Amy from Amy’s Creative Side is hosting the #IGQuiltFest as a month long event in March this year (note: I am one of the sponsors). The prompt for March 13th was “Best Tip Ever” and I loved getting to scroll through the feed and see so many great ideas. I thought I’d share a handful of the ones that caught my interest, but if you have time, click on the #IGQuiltFest link and scroll down to find lots of great quick tips!
Best Tip Ever! If it's not fun, then it's not worth it! To me, as a hobbyist quilter, there's no point spending hours of your life doing something you aren't enjoying. It doesn't mean you have to love every second of a project, (making binding is LAAAME) but why force yourself to make something that doesn't fill you with joy and satisfaction? Sometimes it helps to step away for a little when the frustration mounts and refocus on to something else. I always feel I do my best work when I'm there in the moment truly enjoying the process instead of forcing it! … … … … … #igquiltfest #amyscreativeside #quiltersofinstagram #🌈 #quiltlove #quilting #handmadewithlove #sewing #BestTipEver #sunprint2017 #pursuepretty #dailychallenge
Day 13 of #IGQuiltFest – Best Tip Ever. When making a snowball block (or whenever the pattern calls for the quick corner triangle piecing method)-switch over to your edge stitch presser foot (#10 for Bernina gals) and move your needle position just 1 position to the right – then stitch directly on the drawn line as normal. Your seam will now be just above the drawn line and when you flip the corner back, it will perfectly meet and match the upper corner! (Why you ask? Well the thickness of your thread plus the fabric take up valuable space in your seam allowance – when I use to stitch directly on the line & then flip the corner up to meet the top, it would always be just a thread shy of matching-not anymore!) Full disclosure: a student of mine @linderellas shared this tip with me in a class and it works every single time!! 😆😀😀👍🏻. . . #colourwerxquilts #IGQuiltFest @amyscreativeside #colouwerxbriteideas #berninausa #berninalove #quiltingtips #quiltersofinstagram
Do you have batting scraps or an old WIP and have forgotten what kind of batting you used? Light it up!!! Last week, I asked my friend Thelma what batting we were hand quilting with (she runs the weekly group). She thought it was poly but we both agreed it was mighty soft for poly. She got a box of matches, set a scrap on fire, and declared it cotton. I don't have any all poly in my studio, but you can see how those two cotton/poly blends on the left have some solid charred material. Natural fibers will burn up completely. Poly doesn't. #igquiltfest #besttip
What do you have to share this week?