quarters, start from the center and work out. That way you never have more than 1/2 of the quilt in the arm at a time. I took a class from Sue Nickels, and she quilts award winning king sized quilts on her sewing machine, so it can be done! She has a great book on the subject.
    Posted to Ask Quilting Questions Here (Forum) by lilosmom on Fri, Jul 29 2011
  • Craft Shows

    I am planning to make some items to sell at craft shows this fall to make some extra money. Has anyone done this before? Any advice on what sells well? I was thinking of making some baby quilts, receiving blankets, baby bibs, and maybe some Christmas table runners. I know I have to take a lot of inventory, but as expensive as fabric is, I don't
    Posted to Off Topic (Forum) by lilosmom on Sat, Jul 2 2011
  • Re: Thread class

    Valhawaii, Could you share a couple of the things you learned?
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by lilosmom on Sat, Jul 2 2011
  • Fun 'tip' for free motion quilting practice

    Ok, this is a bit tongue in cheek, but we all could use a smile. Next time you cut the lawn, use your lawn mower to make free motion quilting patterns in the grass! It will help with muscle memory and your neighbors will wonder what the heck you are up to. If you are REALLY lucky, your husband will forbid you to ever cut the lawn again, and you'll
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by lilosmom on Fri, Jul 1 2011
  • Re: QCA Member Tip Contest - Post Your Entries Here

    If you have trouble matching points when sewing blocks together, put a small dab of water soluble glue stick on the fabric where the points are to join and press them together. Be sure to put it only on the side where the seam allowance will be. Sew your quarter inch seam, and you will have perfectly matched points! When the quilt gets washed, the glue
    Posted to Share Your Tips (Forum) by lilosmom on Sat, May 21 2011
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