There’s been a little bit of lonestar making in my studio. I guess cabin fever got the best of me…so much snow! Thought I’d share how I worked on my points. First I stuck a pin 1/4″ from the edge along the seam of the first piece and into the second piece. This one is also 1/4″ from the edge. You can draw the 1/4″ seam; I eyeballed it. As you can see, you need the points to align 1/4″ in, not at the edge.
Next, I gave the pin a good wiggle. This is a very technical sewing term, “a good wiggle.” This way, you can see where the pin was. Remove the pin. Place a second pin in as you normally would. As you stitch, stitch though the pin hole.
This trick works any time you’re attaching pieces along an angle and want perfect points. You can check out my lonestar over on Instagram.
It’s Tip time! Today’s tip comes from my friend Emily Herrick. When you’re packing for a retreat or a class, rulers can get very unruly (pun intended), try looping them together with a binder ring!
You’re also much less likely to lose one!
Marking the maker is so important! I would love to have labels on my vintage quilts. Then I would know who made them…and when…and why…and all the other questions that we have and we look at a quilt! But alas, no labels. So I make a point to label mine. And today I’m going to talk about the pens I use.
Regular Sharpies are awesome pens, but not for labels! They’re permanent but they’re NOT fade proof. In fact, after a washing they’re usually a gross shade of purple or green. Microns are permanent, waterproof AND fade proof. Micron is a brand name (as is Sharpie), so just look for words like fade proof and colorfast. I think sharpie even has a colorfast pen for fabric. This will ensure that your label will look just as good after a few washings!
Today’s terrific tip is for organizing your pattern and fabric! While I’m choosing the fabric, whether at the shop or at home, I cut a sliver from the printed selvage side.
Then tape the sliver on the pattern. You’ll never question your fabric choices again! Or wonder what “blue flower dot” means!!
Today’s terrific tip is straight from The Guru! When she attaches binding, she marks the mitered line to sew on. Sometimes it’s hard to see where the other corner is when marking, so lay your piece near the edge (not at the edge) to use that as a guide.
Once it’s marked, you move it back to the edge to sew! Easy peasy!!
I wrote a Terrific Tip Tuesday about my love of self threading needles a few weeks ago. I got a few questions about what to do when the thread is short. When my friend Tessa, The Sewing Chick also suggested it as a Tuesday Tip, I knew it needed to be! The answer is to go ahead and stitch your needle.
Once your needle is in place, simply thread it. You’ll want to use a self threading needle for smooth sailing.