Thursday, October 4, 2012

GIVE-A-WAY & A Nifty Corner Technique

Today I'd like to share with you one of the ways I snowball a square: I use my B-60 C-Thru Ruler b/c it is thin and a drawn line is more accurate. I lay the ruler exactly point-2-point diagonally across the smaller square and draw a line with a .005 Micron Pen. The tip of this pen is very fine but "off sets" the line by a tiny smidge. This smidge is important.  Now just stitch "right ON the line" you drew and your corner will be perfect... NO fudging is needed.  I use this technique when accuracy is really important, otherwise I give the little square a casual finger press and sew next to the pressed line.
Marking diagonal line to snowball a square
After stitching, press seam flat to set the stitches and fold over to create the perfect corner - both grainlines will remain true. Trim excess 1/4" away from stitching line.  But, unless I am in a big hurry, I usually stitch a second time 1/2" away from the first line to create tiny HSTs to throw into my Crumb Box.
This technique produces a square corner
Now it's back to the machine to snowball a few more squares for a placemat project.

A new Give-A-Way is happening over at the Quilting Lodge blog. Go have a look see and check out the great quilt Vickie just quilted on her LA. Good luck, everyone!

 Vickie asked what our favorite notion is and although I have more than just one, a current fave is absolutely hands-down the Clover Needle Threader. It makes easy work out of threading a size11 needle and sure helps these old eyes.  What's your fave notion???
Needle Threader by Clover - great notion!
Until next time. . . what are YOU working on today???

Quilty Hugs,


Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Great technique Cyn! My favorite notion...........what I couldn't do without has to be the rotary cutter......I remember quilting and cutting fabric before there was a rotary cutter........oh my gosh that means I'm old!!

Sheila said...

Thanks for the tips. I've got to get one of those needle threaders!!!!

Angela FlowersMoore said...

I've had that threader for sometime now, think purchased at a quilt show. I love it too. My 6 inch ruler is the one notion that is a stay put near my sewing machine. Looking into the new tool called the "binding thingy" looks like it could be a big help when doing mitered corners.

Pat from Florida said...

My fav? The Bohin needle threader - same reason. Threads a size 12 Peacemaker applique needle easily.

Thanks for the tip on snowballs.

Did I see you over at Linda Franz' place thinking of a new project???

beaquilter said...

grats tips have u ever used sandpaper under it when you draw, prevents fabric from skidding

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Great tips Cyn! My favorite notion has to be my more getting stuck with sharp pins!

sew.darn.quilt said...

What a neat little gizmo this is! There's been many a time I could have used this threader :)

scraphappy said...

Super tip. Looks like you've been focusing on precision. Right now freezer paper is my favorite tool for appliqué.

Cathy said...

Hmmm, I'm going to have to look for one of those needle threaders for these old eyes. I've never seen such a thing. Better than those cheap metal things with the thin wire that comes loose.