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Jess
Posted 2011-07-25 8:49 PM (#62009)
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Howdy ladies,

I have started blogging a tip of the day on our blog and on our Facebook page. I am also going to post them here. I would like to invite each of you to share your tips (daily, weekly, every so often, whenever!) so we create a wealth of knowledge in this thread. It will be a great place for new and old quilters alike to come and access a treasure trove of knowledge!

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Posted 2011-07-25 9:11 PM (#62012 - in reply to #62009)
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07/25/11 Tip of the day: Go to your local hardware store and purchase a metal peephole (that goes in a front door). Use it when you are laying out your quilt. Looking through it will create an illusion of more distance between you and your design surface, helping you see the overall picture and the impact of individual fabrics.
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Jess
Posted 2011-07-25 11:57 PM (#62016 - in reply to #62009)
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7/24/11: Tip of the day: Some folks like to put their ironing board next to their sewing table, low enough to iron while sitting, so they can sew and iron without ever standing up. However, I like to get up and walk to my ironing board and give my muscles a good stretch every now and then. Ultimately I can sew longer and get more done if I keep myself moving. Where do you keep your iron?
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Jess
Posted 2011-07-26 9:20 AM (#62026 - in reply to #62016)
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7/26/11 Tip of the Day: You know that sliver of bar soap that's always left at the end? Use the edge of it to mark your quilts for quilting.
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Posted 2011-07-26 11:45 AM (#62029 - in reply to #62009)
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Great idea Jess! My tip for the day...

If you don't have one of those door viewers, you can take a picture with your digital camera. Then you can view it in black/white to check your values. You'll have to play with your camera settings... but some of the newer digitals also have a sepia setting which works the same way.
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Jess
Posted 2011-07-27 8:39 AM (#62057 - in reply to #62029)
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Awesome Denise! I've never thought of using photos in Black and White to look at color value. Great tip!

Diva Designer Tip 7/26/11: When cutting out pieces of fabric for a quilt, use the lines on your ruler, rather than the lines on your cutting mat, to measure. The lines on your cutting mat can become distorted over time and sometimes they aren't accurate to begin with.
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Posted 2011-07-27 10:30 AM (#62062 - in reply to #62009)
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No new tip here. I am already doing all that have been mentioned. You can also scan your fabrics if you have a flat deck scanner to print in black and white to see the contrast.

Also an extra on the tip of keeping moving. From the book: RX for Quilters break your sewing time up into hour sections. 50 minutes of sewing, then a mandatory 10 minute break to get away from the machine to have a glass of water, go to the bathroom and have a quick six minute walk. You'll be all refreshed and ready for the next hour. I have no problem remembering this at the machine but I harm my body when I hand stitch. Suffering a new repetitive strain injury.

The use of the ruler for all measuring means that you will have an accurate 90 degree angle. When I taught classes I would have them turn over the mats to the blank side, if it had one, so that the lines could not tempt them.
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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-27 8:46 PM (#62088 - in reply to #62009)
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I read this somewhere yesterday - but can't find it anymore!! - anyway, if you make your own stencils to use pounce powder on, an dyour stencil has little bumps on the back from punching your holes, use fine grit sandpaper on the back of the stencil to smooth off the bumps - your pounce powder will have a much easier time actually landing on the fabric in a neat line.

If I figure out where I read it, I'll post the credit link.
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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-27 9:57 PM (#62092 - in reply to #62009)
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Jess, I 've been trying to convince my quilty neighbour NOT to use the lines on her mat to line up and measure, but I think it's falling on deaf ears lol

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Jess
Posted 2011-07-28 10:35 PM (#62125 - in reply to #62092)
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Awesome tips Gerda and Agnes! It always amazes me how much we can learn just by conversing with fellow quilters.

