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Quiltmaking Tips and Techniques Giveaway

Quiltmaking Tips and Techniques From Rodale. This quilting book has over a 1000 crreative ideas to make your quiltmaking quicker, easier and a lot more fun, from 60 top-notch quilters and editors of the Quilter’s newletter Magazine, was published in 1994 by Rodale, is a step by step guide, is hardbound, has 326 pgs. and is in excellent condition.

Leave me some of your favorite hints, tips and techniques!

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Giveaway: Quiltmaking Tips and Techniques · Quilting | CraftGossip.com added these pithy words on Feb 22 11 at 10:18 pm

I am a beginner – The best thing I learnt is that pinning your pieces will help your quilt top to be neater than not pinning it. this may not be needed by experienced quilters though :D
Hope this is open for international readers as well.

Peach Rainbow wrote these words on Feb 22 11 at 6:58 am

My favorite tip is to put painters tape down on your 1/4″ mark so you have a true 1/4″ everytime. I t has saved alot of ripping and resewing.

martha wrote these words on Feb 22 11 at 5:39 pm

I’ve just discovered pins with flat heads. Oh gosh, they are so great if you ever want to iron or rotary cut anything while it’s still got pins in it!

sylvia wrote these words on Feb 22 11 at 11:30 pm

I am a brand new quilter as well. The best thing I’ve learned so far is that it’s better to over pin something than under pin it! It’s really annoying pulling out three feet of stitching because you didn’t pin well enough. Don’t ask me how I know. ;)

Cassandra wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 12:11 am

I am a beginner quilter but experienced sewer and the key is… pin.pin.pin

Kelly wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 1:31 am

I do not like to iron clothes but I could not manage quilting without ironing my seams. Without it my seams would never match up row to row. I have never machine “quilted” (always hand quilt) however with my new Baby Lock on the way it is definitely in my future!! yippee! Bigger, more elaborate projects on the horizon!

Dawn wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 7:13 am

Measure twice before cutting is ALWAYS my motto!

Lisa Garrett wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 8:05 am

Always make sure you are using sharp cutters and sissors. And be sure to use good, sharp (new) needles when hand sewing your project.

DeeAnn S wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 8:33 am

My best tip is to use the best quality materials that you can afford. Also I ALWAYS measure twice!!!

Loralynn wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 8:36 am

My best quilting tip would have to be not to mix different brands of rulers when cutting fabrics for your quilts. It may seem trivial, but doing this may affect how your pieces fit together. I always use my 1/4 inch sewing machine foot and I press as I go.
Your quilting techniques book looks awesome!

Annette Crain wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 9:10 am

My tip is sew two or three stitches, back stitch and forward stitch again. Do this at the end of your sewing also. Your blocks come out neat.

ga447 wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 9:32 am

I have learned that one can never have too many tools, LOL!

kim wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 9:34 am

My tip would be that chain sewing saves time, thread and birds’ nests (you know thoese thread knots that occur when starting a seam if you do not hold onto the ends of your thread).

Vivian wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 9:41 am

I am a new quilter also. When one square or piece is slightly longer than another, put the longer one on the bottom when sewing together, and lifting up slightly on the end of the piece, the feed dogs will pull them together to match.

pjvillanueva wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 9:43 am

measure carefully.

kim beldowski wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 10:23 am

I love, Kay Woods designs and ways of quilting. Her children’s quilt done on the serger is a real gem.

BARBARA J EGGINK wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 10:32 am

Ive made only 1 simple quilt… it turned out a lil lopsided lol. i love to sew and would love to learn to quilt!! i dont have any tips at this point. However i do agree with all the ladies… pin pin pin!!

Tammie Martinez wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 10:47 am

I would love to win this book, I know it has a bunch of stuff in there they would help me out alot in my quilting.

Marty Askins wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 10:49 am

This looks like a wonderful book. I can always learn something new.

Beverly Galloway wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 10:52 am

Be very exact in getting your seam allowance right.

