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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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Jess
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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scraphappydenise
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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Quilt Mama
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

Gerda
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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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MsMeow
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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Quilt Mama
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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