Kaye's Quilting Friends

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The Quilter's Catalog - A Comprehensive Resource Guide

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If it’s quilting, it’s in here.

  • Hints and Tips from top teachers
  • Start a fabric stash
  • The best websites (although we are NOT in there)
  • All the right tools
  • The Ideal quilter’s library
  • How to show and sell your stuff
  • Full color section
  • The GREATEST festivals, museums and retreats
  • 12 step-by-step projects

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How to win? I’m glad you asked! All you have to do is leave us a comment with your most awesome, most used and totally worth it TIP!

Giveaway ends 1.31.11!

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40 Comments on this Post

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Karen Diebolt wrote these words on Jan 20 11 at 11:58 pm

My favorite thing to do is to recycle men’s shirts into scraps for quilts. I buy them at yard sales, cut them into charms and them store them in bins until I am ready to use them.

Lisa Garrett wrote these words on Jan 21 11 at 7:50 am

Try to sew everyday even if its 15 minutes and have a goal in mind…..and before you know it you have plenty of quilts made.
thanks so much for a chance to win :0)
Happy Sewing

Kim wrote these words on Jan 21 11 at 3:48 pm

This sounds silly and I am a beginning quilter but I lay out my entire quilt and then number my pieces using fabric chalk–that way when I start up again after 3 months I’m not lost—even though my fabric has been moved a dozen times. Once my daughter borrowed a few small squares to make doll clothes not knowing they were cut for a quilt–I wasn’t numbered–didn’t realize until it was too late and I had to undo several days worth of work.

Darcy Bishop wrote these words on Jan 21 11 at 4:00 pm

My Tip O’ the Day is this, I love love love Press and seal kitchen wrap. I use it to wrap up thread spools so they don’t unravel. I use it to make baggies for projects I am working on. Especially Applique pieces. That stuff even works on the backside of rulers to keep them from sliding while cutting. It is great!! I am sure that there are other uses I will find for it!! Great stuff.

Vickie Van Dyken wrote these words on Jan 21 11 at 6:18 pm

My favorite tip (and I have many):

Because I don’t like to wear gloves when quilting I cut a piece of non-skid rubberized kitchen shelf liner about 4×6 and lay it between my hand and the quilt. Easy to move with my hand, and because it is no bigger than my hand no chance of sewing it into the quilt.

Rhonda wrote these words on Jan 22 11 at 10:19 am

Always write down where you bought which fabric. If you need or want more, you will be able to go back to the right store.

Julie S wrote these words on Jan 22 11 at 10:47 am

Try a practice block before cutting up all your fabric. You may find errors in the directions, that you don’t like the way it looks, or the block is too hard/too easy for your purposes. You can then switch to another quilt pattern and have not wasted time/fabric.

Marcia W. wrote these words on Jan 22 11 at 10:01 pm

When sewing with Monofilament thread. you know the stuff that is clear and you cannot see the end to put in the needle? Do not work so hard…..Just take out that permanent pen and color the end and you can see it to put it in the needle.

Joyce Shellito wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 10:52 am

I keep a plastic grocery bag by my sewing machine, where I deposit fabric, batting and scrapbooking scraps. When I fill three bags, I donate them to a local daycare center for the children’s arts & crafts. They’re thrilled, and I’m glad it’s all being recycled!

Sheila Painter wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 10:54 am

Best tip is getting a hold of”The Quilter’s Catalog” so those who have just dabble doing Quilts Can learn more to be able to work
faster, making beautyful quilts using new ideas and then sharing with others who want to learn……

Gerri M. wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 11:08 am

Starch, starch, starch baby … I wash fabrics after purchase due to my skin reaction to the sizing and starching the fabrics helps match points, finger pressed seams, avoiding tucks in backing and the overall dimensional stability of the block.

