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Quick Quilting Tips and Tricks // Blog Hop

Amy at a Diary of a Quilter hosted a fantastic blog hop a few weeks ago called Quick Quilting Tips and Tricks. She was promoting her wonderful new book Fabulously Fast Quilts that you must check out! The information in this blog hop was invaluable, here is a Pinterest board full of the tricks and tips. Amy decided to keep the blog hop going and today is my day to share a great quilting tip with you all. I think one of the most important tips I can share with you is… Stabilize and Conquer! I strongly feel that stabilizing the fibers in your fabric before and during the sewing process, using techniques such as starching and glue basting can lead to greater success and less headache. Today I want to share two oldie but goodie video tutorials that I have done that I feel can really change your quilting process for the better!

Starching Your Fabric

Just want to make one note, since recording this video on starching I have switched to using Faultless Heavy Starch which seems to give me better results and is way cheaper!

Glue Basting

So what are some quilting tips and tricks you find are crucial to the quilting process? I would love to hear! Be sure and visit the other stops on the tour for more tips and tricks, and congratulate Amy on her new book! Image


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  • Kelsey says...

    One question, I too liked the results of Faultless better, however I find it attracts insects, particularly moths! And since I always seem to end up with extra squares that I’ve heavily starched I stopped using that brand and went back to using one that doesn’t attract moths. Any tips on how to use Faultless without increasing my chances of moths doing their own version of quilting on my fabric?

    On November 17, 2014

  • norma says...

    Great tips. Like to see the video and you were loud enough to hear you. I had purchased fabric glue for a few things, but you showed me a great new way to use the glue. I never knew to starch the fabric first. I don’t make quilts, but do sew and embroidery a lot. Thanks

    On September 22, 2014

  • Amy Smart says...

    Great, GREAT videos! These are awesome tips. Thank you Alyssa!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Lyn Kaufmann says...

    Great tutorials, love to hear about starching, I just got a can to see if would help with my piecing.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Lynn says...

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I love both of these techniques.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Christa says...

    Great tutorials as always! I agree – I love the cheaper starch :-)

    On August 21, 2014

  • Christa says...

    Great tutorials a always! I agree – I love the cheaper starch :-)

    On August 21, 2014

  • Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs says...

    Great tips, Alyssa! I started starching a few months ago and haven’t looked back – you’re right that it makes a big difference when you’re piecing. But I have another starch tip to share – I loved Best Press, too, but also hated the cost, so I switched to homemade vodka starch. I use my old BP bottle and fill it 1/4 to 1/3 full with the cheapest vodka I can find, then top off with water. Same results but much less expensive : )

    On August 21, 2014

  • Diana says...

    You don’t use the heat shield batting on your board? won’t the regular batting get hot?

    On August 21, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    You will love it!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Lyn Kaufmann says...

    Great tips. I just started using starch this week on the project I’m working on and its’ great.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Lizzie says...

    Wow, these are awesome tips! Loved actually Seeing it in the videos. Thanks for that extra visual!
    One of my earliest memories is of seeing my grandmother bring a bottle of homemade starch to my mom and showing her how to make it. Of course, since I was only about 3 years old, I don’t really know the recipe!

    On August 21, 2014

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Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More

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