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    Techniques/Tricks I was excited to learn how to do - - -

    The partial seam trick/technique - opened up so many block patterns -

    That "tails/dog-ears/triangles 'sticking out' from one piece that I want to sew to another piece"- are "normal" and that marking the seam lines until I catch on to where and how the pieces join was worth the effort.

    Do you have any techniques/tricks that were "a-hA" events for you?

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    Popping the block joining seams to make the intersection 'twirl'.

    Learning the quilter's knot for hand sewing.

    Using my thumbnail for popping the end of thread knot into the fabric for no thread breakage or pulled fabric.

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    Learning to paper piece was definitely the technique that was most exciting for me...maybe because it was also the most frustrating.

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    Exactly Bear!

    I mark seam lines all the time especially on triangles. You can also trim those ears off the pieces too before stitching.

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    chain piecing!! A million years I saw a friend putting four patches through one right after another and said "thats all wrong"

    leaders and enders for the boring parts of a quilt

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    Partial seams; the quilter’s knot; fmq; inserting piping into a binding and then sewing both the front and back by machine in a way that looks good enough for shows (thank you Susan Cleveland!); basting areas where points need to match up with my machine before joining the whole row (can’t remember who I got that one from, it was either Carol Doak or Marti Michelle); joining the ends of binding with no math (thanks Tim Lattimer); thtere’s probably more...

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    Bonnie Hunter's tip of measuring your sewn unit instead of the 1/4 inch seam allowance. The never fail way of joining the binding ends for quilt binding. The lock stitch to keep a single thread on my needle when hand sewing binding.....

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    Wow! I’m reading this and have no idea what you guys are talking about. I have so much to learn.

    an ah-ha for me was seeing spun seams in the center of blocks. I’ve done it on a few blocks and am still working on mastering it. Reduces so much bulk.
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    Can you give the link for that technique please, Bear?
    The partial seams I mean!
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    Using glue and an iron for tricky seams and basting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb2018 View Post
    Using glue and an iron for tricky seams and basting
    I hope more people start using Elmers Washable School Glue to help hold tricky seams, binding and keeping bias cuts manageable while sewing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    Can you give the link for that technique please, Bear?
    The partial seams I mean!
    Here's one reference:

    http://piecebynumber.com/partial-seam-technique/

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    That I did not need to use "exactly" matching thread for piecing. Actually, unless for top-stitching, "exactly" matching thread is seldom necessary for many other sewing projects.

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    Oh my, over 35 years of quilting and teaching I have found, developed, stumbled on, and heard so many trick/tips/techniques I could (should?!) write a book!!

    Trying to think of one I haven't already shared here in the years I've been a member....
    Here is a quick way to make quarter-square triangles. I often use this to make use of leftover HSTs that I'd rather put to another use.

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    When sewing a snowball on the end of a strip. Mark your line, but be sure to sew one to two
    " stitch " lines over from your marked line on the piece you are going to cut off. Just need to allow for the fold line or it will be a tad short.
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    This might help people who can't iron straight. lol like me.
    I made a new cover for my ironing board using a striped material. When Ironing a strip of fabric, I use the lines to make sure the strip is straight, just like you would do on your cutting mat.
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    Donna Jordan's use of the long ruler to keep fabric straight on the ironing board. Now I have straight lines, no more curves.

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    I liked Missouri Star’s video about sewing two charms together along the sides and cutting them in the middle. Then add another piece to one of them and sew it into a four patch.

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    Making hst's oversize and then trimming, strip piecing, chain piecing, leaders and enders, ironing seams to one side.

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    Going old school and learning to pull a thread and then using scissors to cut long sashings and borders. What a revelation!

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    Donna Jordan's hint to use a weight to hold down the end of a 24" ruler so it doesn't move as you cut along it. Bonnie Hunter's spinning seam intersections. I don't know where I learned it, but joining the ends of binding by overlapping them by the width of the strips before cutting off the excess makes my bindings so much nicer than inserting one end into the other. I wish I could remember half of the tips and tricks I've heard or read about over the years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb2018 View Post
    Using glue and an iron for tricky seams and basting
    When I learned to glue baste was “ah-ha” moment for me. Learning to use ultra thin iron on interfacing to make larger appliqués, and using the glue to place my appliqués so I can hand stitch them down was a revelation too!
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    I'm so glad that I discovered Emerald Meadows' YouTube video on joining the ends of binding. I didn't like the look of tucking one end inside the other, and I really couldn't understand Fons & Porters' method despite numerous attempts. Then I discovered Emerald! I play his video and sew along with him for perfect joins every time.
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    What a great thread! Thank you Bearisgray for starting it. My contribution: Cut strips a thread or two larger than the finished size to allow for the turn of cloth. After sewing, measure to make sure it's the right size.

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