NQC LIVE! January 2017

During the January NQC LIVE, Heather Thomas discussed where to begin quilting you quilt, whether to pre-wash your fabric or not and when to use products like Retayne and Synthrapol. She also provided tips for how to tell if you are buying a high quality fabric or not.

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64 Responses to “NQC LIVE! January 2017”
  1. Janie

    I will be pre-washing a 4 yards long piece of fabric before using it for a patchwork quilt pattern. Should I cut the piece into smaller segments before pre-washing to have it be more manageable? Thank you.

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    • Karen McGallian

      NO — do not cut it – those sections tend to get all outa shape. Take outa dryer damp and use with a good spray starch to iron. Then your material will have body and Easley handle those new cuts.

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    • terry moore

      i will wash mine like this.i fold it to be like a yard size .i pin every 5 inches with safty quilting pins along all edges.and 2 rows down center so it holds together nicely while being washed. remove from washer remove pins .then ill press it wet and hang to finish the drying .thats my madness.

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  2. Jaqi Briggs

    I’m going to attempt making a Bubble quilt soon. Do you have any tips or suggestions?

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  3. Darcy

    Hi Heather…miss your classes here in Denver! So glad I can still get my fix via National Quilter’s Circle.

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  4. Karla Berg Walker

    Have you tried resharpening blades with any of the gizmos that are advertised?

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    • Patricia Jones

      Yes. I always wash mine. Manufacturers use different types of sizing/finishing to their fabrics. If you wash it and square the yard(age) you will have far less problems when your whole quilt is finished.

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  5. Lesley

    I am just getting started and have been reading books and videos on quilting. I feel overwhelmed and just don’t know how to actually get started.

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  6. Jan Dzundza

    Help!! I am a beginner and took on a monumental task of putting together a storm at sea. Loved doing the piecing but now I don’t know whether i should have pressed seams open or not. I have put together a small test block and the diamond points joining with the square in square points are creating a big “lump” when joined. Thank you.

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  7. Jamie

    When working on a very old quilt that needs major repair, but the material is tearing and ripping, how do you repair this quilt?
    I have one that is like this that I want to fix for a friend!

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  8. Sue

    What would make a lighter quilt? I use warm and natural, cotton usually. I have tried a batting with bamboo but it seemed heavy too. I use 100% cotton fabric for top and bottom.

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  9. Shelley

    In your opinion, what is the best 1/4″ seam guide to use for sewing besides a pressure foot? I need a longer guide due to low vision issues. Thanks so much.

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  10. Debbie

    When marking a weighted ?therapy blanket which marking pen would do best on chenille?

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  11. Pat

    Hi. I am a hand quilter who is trying to learn machine quilting now. How do i determine a quilting design for the machine quilting for each quilt? Is it a different thought process than when i hand quilted? Thank you

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  12. Charlotte

    Is using the “Color Catcher” sheet an effective method to prevent fabric dye from spreading?

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  13. Dee

    Can you use a sheet for backing fabric? A lady that does the quilting says she doesn’t like using sheets saying that the stitching on the long arm is difficult. What do you think?

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  14. Jan

    So along the synthropol question, please clarify: can you put all your fabrics (right off the bolt) in the washer to preshrunk/prewash with synthropol? I’m assuming the water won’t be clear. Do you have to keep washing it until the water is clear or can you trust one time is enough (even if there is still colored water)? I usually washed fabrics separate until no more color showed. PLEASE CLARIFY!!!!L!

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    • Karen McGallian

      With your laundry products -at the stores- you will find a box of color catchers– throw a few in with the material- they keep it from bleeding to each other.

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  15. Linda Parks

    Cynthrapal (not sure how spelled). What about Front loading washer, I cannot fill tub and then open it up to add fabric. Suggestions on Front load washers?

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    • Linda Parks

      synthropol question, front load washer that cannot open after tub is full of water, how do you suggest using in front loader

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  16. Wilma Darlington

    Looking for tips for making the “sandwich” come together more tightly; short cuts on cutting and sewing the top; and binding…in short, I need to know EVERYTHING about making a quilt! My mom was a superb quilt-maker….guess who wasn’t interested, at a time when I could have learned from her??? Thanks for all you do for us!!

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  17. Doreen deGooijer

    How do you put a hole in rocks or shells to stitch onto a wall hanging quilt?

