I am going to jump on the wagon, and start this discussion, which someone suggested. Let's share our tips and hints for CUTTING, SEWING & QUILTING.
Since I just bought a new iron, I thought I would share this tip that I read of Bonnie Hunter's blog. She suggests that you never use water in your iron. I started thinking about that and all the problems I have had with irons had to do with the water tank. She suggests using a spray bottle, instead. Just thought I would pass it on.
I also am finding that I can be patient with a dry iron that my blocks are not as distorted as they were when I steamed them.
My Mother-in-law always used a spray bottle - so picked up that idea from her. Never put water in my iron.
Me either, the spray bottle works way better!
It's been several quilts since I last posted to this list, but I do keep reading if not chatting a lot. I've been handquilting this past couple of weeks, so thought I'd share a couple of tips with you. First of all, I found this W'nder thimble which I wear on my finger under my quilt. It's just a little bit of blue plastic, but it's awesome, so you might want to check it out here: http://quilterslittlehelper.com/thimbles.htm Somewhere, who knows where, I've misplaced my Roxanne's thimble so in desparation tried the Clover open thimble available here at CT. I absolutely love it....even more so than my Roxanne's. I have fairly large hands, so had to make it larger (just expand the top of it) and it worked really well, very comfortable and man, the price is sure right <G>. Thanks for the tip from Bonnie Hunter. I appreciate that. Also, on the subject of thimbles, you might want to check out Bonnie's blog tomorrow as she explores the thimble issue. That's all for now.. Happy Quilting!
I use the aunt becky underneath my quilts, it is metal and I can't imagine quilting without it. I do want to try the quilting spoon by tjlane, need to get one ordered, I read a review on Celebrate Hand Quilting and the dutch quilter that tested both said she liked the spoon better. I love the way that Bonnie Hunter shares so much information on her her blog and website. She is so inspiring.
I also bought an Aunt Becky, and I tried to do the rocking motion to quilt, but being left-handed, I have been so used to doing the stab up-and-down motion that I find Aunt Becky being more in my way than being helpful.
Since I quilt in a lap frame, after I baste my quilts for hand quilting (the larger ones), I fold up the extra backing fabric with the batting tucked inside and either pin (as shown) or baste the edge so the raw edges of my backing, batt & tops don't get frayed , dirty or worn in the quilting process.