Hi Everyone! Thanks for reading my blog this past year!
I’ve done a few videos of some quilting tips that I think you will find helpful. For this last post of the year, I thought I’d share them with you on my blog so you would know where to find them in the future.
First up, I did a tutorial on pressing vs. ironing. Some people think when they are quilting they should be ironing the seams. That is actually a “no-no”. Pressing is the way to go. Open the seam with your fingers, a wood pressing tool or the tip of your iron (without touching the seam itself) them place the iron on top to literally press the seam in place. Here’s a link to that video:
I like to press my seams open. As I said in the video, this works for seams pressed to one side also. The key is to not distort your seam by running an iron back and forth across it.
Next up, I did a tutorial on tips for flip & sew corners (also known as folded corners). It’s important to follow these tips because this type of unit can end up distorted in size if you are not careful. I like to fold back my piece I just stitched on and measure the unit to make sure it still measures the correct size before trimming off the excess fabric in the seam allowance. Here’s that video:
So I hope you enjoyed these mini tutorials. I am planning on doing more of these in the coming year. Sometimes, the ideas just “pop” into my head as I am doing something and I think “that would make a good mini tutorial” so I set up the camera and start filming. That is, after I lock the cat out of the studio! Future ones I have planned will be on matching points while piecing, applique tips and perhaps fabric storage. If you can think of any techniques you’d like me to cover, give me an idea in the comments below.
Happy Holidays and Have a great New Year!
See you in 2019!