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When I have little pieces of fabric on my work table or cutting board, I use a piece of needle punch or any batting to remove the pieces. It works great. Just swipe it over the surface and the batting picks it up.
empty Tic Tac containers from the little breath mints. These small,
lightweight containers are a great way to keep your sewing needles handy
while traveling or going place to place.
remove pencil marks, according to the August issue of Lady's Circle
Patchwork Quilts, "Quilt Patch Queries" by Sue Nickels and Pat
Holly, suggests the following:
hot- weather melon that is more popular in the United States than most, if
not all, other places. Some
varieties are better than others, and certainly the new seedless types are
welcome. And unlike many new
fruit hybrids, they’re no less flavorful than their parents.
Perhaps that’s because watermelon doesn’t have
flavor to begin with; it’s a simple, very wet taste, refreshing when the
watermelon is cold and the weather is hot, and nice to eat when you are so
stuffed that you can’t possible consider any thing else.
Uncookable, but not bad when made into Granita (it needs no added
water). The rinds are
try watermelon combined with salty cheese, such as goat cheese or feta; it
makes a nice salad.
Echo quilting consists of multiple concentric outlines stitched either inside or outside a patchwork piece, appliqué, or quilted motif. The quilting lines
are spaced evenly, ¼” to ½” apart (closer if stitched on the side without seams allowance) and can be expanded to completely fill the foreground or background if desired. (Optional: Stitch in-the-ditch before echoing either outward or inward.)
conventional appliqué , reverse appliqué involves staking multiple
layers of fabric on the background piece and then cutting away the center,
one layer at a time, to create successively smaller cutout shapes on each
descending layer. The cut out
edge of each layer, rather than the outer edge, is appliquéd to the layer
cutouts can be all the same shape (hearts or circle, etc.)
to create an echo effect or they can be varied, so long as the
cutout on each layer is small that the one above it and
is enough fabric around the cutout on the layer below for stitching to.
The shapes can be marked first on each layer or cut by eye, but
each layer (except the bottom one) should be cut with seam allowance added
to the inner edge. This
tourniquet is best reserved for individual blocks (such as pillows or wall
hanging) that require no piecing or
and Cutting pieces
quilters will tell you that the time spent cutting out pieces Is time
indeed --- but careful cutting sets the stage to successful piecing!
So it is time well spent. Use
speed – and strip- cutting / piecing technique wherever you can, and
keep your cut-out pieces clean, organized, and labeled in food storage
bags or large envelops. On the market today there are new labels out just
for the purpose of marking your cuts, even your yards for the borders.
Always buy a quarter to half yard more just in case you make a
mistake in cutting. You can
put your left over fabric in your stash.
you should plan all your cuts before setting your rotary blade to cloth,
you don’t have to cut all the pieces for a large project at once.
When I am working on a complex quilt, I find it more enjoyable to cut and
piece all of the set of components before beginning another.
Always place on the fabric grain, making
sure that the long edges are on the straight grain, parallel to the fabric
threads. Cut as many pieces as possible on the crosswise grain
to conserve your fabric just in case you did not buy an
you will be machine quilting, you might draw your quilting designs onto
tissue paper, or use Easy-tear, a soft and pliable stabilizer, with a
permanent marker. Pin or
baste the marked design in position on your quilt top. Quilt directly onto
the marked design, and then gently tear away the stabilizer.
Let's work together to make our projects easier and fun!
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