Diva Designer Tip: Don't have wall space for a design wall? Tape batting and/or flannel to the back of a door for a makeshift small design wall. You'll be surprised how handy even a small design wall can be!
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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-28 11:11 PM (#62126 - in reply to #62009)
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I wish, Jess -no room here (well, I could use my sewing room door, but then it would be closed all the time - not exactly welcoming to DH LOL)
My design wall is either the living/dining room floor or our queen size bed - works for me - on the floor makes me bend over and stretch, on the bed means I'm walking from one end of the apartment to the other and back - also exercise lol

All that being said, I do miss my design wall from a few years back (flannel tacked to the wall). I also have a flannel sheet tacked onto a 2x2 piece of lumber, but it won't fit on these new shelving units I have - it slides right off! and it won't work across the room either (from one unit to another) - everything would fall off and I'd have to move it every time I go to the laundry room to cut or press.

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Jess
Posted 2011-07-29 8:55 AM (#62128 - in reply to #62126)
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To avoid the dreaded 'v' syndrome when cutting strips, make sure the fold on your fabric is straight and perpendicular (at a 90 degree angle) to the lines you are cutting. 
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Posted 2011-07-29 9:21 AM (#62129 - in reply to #62009)
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My design wall is a big piece of flannel hung on a curtain rod over the closet door in my sewing room. When I need it I just pull it across the door; when I'm done I push it back into the corner. I have to pin pieces to it (they don't stick very well), but it's nice to be able to move it when necessary.
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Posted 2011-07-29 10:17 AM (#62132 - in reply to #62009)
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My design walls are very portable. I stretched flannel over large pieces of foam core or similar board. I use binder clips to catch the nails if I hang them, can lay them on the bed, stand them on the floor, etc. The project I am working on dictates how I use them. I also have mini boards that fit inside my bins so I can lay block pieces out and stack in layers. These carry easily anywhere in the apartment and they do travel a lot. I much prefer them for most projects over baggies.
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scraphappydenise
Posted 2011-07-29 12:12 PM (#62137 - in reply to #62009)
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A couple of years ago, I covered two of those cardboard folding cutting boards with some warm and natural. I had my DH put a few of those tarp size grommets in the top and sides of them, so I can hang them from hooks if I like. they are portable, fold up small, and can be set side by side for larger projects. The cardboard allows me to pin into them if the fabric doesn't want to stay put.

I've also used those flannel-backed tablecloths to keep things together, I can lay it on the floor, and then when I need to quickly put the project away, I can roll it up and tuck it away until I'm ready to work on it again.

I'd love to make one of those design walls that is on like a roller shade that pulls down from a window cornice. (they were at our quilt show)... but I really don't have a wall space that is large enough near my machine. (unless I give in to DH and get rid of the treadmill)... but he'd just put something else in it's place....

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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-29 3:02 PM (#62144 - in reply to #62009)
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I have a 2x4' piece of pegboard and hooks for it - hubby made it for me some years ago, and it hangs behind the door to my sewing room. I hang my rulers, rotary cutters, patterns in baggies, and odds and ends from it. I was going to mount it behind my sewing table, but even being tall like I am, I would have had trouble reaching the top, so it's behind the door. He cut some 1x2s for the mounting frame on the back - very simple - and used L hooks on the back to either slip over the nails in the wall or I can run a ribbon/rope through them to hang from one nail.

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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-30 1:22 PM (#62207 - in reply to #62144)
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I ordered and received yesterday the book Quilting Designs from the Past - 300+ Designs from 1810-1940 by Jenny Carr Kinney (ordered through The Book Depository - so no shipping, and the cost was below US retail) and she says if you are thinking about how to quilt grids and how they might look on your quilt, to use a bunch of chopsticks and lay them out. You can change the layouts (just remember to take pictures) - I should think you could also use bamboo skewers (a large pack would cost maybe $1 at a dollar store).

