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Thread: Okay, I try to find an easier way....a trick

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    Okay, I try to find an easier way....a trick

    I have only been quilting a year after retiring and started the mystery quilt with McCall's Quilting. Got to part 3 yesterday and found that I was suppose to draw lines diagonally on the little squares to sew them to the big block but I kept thinking there had to be an easier way (now if this trick has already been shared, I have never seen it) so I pinned the blocks on and then put a piece of painter's tape on the bed of the sewing machine with the edge of the tape measured right down from the needle. Then, I began sewing from the diagonal corner to the other corner, keeping it lined up with the painter's tape. It worked perfectly, check out the three pictures. If someone already came up with this, thank you, if not I just discovered it. I got all 80 corners done perfectly!!! Here are the pictures.
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    Great idea!!! We all can use a new way of trying things!

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    I used this method when making my Hunters Star quilt. Works great and really goes fast! Please post a picture of your quilt. I just bought the last magazine today!
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    I had never seen that before Thanks I am always looking for a new way to do things

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    great tip thanks for sharing with us
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    thanks for the great tip. glad you got your sewing perfect
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    digging out the painters tape as i type. love this idea. BRILLIANT!!!!!

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    I've done that before too. It works great!!! I like using tape for marking lines on my machine.
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    I have seen that tip many times and I have it in a book or so. I am glad you just tried it and it works great for you.
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    Duct tape for the guys and blue painters tape for the quilters. Where would we be without them

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    That's like using the Angler II without the cost and annoyance of having to allign it and tape it down. Good idea.
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    This is a new tip for me - can't wait to try it. Thanks.

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    I use painter's tape for my 1/4 inch line, but never thought to use it for this!! thanks for sharing this tip!

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    Great tip! And I love your fabric! It's going to be a beautiful quilt!

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    I'm going to try this post again. I typed it out 4 times this morning, and each time when I tried to post it, everything froze up - again. I do wish someone would fix what's becoming a very annoying bug. Anyway - thanks very much for this clever tip. I only discovered painters tape recently, and my roll is going down fast. The guy in the local painters and decorators shop was rather bemused when I told him I wanted it for sewing!
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    That is fabulous! I hate drawing the lines on all the squares, and if you are using dark-colored squares, it's a problem. You've solved it!
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    That is a great idea. Thanks for sharing your discovery.

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    Good idea. Saw the mystery quilt in the magazine but didn't do it. Will be anxious to see yours completed.

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    My Mystery Quilt Picture

    One of our great quilters ask that I post a picture of my mystery quilt. Here it is laid out on the carpeting. Not sewn together yet - still working on that after getting the blocks completed and laid out. It was a lot of fun - will do the mystery quilt again.
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    Love that fabric!! I, too accidentally discovered your trick. I have a line down from the needle for diagonals and one for a 1/4". So much time and money saved! I sew just a hair to the right of the "line" so as not to take up fabric for the fold.

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    Painter's tape is much cheaper than an Angler.
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    I have drawn a line on my machine from the needle to the edge and use it for making the diagonal for the binding.

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    Great idea!!

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    You ought to submit that to their tips section. It's a winner!
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    there was a plastic template for this years ago but your way is easier and also much less expensive I have also pressed them to save drawing the line but your way is a great time saver thanks for sharing

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