In terms of measuring, I have often wondered: should the line on a ruler sit ON the edge or BESIDE the edge of the fabric? I know it might only be a whisker difference, but should I only see fabric beneath the measurement line? Submitted by Denise
What a good question! I personally prefer to have my ruler sit directly ON the edge of the fabric as opposed to beside it. You are correct that it would only be a tiny difference if any at all, so I would just recommend consistency. However you choose to line up your ruler, do so the same every time. Hope this helps! Ashley Related links: Quilting 101: Common Problems and Quick Fixes How to Make a Quilt Border: Cutting and Measuring Accessories for Quilting Rulers Do you have a quilting question you’d like answered by an expert? Email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to us on Facebook. Please note: questions may be edited for clarity and relevance.
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Thank you! I always have this question.
What are the tools that I would need for quilting ie cutting mat what type of scissors rotary cutter etc ?
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The creative grid stripology rulers that allow you to cut numerous strips is this a way to go for more perfect strips?
It is hard to recommend a specific brand of ruler, as many people have different preferences when it comes to them. I would recommend trying one out, if possible, and seeing if you have better results that when using a standard quilting ruler.
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I am new at this and have wanted to make some of these beautiful blankets.
Can you give me some help in what to use and buy so I can have a go and see if I can make a blanket or 2.please
If you are looking to buy rulers and cutting mats- you can find them at most craft and fabric stores. Some of the more common and easiest to find mats are made by Olfa, and the most commonly found rulers are made by Omnigrid.
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What is the best way to make sure all layers of the quilt are taunt so it can be pinned before machine quilting?
Here is a great tutorial for preparing and basting your quilt layers:
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When piecing I use a 1.4 length stitch. Should I back stitch or reinforce at the beginning and end of piecing or is the 1.4 stitch small enough to lock stitches?
Hi, Mary. You do not need to backstitch when piecing. Even if you were using a standard stitch length you would not need to backstitch when piecing. As you construct your quilt top, the edges of the seams will be caught in other seams, reinforcing them as you go.
Can I use metallic thread in decorative stitching on a hot pad? Can it withstand the heat?
Hi, Deb. I would not recommend using metallic thread on a hot pad as it does not stand up well to heat. The metallic coating on the thread can warm and actually almost peel off. Heat also weakens the thread.