Valerie Eskelsen wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 11:21 am

One of the things I like to do is whenever I see something that I’d like to try, but don’t have the time for just at the moment…or if I come across a very cool trick in a magazine I bought…or I took a class and REALLY enjoyed it…I will scan the page(s) on my color scanner, insert those printed out pages into some plastic page protectors and put them in a binder. I have been doing this for over 5 yrs now and I have 2 full binders of things I “absolutely love” so I can flip through them any time I want for some feel good reading and inspiration. I find this to be a real pick-me-up when I’m feeling a little blah in these dreary January days…

Rita Sheloff wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 11:22 am

I have several grand childern who I make quilts for. My favorite thing to do is recycle my husband’s shirt pockets and sew on one corner of the quilts for a secret pocket. When I makes curtians for thier bedroom I do the same thing on the lower inside cornor of the curtian. They love the idea to hide thier secret notes, money or whatever they want to.

Peggy Gonzales wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 11:24 am

I save the triangles cut from piecing binding, or when putting a small square on the corner of a larger square or rectangle then sewing diagonally, and any small pieces and inch or so wide. I use these as leaders and enders. It keeps my fabric from being poked down into the hole on the throat plate, AND I end up with pieces for a scrappy quilt. The triangles sewed together make a Friendship Star.

Eileen H wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 11:32 am

Do not be afraid to ask questions from the internet, your local quilt shop , and other quilters on forums all have been a great help to me because i am new to quilting

Sue Johnson wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 11:50 am

I keep a small piece of lightweight white cardboard (approx. 1″ x 3″) beside my sewing machine. When threading the sewing machine needle, I hold the cardboard behind the needle and it is much easier to see the eye of the needle.

Colleen Dobbeck, 5831 Baffin Place, Burnaby, BC. Canada wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 2:29 pm

Save the plastic zipper bags that sheets and curtains come in – and ask your friends and family to save them for you – they are great for keeping project pieces, fabric and the magazine altogether if you don’t finish and go on to something else, not that quilters have a dozen things going on at once! REDUCE. REUSE. RECYCLE.

jean hart wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 3:11 pm

When I have to take out sewing stitches, particularly long rows, I use a 28mm rotary cutter. Pull the fabric apart and carefully cut thru the stitches. It gets done in a flash.

Mary L Cooper wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 3:13 pm

I love your Sewing Tips, Kay. They arealways so helpful and things I never thought of before. I copy them and have a notebook to refer to when I need a little help. The readers tips and stores are GREAT!! Keep them coming!
Great give away item, too.

Karen Torres wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 3:53 pm

I love all the tips you give us, Kay. The Readers tips and funny stores are wonderful!! I have a notebook with tips from you, to refer to whenever I need a little help.
Thanks and keep them coming!

Karen Torres wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 3:54 pm

My favorite tip is to draw my quilt using EQ7; print the quilt in black and white; and then insert the print-out into a document protector; then I can use a dry board marker to design the quilting. You can even use water markers. If I don’t like what I’m doing I can just wipe it off and start over.

Kitty Sibayan wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 4:22 pm

Keep your downloaded patterns and articles on a thumb drive. That way if your computer crashes, you still have your quilting information

Truddi Varner wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 7:17 pm

buy pastic storage containers and when you have leftover fabric cut into squares for another day. It’s like getting free fabric.

Dianna Sides wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 8:22 pm

I think the best thing is to keep all the [ieces of fabric for any project together – in a plastic bag, a small box, a bigger box or whatever works, just so long as everything (including the leftover fabric) is together until things are finished!

Judy wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 8:52 pm

I keep the pattern, fabric, blocks, binding,back and pillowcase all together in a large sealable plastic bag. That way everything stays together, can be seen, and won’t fall out!

Barbara Winkler wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 9:04 pm

I use art bins to organize “work in progress” projects! They come in a variety of sizes & colors!

Barb Dawson wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 9:19 pm

Don’t be afraid to try a new technique, if you find you really don’t care for it you can always make a mug rug or pot holder from the block.

Connie wrote these words on Jan 26 11 at 10:18 pm

Is this a sewing or a gardening tip? I save all my selvage strips and wind them onto an ever-growing ball (kinda like those rubber band balls) then it comes out to the garden with me and I use them to tie up vegetables and raspberry vines. It gives a little quirky color to the veg garden!

