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In searching the internet for quilting tips and patterns, I come across some really good ideas. In this article I share 7 quilting tips from videos I’ve discovered.
Remember, there are no rules in quiltmaking. When you see or hear tips on anything, if it makes sense to you and you get good results, then that tip works for you. But if it doesn’t work for you, there’s always another way to do it. If someone says you should always do something or you should never do something, ask them why. Their answer should help you understand more about the tip and determine if it works for you.
A perfect example of different ways are the first two videos in this article. The first video shows cutting fabric using the markings on the mat. In the second video the instructor’s tip is that you don’t use the markings on the mat. Maybe both tips work for you, maybe not. I hope you enjoy watching.
Tip 1: Time Saving Tip for Cutting Up Strips
If you need to sub-cut multiple strips into the same sizes, this video shows you how. Produced by Quilt Addicts Anonymous, this 3:36 minute video shows how to use the markings on the cutting mat to quickly and accurately sub-cut the strips.
Tip 2: Power Cutting
This video is produced by On Point. It is 21:24 minutes but worth the time to watch. In addition to tips from folding fabric to using a rotary cutter, Nancy Roelfsema demonstrates how to power cut fabric without using the markings on the mat.
Tip 3: How to Use Invisible Sewing Thread
Invisible thread is great for hiding stitches. It behaves differently than cotton thread so this 2 minute video from Crafty Gemini gives tips for working with invisible thread and getting the results you want.
Tip 4: Joining Strips For Binding
This is a video I made. Most of the videos I saw for joining binding strips did not mark the angle. I prefer to mark the angle because when I just “eyeball” it, the seam never comes out straight for me.
Tip 5: Nylon Thread vs Nylon Thread
Yes, you read that correctly! Bob Purcell, also known as Dr. Bob, owner of Superior Threads tells us why you don’t want to use nylon thread in your quilts. Next, he tells you why you do! You won’t be confused once you watch his 3 minute discussion including a great machine applique tip.
Tip 5: How to Keep Fabric From Fraying
I like to wash my fabric before using it. The biggest hassle for me is the fabric fraying after washing. This 3 minute video from Needlepointers.com shows how to stop the fabric from fraying.
I’ve tried clipping the corner in the past and got similar results to that shown in the video. Next time I’ll use my serger to finished the edges. The serger is faster than I can zig zag. Not addressed in the video is the use of a color catcher to absorb any dyes that may run in the wash. Read my article Washing Fabric and Quilts.
Tip 6: How to Tie a Quilter’s Knot
We call this a quilter’s knot but it can be used for any hand sewing. The video is from Maxie at MaxieMakes.com.
Tip 7: How to Bury A Knot
The final tip shows how to bury a knot before and after stitching. This video is by Karen from Karensquilting.com.
When I do handwork my favorite needles are Piecemakers Betweens Size 10. These are tiny needles, about 1″ long and they might take some getting used to. It’s easier for me to control the smaller needle.
I always use a Dritz Slip-Stop thimble with ridges all around and on top. I have several different sizes and keep extra everywhere. In the winter I use the smaller thimbles and in the blazing summers we have in central Texas I use the medium to large sizes.
Also for handwork I use Elan 4″ embroidery scissors with a serrated edge. The tip is so small I can get into really tight spots to clip the threads.
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