awesome tips

Use the blank back of your cutting mat to cut your fabric. This forces you to measure with your ruler, rather than the lines on the mat (which are more likely to be distorted and less accurate). Have an awesome quilting day!– Jess

Continue reading awesome tip 6-12-12

Fluorescent lights do a lot of damage to fabrics and other materials. Use ultraviolet filters (found at electrical supply stores) to decrease the damage. Piece out,Jess – Posted using BlogPress from Jess’ iPhone

Continue reading awesome tip 12-11-11

When removing a bobbin (with thread still on it) from the bobbin case, clip the thread tail right next to the case and then remove the bobbin. Pulling a long thread tail through the bobbin case can mess up the spring and/or tension on your bobbin. Piece out, Jess – Posted using BlogPress from Jess’ …

Continue reading awesome tip 11-23-11

Ever have wavy borders after quilting? Check to make sure you have a consistent density of quilting over the entire quilt surface. If not, the borders (or the entire quilt) may appear wavy. Go back and add more quilting where needed and your waves should calm down a bit! Piece out,Jess – Posted using BlogPress …

Continue reading awesome tip 9-20-11

Use a pants hanger to hold open your pattern book while working on a quilt. You can even hang it on a convenient wall or bulletin board to save space! Piece out,Jess – Posted using BlogPress from Jess’ iPhone

Continue reading awesome tip 8-16-11

Always “set” your seam first, by pressing it the way it was sewn before pressing the seam one direction or the other. This sinks the thread into the fabric and reduces the bulk of the seam (which is really nice when quilting!). – Posted using BlogPress from Jess’ iPhone

Continue reading awesome tip 8-15-2011

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

Continue reading awesome tip 8-8-11

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 …

Continue reading awesome tip 8-7-11

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 …

Continue reading awesome tip 8-5-11