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Free Motion Quilting Tips

1. Pause the quilt’s movement, but not the needle, whenever you change direction. Corners and other directional changes are where tension problems often show up. Just slow down and pause for a heartbeat before you head off in the next direction. The close stitches will relieve some of your tension difficulties.
2. quilter1943 - If you can take a class, that helps. If you can't, get a book or find some tuts on line and practice making circles. I'll even go over a new pattern I want to use on some sandwiched fabric with no thread, just to get the flow of the pattern.
3. thecasualquilter - Take a two minute break after about 20 minutes of FMQ. You will find that your shoulders start to tense if you FMQ too long.

Needle Tips

1. threading a needle: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-117282-1.htm#3063661

Quilt Care Tips:

http://www.materialpleasures.com/Quilt-Care_ep_27.html



Quilt Sizes & How to determine sizes:
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art10199.asp


1. posted by stevendebbie25
found this link, it's very helpful for anyone trying to figure out yardages for their own quilt. Often we find a quilt block we like, and not know how to figure the construction.
http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQu...iltingtwo.html
http://www.quilterscache.com/M/MathChartsPage.html

and I liked this link, creating a quilt by your 'mood' colors.
http://daintytime.net/2010/06/16/mod-mood-quilt-1/

Another site with great step by step tutorials to begin a quilt.
http://www.squidoo.com/patchwork-qui...tips-from-jant

Machine Quilting Tips & Tricks


Videos To Watch:

http://www.diynetwork.com/videos/sew...ions/3270.html

Prewashing Fabric Tips and Tricks

1. I didn't find that it helped much in the old days, when I prewashed. Now I never prewash unless it's flannel; leaves me with a lot more time to actually quilt! I wash all my quilts in Synthrapol after they are made, before they are given away or used, and have never had a problem.

I do test fabrics that I suspect might bleed by dropping into a glass of water for awhile, then rubbing against white fabric. If the dye bleeds or crocks, I will wash it in Retayne and test again before using in a quilt.

Quilting Tips & Tricks from Quilting Board Members

1. Magic Eraser (member 117becca)
hand quilt, use #2 pencil, the quilt laying on a hard surface, you just rub the Magic Eraser over the markings and VOILA......pencil marks are gone!! I didn't even have to rub real hard!

2. Sewing Straight Line on angle when joining the strips(Member Tjradj)
I love the look of sashing and borders that are joined with an angled or "mitered" seam. The problem I have is sewing a straight line on the angle when joining the strips. I've tried marking it with a pencil but always seem to stretch the fabric with the pencil.Today I found a good trick to solve this.When I line up the seam under my pressor foot, I take a couple of stitches and leave the needle in the down position. Now, take a piece of folded paper and place the fold right up against the left side of the needle, it slides under the foot easily. Now move the bottom part of the paper until the fold is right where you want to end the seam. Stitch along the folded paper to make the seam. If you happen to make a stitch on the paper it doesn't matter because the paper rips out easily.I used this for 5 " borders and it worked like a dream.

Featherweight Sewing Machines:

♥♥ Case: also another idea that Holice posted was to use a bowling bag case
♥♥ Case: http://www.suncatcher-tx.com/shop/Pa...se-sku-201.htm
♥♥ Case: Reproduction Case: http://www.suncatcher-tx.com/shop/Pa...ht-sku-200.htm
♥♥ Extension table: http://www.suncatcher-tx.com/shop/Pa...ld-sku-221.htm
♥♥ Parts: http://www.suncatcher-tx.com/shop/Parts.htm

Singer 301
♥♥ http://www.sewusa.com/Threading_Diag..._threading.htm

SEWING MACHINE TIPS



1. ♥♥ Clean Bobbin Area from dust bunnies:
Maintaining a good working sewing machine is important to successful piecing. Try using an old, clean mascara brush (or you can purchase disposables in packs from a beauty supply store such as Sally's) for brushing the lint out of your bobbin case and other tight areas. The all-around bristles are like magnets for getting out the lint and the wand is small enough for even the tiny spaces.

Free Motion Quilting Tips

1. Pause the quilt’s movement, but not the needle, whenever you change direction. Corners and other directional changes are where tension problems often show up. Just slow down and pause for a heartbeat before you head off in the next direction. The close stitches will relieve some of your tension difficulties.
2. quilter1943 - If you can take a class, that helps. If you can't, get a book or find some tuts on line and practice making circles. I'll even go over a new pattern I want to use on some sandwiched fabric with no thread, just to get the flow of the pattern.
3. thecasualquilter - Take a two minute break after about 20 minutes of FMQ. You will find that your shoulders start to tense if you FMQ too long.

Needle Tips

1. threading a needle: http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-117282-1.htm#3063661

Quilt Care Tips:

http://www.materialpleasures.com/Quilt-Care_ep_27.html



Quilt Sizes & How to determine sizes:
http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art10199.asp


1. posted by stevendebbie25
found this link, it's very helpful for anyone trying to figure out yardages for their own quilt. Often we find a quilt block we like, and not know how to figure the construction.
http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQu...iltingtwo.html
http://www.quilterscache.com/M/MathChartsPage.html

and I liked this link, creating a quilt by your 'mood' colors.
http://daintytime.net/2010/06/16/mod-mood-quilt-1/

Another site with great step by step tutorials to begin a quilt.
http://www.squidoo.com/patchwork-qui...tips-from-jant
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