Saturday, 5 January 2013

Final day of Quilting Secrets blog hop



Final Day OF THE
QUILTING SECRETS 
BLOG HOP
mrs pickles garden

****giveaway now closed***

 Thank you to Christine, Linda, Barbara, Melissa, Sharon and Sue for taking part. Each of your posts was full of great secrets that I know people will be referring back to for years.


I would also like to thank our AMAZING SPONSORS for helping to make this hop a success!!
So A HUGE THANK YOU To:
Carol from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop, Chelsey from The Fat Quarter Shop, Clint from Green Fairy Quilts and Dario from Aurifil USA

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Before I get into my secrets here is a short recap of the week

And today is my day

When I was putting together this hop I wasn’t sure if I should even take part in it. I haven’t been sewing for very long and I wasn’t sure if I had any secrets to share.  I finally decided on talking about the top 5 secrets that have changed my quilting experience

1. A  ¼"foot doesn't automatically mean ¼" seams!

When I took my first and only quilting class the supply list said you needed a ¼" foot since you were going to be required to have ¼” seams. I used it in the class it worked, but my seams were rarely ¼” the quilt still came together and I thought okay whatever the size of the seams don’t really matter. Fast forward to my 2nd quilting project a Block of the month club I took part in at my lqs. Now I didn’t pay too much attention to my seams and guess what after 3 months I threw the BOM in a pile and never did the rest. What happened you ask? Well having a variety of seam widths meant that nothing fit together properly I figured I was too stupid to sew and walked away.

 When I started sewing again in 2011 I really took my ¼ seam to heart. This is an easy way I practiced to get nice ¼ seams. They still are not always perfect but MUCH better than before.

First check out your machine. Most will have markings telling you how many inches your seam will be if you sew to that line


Second if you don't have a 1/4" seam line measure 1/4"from your needle and mark the spot with tape, post its or anything that will allow for a raised area that you can line your fabric up to

Third cut 2 1.5inch wide pieces of fabric, put them rightsides together and line up to your 1/4" seam marking

 If you want a scant 1/4" seam line fabric up just to the left of the marking

Step 4 is checking that your seam is 1/4" press fabric and use ruler to measure seam if it is 1/4" or slightly less you are good to go.

Step 5 for an even better check on your seam press your fabric open and measure the width. I should measure 2.5inches across. If it doesn't repeat the steps above

2. Pressing
 First of all I HATE ironing. Up until last year I think my iron got used maybe 3 times since I got it as a wedding present in 2008. After I spent time getting my seams to ¼ I found that I was still getting inconsistent blocks and that was due to my ironing skills. I would stretch the fabric till my stitches showed and well that isn't good.
These are some quick tips for ironing. I use steam, but that is just my preferance

Step one once you have finished sewing a piece take it off the machine and just place your hot iron down on it for at least 5 seconds. Don't move the iron just place it down, hold and bring it back up. This set the seam. 

Step 2. Always press from the front of the fabric to avoid wrinkles and always press toward the dark to avoid fabric shadows. I use the nose to press open the seam while pushing the iron towards the dark


Step 3. I then turn my iron towards the top of the seam and press straight down again for 5 seconds with out moving the iron.

Turn your fabric over and admire your seam.

Another option for pressing your seams is to press them open. I hate doing this put it really does help when trying to line up seams. I do steps 1-4 above and then finger press the seam open. I then use the nose of the iron to press the seam open again

3. Understanding your rulers. 
Melissa had a great post on how to line up your rulers for cutting on Wednesday. Personally living in Canada and growing up with the metric system I never really learnt inches. So when it came to quilting and only finding rulers in the imperial system I had to learn. I keep a piece of paper with 
1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8, and 1 
on it just above my cutting table so I always have a quick reference 

4.Chain piecing. 
Now this is one of my favourite things to do. It’s so easy and speeds things up. It also helps to keep your fabric moving and helps to eliminate those thread nests that can happen when you sew.(or at least when I sew)


To chain piece just start your first piece though the machine as normal. Instead of cliping the threads and removing it from the machine keep it on. Sew a few more stitches and feed your 2nd piece into the machine. Continue with the rest of your pieces until you are done and everything is sewn into a little chain

After you have sewn all your pieces together you simply cut the chains and carry on. I find this works GREAT when making Hst's. I chain piece just about everything I do



5. The secret that really changed my quilting life
Perfection does not mean its perfect

  After I took that quilting class in 2009 and failed at the BOM I started in 2010 I had given up on ever being a quilter. Part of my brain thinks it’s is a perfectionist however the other half of my brain and body never give it perfect results which leads to frustration, anger and giving up. I had worked myself into such a state that I couldn’t even physically go into my sewing room.  I had all but given up hope until I found Sue’s blog and through it the wantobe quilters campaign at sewiquiltnow.com.

