After years of doing something you’re passionate about, a person is bound to pick up handy tricks along the way. Some tricks may be obvious, while others may be more intricate. Everyone has their own technique when it comes to quilting, but it really comes down to what works best for you. We decided it would be fun to ask our friends on Facebook for their own best quilting tricks. Maybe one of these will work for you!
“I do all my quilting by hand and recently learned how to use masking tape to keep lines straight. This makes it so easy to get exact lines. It is much faster than eyeballing or marking with water soluble pens.” – Jeanie
“My new quilting tip is to use a ‘blind hem stitch foot’ for piecing Quilt-As-You-Go blocks and for straight line quilting. My foot has a bar in the center, which is a perfect 1/4 inch to the edge of the foot.” – Sheila
“Piecing is more accurate when the fabric has been starched.” – Cindi
“I now buy fabric online!” – Deb
“I’ve finally learned how to sew the ends of my binding together!” – Mary
“Simply slow down when using the walking foot, it’s not meant to run. Also I’ve found it handy to iron all my fabric.” – Deborah
I’ve learned to add a strip to my binding calculation to make sure that I don’t run out of binding before the ends meet up. I’ve also learned to use wonder clips to hold the binding while I sew. They hold great and I don’t bleed on the quilt from pin pricks.
I’ve learned to eliminate 4 layers of fabric in my binding corners. Clip the fold on the binding corner. Fold the top binding layer back. There is the triangle layer. Loosen the threads on it and clip the triangle off, eliminating 4 layers of fabric. Corners lay flatter and easier to miter
can you do a video to show this? or just corners in general?
I incorporate a fabric panel into the back of each quilt. It saves on backing fabric and many medleys have panels that will compliment your quilt.
When cutting fabric, to keep my ruler from shifting while pressing down, I set my
Mom’s heavy fabric covered brick doorstop on the upper end of ruler.
It holds ruler firmly down, and it doesn’t shift.
I also saw once where someone placed a 5 lb hand weight across top of ruler,
I use a 5# weight… but sometimes use one of my antique cast-iron flat irons! Great use for these collectables!
Finished products are such joy❤️
When your squares are still on the design wall, and you’re trying to arrange them, look at the quilt through the lens of a camera. It accentuates color variations, and will help you pick out errors in design that the human eye can miss.
Like this idea – I’m new to quilting – could you describe your design wall? how big? is it hung like a picture? out of cork or ….? Thank you
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The best design wall I ever used was simply a flannel-backed vinyl table cloth ($3 at dollar store), hung flannel-side out (I hung mine with Command Strips so its easy to take down when I want to). The fabric & blocks stick to the flannel really well, and the vinyl on the other side keeps the flannel from stretching over time. GAME CHANGER!
I’ve learned to buy my fabric and supplies at local shops, not on-line or in chain stores. I want them to be there with classes and support and value their help building the quilting community.
When selecting fabric, I take a photo with my iPhone. Then I change the photo into grey scale. Now I can see if I have the range of values I need; i.e. dark, medium and light. The phone works as a ruby viewer
I recently learned how to piece using glue instead of pins and I love it! I also used glue to make my quilt sandwich and it worked pretty well too. Much easier to sew than with pins.
Always use the same brand of rulers. There are teeny differences between.