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Thread: What is the best tip you ever got?

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    Was there ever a quilting tip you got from somewhere that gave you an "ah ha!" moment?

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    The best one I ever got was to use small binder clips to hold my binding while hand stitching it down. They work better for me because they don't catch the thread like pins will, and I am hopelessly uncoordinated. I use about 8-10 and remove them as I go. Before I remove the last one, I replace the others on the next stretch. I just clip the 'offies' to the quilt so I don't have to chase them, and I don't get stuck with pins. (Fold the silver 'legs' down over the quilt.)

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    To starch.

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    No quilt police. I thought everything had to perfect and could never achieve that....so now I do my best and enjoy the process....even binding!

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    Take a deep breath and get on with it, whatever "it" is!

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    Make sure you sew an accurate 1/4 inch seam.

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    To take my time!!!! No reason to be in a hurry because that is when most mistakes happen.

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    Measure twice,cut once.

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    Starch :D:D:D The 2nd best? Is to never forget to relax and have fun :wink:

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    Just throw it away and start again!!!

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    Buy the best quilting tools you can afford and don't make do because it's just your hobby.

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    Press or iron your seams. Even though I would rather not iron, this makes a HUGE difference when quilting the quilt.

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    The VERY best tip I ever got was to use 2 pins when lining up seams. One on either side of the seam. Providing I have it properly lined up before I pin it won't shift and has saved me lots of unstitching over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly
    Was there ever a quilting tip you got from somewhere that gave you an "ah ha!" moment?

    I will start...
    The best one I ever got was to use small binder clips to hold my binding while hand stitching it down. They work better for me because they don't catch the thread like pins will, and I am hopelessly uncoordinated. I use about 8-10 and remove them as I go. Before I remove the last one, I replace the others on the next stretch. I just clip the 'offies' to the quilt so I don't have to chase them, and I don't get stuck with pins. (Fold the silver 'legs' down over the quilt.)
    The binder clips are great. Also the quote, "Only God is perfect, my quilt doesn't need to be"

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    That if you make a mistake and no one is looking who is to say that it was a mistake that you meant to do that! That one has made me sane!!!

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    ...that most recipients of a quilted gift will look at the sum of the parts and love the quilt. They will not pick apart all the little mistakes that we as quilters focus on.

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    Spray basting

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    My best tip is the method of needlemarking light colored fabrics. It works absolutely great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borntohandquilt
    My best tip is the method of needlemarking light colored fabrics. It works absolutely great.
    What is needlemarking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pal
    Just throw it away and start again!!!
    Funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trif
    What is needlemarking?
    It's a method of marking your quilting patterns without a pen or pencil and without color markings after the basting has been done.
    I use a darning needle for it with a point not too sharp. The needle is not held upright but at a sharp angle and is pressed in the fabric. The needle tip leaves a fine line like a crease.
    The markings stay quite a long time and when the quilting is finished nothing has to be removed!

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    when pinning applique pieces to the block push the pins in from underneath --the thread then has nothing to catch on

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    Too hard to pick one! but the latest was really useful....winding your binding on a toilet roll tube...so simple and effective.

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    I have two equal, both given on the same thread. Starch. Spray baste. both saved my sanity.

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    The wisdom, "Sometimes, even though your quilt isn't finished, you're finished with your quilt. Even Beethoven left things unfinished, and no one doubts his genius!"

    Jan in VA

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    to use smaller straight pins to line up my seams.

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