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: 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: Selvage Labels

 
Selvages are great! They can tell us who designed the fabric, who manufactured it, what it is called, what inks printed it and where it’s printed. And we throw it all away. A lot of folks have designed great quilts/totes/skirts/pillows/pinnies using them and I’ve saved mine (albeit in trash bags) with the best of intentions. But my favorite use of late is an addition to my quilt back or binding.

 

Here I showed all the selvages of all the lines I used. This is my City Sampled Quilt from a while back. 

 

Now we have another thing to hoard…

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Sewline Pencil

 
Finding the right marking tool is so tough! This is already the second time that I’ve made one a terrific tool. I LOVE Sewline Tailor’s Chalk Pencils. They come in a variety of colors: white, blue, pink. 

 
I love that they mark easily on dark fabrics. The line is easy to see and wipes away by rubbing it. Remember to always test a marking tool before you go for it! I got mine at Knit One Smock Too if you’re local. 

 
xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: A Needle Pulling Thread

This is an oldie but a goodie! You know when you’re trying to thread a needle and it just won’t. And you can’t see it because obviously the universe is messing with your eyesight…or maybe that’s just me?! Well, some folks lick the thread, but what you should really do is lick the eye of the needle. 

 
The moisture in the eye sucks the thread in and voila! You’re ready to sew! Happy Stitching my friends:) PS: This works on sewing machine needles too!

xo 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: Reusable Nametags

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Today’s terrific tip is from Lynn at Stitched with Love in Texas. I recently taught out there and she had these awesome nametags!!

 

She put Interfacing (double-sided fusible like Wonder Under) in between two pieces of fabric, cut out a rectangle with rounded corners and added a decorative stitch around the edge. Add a safety pin. Everyone writes their name with a Frixion pen! Reusable nametag!! Genius. Thanks for letting me share, Lynn! This will be awesome for classes and guild meetings!

xo LC

Terrific Tip Tuesday: Open Seams

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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.

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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.
xo LC