Tips & Techniques

 

Norma’s quilt tips and techniques.

 

I used recycled sari fabrics to make the yo-yo throw.

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After I made the yo-yo throw, I used all the scraps to make reusable gift-wraps.  My best tip to work with the silky fabrics is to iron a light stabiliser – to give the fabric a bit more body.

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I use Pfiel lino cutting tools.

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When I do English Paper Piecing and run out of paper pieces, I simply pop out a few glued paper pieces – from the quilt in progress – give them a good ironing to flatten, and then I re-use it. Saves paper and money.

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When I run out of paper pieces, I pop out a few glued paper pieces – from the quilt in progress –  and give them a good ironing to flatten and then I re-use them.  It saves paper and money.

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Sometimes a zig-zag quilting line tells the story the best.  Work in progress 2019.

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I prefer straight line quilting – to complement my fabric stories.  Work in progress, 2019

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I prefer straight line quilting – to complement my fabric stories.  Work in progress, 2019

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I use graph paper and double sided tape when I join Suffolk Puffs – to make sure that I get the first few rows straight. The double sided tape keeps the puffs in place while I’m stitching.

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What to do with all those loose threads?

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This is my way of dealing with all the loose threads.  I pull them to the back and then  I lightly comb them with a soft brush before I fuse a thin stabiliser onto the entire back of the quilt – to trap the threads.  It saves a lot of time and gives the quilt an extra layer before I add the backing.

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I use a brush to fray the edges when I do raw edge appliqué

 

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The way I burn the edges

 

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Narrow strips of Steam-A-Seam2 – to help joining individual blocks.

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Cutting and folding strips – to join individual blocks.

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First iron on the fuse and then the folded strips – before stitching it all down.

 

 

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