Terrific Tip Tuesday: Bobbin Leftovers

Sometimes, once I am finished quilting with a bright color, I have just a bit left on the bobbin. I go ahead and use this in the bobbin while piecing bright fabrics.


This is less wasteful and gets the bobbin empty and ready for its next color. I use Aurifil 50 weight for all my quilt piecing and a lot of my quilting, so I am not mixing weights, only mixing colors!

xx LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Stacking Rulers

Today is Tuesday Tip number 100!! I’m pretty excited and decided to celebrate by…posting a tip! This is an oldie, but a goodie. If your ruler is not wide enough, stack in another ruler. Here I’m cutting 8″.


Only one needs to be as long as your cut. This is an especially great tip for classes and retreats. You can bring one short ruler and one long ruler and make all your cuts.

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: Pillow Labels

Today’s tip is from Chrissy over at Sewlux! She made a pillow for my Quilt Market booth. She wanted a subtle label to mark the maker.

She used a Sharpie fine tip since she’s not planning on washing the pillow. A micron fabric pen would be great too if you want to be able to wash. It is the perfect way to mark a pillow!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Counting Rows

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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.

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A brilliant plan! And it uses supplies already on hand!! Thanks Dana!
xo LC

PS: Check out the awesome quilt top that Dana whipped up with the AccuQuilt! Love!!

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Terrific Tip Tuesday: A Pressing Issue

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It’s Tuesday! I’m back with another helpful tip. When you’re sewing a triangle to the corner of a larger square or rectangle, you mark a diagonal line and sew along the line.

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Don’t trim yet! Use the corner to line up your corner as you press.

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Then you can trim!

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xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: A Bloody Issue

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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.

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Save the fabric!
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: A Storage Idea

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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!!

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They can hold machine feet (Lynn is a fellow Bernina lover), bobbins and other notions! Thanks Lynn!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Pressing Delicates

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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!

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Keeps the stitches “safe” and the fabric pressed!

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xo LC