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: Cutter Clean Up

Today’s tip is pretty simple, but also pretty life changing if you don’t know about it. I learned it from Adam, the awesome tech who works on my sewing machines. You can remove and clean out the cutter on the side of your machine. This might not be true for all machines, but if it’s true for yours, prepare to basically have a brand new cutter. This picture is of my BERNINA 530 and it works on my 350 as well!

Once you pull out all the thread, the cutter works perfectly!

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: 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

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Starch in Comfort


Today’s tip was sighted over in Instagram world on my friend Sarah’s feed. I’ve not even had a chance to implement it into my life, but it’s so good that I’m sharing it here! When you’re using a can of starch (I use Niagara for applique.), you can add a comfort handle!

You find them at the hardware store. Here’s a link to one at Home Depot. 

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Selvage Color


Today I taught a color theory workshop at A Stitch in Time in Franklin, NC. We talked about tons of tips for choosing fabric. Here’s one of my favorites! If you look at the selvage on fabric, you can see the base color. If it’s cream, then that fabric will work well with other cream-based fabrics. If the base color is pure white, it will work well with other pure white fabric. 


Happy fabric shopping!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Tag Your Pattern


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!!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Ironing Batting


Thanks for all your kind words on last week’s post and a huge thanks to those of you that linked up or shared your tips in the comments section. (I’ve emailed a winner!) I’m back today with a new tip! I press the quilt top and backing to the batting when I’m making small quilts (usually anything up 45″). Basically if I can fit it on my ironing board, I do it. I start with the backing and then do the front.


Then I pin baste as I normally would. It makes for a smoother quilt.

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Smooth Pillows


Today’s terrific tip is pillow related. I’ve been making a lot of pillows lately and sometimes I use the store-bought forms, but sometimes I make my own. When you buy Poly-fil, you have to work with it or it’s lumpy. Start by pulling out a lump, and pull it apart at least three times.


Keep pulling until you get little pieces and then put those in the pillow bit by small bit.


This leads to a lump free pillow every time! If you still have lumps, pull it apart more. There’s going to be a very exciting Terrific Tip Tuesday next week…get ready!

xo LC