You read last week how Diane dreads sewing rows together when she’s making a quilt – well, I seriously dislike marking the sewing lines down the center of a patch for things like triangle squares or stitch & flip. Did I mention seriously dislike?! I’ve tried to eyeball the stitching down the center, but you know how that goes – it’s never straight.
So, I’m piecing a quilt for an upcoming Quiltmaker issue (my own design mind you!) and it has a bazillion stitch & flip pieces. As I’m endlessly drawing center lines, I’m thinking “who would design a quilt like this?!” =) I was complaining to Diane & Eileen about having to mark all the patches and they suggested I mark the center line on my machine and use it as a guide for my stitching. Duh! Now, I’m not a new quilter, but it was such a simple and brilliant idea I thought, wow – no matter how long you’ve been quilting, there is always something new to learn, isn’t there?
The thickness creates an edge that guides the fabric in front of the presser foot, or in this instance, I used the edge as an alignment tool. With the presser foot removed, I used my ruler and the markings on my sewing machine to align the repositionable edge with my needle.
Put the presser foot back on and align one corner of the patch with your needle and the opposite corner on the Qtools Sewing Edge.
As you stitch, keep the corner closest to you aligned with the sewing edge. It works great for chain piecing – look at all of my pieces!
What “new tricks” have you learned lately?