This is where you can post your hint or tip for other quilters to read. Let's see how long this thread can go for!! Remember, be succinct with your title, and you can post as many hints as you wish.
My hint is that if you decide to wash your fabrics before you sew them, cut a little triangle out of each corner. This will stop the fabric from fraying and getting into a nasty gnarl whilst being washed. It also reminds you when you find it in your stash, that it's already been washed. Cheerio for now
My first (-: hint is: At Office supply stores, Walmart and more they sell a little plastic bottle with a sponge on the end. It is used for stamps. I use it for my fabric water erasable pens, or for when ever I need just a dab of water. Easy peasy.
Ok Guys, where are you? I thought there'd be masses of hints on the board by now!!!
Here's my second hint : Always use the same thread in your bobbin as your're using in your sewing machine. There's a very good chance they'll behave very well, because they're the same. Cheerio for now
I'm new to quilting and really don't have any hints...but I always wash and then put away my new fabric after purchasing. My mom waits forever and I go to her house and there is a leaning tower of fabric on the dryer.
Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin. ~anonymous~
Like Connie, I don't have any tips to offer. But I would like one.
How do you keep those little threads that you cut off the ends of seams, or when you rip out a seam, from spreading? I find them all over my ironing board, on the sewing cabinet, on already completed blocks, and unfortunately the carpet. Is there anything that attracts them?
Note: I know one answer is chain sewing, but since I do individual blocks I can not sew a multitude of pieces at one time. It's usually one at a time for me.
Last edited by GrannyH; 08/17/0904:43 PM.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain."
I began quilting later in life, around 58 or 59, and it has become my passion. Tools are an important part of quilting, I think, and every quilter needs a SEAM RIPPER. Yes, we will all make mistakes at one time or another and the seam ripper is my best friend. Proper lighting would be another tip. I have one of those pricey lights that stick onto your sewing machine and you can direct the bright light right where you are sewing. It is a WONDERFUL invention and well worth the money.
I keep a small ashtray beside my sewing machine and I put clipped threads in it to attempt to keep the thread from going everywhere. Some still ends up on the floor, but most of it goes from the ashtray to the garbage.
I also keep a small paper bag attached to my ironing board for trimmed fabric and clipped threads.
When beginning a new quilt I cut out and piece only one block (or two if the pattern requires) and post them on the wall so I can see them from my machine. It makes for good reference and incentive to keep at it. I have read folks put a piece of wide tape rolled onto it self at the edge of their machine table to stick cut threads on. My personal favorite tip is to MAKE TIME to quilt a bit everyday. We all work hard and our work must get done but fifty years from now will someone say Wow my Nana was a great worker or will they say Wow my Nana made the best quilted "woobies" !! I have another request, if I may: both of my grandmothers quilted and I have some great stories about them. Would anyone be interested in sharing your families quillting stories? Thanks.