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Do all your lesson squares in a simple, but consistent, colour combination. Blue and white, orange and yellow, anything so long as you love it and you are consistent. When you have squares enough to please you, do one sample quilt instead of having five UFOs.


Remember, every time you take a class you WILL learn something new. Often times, that tip you remember is well worth the price of that class.

When making quilts for children (or friends) add a secret pocket with a little love note in it ... only you and the recipient will know where it is if you disguise it well. This is lovely for grandchildren, you can add a new note each time you visit them.


For hanging something that is only temporary the following might be a good idea. Buy some large pushpins and your dowelling of course. Put the pushpins into the wall, put the dowel through the sleeve, lay the dowel on the pushpins. Voila, there it is and you could do it yourself. (Hanging sleeve must be shorter than the dowel.)


Strip piecing: As you sew each strip to the strip set, alternate the end at which you begin sewing. This helps control the "curving" or distortion so common in strip piecing.


When taking classes always take along an extension cord. It may not be on your materials list, but you never know how far away that plug is going to be from your machine.


To cut small squares from 2 fat quarters. Iron both fat quarters so that there are no wrinkles in them. Lay one on top of the other on your cutting board, making sure that the fabric lies flat and straight. Starting at the right hand side, trim away until you have a straight edge. Then cut 1" cuts using the markings on the board as a guide. You don't move any fabric - just leave it lying on the board. THEN when that direction is all cut, turn the board and proceed to cut in the other direction. When finished take a large Ziploc bag (not the ones with the zipper) and drop all the pieces into the bag. Just before you zip it closed, blew air into the bag. The bag will somewhat resemble a "balloon" and now it doesn't matter what you lay on the bag, the fabric pieces will not be flattened out & possibly folded in odd ways.