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.
Today’s terrific tip is brought to you by my buddy Dana, of Old Red Barn Co. Dana is one of the nicest and funniest people you’ll ever meet. We were able to get together to sew last weekend. So obviously, I hit her up for a good tip. She uses pins to mark her rows by placing the number of pins for that row. Five pins means row five.
A brilliant plan! And it uses supplies already on hand!! Thanks Dana!
PS: Check out the awesome quilt top that Dana whipped up with the AccuQuilt! Love!!
No one likes to poke their finger with a pin (or worse yet, sew over their finger), but it is so much worse when your blood gets on your fabric! I’ve found my words get less and less PG the bigger the mess. The best way to clean it, spit on it. Your spit gets out your blood. I’m sure there’s a fancy scientific reason that this works, but details aren’t important. It works.
Today’s tip is courtesy of Lynn at The Little Red Hen. It was originally spotted on Instagram and she was kind enough to let me share it here! You know those Aurifil boxes that hold twelve spools of thread. Well once you’re done with the thread, look what they’re perfect for!!
They can hold machine feet (Lynn is a fellow Bernina lover), bobbins and other notions! Thanks Lynn!
Sometimes you need to press something, but you don’t want to literally press it flat. This can be true of certain textiles such as seersucker. But for me, it’s always my embroidery projects. They’ve been stuffed in a bag and wadded up for years stowed neatly for a few weeks with minor fold lines and I want to press them without flattening the stitching. There are fancy pressing cloths for this, but nothing works better than a washcloth!
I’m back with another thread related tip. This one is for the preservation of your machine. When you’re going to rethread your machine, clip the thread at the top and pull from the bottom so that the thread moves through the machine in the direction that it’s designed to travel.
The discs that the thread travels through control your tension. Repeatedly pulling thread backwards through them causes damage. This is bad.
Today I’m heading off to Michigan for Camp StitchAlot! I’m pretty excited!! As Mr Guru would say, there are two of me. (Because I’m beside myself…) Packing up quilting is always rough. I always end up with one suitcase of clothes and seventeen bags of sewing loot! One thing that’s stressful to pack is already pressed blocks. Who wants to press twice?! Gasp! So I Saran Wrap the blocks to a square ruler. Keeps them flat & happy!