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Jess
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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Gerda
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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scraphappydenise
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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scraphappydenise
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

Edited by scraphappydenise 2011-08-08 1:49 PM
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Jess
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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Gerda
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.

Gerda
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Jess
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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MsMeow
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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Jess
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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Gerda
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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Gerda
Posted 2011-08-23 1:33 PM (#62882 - in reply to #62009)
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Actually, the protectors should fit most scissors.
Gerda
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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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Short Not Sassy
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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Jess
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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