Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 6 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 58

Thread: Favorite Tips, Tricks or Tools??

  1. #1
    Senior Member doowopddbop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Heber City, UT
    Posts
    660
    Blog Entries
    3
    I've been working on a "Quilting Basics" lesson, mostly for new quilters, but I think the lesson should have some good tips for experienced quilters, too. This is the best place I know to get meaningful answers.

    What do you think new quilters want to know?

    What's in your toolbox (sewing kit)? Your favorite item?

    What's your favorite tip or trick for quilting?

    I love teaching quilt classes, but I especially love how fearless new quilters are, and sometimes they don't need "RULES"! But I keep going, because I figure correct techniques don't hurt creativity. And no, I'm not on the Quilt Police force, I just like my points to match... :D What do you think?

    I've posted my ideas in a tutorial here:
    http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cut...-tricks-tools/
    Attached Images Attached Images  

  2. #2
    Senior Member gigi10's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    College Station, Texas
    Posts
    829
    I do all aspects of quilting. I love to do hand applique. Freezer paper is a must for that, as is a sharpened chop stick....It keeps me from burning my fingers. I also have many different bags to keep/carry my WIPs. I mark every piece if I am hand piecing a top. I use a clear ruler and a mechanical pencil. It maintains a sharp edge and is a finer line. I have more, if this is helpful. Send me a PM, if you want more.

  3. #3
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    13,881
    Important ... measure and square as you go.
    You can't fix a problem that started ten (or more) seams ago.

  4. #4
    saf
    saf is offline
    Super Member saf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    1,180
    thanks for sharing this link. As a newbie I may not need/follow rules but I certainly appreciate any advice I can get. Especially appreciate pictures as I am a visual person.

  5. #5
    Super Member DogHouseMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Grundy Co Illinois
    Posts
    5,328
    Glue stick. Great for putting an applique down before stitching, and perfect for "pinning" piecies - especially strip pieces. It washes out - I checked. It dries almost immediately. It doesn't gum up the needle or the machine. It stays where you put it and keeps the fabric in place.

    The only time I use pins now is when I have seams that don't *quite* want to match and I need to ease one into another. I'll still use the glue stick for the rest of the piece, then use pins for easing the seam for an exact match.

  6. #6
    Super Member Bonbonary's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,225
    Blog Entries
    3
    My favorite "non-sewing" tool is my blue painters tape. I use it constantly to get all the little threads away from the machine, the fabric, my clothes, design wall and everywhere else those little pieces hide. Lint rollers get used up too fast, but the tape is cheap & theres lots of it. I haven't tried to use it for lining up straight stitches, but I hear on the board it is good for that, too.

    I've only been sewing for a few years, but I would love to have a reference about what the difference is in thread weights, cotton vs polyester...can I use the cones of serger thread? etc. I've tried all of them & don't see much difference, but there must be a good reason for each of them. Then there's always the mystery of different needle sizes. Just a thought, but I'd certainly be interested.

  7. #7
    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Central Indiana (USA)
    Posts
    31,244
    Blog Entries
    194
    thanks for working on your tutorial

    Craftybear

    Quote Originally Posted by doowopddbop
    I've been working on a "Quilting Basics" lesson, mostly for new quilters, but I think the lesson should have some good tips for experienced quilters, too. This is the best place I know to get meaningful answers.

    What do you think new quilters want to know?

    What's in your toolbox (sewing kit)? Your favorite item?

    What's your favorite tip or trick for quilting?

    I love teaching quilt classes, but I especially love how fearless new quilters are, and sometimes they don't need "RULES"! But I keep going, because I figure correct techniques don't hurt creativity. And no, I'm not on the Quilt Police force, I just like my points to match... :D What do you think?

    I've posted my ideas in a tutorial here:
    http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cut...-tricks-tools/

  8. #8
    Senior Member gigi10's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    College Station, Texas
    Posts
    829
    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    Glue stick. Great for putting an applique down before stitching, and perfect for "pinning" piecies - especially strip pieces. It washes out - I checked. It dries almost immediately. It doesn't gum up the needle or the machine. It stays where you put it and keeps the fabric in place.

    The only time I use pins now is when I have seams that don't *quite* want to match and I need to ease one into another. I'll still use the glue stick for the rest of the piece, then use pins for easing the seam for an exact match.
    Thank you for the glue stick tip. Is it any kind in partiacular?

  9. #9
    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Posts
    6,407
    If you do a search up top, you will find a bunch of previous threads which give lots of info to add to your list.

  10. #10
    Marion Jean's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Leland, NC
    Posts
    303
    I've finally, after many years, started using a stiletto to help guide seams through the presser foot - especially helpful at the end of a seam when the fabric tends to shift a little bit. Now I don't sew without one.

Page 1 of 6 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.