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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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!
I’m not much for pressing seams open. In my opinion, the seams are weaker. They’re held together by thread, while a seam pressed to the side has the strength of fabric. That said, there are certainly times when you need an open seam. If you lower your stitch length for an open seam, it will be much stronger. There will be more stitches per inch.
I sew on a Bernina and my typical setting is 2.4-2.6. When I’m pressing my seams open, I use 1.8-2.0.
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.
Be kind to your machine!