Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tips and Tidbits

       In the beginning of this blog I set out to share my successes along with my failures. I completely forgot about all the stuff in between.  Although I still consider myself a novice quilter, I have learned some things to be passed on to others beginning in this wonderfully addicting world of fabrics and patterns.
      When I started looking online at quilting video's for beginners the excitement lunged me into fabric and quilting frenzy.  All the fabrics, colors, patterns, and possibilities can be exciting and yet overwhelming all at the same time.  There were all these things that I thought that I must have to do it right which was not true. Then with me being the rule breaker that I am, there were things that were assumed to be okay to go around that wasn't okay.  So today I would like to share some of those tips and tidbits.

     NOTE: My camera is out for the count so that is why I have no actual pictures to go with some of these tips and tidbits. The plan is to add a Tips and Tidbit page and their will be pictures added to show with each as needed. Until then, google will be my source for example pictures. Please know that in no way do I think that I have invented something new. I'm well aware that tons of veteran quilters know these things. However, maybe by me putting it out front it will be a comfort for some beginners. So here we go:

Tip & Tidbit
1) Cheap thread should be avoided at all cost. When you are almost done with a project and don't want to wait to order the good stuff online or at your go to sewing/quilting shop, NO CHEAP THREAD.  It clogs your machine with fuse balls. Also the thread begins to thin out from the friction. Hold out for the 40w to 50w thread spolls.

2) "Quilting gloves" are not a necessity. However, some type of glove that helps you keep control of the quilt as you maneuver it through the machine is necessary. I didn't have money to order any "quilting gloves". Nor did my local quilt shop carry them. So I took a pair of gardening gloves that I used once and they worked perfectly. I still use them today.

3) Quilting clips are also something else that I was creative with. Again no budget or cash for binding clips.

I use hair clips and paper clips. This is what was already on hand and they both work just great.

These three are all I have time to share tonight.  Be sure that there are still tons of tricks of the trade for me to learn and share. These were a few that popped to mind today.

If there are any of you who would like to share some other Tips and Tidbits please feel free.


  1. Great post! One of the things I love about quilting is you don't actually need all the extras, it's great if you can afford them but it's easy to make do!

  2. Thanks for sharing this great post.This is so nice.