Judy wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 10:52 am

I’ve done plenty of home dec sewing for others, but now want to focus on learning quilting – for ME! I find that, as in home dec sewing, it is wise to measure twice, cut once. I love to find new tips and techniques that make the two types of sewing so different.

Ellen wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 10:53 am

I have never made a “real” quilt. Thank heaven for those quilt panels that used to be so easy to find. Those (I should be embarrassed to admit) I tied I didn’t even quilt. The only real quilting I have done is with the Mennonite/ Amish woman that my mother-in-law was a part of. They never “allowed” me to quilt but I could put hems in for them! I loved it and would like to do much more of it the “correct” way. Thanks

ann wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 11:14 am

I’m just starting my 1st quilt and the best thing I’ve done so far is re-read the directions several times. I’ve already caught a few mistakes before they turned into big problems.

Stephanie S wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 11:55 am

Always look at the block construction before you start. I recently made a quilt that could have been easier if I had looked at what was going on. Instead of working with half triangles, I could have made squares for the block. It would have eliminated a lot of the seams and made matching a breeze. And measuring twice is always a good idea.

Debbie wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 12:55 pm

I inherited approx 25 unquilted quilt tops from my grandmother. She passed away about 28 years ago and I know most of them were made between 30 and 60 years ago. Unfortunately Grandma didn’t mark any of them with her name and date. My tip is to always mark, or attach label to your quilts indicating who made them, date made, name of the pattern, and any other pertinent info. Whoever later recieves the quilts will greatly appreciate the info.

Billie Renee wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 12:57 pm

read the pattern twice
lay out all of the tools needed
and press/starch fabric before cutting
Enjoy
Cheers

Catie wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 1:12 pm

-Measure twice, cut once!
-Masking tape and the floor make for the best place to stretch and pin a quilt.
-Angled (curved) safety pins are a fingernail saver! :)
Good luck all!

Lucy wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 2:02 pm

Vivian mentioned the ‘bird nests’ that can form when starting stitching if you don’t hold your thread. I always use a ‘startie’ and ‘stoppie’ when machine piecing. That is a small scrap of fabric you stitch through at the beginning of machine piecing; chain sew until you reach the end of that series of piecing and stitch through a ‘stoppie’ and you are ready for the next series of machine piecing.

Sue wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 2:11 pm

When piecing a four-patch, after the four patches are sewn together undo the first two stitches on the first two-patches and second-two patches in the center of the block that have been sewn together. Press your seams in a pinwheel pattern and a small four-patch will form in the center of the block where you removed the stitches. This makes it much neater when pressing and for quilting.

Sandra wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 2:19 pm

Several years ago somewhere I read a tip for sewing onto a piece of fabric when getting to the end of your seam to prevent the bird nests. Instead of using the same scrap over and over, use two pieces of fabric that you can use in a scrap quilt. I usually use 2 1/2″ strip for binding, so I have alot of those, which make wonderful half square triangles for a Friendship Star block. Two for one–quilt blocks, and no jamming!!

Eileen H wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 2:29 pm

I got back to quilting after a 25 yr time off.
If I ever needed a refresher course..it is now~!
I had a problem w/ the presser foot sizes being not 1/4 “, I used 2 machines to do certain finishes & of course the pieces didn’t set in well.

Patsy wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 2:49 pm

Beginning Quilter.My hint is to keep a wooden skewer at the sewing machine bed and use it instead of your finger for stitching, especially useful for miniatures. Thanks for sharing!

Linda wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 3:02 pm

I use green painter’s tape to mark lines on my quilts to hand quilt – you can get the tape in 1/4″, 1/2″ and so on. It leaves no mark on your quilt and actually helps to keep stitches straight.

Meme wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 3:07 pm

I am working on my first quilt right now so I don’t have any tips. But the ones listed here all sound great!

April wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 4:01 pm

When adding binding, leave a quarter inch of batting when trimming to pad the binding. It makes for a nicer edge.

