Win a Quilting and Sewing Basket!

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Our goal is to get 300 fans on Facebook.  This contest will run until we have reached 300 fans or September 30, 2013 (whichever comes first).  You must become a fan or are already a fan of Snip and Stitch on Facebook to take part in this contest.  Once you have shown you are a fan, this will unlock the other entries!

Included in this gift basket: quilting and sewing books, fat quarters, thread, tools to make your sewing easier, patterns to inspire you, Moda class sewing tote and much more.

To enter this contest click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway link and complete the necessary steps.  If you have any questions please email shaunab@snipandstitch.com

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Good luck!

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Born to Quilt: Tips & Tricks with Cathy M.

  1. Remember that the value difference in the fabrics will show off the pattern or piecing.
  2. Take care of your tools.  This means having your machine serviced (Perry is your guy for this!), dusting out the bobbin area, and  replacing needles frequently (every 5-8 hours of sewing time), keeping a sharp blade in your cutter, using sharp pins (throw away the bent ones), and having a good seam ripper with a small point at the end.
  3. Be comfortable where you work.  Get your chair and table at a good height to work at.  You don’t want your shoulders by your ears.
  4. Chain piece whenever possible.  This increases accuracy and doesn’t waste thread that you have to cut off.
  5. When using a rotary cutter, cut away from or across your body, never towards you or under the hand holding the ruler.  When starting a cut, start 1” in, rock back, and then make the cut away from you.  This will prevent those nicks in the blade.
  6. When sewing for long periods, set a timer for 20-30 minutes.  When it rings, do a walk around, get a drink of water, look in the distance, and then go at it again.  This will prevent eyestrain, neck, and back aches.
  7. When deciding on which side of the seam to sew on, choose the one with the most seams or matching points on it.  This will give you the most visual information.
  8. Press each step as you go and trim all the threads.
  9. Always measure and cut sashings and borders to size before adding to blocks or quilt tops.  Don’t just sew a long strip on and cut the end off.  Your quilt won’t lay flat in the end.
  10. Take time to baste well.  Pins should be a  hand width apart  for cotton battings and a fist width apart for polyester battings.  Rushing this part makes for puckers.  You don’t want to have to pick out quilting stitches.
  11. Enjoy!  Concentrate on each step as you go and don’t worry about the whole thing at once.  All quilts are made one stitch at a time.

If you would like me to expand on any of the tips I have talked about in this blog, comment below and I can answer your questions or I can even do another blog just about what you are interested in.

Happy Quilting,

Cathy M.

 

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