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Linda T. Winchester, Tn.          What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?      Thread several needles when hand quilting so than you can quilt to the edge of the frame . Start in another area and quilt to the edge. I usually have several needles still threaded when I get to the edge so that I can readjust in the frame and continue. 

Angi Oregon         What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?    I use elmer's glue to hold pieces in place, then stitch. It gives me control over the fabric, makes a sharp edge, and washes out easily when I'm done. 

Carol R.  Pennsylvania             What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?    My favorite trick is to make up small projects throughout the year fo holiday gifts/donations as R&R between larger projects. By the time December rolls around, it's surprising how much is there, done already! 

Valerie C.  Ottawa, Canada           What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?   When making applique trace the shape and then stitch around the design before cutting it out. Then mark 1/4 inch away from stitching and cut on this line. Cut little triangles out all around the edge and press to inside on the stitched line. 

Sandy C.  North Jackson, OH             What is your favorite quilting tip or trick? After making my binding, I roll it and put it on my second spool holder and it unrolls easily as I sew it to the quilt. 

Debi  Oak Harbor, WA             What is your favorite quilting tip or trick? If you don't have a quarter inch foot then use mole skin on your plate to guide your fabric.

Mary Lou R.  Canton, Illinois          What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?    I love hand quilting, I run the needle and thread through a sheet of fabric softner . It makes the thread tangle free, and the needle and thread slides through the layers easier. 

KAREN F.  Harrodsburg, KY         What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?   Always press your fabric. 

Brenda S.  Marshall, Michigan          What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?    I use a round floor quilting frame so to keep from having to start and end my quilting thread so many times I just make it extra long and when I get to the edge of the frame I take the needle off and let the thread hang and go on to the next row. 

Becca T.   Ocala, FL    What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?      I love to handquilt! It's SOOO relaxing. I'd say one of my best tips is that instead of using a thimble I swear by little bandaids on my fingertips instead. Easy to control & a nice custom fit :) 

Lisa S.  Randolph,Ma     What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?       After making my binding if I am not going to use it right away I tape one end to a empty paper towel tube and then roll it.mthis was it is stays smooth and crisply ironed and then ready to use I just unroll it as I sew it on. 

Nel  E.   Selby, N. Yorkshire, UK         What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?        Carry your quilting everywhere, in a bag. You never know when you'll have a few minutes to work on it. And even a few stitches/few minutes soon add up and progress the work. It's a good way to get to talk to folks, too. Good as a puppy! 

Rose H.  Rockton, IL         What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?      If you get a sore finger use a little Preparation H at bed and it will feel better in the morning. 

Debra S   Dayton Ohio      What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?    I Like to use fleece between quilts instead of batting. Always checking out remants at Jo Ann's and use coupons to save $. 

JoAn G.   LAKEVILLE, IN     What is your favorite quilting tip or trick? Join a quilt guild or other sewing group. The knowledge pool available is invaluable. 

Mary  Salem, VA                 What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?     I keep several needles threaded when I hand quilt. That way I can keep going and not be interrupted for a while. 

Brenda S.   Locke, Arkansas         What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?        Always look at the bottom of the quilt when you move the quilt in the frame - make sure you have made a "pleat" in the backing. (I know this from experience, unfortunately). 

Wanda H.   Newfoundland      What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?       As you are stitching, think more about consistency than the number of stitches per inch. 

Suzanne H.   Cortland, Illinois             What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?       I like to use repositionable spray adhesive to holdppliques in place and quilt layers together!a 

Birdena F.  Mississauga, Ontario      What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?       I keep leftover pieces of binding in a large baggie and join in together when I make a scrappy quilt. 

Cindy M.     B.C, Canada       What is your favorite quilting tip or trick?        I love to use washable school glue for tacking down binding and tricky seam joints. I actually learned this wonderful tip from a video by Sharon Schamber. 


Here is a few hand quilting tips that we received as entries in our last contest.  If you have another tip that you want to share or a link to another site, I would love to add it to the list.  

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 Harry Barnett
How to choose the best size hoop or frame... If you are trying to select the correct size hoop, try this tip: 

"To select the correct quilting hoop/frame, a quilter should measure the distance from the inside of the elbow to the second joint of the first finger or to the tip of your middle finger. I have seen both of these measurements quoted .  These lengths are the largest diameter quilting hoops/frames that can be used comfortably, without causing shoulder or back pain.  Each quilter should pick a hoop that seems most comfortable for the current project.   The most purchased size is a 14" frame/hoop and the 16" comes in as a close second place purchase.   Many quilters will often purchase several sizes of hoops/frames, including a little 12" travel frame for on-the-go projects or smaller projects.   Adding other options such as a tilting base or one that can rotate will only add to your hand quilting experience.   -  Harry Barnett "