Here's a helpful post over at Red Pepper Quilts detailing how she goes about basting her quilts using safety pins. I am so thankful for these little suckers. I follow about the same technique as this post except that I start in the very center of the quilt and I pin about every 6" (because I end up tightening things up as I radiate out on the hand-quilting).
How do you baste your quilts? Do you use thread or safety pins, or another technique?
Grab some ice cream and snuggle up in front of your computer ... with your quilt! Amy a la Mode posted some fantastic, short instructional hand-quilting videos. In the second video, she gives a tip on tying knots in the thread that I'm definitely going to be doing from now on. Check 'em out!
"Oh, a sewing machine's needle can be changed too?!" Just kidding - I knew they could be changed, I just haven't done it because I didn't have a clue what the differences were between needles ... until now! Sew, Mama, Sew has a guest blog from Manda at Tree Fall where she details the different type and sizes of sewing machine needles and when to use what.
I'm telling you, quilters - we are so spoiled with free access to these incredibly helpful tutorials and guides. Be sure to give a shout-out to Craftzine for the link, Sew, Mama, Sew for posting the great guide, and Manda at Tree Fall Design for sharing her expertise with us!
I always get to the end of making a quilt and get so excited that it's almost done, then I realize slip-stitching the binding seems to take an eternity (and that's even after I've hand-quilted the whole thing)! I am so encouraged by this video from Amy at Angry Chicken!
Amy shows how easy it is to finish an edge with bias binding (which you can either buy pre-pressed and packaged from the store, or you can make strips of fabric into bias binding on your own). She takes the binding and does two separate sweeps with the sewing machine and that's it! It's super simple and looks great. Wahoo for simplifying binding! Thanks, Amy!
Have you ever wondered how to get all three layers of your quilt through your sewing machine at the same speed or how to get perfect 1/4" seams every time? I definitely have, and now I need wonder no more!
I have the cheapest sewing machine money can buy and I've often thought that meant that I'd be limited on what I can sew. But, I have yet to try different feet for my machine and I'm beginning to think that might make all the difference. I am particularly interested in the Quarter-Inch Foot.
Here's a helpful tip from Becky on the Piece O' Cake blog on how she folds her quilts to make them nice and compact for packing them to take on trips. Check it out!
I do my hand-quilting in the living room and put the quilt I'm working on on the bottom shelf of the coffee table when I'm in-between quilting sessions. I have an over-sized queen in the works right now and it's huge, so I think this will be handy even for that. Thanks, Becky!