quiltHacks - Jess

The Quilt and Needle originated in the creativity and energy of designer Jessica J. E. Smith. Inspired by her experiences as a new mother and after leaving a career at a non-profit international agribusiness group, Jess started her home-based business in the summer of 2007.

Since then, Jess has developed, hosted, and taught more than 30 successful mystery programs that focus on helping quilters overcome self-imposed limitations. Between mystery projects, she works with various fabric designers and manufacturers to design custom projects for new fabric lines. Her digital and paper patterns can be found in our online store and in quilt shops across the globe.

Instead of marking the line to sew on the backs of tons of squares, try using wide sticky notes as a sewing guide. I used the same two sticky notes to sew over 300 seams and saved a chunk of time! – Posted using BlogPress from Jess’ iPhone

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Quilters used to use cooking ingredients like cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and corn starch to pounce mark their quilts for quilting. In a pinch, out if chalk? You might have something in your pantry that will do! (Be sure to test it on a scrap of fabric first, as you would do with anything …

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When working with fusible appliqué, use parchment paper to protect your ironing board cover and other surfaces from the fusible product you choose to use. (I like Steam-a-seam and sometimes Misty Fuse, and I try to cut out the center of the fusible and only fuse the edges of the pieces for a softer end …

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When cutting triangles, patterns may have you cut some squares once diagonally and some squares on both diagonals. Do you know why? It depends on where the triangle is going to land in the project; the designer is trying to make the straight of grain land on the outside of the block or quilt top. …

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Most of us know not to store our rotary mats in direct sunlight, since it will warp them. Also, store them flat (not on end), or you may warp them anyway. Same rules apply to rulers, since they will also warp and distort. – Posted using BlogPress from Jess’ iPhone

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To avoid the dreaded ‘v’ syndrome when cutting strips, make sure the fold on your fabric is straight and perpendicular (at a 90 degree angle) to the lines you are cutting. Piece out,Jess Location:Home

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Don’t have wall space for a design wall? Tape batting and/or flannel to the back of a door for a makeshift small design wall. You’ll be surprised how handy even a small design wall can be! – Posted using BlogPress from Jess’ iPhone Location:Home

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When cutting out pieces of fabric for a quilt, use the lines on your ruler, rather than the lines on your cutting mat, to measure. The lines on your cutting mat can become distorted over time and sometimes they aren’t accurate to begin with. Piece Out, Jess – Posted using BlogPress from Jess’ iPhone Location:Home

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Tip of the day: Some folks like to put their ironing board next to their sewing table, low enough to iron while sitting, so they can sew and iron without ever standing up. However, I like to get up and walk to my ironing board and give my muscles a good stretch every now and …

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