Terrific Tip Tuesday: Label It

Do you have more then one sewing machine? There’s nothing worse than arriving to class with the wrong foot pedal! Or even worse without your foot pedal! Linda, my tablemate from Sew Virginia Beach, suggested labels. Her machines have different pedals, so she labeled them prominently.

My machines have the same pedal, but I bought an extra to take to class. I keep it in my sewing machine’s case, so I don’t need to remember to pack it. I do the same with the power cord. If you have a spare already packed, you don’t need to remember it!

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Batting Sampler

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Yesterday was my stop on the Pat Sloan Mega Fun Book Tour! When Pat initially asked me to join in her fun, I asked if I could also find a tip to share today! There were so many to choose from. But I love this!

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I love this idea of going in with a group of quilty friends to buy a batch of different batting. If you wanted to kick it up a notch, you could do larger swatches so that you could all quilt the samples. I pretty much use the same batting 99% of the time (you are my true love, Quilters Dream Select), but if I had samples, I might venture out more. I do love wool batting so when I venture, that’s where I tend to find myself. So gather your quilty troop and start sampling!

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Bobbin Storage


I saw this awesome storage tip at Sew Virginia Beach! It’s so simple, but I love it. These colorful bobbins are for a featherweight, but this trick will work for any bobbins.


It’s also pleasing when something that cost under a dollar from the office supply store can make your sewing life easier.

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Striped HSTs

Today’s tip is all about playing with stripes! If you want to make a fun half square triangle, take a stripe and cut two identical squares from it. The size will depend on what you want you’re finished size to be. Place the triangles so that the stripes are running in the same direction.

Make the half square triangle as you normally would. And you’ll get this cool design! Try it with all different stripes; you’ll love the results!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Lint Rolling

  
The lint roller is a brilliant invention both inside and outside the sewing room. One of my favorite uses is cleaning up “cutting lint”. My accuquilt dies look like this after cutting.

 
The lint roller makes it look like this!
  
It’s also a great tool for your cutting mat after an intense cutting session! Thanks to Dana for suggesting this as a great tip!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: The Mini Iron

 
If you’re like me, you wish you could transport your entire sewing room when you take a class or go on retreat! One thing that makes me particularly crazy is using a not so strong mini iron or having to lug my regular big iron with me. Then I got this!

It’s the perfect size for travel! And the cord wraps up very neatly. The best part…it’s very hot! I don’t tend to use steam, but it does steam. I picked mine up locally Sew Original.

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Batting Scraps

 
It’s time for another Terrific Tip Tuesday! Today’s tip is something I’ve heard about from quite a few people; it’s such a goodie though, I had to share. Whenever I make quilts, I always end up with a bunch of random batting scraps. Label the scraps with the approximate measurement and you’re far more likely to use them!

 
Remember, it’s always better to label on the small side of the measurement. You don’t want to be short! Lucky me, The Guru did it for me!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Selvage Labels

 
Selvages are great! They can tell us who designed the fabric, who manufactured it, what it is called, what inks printed it and where it’s printed. And we throw it all away. A lot of folks have designed great quilts/totes/skirts/pillows/pinnies using them and I’ve saved mine (albeit in trash bags) with the best of intentions. But my favorite use of late is an addition to my quilt back or binding.

 

Here I showed all the selvages of all the lines I used. This is my City Sampled Quilt from a while back. 

 

Now we have another thing to hoard…

xo LC