Tuesday Tip: Save the Zipper Pull


We’ve all been there. Just when you’re about to finish up your project, you do the unthinkable. You pull off the zipper pull. Noooo! It’s the absolute worst. Today’s tip is preventative.


Before any trimming takes place, run a stitch along the edge to secure the zipper. Make sure that the seam is within the seam allowance of your project. This also helps to make your zipper lay just how you want.

xo LC

Tuesday Tip: Interfacing Scraps


Storing interfacing is always a problem. I posted a bit ago about how I write a selvage on my interfacing . But I never really know what to do with scraps! Someone suggested storing interfacing rolled in a toilet paper roll. I’ve since found it to be the perfect solution for interfacing scraps! For larger interfacing scraps, you can wrap a piece of paper around to write your label.

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Lonestar Points

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
xx LC

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: Traveling with Rulers

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!

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: Fade Proof Labeling

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!

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: Even Stitching


Who’s a fan of hand stitching? I find it relaxing. Sometimes my perfectionism and my desire for a mindless activity have trouble meeting at the same spot. So here is a great old trick for perfect even stitching!


Mark even stitches on your thumb to follow as you hand stitch. This can work for all types of stitching. I especially like it for decorative stitching, such as a blanket stitch or chain stitch. 

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Thumb the Appliqué 


Today’s tip is straight from The Guru! She and I are both big fans of freezer paper appliqué. When you’re doing a complex shape like this flower, no matter how carefully you cut, there tends to be a little different in each of your scallops. 

As you move the freezer paper from the front to the back, hold your thumb on one petal to keep it in the same location. This keeps the subtle differences to a minimum.


It’s something small, but it made a big difference when there was a lot of appliqué.

xo LC