Tuesday Tip – Measure Twice, Cut Once

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‘Measure twice, cut once’ is a phrase I originally heard watching woodworking and home improvement shows like ‘This Old House’. But the same adage applies to quilting.

To save yourself a lot of heartache (not to mention fabric), never, Never, NEVER assume a quilting pattern is 100% correct! EVERYONE makes mistakes, and especially in the case of FREE patterns you find online, there are often errors. Sometimes it’s a simple typo, other times the math has not been checked carefully and you may find yourself short of fabric or having cut some pieces the wrong size. READ MORE...


Tuesday Tip – SID Machine Quilting Hint

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SID is short for Stitch-in-the-Ditch. The “ditch”, in quilting terminology, is the seam line between two patches on the right side of your quilt top. When quilting the top, stitching in the ditch will make your patches stand out and give crisp and clean lines to the finished quilt.

When SIDing, the object is to have your quilting be as invisible as possible. Since seam allowances are generally pressed to one side, you sew on the ‘low’ side (the one the seam allowance is NOT lying under), as close to the seam line as you can. When the fabric relaxes after the quilting process, those stitches will lie somewhat underneath the ‘high’ fabric and hardly been seen. READ MORE...


Tuesday Tip – MacGyver to the Rescue

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Do you remember the 1980’s TV show MacGyver? Richard Dean Anderson played the title character, a resourceful secret agent who could get out of any sticky or dangerous situation with little more than a Swiss Army knife and a roll of duct tape.

I attend a quilting retreat twice a year. While the 16 or so participants generally bring almost everything in their sewing rooms, occasionally someone will forget one or two little items. Usually you can borrow that item from someone else, but once in a while it requires a bit of ‘MacGyvering’ to accomplish a task. READ MORE...


Tuesday Tip – “Out Damn’d Spot, Out, I Say!”

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Have you ever oiled your sewing machine,  then started sewing on your project again, only to realize that some of the oil has now transferred to your project?? Or had your longarm machine drip some oil where you didn’t want it?? Today’s tip is how to remove sewing machine oil from your quilt. Cover the oil with cornstarch, rub it in gently, and let sit for an hour or two. Vacuum or brush off the cornstarch, and the oil should be mostly gone! Repeat if necessary. READ MORE...


Tuesday Tip – Making Bias Binding Part 2

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First I need to apologize for the quality of the photos. I thought if I used a plaid fabric, it would be easier for you to see what was bias and what was straight of grain. This was a rather small woven plaid, and unfortunately, digital cameras don’t like them very much and make them come out looking like moire instead of plaid. Hopefully you can get the idea, though. READ MORE...


Tuesday Tip – Making Bias Binding

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Becky asked how to make bias binding. This will be more of a tutorial than a tip, so I’ll break it up into several posts over the next few days.

The first step is to determine how much binding to make, and what size square of fabric you will need to start with.

To determine the perimeter of your quilt, add the length plus width in inches and multiply by 2. Then add about 12 inches. READ MORE...