You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!

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?

Then I remembered that I had this great product just for this type of situation. It’s called Qtools Sewing Edge from Alicia’s Attic.

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Qtools Sewing Edge

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.

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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.

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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!

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Sneak Peek!

What “new tricks” have you learned lately?

About Denise Starck

I am the Graphic Designer for Quiltmaker. I really love what I do and being able to combine my two passions, graphic design and quilting, into every day is fantastic! I've been quilting for over 14 years and enjoy all types of quilting.
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4 Responses to You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!

  1. wendy says:

    Thank you, I was trying to figure out how to do this the other night with a piece of painter’s tape!

  2. Peg Spradlin says:

    I like the idea of using the Qtools Sewing Edge that way. I’ve marked my sewing machine as Diane and Eileen suggested but the mark wears away quickly so I’ll try the Qtools product next time. I’ve been using the Qtools sewing edge on my ruler when I need to cut multiple strips of fabric the same width. It’s a great tool to guarantee accurate measurements.

  3. Claudia says:

    I have a quarter inch piecing foot with a guide on the right side of the foot. Just slap those two pieces together, push up against the foot and stitch away. Wouldn’t work for what you were doing, but with cut edges it is great.

    I’ve also learned that there is a time to take the time to mark things first and then stitch, because the time you save NOT doing those things is usually spent in reverse stitching, so what time did you save? I’ve learned where my shortcomings are for various little things, and if marking each piece means I do it right the first time, I did save myself time in the end.

  4. I love things like this that help with the seam allowances! I have been cutting fabric for new projects kits two or three at a time. Since the cutting can be hard on my back, it’s nice to get a bunch done at once so I can get to the sewing a little quicker.

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