Tips and Tutorials On The 22nd #5 (#TTot22)

Welcome to 5th edition of Tips and Tutorials On The 22nd (#TTot22). TO catch up on prior links, please check either my TTot22 menu option or my Pinterest board (here). For those of you who forgot to check back, here is last month’s summary – 14 entries!

Curly Quilt Fill
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Foundation Paper Piecing
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Quick seam ripper technique and video
12 Block Circle Setting Quilt Top {Tutorial}
Binding Mini Mini Quilts
Pernicious Puckers and Detestable Thread Loopies
Soft Contoured Face Masks For the Finicky Ones
Monofilament Invisible Stitching in the Ditch
Smooches Tutorial
Making a Quick Quilt Label

Tips

This week I have 3 tips for assembling quilts.


1. Hang the picture or diagram in front of your machine when you are ready to sew. This way, your reference is right in front of your nose.


2. My favortie quick and dirty way to mark rows is by putting pins in the top left corner, 1 for 1, 2 for 2…you get it. I always have pins and and for small quilts this is ideal.


3. I keep the needle case below my machine for the needle size that is in the machine. It is an easy way for me to remember.

Now, a few weeks ago you may have caught some of the Designers Tips and Techniques Virtual show. Most of those videos are still on the designer’s facebooks pages, so you can find them here. I did a tutorial on self-binding placemats and the video is on my Facebook book page and You YTube page. You can download the tutorial for free in my store, linked here.

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14 Comments

  1. Cocoa Quilts
    May 22, 2020 / 10:37 am

    Kathleen I do the same row marking but use safety pins because I’ve pinned myself a few too many times. I pin one safety pin and put the other pins into the first pin to mark rows. Needle case at the base of my machine too. Great ideas, they have worked for me too.

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      May 22, 2020 / 12:12 pm

      It is a great marking tool isn’t it! I can see your “point” about safety pins but that would slow me down! Great minds obviously think alike – I do love knowing the needle that is in the machine.

  2. May 22, 2020 / 10:57 am

    Keeping a photo of what the quilt will look like nearby is a great tip. When I’m free motion quilting I keep a sketch or print out of the motif where I can see it for the same reason, too!

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      May 22, 2020 / 12:07 pm

      Carrying that idea to free motion quilting is brilliant!

  3. May 22, 2020 / 10:59 am

    Great little tips to stay organized. Personally I almost always sew my quilts in columns of blocks, not rows, something I learned when doing colourwash quilts way back when. The columns stay hooked together by threads, since you do not cut apart as you sew. 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      May 22, 2020 / 12:06 pm

      I do that too, but more with blocks than quilts. I should do it more often, no good reason that I don’t!

  4. May 22, 2020 / 11:00 am

    Duh forgot to say it was a lovely thrill to see my pattern hanging there, and I cannot wait to see your quilt all done!

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      May 22, 2020 / 12:14 pm

      I love the quilt from your pattern is turning out. I just need connect the rows and make a decision about whether to make anything larger…always my dilemma.

  5. thedarlingdogwood
    May 22, 2020 / 12:48 pm

    Love the number of pins idea! I have not seen that before. I used low-tack tape sometimes with the number written on it.

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      May 25, 2020 / 6:00 pm

      Its my quick and easy way when I am just to lazy to make labels or it is small enough not to make the effort!

  6. May 22, 2020 / 1:21 pm

    Hi Kathleen! Love the tip about the sewing needle case below your machine so you know which needle you have installed. What a great idea! Thanks for the linkup – I added my ruler/FMQ post. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      May 25, 2020 / 6:01 pm

      Oh, so glad to have another add to TTot22! I am glad you like the needle case tip, it is an easy one, and saves me having to squint every time I want to know what needle is in there!

  7. May 23, 2020 / 8:03 pm

    These are great tips! I really use the photo tip a lot, but instead printing it out, I usually refer back images on my phone.

    • kathleenquilts
      Author
      May 25, 2020 / 6:13 pm

      The phone works too but sometimes on particularly finicky things I like the picture right in front of my nose!

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