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  18. Carol

    I just bought a quilt kit for my first attempt at quilting. The instructions say not to wash the fabric first. What is your opinion?

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  19. Sandy

    Other than price how can I tell that the fabric I want to buy is a quality fabric. I’ve ended up with some less than desirable fabric from a fairly nice quilt store because I couldn’t tell the difference.

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  20. carol A Holt

    Is using different types of material okay to use on the same quilt? such as corduroy cotton polyester

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  21. Robyn

    Can you use rubber backed curtain fabric for patchwork, ie table runners or placemats?

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  22. Priscilla

    How to you quilt large stitchery blocks in a quilt without overpowering the embroidery? Thanks

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    • Priscilla

      my stitchery is very open – hand stitched words and outlined shapes (nothing like applique or solid machine embroidery) – To 1/2″ diagonally machine quilt the blocks you would be stop and starting all the time – often stitching less than an inch before stopping. Is there any other alternatives?

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  23. Jamie

    Why do machine embroiderers believe that it is true embroidery. Embroidery should be done the traditional way, BY HAND. I’m a hand-embroiderer. I embroider-quilt!

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  24. Jan

    how would you quilt a tshirt quilt? I usually meander but I have problems with invisible thread breaking on the top (using regular cotton thread on the bottom).

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  25. Jenny

    I have not quilted yet, but it is my goal this year. When you start your quilting in the middle of the block, how do you secure the beginning and the end of the stich? I saw it done in a video class and she did not do any back stitching or knotting.

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  26. Denise

    When quilting with an accent thread such as a silver or gold…my thread will break. What am I doing wrong? The top is breaking and the bobbin thread is is not. What should the tension be set on. I have a Bernina machine 400 series

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  27. Mary

    I am in the process of home machine quilting a 16 block sampler style quilt. Of course every block is a different and I have mixed up some straight line with curves, and some feathers. I have one block that has over 100 squares in that 12 inch block. Do you think it would be okay for me to simply do one of my fancy machine stitches on the seams in that one block? Or maybe do an over all on that one block? Do you think if I do that, is that going to look weird? All the other blocks leave me enough room to do an actual motif, so this would be the only block with an overall.

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  28. Susan

    I visited Europe this summer and collected a lot of tea-towels, with the idea of making a quilt with them. I am wondering what kind of stabilizer should be used since these are primarily linens and blends. Or are there other suggestions. Thank you

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  29. Margaret Roe

    I’ve decided that I want to learn how to do quilting I have bought material that I want to use just not sure what I am to do first, for instance size of the square to use. My first project I have decided on a babies cot quilt. I have bought 3 colours and 1 of pattern. The colours are matching colours in the pattern. Where do I start??

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  30. Carol

    Where do you get the stuff you use to get the extra dye out of your material and how do you spell the name of it?

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  31. shirley phillips

    fold large amounts of material to wash and dry. Fold accordian style along width so you are folding up the length and saftey pin each end. Wash and dry and it doesn’t bunch up

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  32. Patricia Hanks-Thomas

    Hi.. I just bought some batique today. Sorry don’t know how it is spelled. I am worried about it running tho. It is beautiful fabric and I look forward to working with it. Do I wash it very many times to stop the running, and do I use something special for it to wash in? thanks so much

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  33. Bev

    Hi Heather, I am watching from the Blue Mountains about 70klms west of Sydney Australia. I have been told two ways of attaching fabric to the papers in English piecing. One is to turn the material over the paper and just paste the material turnig to the paper on the wrong side. The second is to catch the corners with a stitch or stitch the material to the paper. Kind Regards, Bev

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Bev. When I used to do English Paper Piecing a zillion years ago, I did it in front of the telly, with a tray on my lap, an old dish towel folded on the tray, a little bowl of thinned liquid startch, a paint brush and a hot travel iron. I would center the paper on the back of my fabric which was cut a quarter inch larger all the way around from the paper. Then I would lighlty paint the seam allowance with the liquid starch and finger turn it then heat it dry with the hot, dry iron. Then I’d pop out the paper and use it again. The folds were tight and crisp and I could make piles and piles of units in no time at all and the seams never “un-turned”. I’ve always prepared hand applique units in this same way. My grandmother called it Startch-n-press.

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  34. Carol Stocking

    I am new to Ntl Quilters Circle, and, although I am an fabric art quilter, I thought January’s event with heather tho,as was great.

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