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scraphappydenise
Posted 2011-07-30 2:10 PM (#62217 - in reply to #62009)
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So this last week, I've been working on a variety of blocks.... some for charity quilts... some baby blocks that need to be sent.... some guild blocks.... and my sewing area is a jumble of bits and scraps.... all different colors, fabrics, etc. It's time to do some straightening...

I've been trying for the last year to sort and cut my smaller pieces as I finish up projects. I've been using the Bonnie Hunter scrap sorter system.... squares and bricks in an assortment of sizes that work well together.... I then try to sort by color family.

Any strips that are left from trimming that are between 3/4" to 1 1/2" go into a drawer for strip piecing. That drawer is overflowing..... I swear they multiply.

1 1/2" squares are the smallest I keep. anything over 6" square goes in a drawer by color.... and if it's over a FQ, it goes back on the shelf by color.


How does everyone else handle leftovers?

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Jess
Posted 2011-07-30 2:58 PM (#62222 - in reply to #62009)
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Love the skewer tip Gerda. I've always got some of those around!

Denise, does Bonnie have a book about scrap sorting? Mine are all in one bin... :-(

Most of us know not to store our rotary boards in direct sunlight, since it will warp them. Also, store them flat (not on end), or you may warp them anyway. Same rules apply to rulers, since they will also warp and distort. 
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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-30 3:14 PM (#62224 - in reply to #62009)
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Mine are all shapes and sizes, they get tossed into a basket or tote - I haven't used much of them, then again, it seems lately I'm sewing for the shop and taking the leftovers back to them - and when I cut for swap or baby blocks, I cut exactly, so no scraps. everything just gets folded up and put back on the shelf. One of these days, I will have to go through, iron and sort and put into small boxes or something. I have a bunch of little scraps given me, that I have to wash and iron dry - I have no idea if these local ladies prewash or not.

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scraphappydenise
Posted 2011-07-30 5:55 PM (#62233 - in reply to #62009)
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Here is a link to Bonnie's system...

http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml  

if you have not visited or browsed her site, she has tons of information and free patterns there.

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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-30 8:14 PM (#62240 - in reply to #62009)
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Yeah, I know!!! tons of goodies there!
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Jess
Posted 2011-08-01 9:15 AM (#62290 - in reply to #62240)
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Denise, I love her site!! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Diva Designer Tip: When cutting triangles, patterns may have you cut some squares once diagonally and some squares on both diagonals. Do you know why? It depends on where the triangle is going to land in the project; the designer is trying to make the straight of grain land on the outside of the block or quilt top. 
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Gerda
Posted 2011-08-02 11:21 AM (#62383 - in reply to #62290)
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When binding a quilt, you usually have a leftover length. Use that leftover piece to make a hanging sleeve for your quilt.
This tip is thanks to Jenny (Jennifer Reynolds) of Elefantz.
I think it's a GREAT idea, myself, and plan to use it in future.

Gerda
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Posted 2011-08-02 12:14 PM (#62387 - in reply to #62009)
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LOL, Gerda, my "leftover" binding is usually about 6 inches long!
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Posted 2011-08-02 2:48 PM (#62392 - in reply to #62009)
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Sometimes I have a little bitty piece, too - oh, well, it might still work for some of us lol

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Posted 2011-08-02 5:57 PM (#62399 - in reply to #62009)
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I often wondered that about the triangles Jess, thanks.
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Gerda
Posted 2011-08-02 6:33 PM (#62404 - in reply to #62009)
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Another goody - now where did I see that one? Anyway, if you want to protect your finger tip from a hot iron, wear a leather thimble (without the metal part!)

