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Thread: Tips & Tid Bits

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    After quilting, my next love is collecting tips and bits of information relating to quilting. Just any type of little tip that may help in the smallest way, sometimes turns out to be a "big" time saver, or makes the light come on for someone like me, very slow at times. I would love to have any of your tips you are willing to share.
    Thanks, Pam in WV

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    No tips that I can think of, just wanted to welcome you to the board.

    Rose Hall
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    Hello and Welcome :D :D :D There are loads of tips sprinkled throughout this board :wink:

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    *Waves from Iowa* :)

    Tips? hmm tidbits? hmm
    nope nothing comes to mind right off the bat but I'll get back to you if something pops up :)

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    Hi Pam Welcome from Iowa

    I like to use the little blue seam ripper( I get them at Walmart) because the tip is smaller than most and I do miniatures. Well they were always rolling off onto the floor or they were hard to hold so I taped one onto an emory board. Works great. I now have a larger handle with a small tip to get into those seams and rip them out! And it doesn't roll anymore! The handle that is on them(the blue part) is only 1 1/2" long. You are supposed to stick that part into the cap but I never liked how that felt in my hand. This works so much better for me and I used a hole punch and punched a hole in the end of the emory board to hang it with.


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    Greetings from Sacramento CA.

    Do you already have a boat load of tips, or are you starting fresh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Hi Pam Welcome from Iowa

    I like to use the little blue seam ripper( I get them at Walmart) because the tip is smaller than most and I do miniatures. Well they were always rolling off onto the floor or they were hard to hold so I taped one onto an emory board. Works great. I now have a larger handle with a small tip to get into those seams and rip them out! And it doesn't roll anymore! The handle that is on them(the blue part) is only 1 1/2" long. You are supposed to stick that part into the cap but I never liked how that felt in my hand. This works so much better for me and I used a hole punch and punched a hole in the end of the emory board to hang it with.
    I like the fine/narrow bladed nail scissors - they really work better than the seam rippers for me.

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    Hi and Welcome from southern Indiana! Lots of info here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Hall
    No tips that I can think of, just wanted to welcome you to the board.

    Rose Hall
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    I am wondering do you use EQ to design your quilts? I have EQ and noticed a lot of your designs look like theirs.
    Just wondering.

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    Hi, and Welcome from SW Michigan!! :D

    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Are you making a "Tips" book? I bought a 3 ring binder and put my tips in it. One day it will be a great beginner book for someone.
    Excellent tip, Loretta!! I'm going to start one! I write things, or print them off, then have no idea where I put them! lol!!

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    Hi and welcome. No tips come to mind right now.

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    Thanks Rhonda for the seam ripper tip.
    Here is something else for you to think about. Since my hands are older than I am, I got a woodworking friend of mine to remove the plastic handle form my ripper and he made me a wooden handle.
    It's bigger around and a bit longer, and with a hole in the handle, a little ribbon on it and I can wear it around my neck.
    Of course quilters never rip, just unsew a bit.
    Pam

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    Hi Loretta,
    No tip book, but it is because I hadn't thought of it. Wonderful idea and maybe some of the older, no more experienced, quilters can get something from new ideas and tips.
    Thanks, Pam

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    I have quite a few tips, but can always use more. I have even gotten tips on how to improve and old tip.
    Thanks, Pam in WV

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    Welcome.

    If you've been collecting tips and tidbits, maybe you have some to share with us!

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    yes, I use EQ5. am thinking about upgrading to EQ6. maybe this summer when I am not in school and have more time to play on the computer.
    Rose Hall

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    Pam in WV, this board is GREAT for tips and tidbits!! That's one of the things that keep me coming back. I've learned lots of wonderful "little" pointers that don't turn out to be so little. Enjoy.

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    Welcome!

    I'm not sure if this qualifies as a tip as opposed to a favorite tool, but I am just loving the mechanical chalk pencil I bought. The brand is Bohin and it cost $11.50 and is worth every penny!!! I was able to mark the entire outside of a lap size quilt without a single broken tip! I could never get a point to stay on the chalk pencil for more than a few minutes of marking.


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    http://www.clotilde.com/tipoftheweek/?tip_id=74

    There are tip on the Clotilde site. I just found them at the about site. There is a great one for baby quilts and more. Go check them out for your book.

    Connie

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    Hi Katier825
    I'm always looking for something that will make my life easier. I would love to know where you got your making pencil.
    Thanks.

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    Welcome from Pine Grove, CA.

    I am a relative newby to quilting starting only 1 1/2 years ago.

    Most of the quilts I've made become gifts for those special
    people in my life. I decided initially that I would start a
    scrapbook of sorts to keep track of my projects. I include:
    a picture of the finished product, a pic of the label,
    swatches of all the fabric used and finally a picture of the
    recipient with their quilt. It is fun to look back and see
    those "smiles".

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    I found the mechanical chalk pencil at:

    http://www.quilterswarehouse.com/P-7...-by-bohin.aspx

    It's $10.92 if it's the same thing.

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    Hi Pam,

    Welcome from Kansas. This is a wonderful group.

    cyniree

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I like a water soluable ink pen I got at joanns- actually a felt tip marker. Once I am done quilting, I lightly wet it with water and it is gone.
    who makes this pen - i'm always on the lookout for marking things

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam in WV
    Hi Katier825
    I'm always looking for something that will make my life easier. I would love to know where you got your making pencil.
    Thanks.
    The link that conblond2005 posted is similar to item I bought. I got mine at my local quilt shop, but I have also seen them on line. I've looked at so many sites the last couple of days, I don't remember where. I did a quick google search and came up with the right one.

    http://www.thebestkeptsecret.com/cgi...cking5=froogle

    I like having the chalk because I don't have to worry that it won't come out of the fabric like some of the markers do. I can just see myself being in a hurry and using it without testing every fabric I'm using first, then having a problem.

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