Quilting Tips

Quilting Tips for the Sassy Quilter!


♥When doing hand-quilting or applique…rub a dryer sheet over your thread! It will make it slide through that fabric like a breeze and keep it from knotting up on you:)

♥If you are having trouble threading a needle try it from the other side. One side of the eye is always a little bigger!

♥Don’t know what to do with those old sewing needles or pins that need to be tossed, but it just feels wrong(and dangerous) to put in with your other trash??? Why put them in an old prescription bottle or an empty tic-tac box. That seems a little silly to say empty, but I’m gonna go with it!

♥Is that foot pedal just out of reach……tired of chasing it across the floor? Put a mouse pad under it to keep it in one place!

♥When sewing on your binding….use a walking foot. A walking foot is great for long seams and it keeps them smooth and flat instead of slowly wrinkling up on you.

♥Soak your self healing cutting mat in the bathtub every once in a while!  Self healing mats like moisture.Here is what you do:Fill tub or large container with COOL WATER (not too hot or cold) and add 1/4 cup white vinegar to every gallon. Make sure your mat stays flat and leave in for 15 minutes. When done, use a mild soap and gently scrub with a soft toothbrush to remove any trapped fibers. Towel dry and lay flat to finish drying. Do not lay outside to dry, direct sunlight will warp your mat also.Keeping your mat soft and supple makes it last longer and doesn’t dull your blades. Remember!!! Your cutting mats NEVER like heat or to be bent. Once they are warped…they are pretty much useless.

♥For more accurate piecing…use a 1/4″ quilting foot on your sewing machine. Mastering the quarter inch seam is the one thing that will drastically improve your quilting.

For Beginner quilting tips…check out Things I Learned the Hard Way here.


I would love to know any tips you other sassy folks have out there! So feel free to leave a comment and share:)

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  1. I have two 44in wide halves( the way they sent them to me) and I’m a very new beginner, what’s the simplest way to make a quilt top it is cream background with black buck silhouette,aka Hello Buck Bear fabric

    • sassyquilter says:

      I would cut out some squares with a buck centered in the middle. Maybe 8-10″ squares. See how many you can get out of it. The put squares of fabric between them. Same size using maybe black or another contrasting color. Simple squares is a great starting place:) Hope that helps!

  2. Thank you for explaining about a walking foot for long seams. I’ve been wondering if there’s anything I can be doing to make my quilting easier. I wouldn’t have thought about something like this, but I think it would be fun to try it out for my next project.

  3. 4tukhl

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