Gerda
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Jess
Posted 2011-08-04 11:01 PM (#62481 - in reply to #62404)
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When working with fusible appliqué, use parchment paper to protect your ironing board cover and other surfaces from the fusible product you choose to use. (I like Steam-a-seam and sometimes Misty Fuse, and I try to cut out the center of the fusible and only fuse the edges of the pieces for a softer end product.)
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Posted 2011-08-07 11:18 AM (#62560 - in reply to #62481)
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Diva Designer Tip: Quilters used to use cooking ingredients like cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and corn starch to pounce mark their quilts for quilting. In a pinch, out if chalk? You might have something in your pantry that will do! (Be sure to test it on a scrap of fabric first, as you would do with anything you put on a quilt to mark it.)
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Posted 2011-08-07 11:19 AM (#62561 - in reply to #62009)
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Gerda - aren't sleeves usually 3" wide? How would you do that with a binding strip? I confess I haven't done many hanging sleeves, so I'm curious.
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Posted 2011-08-07 11:34 AM (#62562 - in reply to #62009)
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Good question, Jess, I hadn't thought it through, though if you open up your double fold (2 1/2-3" width, folded once) binding and press it flat, you should have enough width to make one easily. A sleeve does not have to be double. I was just passing on a tip I read - made sense to me - it would match (IF there was enough left over lol)

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Jess
Posted 2011-08-08 10:44 AM (#62584 - in reply to #62562)
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Sounds good to me Gerda!

Ladies, I have already learned so much from these tips of the day! Thanks for joining in with me. I told my sewing bee this weekend about the scrap organizing method Denise posted a link to, and they all want the link. So, I'm off to find the link for that to share on Facebook. Woohoo!
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Posted 2011-08-08 1:37 PM (#62589 - in reply to #62009)
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My tip for today..... KISS..... sometimes we overthink what we are working on. This little monkey quilt is for a baby.... I wanted it to stay soft and cuddly.... so a lot of quilting was not the answer. I also didn't want to quilt through the applique monkeys.

Many of us have many decorative stitches on our machines that NEVER get used..... I chose my serpentine stitch, adjusted the width to it's widest posibility and the length to the longest choice. I'm really happy with the results..... It sort of has a ripple effect.... It will be fun to see what it looks like after a good washing. ( still working on the binding.) I used "SOFT and BRIGHT" batting. it lays flat like a warm and natural, but it has a nice loft, and is lighter and more cuddley than the warm and natural.

Using my walking foot.... this process was fast! (I think actually faster than stitch in the ditch, because it's much more forgiving!

I am going to take a leap and assume that this new young mom, (first time mom)... is going to be overwhelmed, and not wanting to worry about loose seams, diagonal quilting pulls with multiple washings and dryings.... The serpentine stitch floats along the seam lines.... This helped to catch both sides of the seams.
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Posted 2011-08-08 1:43 PM (#62590 - in reply to #62009)
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Hanging sleeves....

I think it depends on what you are hanging. A small wall quilt? then I hang it on a small curtain rod, and a smaller hanging sleeve would work. (Although I like to catch mine in the binding when I stitch it down, then I only have to stitch the flappy side down.)

If you are entering a quilt in a show.... or plan to hang a larger quilt, a 4" finished sleeve is usually the norm. You want to make your sleeve with at least a 9" wide piece of fabric.... and to keep your quilt hanging flat and not "rolling" at the top.... you want it to have about a 1" tuck or pleat to accommodate a 2" hanging pole. I'll look for the tutorial I have somewhere..... The little tuck really does make a difference. (Ask someone who has hung several quilt shows.... there is a HUGE difference in flat sleeves and tucked sleeves). There is nothing worse than having a sleeve that is so tight, that the pole barely fits through it. For those of us up on the ladders... we love it when the quilt glides right onto the bar.

http://www.bluemoonriver.com/QuiltSleeve.pdf

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Posted 2011-08-08 4:30 PM (#62594 - in reply to #62009)
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Thanks for the link Denise! Great info.


Diva Designer Tip: Instead of marking the line to sew on the backs of tons of squares, try using wide sticky notes as a sewing guide. I used the same two sticky notes to sew over 300 seams and saved a chunk of time!
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Posted 2011-08-08 6:55 PM (#62596 - in reply to #62009)
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Good one, Jess!!!