Robin Wrenn wrote these words on Jan 27 11 at 12:10 am

When making a quilt for somebody special I always try to use material that matches their personality or pick something that reflects their likes or hobbies. This way it is truly made just for them and they really seem to treasure the quilt, just as I do them.

Linda Schneider wrote these words on Jan 27 11 at 2:01 am

If you have a friend ( or yourself ) who has horses, the big zippered bags with handles that the winter blankets come in are great for storing leftover batting. They are square and can sit in a corner until you can sew the pieces together with your walking foot later!

Melinda DeGroot wrote these words on Jan 27 11 at 10:58 am

When making blocks of the month or blocks from scraps that will later be put together to make a quilt, I store them in a pizza box! I went to the local pizza house and asked if I could have a couple of empty pizza boxes (I was willing to pay for them). They gave me four for free. Works out great and my blocks are laid flat for storage until I’m ready to use them!

Muriel Bouwens wrote these words on Jan 27 11 at 1:22 pm

I keep a canvas “sewing bag” ready to grab if I think I might have some time to “wile away”–I’ve drug it on road trips where I may not have to drive all of the time, track meets for my children where you often have time between events (and most teens do not like a hovering parent), sitting in a hospital room, etc. over the years. This helps me to not get anxious about all I should be doing at home. I always have scissors, various types of thread, and needles, cross stitch books, quilting magazines, patterns I want to “study”, and a couple of small unfinished projects in it. It has traveled over many miles and years of events with me. This idea has often kept me feeling content and productive.

Mary Alice Corman wrote these words on Jan 27 11 at 2:32 pm

I like to place a small folded square of fabric (1 to 2 inch square) under the sewing machine needle when starting to sew a new strip and also end the seam on another folded fabric square. When you are doing a lot of sewing or strip piecing it keeps from having to cut the thread each time and saves thread. I was bad about unthreading my sewing machine when I finished a seam, but once I started doing this, I don’t have to stop and re-thread my machine.

Kay Verdin wrote these words on Jan 27 11 at 2:49 pm

When cutting pieces for a project I use cheep paper plates for each
piece. I write the size, color,where it is used right on the plate so that there is no question where it belongs. The plates stack on top of each other nicely and fit in a zipper gallon bag along with my working copy of the pattern, which I always photocopy so I can make and notes of changes such as color position& etc. The plates can be reused until there is no place to write (scratch out the old) & then some of the cheeper ones can be turned over & pushed to use the other side. I also use pages out of the old phone book for paper piecing as it is just the right weight & helps to recycle those tomes!

Dorothy I. Dishman wrote these words on Jan 27 11 at 3:34 pm

I keep a lint roller next to my sewing machine at all times. It helps to catch my snipped threads. It is also helpful when I have to rip out a seam, I can just roll it over the threads and it picks them out of the material.

Lisa Roberts wrote these words on Jan 28 11 at 9:22 pm

I’m such a newbie that I don’t really have any inspiring tips, but I would just say to HAVE FUN! :) And measure twice, cut once!

Robin wrote these words on Jan 29 11 at 1:31 am

I’m new at quilting. Freecycle is an awesome place to get someones unwanted fabric. Sometimes you can find new patterns already cut out that inspire you. Thanks, Jennifer.

Jennifer Thompson wrote these words on Jan 29 11 at 11:03 am

I am not a quilter, by definition. I only quilt occasionally, probably do sewing more often. Usually I will save up all my scraps, large or small, and recently I just realized that I might never have chance to use up my fabric strips. So, I decided to sew them up one afternoon, and convert them into a basket liner. Turned out pretty good.

Alina wrote these words on Jan 29 11 at 2:50 pm

Recycle old plastic school pencil cases that your children don’t use for school anymore. They are just the right size for carrying supplies (scissors, needles, thread, fabric pieces, etc) to use while waiting at the doctor’s office, sitting at school games, or riding in the car on long/short trips. I feel productive, am not watching the clock,and thinking about what I could be doing somewhere else.

Cheryl Gray Ball wrote these words on Feb 06 11 at 2:12 pm

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