TIPS FROM ME;
To enlarge small art quilts; use borders and extend stitching or applique onto border.
For small art quilts: Instead of making a sleeve, I use D Rings. Hand stitch the D ring’s straight edge to the backing at top left and right and use the curved edge of the D ring to slide onto nail. I found a pack of 50 for $12.95 from Country Brook Design Inc. on Amazon.com.
TIPS from www.aliceinstitches.com
Washing Fabric: Fold long lengths of fabric into arm-length sections and safety pin along the top before pre washing to eliminate tangling in washing machine.
When arranging fabrics by value, squint to see if a fabric jumps out at you. It’s easier to spot a piece that is out of place.
To display your work in progress for getting a better perspective; cover your design wall with felt, flannel or pellon fleece.
Chain piecing: Use a scrap of fabric as a starter when chain piecing.
Pin Basting your quilt layers together: Use #2 safety pins. Start from the center of your project and work out any wrinkles that form along the way.
Use clean pizza box lids for storing blocks or cut pieces of fabric. (I use cardboard for separating my fused pieces. J)
Run your needle and thread through a fresh dryer sheet to eliminate tangling in your thread. (I have also heard that dryer sheets are good for getting fusing material off your iron) J
Put batting in dryer for 15 to 20 minutes before layering it with your quilt. It takes out wrinkles and will be easier to use.
Misty Fuse is an ultra thin fusible product that is easy to quilt through and won’t add bulk.