Here’s this week’s collection of tips. Hope you find something helpful!
- One Seam Flying Geese Block – In this video Ricky Tims shows Alex Anderson a method of making a Flying Geese Block that takes only one seam. Watch this video to see how this creates a multi-dimensional block.
- Soft Fusible Appliqué – Pat Sloan shares a tutorial for how she creates fusible appliqué and keeps it soft.
For a wall hanging, you may want a bit of stiffness for your appliqué, but for a quilt or pillow, it would be more comfortable if it was softer. This is especially helpful when your appliqué has multiple layers.
- I did not realize that All People Quilt has videos. I’ve not spent the time to watch too many of them, but do have them bookmarked. Here are two that I did view. They are in the series called “Machine Minute” and are just short videos with helpful hints.
- Pulling Threads to Top – have you ever been told to just ‘pull the bobbin thread up through the quilt to the top?’ This is one of those things that it is easier to show then to explain. This is helpful to prevent that rats nest of thread that can be created on the bottom of your quilt, especially when you are in the middle of the quilt and can’t hold onto the thread tails.
- Secrets for Sewing Long Strips – This is something I do, and have been thinking about posting as a tip. Fabric stretches and when stitching a number of long rows, if not careful, you may find your strips bowing. This short video shows a tip to prevent bowing.
- Glue Basting – Mary Fons & Heather Kinion share this tip using – Yes! – using Elmer’s School Glue to pinlessly baste a curved seam! Click Here to see the post where I found a tip to use it to glue down your binding! Haven’t tried it yet, but looks interesting.
- The Eyes Have It – Needles and everything you wanted to know about them as described on the Moda Blog.
They give some good information, but also share links for further reading about needles. Have you recently changed your needle??
- Get the Skinny on Straight Pins – while we’re at it here is a blog post by Stone Mountain Fabrics with information about the differences in straight pins.
Which pin is right for what project? What is your favorite pin?
Summer is in full swing around here. Days are long, but there are many things that are demanding our attention. Hope you find some time to do some stitching.