NQC LIVE! June 2016

In this month’s NQC LIVE, Heather Thomas answered your questions on everything from pre-washing fabric to layering and basting a quilt. She also discussed ways to fix thread problems such as breakage and ‘eye-lashing’, and ways to both prevent and fix fabric puckering that can happen during quilting. Heather shared her ideas on ways to embellish art quilts, including her new favorite medium to work with – metal.


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151 Responses to “NQC LIVE! June 2016”
  1. Jane Teto

    I have an old Oliso iron and it’s wearing out. No longer steams at the press of a button. Would love to have a new one.

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  2. Gay McGee

    I would love this iron, just can’t afford it. Thank you for the chance to win it.

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  3. sissy

    thank you for the email telling me about this I really wanted to see what everyone was talking about when they partisapate in these

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  4. Deb bowers

    Please explain, each fabric first do not wah fabric. Steam or steam when pressing seams, starch, no starch, little confused, new quilter here

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  5. Irene Porter

    I Have taken an interest in paper preicing and would like to know more about it

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  6. Lorna

    I like to frame my small art quilts. Should I frame them behind glass? What should I do to protect them if I don’t frame them?

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  7. Stacey

    What would you recommend to secure your quilt when sandwiched safety pins, hand base, or tack gun?

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  8. Debra

    Do you press with steam as you piece? I feel I press too much and am distorting my pieces somewhat.

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  9. Susan Schoolcraft

    Usually I see instructions to increase by 1/2 inch when cutting your blocks to allow for the 1/4″ seam. However I have recently seen 7/8″ instructions. When do you use 7/8

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  10. Patricia

    How do I bind a quilt that has a pieced corner stone blocks in the last border. This was a challenge mystery quilt and it’s not truly square that was passed to others after I made the center square.

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  11. Kathy Peacock

    Do you find that strip widths vary when using a stripology ruler, shape cut plus ruler or June Taylor rulers? I often use more than one of these rulers in a project and have ended up with some strip widths smaller than required. Kathy

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  12. Beth piper

    I’ve heard such great things about these irons and want one badly. Would love to win.

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  13. Susan

    Vertical quilting question. Do you start out by stitching in the ditch or where so it looks even and how far apart? How long a stitch? And tension?

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  14. Rev. Viola A Dukes

    I AM A BEGINNER I GOT AN ACCUQUILT GO CUTTER WHAT ADVISE DO YOU HAVE FOR ME?

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  15. Janet

    What is your feeling about using glue (Elmers purple washable) to hold intersecting seams together as you sew.

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    • Lois Borton

      When free motion quilting is it better to use a single hole needle plate vs wide zig zag plate? Thank you 🙂

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      • Customer Service

        Hi, Lois. Either needle plate will work but the single whole will give you the nicest stitch and will keep the needle from becoming bent. That being said, make sure that you change out the plate before you do anything other than a straight stitch. I’ve forgotten to and broken a needle and thrown my machine out of timing.

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  16. Nancy

    The 7/8″ increase would be for cutting the square diagonally for triangles.

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  17. Stephanie

    Would you use a starching agent to stiffen pieces for intricate quilt designs?

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  18. Suzanne

    What is the cause of “eyelashes” on the back of quilt during free motion quilting?

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    • Maverick

      I Am Going To have to return again whenever my course load lets up – nolheeentss I am getting your Rss feed so i can go through your web blog offline. Cheers.

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  19. Marcie Higgins

    Brand new quilter here – When talking about FMQ everybody says to be careful not to cross over your stitches… Why is that? How important is it not to cross your previous stitches?

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  20. Paulene Saskowsky

    This was an awesome experience. Hope you will consider doing this again in the future.

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  21. MARGARET

    excited to be a member and have these Q&A sessions… always learning something!

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  22. Ann

    So true! My Janome Horizon v2 1500 will not sew Clark Thread. It really likes Auril.

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  23. Liz Juby

    This comment is for the person who asked about when to use 1/2 inch or 7/8 inch seam allowance. Perhaps the 7/8 inch she was referring to would be the 7/8 inch that you add to the large square base when making half square triangles. Other than that always add 1/2 inch for seams when piecing.

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  24. Liza Donald

    Could use this iron, I am learning to quilt and this would help. Thanks

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  25. Claudia

    Hi Heather, Love all your talent and thanks for sharing with all of us. My question is have you ever used fleece for backing on a quilt and is it easy to use and quilt and what needle/thread would you use to do it. Thanks….Claudia

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  26. Eleanor George

    I am new here, what a lot of good questions,and what a great iron to win.

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  27. Karen

    I am wondering how to know what color of thread to quilt with… sometimes there isn’t a dominate color, so its not obvious to me….

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  28. Althea Moore

    Love to watch Heather’s videos. She always explains things so it is easy to understand.

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  29. Kati Villien

    This is my first time here. I’d love to have tips on squaring up a quilt…

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  30. Valerie

    I have recently bought a new machine bernina 707QE and am having trouble with it I am an experienced sewer and quilter which machine would you recommend

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Valerie. Did you buy the machine from a dealer? If so, have you taken ALL of the FREE classes that come with the machine? If not, go take them. You have purchased a complex machine that will take some time to get used to learning. If you purchased it from someone who is not a dealer then I suggest that you go through the manual, section by section, and become friends with it, really get to know it and what it’s capable of, and learn how you can manipulate it for your needs.

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  31. Nellie

    Have not yet tried to machine quilt. Where can I get instructions for machine quilting.

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    • Lissa

      If you dont mind, exactly where do you host your weblog? I am shinpopg for a very good host and your weblog seams to be fast and up almost all the time

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  32. Rosalie Koon

    Enjoying the questions and answers. I am 79 years young and enjoy quilting but have gotten to the point I can no longer handle making large quilts so make small ones or table runners. My old iron is about 30 years old and could use a new one.