Kathy Stahl wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 4:33 pm

1. Use a 1/4″ seam and use the pressure foot as a guide when sewing.
2. Use pins like they are going of of style!

Maggie wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 5:30 pm

When cutting, make sure the black line on the ruler in on the fabric not outside of the edge.

Billie K wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 6:09 pm

Have a table for cutting that is tall enough so you don’t hurt your back bending over so much. Otherwise, be sure to stretch frequently. I use a pad of sticky notes which I stuck at my quarter inch seam marking on the sewing machine table, so I can just butt my fabric up against it when I’m sewing and know I’m on the right mark.

Sandy wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 6:49 pm

I’ve made several quilts and have learned 3 key steps: 1. measure twice, cut once 2. you cannot overpin 3. always iron your seams as you go. Your projects will always have a professional look to them.

Gloria wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 7:03 pm

As a newbie quilter I have taped down a small sticky note pad on the 1/4″ line so that I don’t go over the sewing line. That way I get a true 1/4″ seam line and I don’t have to buy an extra foot.

Janet Pierce wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 7:36 pm

Wow, I could really use this. My first quilt is in the plannin/work up your courage phase. I have everything I need to piece. Just need the courage to cut.

Gig Coleman wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 7:48 pm

I sure could use this. I have a tendency to jump in and bite off more than I can chew. I am sure this book would help me out of a lot of situations I get myself into.

Beverly wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 9:06 pm

I learned the hard way to always use a cutting guide with my rotary cutter and to put the blade guard in place when not in use. I really would like to say thanks to everyone for the tips they have shared here, too.

Shari J wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 9:34 pm

My new years resolution is to make a quilt. It’s going to be an adventure. I have never done anything like it before. I picked up a used sewing machine and I’m ready to start learning the basics.

lindsay wrote these words on Feb 23 11 at 11:37 pm

Always label your quilts with your name, the date, and any other important information about the quilt.Like washing instructions.

Karol B. wrote these words on Feb 24 11 at 12:16 am

Just start!

Reine wrote these words on Feb 24 11 at 5:16 am

When making flying geese, use a scant quarter inch seam and press your seams open with the iron. It makes a difference for me – I just made my first flying geese!

Marcia W. wrote these words on Feb 24 11 at 12:12 pm

Always clean your sewing machine and change our needle before starting a new project. I also use gray thread to piece all my quilts. For some reason gray goes with every color.

Kelly Sas wrote these words on Feb 24 11 at 9:25 pm

I’m a beginner quilter, but I’ve learned to not craft when I’m tired – I make too many mistakes! ;)

Robin wrote these words on Feb 24 11 at 11:40 pm

I prewind a number of bobbins before starting to sew.

Janet wrote these words on Feb 25 11 at 4:08 am

when you have patterns always make yourself a duplicate set out of butcher paper and save the originals for when you need a new set.

Emily C wrote these words on Feb 25 11 at 4:42 pm

I am also a newbie to quilting but I have learned to check seam allowances and iron, iron, iron. Things seem to turn out alot neater.

Karen Quinn wrote these words on Feb 25 11 at 4:44 pm

If it looks ok from 6 feet away…on a fast horse…

Joan W wrote these words on Feb 25 11 at 9:37 pm

I’m a complete beginner – so no hints and tips. If I was lucky enough to win this, I hope I’d be able to learn some!

Galatina wrote these words on Feb 26 11 at 5:32 am

I am new to quilting my Grandmother taught me how years ago but I just started to try my hand at it. I think I am doing ok but I could use some tips.

Dennis wrote these words on Mar 01 11 at 2:32 am

I keep the trimmings from my quilt batting and roll them into balls. Best lint picker upper there is that doesn’t cost any more money! Works great on blacks and reds! Use flat head pins. If it says baste, then baste, if it says 1/4″ make sure that is what you are sewing. Measure twice and cut once.

Jeanne Gwin wrote these words on Jul 15 11 at 6:35 pm

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