Denise, I have used the serpentine stitch too - I do not like stitch in the ditch - as you said, it's easy, catches the seam allowances and looks neat and forgiving if you wobble.

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Posted 2011-08-15 3:45 PM (#62708 - in reply to #62596)
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Always "set" your seam first, by pressing it the way it was sewn before pressing the seam one direction or the other. This sinks the thread into the fabric and reduces the bulk of the seam (which is really nice when quilting!).
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Posted 2011-08-15 3:57 PM (#62712 - in reply to #62009)
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Jess, I knew you were supposed to do that with garment sewing, but I didn't know it applied to quilting, too. Thanks!
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Posted 2011-08-16 1:47 PM (#62752 - in reply to #62712)
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My pleasure Donna!

Use a pants hanger to hold open your pattern book while working on a quilt. You can even hang it on a convenient wall or bulletin board to save space!
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Posted 2011-08-23 11:58 AM (#62878 - in reply to #62009)
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My tip of the day:
Use knitting needle tip protectors on the tips of your small scissors - protects them and you from pokes. I hear some quilt shops and yarn shops sell them, but I bought mine at WalMart - other discount stores with a craft section should have them too. Very handy, and not expensive.

Gerda
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Posted 2011-08-23 1:33 PM (#62882 - in reply to #62009)
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Actually, the protectors should fit most scissors.
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Jess
Posted 2011-08-25 9:28 AM (#62914 - in reply to #62882)
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Awesome tip Gerda!

Here's mine: If your tension seems off on your machine, try replacing the needle first. Sometimes a fresh needle can fix the problem.
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Posted 2011-08-25 10:26 AM (#62916 - in reply to #62009)
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I never knew that Jess! I'll have to remember that one! Thanks!
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Posted 2011-09-20 3:08 PM (#63299 - in reply to #62916)
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Ever have wavy borders after quilting? Check to make sure you have a consistent density of quilting over the entire quilt surface. If not, the borders (or the entire quilt) may appear wavy. Go back and add more quilting where needed and your waves should calm down a bit!
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Posted 2011-09-23 12:09 PM (#63325 - in reply to #62009)
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When removing a bobbin (with thread still on it) from the bobbin case, clip the thread tail right next to the case and then remove the bobbin. Pulling a long thread tail through the bobbin case can mess up the spring and/or tension on your bobbin.
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Posted 2011-09-23 12:59 PM (#63328 - in reply to #62009)
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Thanks, Jess, I did not know that!! I'll try to remember to do that next time I change bobbins.
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Brn2sew
Posted 2011-09-24 9:34 AM (#63342 - in reply to #63325)
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Aawww, maybe that's what's happening to my tension on the long arm.....     Thanks for the tip Jess!     Sandy
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Posted 2011-09-24 5:15 PM (#63347 - in reply to #62009)
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Sandy, I have a good troubleshooting guide here for longarm tension. If you want to post a pic of what it's doing, I'd be happy to compare it.
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Brn2sew
Posted 2011-09-25 9:07 AM (#63352 - in reply to #63347)
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Thanks Jess,
There's a long arm vendor at the state quilt guild meeting this weekend.  I've been telling them my woes.  He even offered to come to my house and go over my machine if they have time...he lives out of state and they're leaving early this afternoon.  So far, he hasn't called to say he'd be here, so if the tension keeps going wonky on me, I might try sending you a pic.  It's not really terrible all the time, just sometimes on the pointy corners, it has a bauble.  Thanks again for your offer of help.   Sandy
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misisipimenace
Posted 2011-09-26 1:34 PM (#63376 - in reply to #63325)
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Jess - 2011-09-23 11:09 AM When removing a bobbin (with thread still on it) from the bobbin case, clip the thread tail right next to the case and then remove the bobbin. Pulling a long thread tail through the bobbin case can mess up the spring and/or tension on your bobbin.