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    • Customer Service

      I have not personally tried this. However, it makes sense that an embroidery company would do this as they have probably found that many people who do some kind of embroidery may also quilt or sew. If you do try out a design, let us know!

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  33. Ann Massey

    I’m a fairly new quilter but also love to paint, especially birds and animals and wondered about combining the two. Would any mediums I add to my paints damage the quilts?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Ann. I prefer to use the single hole throat plate. It just makes a nicer stitch when free motioning, but you do risk breaking more needles when you’re first learning. So, take is slow then speed up once you’ve got good coordination between the speed of your machine and the movement of your hands.

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  34. Winifrid Grisby

    love this as far as my computer picked up.
    the picture was there but no movement and no sound…strangely my cell phone picked it up just when the guys decided they were starving…of course…are you going to have a repeat like the last one that I caught? anyway, Looking forwards to the next NC Live

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  35. Marion Barclay

    This looks like a fabulous iron. Would love to have the opportunity to own one.

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    • Trinity

      That’s a bit unfair. I’m not trying to pick them apart because I’m jealous – I’m an open admirer of what they do. I just think it’s interesting that their press hasn’t been as good as their TV. And if there’s a deliberate strategy at play, as I suspect there is, then it’s even more inigersttne. Isn’t it?

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  36. Dolores

    What is your opinion in using quilt basting spray to hold your quilt layers together

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Dolores. Basting spray can be a blessing and a curse. When used properly (a light application) it’s a great product. However, if over used, it can cause the needle to become sticky which will make your machine skip stitches and eventually build up inside your machines bobbin mechanism requiring professional cleaning. If you choose to use it, keep cotton balls with rubbing alcohol on them handy to periodically wipe down your needle with. Also, you will need to wash the finished quilt to remove the product once finished.

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  37. Sherran Flippin

    I enjoyed the question and answer for amy husband and I are a missionaries in Brazil and have been for 35 years. We live high in the mountains and it does get very cold in the winter and the homes will only have a fireplace for heat. I’ve been teaching the ladies quilting and quilts are being put to good use.

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    • Sherran Flippin

      Wonderful hints for young quilters. Would love to win this fantastic iron. I teach Brazilians how to quilt because in the mountains where we are missionaries it gets very cold and the houses have only a fireplace to heat their homes. God bless you and keep up the good work.

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  38. Arline Buholz

    No matter how hard I try I can’t get points to line up perfectly.

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  39. Hazel

    Is it safe to use temporary spray to use on my fabric plus batting plus backing

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Hazel. Absolutely! Some people choose to use temporary basting spray as a way to hold all of their layers together when quilting.

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  40. Mary Burrows

    Love, love, love this iron..dropped it and too expensive to fix it. Would love a new one, hopefully you can fix this for me!

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Betty. How long the thread last is going to depend on how and where the quilt is being used, stored and washed. Nylon holds up well to washing, however it can yellow if it gets too hot in a dryer. Nylon thread can also melt, though most dryers don’t tend to get that hot. As for storing your quilt- nylon is very resistant to aging and mildew, however prolonged exposure to sunlight may cause it to start breaking down or deteriorating.

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  41. Carolyn Painter

    i haven’t found a good iron yet! Maybe this one would be KEEPER.

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  42. Debra Ries

    Don”t have one but tried my girlfriends. it was sure nice. I would like to have win one . Thanks.

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  43. Debra Ries

    how do you put a sleve on the back of a wall hanging? is it sewed into the binding.

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  44. Sandra Moore

    My iron is so heavy! Arthritis and fibromyalgia kick up and I have to rest between sets. Would love to have a new one.

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  45. Willie Wilson

    Where would I find a tutorial on padding a quilt. I am a beginner on quilting.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Willie. We would be happy to assist you; we just need some more information. Do you mean adding batting and layering a quilt?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Willie. When using variegated (a mix of values of one color) thread I use a medium value of the color in my bobbin. When using multi-colored thread, I use a tone (dull, grayed out version) of one of the colors of the multi-colored thread in my bobbin, preferably one that matches my backing fabric color well. I choose a tone because it will meld into the other colors more easily.

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  46. Marie Sullivan

    How do u tell the difference from the front or back of batik material

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Marie. Essentially there is no right or wrong side when it comes to batiks. Both look the same, which is why some love to work with it. However, when you first buy your fabric from the bolt- it should have a selvage edge on it which can sometimes include brand name or other written information. The side that allows you to be able to read that information can be considered the “right” side.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Doris. I use a Black and Decker Iron. It was a fairly inexpensive iron that I purchased at a big box store, but has lasted me over ten years! When buying an iron, the one thing I recommend (and have to have myself) is that it allows you to turn the steam function on and off rather than one that just automatically steams at a certain heat setting.

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  47. Ann Roadarmel

    I really need this iron. I am 83 years young and irons get so heavy for me to lift. This would certainly solve my problem with no lifting involved. They are a little too expensive to buy when one is living on Social Security. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  48. Gail Akerman

    Have always admired this iron on so many of the video tutorials and even did some research on it. Would love to own one and winning it would be even better!

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  49. Joan Granadas

    Can I use the right sides and the wrong sides of fabric to the colors come together?

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  50. Joan Granadas

    I signed up for the news letter but I can’t find where I should click to win the iron?

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  51. Janie

    Regarding what you have said about cutting borders slightly shorter…Do you sew the border on with the pieced quilt on top or with the border on top? Thank you. I have enjoyed re-watching each of these monthly events. You have shared so much valuable information .

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