same deal with your top thread too, jess!  when changing my top thread, i cut somewhere near the spool, then pull the "tail" thru the eye of the needle - pulling that thread "backwards" can mess up the top tension just as much

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Posted 2011-12-11 10:24 AM (#65060 - in reply to #62009)
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Fluorescent lights do a lot of damage to fabrics and other materials. Use ultraviolet filters (found at electrical supply stores) to decrease the damage.
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Posted 2012-06-12 11:50 AM (#69334 - in reply to #62009)
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Use the blank back of your cutting mat to cut your fabric. This forces you to measure with your ruler, rather than the lines on the mat (which are more likely to be distorted and less accurate). Have an awesome quilting day!
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misisipimenace
Posted 2013-02-09 2:43 PM (#74002 - in reply to #69334)
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awesome tip from Log Home Quilting on Facebook!  a wonderful "re-purposing" for those embroidery hoops i never use anymore:

QUILTER’S TIP OF THE DAY: Make your own reusable quilting stencils with nylon tulle. Trace the design onto the tulle with a permanent marker. Secure the tulle in place for your design with pins, then retrace the design through the tulle with your marking tool of choice. And if you put the tulle in an embroidery hoop, turn it over so the tulle is flat to the quilt, you can mark the design easily and move it as needed without pinning. Happy quilting!

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misisipimenace
Posted 2013-04-10 5:26 PM (#75245 - in reply to #74002)
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I bet several of our forum members do this, but just in case, here's an excellent tip: 

If you have a favorite quilting book that gets a lot of use, take it to your office supply store and have them put a spiral binding on it. Reinforce the covers by laminating them first. It will lie flat when you're using it and increase the lifetime of the book.

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Posted 2013-11-01 10:58 AM (#77053 - in reply to #75245)
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I need help! I marked a quilt top with the Chaco marking chalk and can't get the chalk off (short of washing it). Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get this chalk off? This is the first time I have ever used Chaco.

Thanks.

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Brn2sew
Posted 2013-11-03 7:40 AM (#77079 - in reply to #77053)
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Sorry Cherie, I've never used it.  Hope someone here will come along with an answer for you. 
I did find this site when searching with google:  http://www.clover-usa.com/Make+It/Useful+Tips/Marking+Tools/159  Looks like erasing with their special eraser or sprits with water might take the lines out.  Good luck!


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scraphappydenise
Posted 2013-11-03 10:31 AM (#77080 - in reply to #62009)
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Cherie....  I thought I tried to answer you the other night, but I must have not hit the submit button...

Has the chalk been sitting a long time?  or did you mark it recently  ?

try one of those mr. clean white erasers... use a new one... use it dry....   try a sample on a scrap of your fabric...  It's simply amazing what those little guys will do....

 

 

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scraphappydenise
Posted 2013-11-03 10:41 AM (#77081 - in reply to #62009)
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Here's a fun tip!  

If you have lots of little pieces to cut for a project, and have a hard time keeping track....

Run a clear page protector through a laminator with a laminator sheet.  using a scissors,  cut along the top of the sheet, removing the protective top edge, so you can still get a paper inside.

you can now mark on the laminated sheet with a sharpie marker  

When done, you can wipe the permanent marker off with a Mr. Clean white eraser....

the sharpie won't rub off onto your project or your fabric if you are carrying it to a class or retreat until you use the eraser. (wipe erase markers rub off too easily). 

 

You can use and re-use the sheet protector many times.   

try using it when shopping for a special project... as well.  you can mark off the colors you already have.

assignments on a chore chart for the kids at home?  try it!   

Some of the premium grade, heavy duty page protectors will work the same way without laminating them.

We use this process at school for attendance, breakfast and lunch check off, daily bus check off,  chores, etc.  and it is a huge time saver and paper/copier resource reducer.

interested in re-using your file folders w/o using those stick on labels that won't stay put?  ask me...

 

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