 From there I began to think I could sew again and even joined a blog hop. There were A LOT of tears and yelling and more tears but I finished the project. Were there mistake...oh yes, however when I sewed that last stitch I looked at my work and cried because it was PERFECT. I literally marched up and down the hallway in our house holding my wall hanging above my head shouting I DID THIS AND ITS PERFECT. 

All if a sudden something clicked and I had an a ha moment...Perfection doesn’t mean its perfect... yes there were mistakes but in my eyes it was perfect. Now I don’t mean I couldn’t see the mistake they were there but you know what everyone makes mistakes no one is perfect. I guarantee you that every quilt you see online has at least a couple of errors in it. Once I was able to accept that quilting became a lot easier for me. I joined a few online quilting bees and took part in a handful of blog hops. Now I know from a perfectionist standpoint most of what I do likely isn’t “good “enough. I still have tears at times and am full of self doubt a lot, but I try my best and repeat my manta often. When it comes down to it all it really is all about your own happiness when it comes to quilting. If you are not happy doing it than guess what you are not going to keep at it.

Okay so there you go this is the end of my rather long winded post!!! I hope you were able to take something away from that.

 Today’s post sponsored Sew Sisters Quilt Shop

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The business grew and they opened the physical store in Toronto in September 2007.
They stock everything a quilter needs for their projects at great prices. They also have classes, Block of the Month Programs, and the very popular Bargain Lover’s Club and Kona Club.
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One Luck commenter will have the chance to win a bundle of 8 Half Yards of Kona Cotton Solids 
The colors are Mulberry, Kumquat, Citrus, 
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1.   Leave a comment on what your favourite secret was during the hop

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Come back and tell me you did for a second chance to win



 Once again I would like to thank all of our hosts for taking part and sharing some great secrets.
and
 our AMAZING SPONSORS

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Last but not least I would like to thank everyone for hopping along with us!!!

****Anyone that advertised the hop has been entered into a special draw. If you haven’t notified me via e-mail already please do. The winner will receive one large Arifil thread kit in basic colours provided by Aurifil USA****



153 comments:

  1. Thank you for inviting me to participate in this wonderful hop. I think there was so much to offer, you just couldn't come away without some new information. Thank You!

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  2. I liked the info about glue. All the blogs had great tips! Thanks for hosting!

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  3. All the blogs had great tips but I think my favorite was Sue's different ways to do flying geese. I have more trouble with them than anything and this post really helped. Thanks to all the great quilters that shared with us!

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  4. I am already a fan of Sew Sisters on FB.

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  5. Christine's tip on using sandpaper to keep your fabric from moving when you draw diagonal lines to make half square triangles was brilliant. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

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  6. I really enjoyed this hop. Linda has now got me thinking about using glue. She showed using glue for things I would never think of! Thanks for this fun blog hop.

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  7. My favorite hint was the HSTs. I am now going to try more triangles without fear of them looking bad.

    Thanks so much!

    Lavonna

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  8. I also have liked Sew Sisters Quilt Shop on Facebook. Thank you for the second chance!

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  9. My favorite secret, during the hop, was from buzzingandbumbling about the many wonderful uses of glues for quilting and hemming t-shirts! I learned from all the blogs.....
    Thank you for putting this all together.
    You just can't go wrong with Kona Cotton for a prize!

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  10. I must say that each and everyone had a new to me suggestion! Thank you for doing this blog hop. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net.

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  11. Mrs. Pickles, Thanks for sharing the accurate 1/4" seam tutorial, it is so essential and for hosting this blog hop. I think my favorite tips were from Linda about using the different glues in sew many different ways. I never knew most of that! And I've been sewing 50 years and quilting for about 30 of them!
    Nice to learn new things.
    Happy New Year! Jane

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  12. I'm thinking its time I started using glue! Lots of fabulous uses! Thanks for the blog hop, it was fun!

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  13. Thank you for sharing your tips on ironing quilt piecing. I'm ironing my seams to death! Also your tips on sewing a good 1/4" seam.
    Many good tips in this series. However, I believe that I use Sharon's web style of sewing squares together neatly the most helpful.

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  14. I like the secret uses of glue! Thanks for a great tute today Mrs. Pickles!

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  15. The sandpaper to keep fabric from slipping was a good idea for me. :)

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  16. My favorite tips are the suggested methods for appliquing with fusible applique! I learned about several methods that I was not familiar with!

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  17. Mrs. P, thank you for your contributions to the week of secrets and for arranging everything for this blog hop.

    I came away with some new information from each and every contributor. I have to say my favorite was Linda's gluing ideas.

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  18. I really liked Linda's tips on using glue. I haven't used glue as I usually just make a mess but I will try it now. Thanks for a fun little hop.

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  19. I have learned a lot with this blog hop, it's difficult to pick just one tip. I never press my seams to set them before I press them open, will have to try that. Also, the sandpaper to hold the fabric is a great one. Thanks for all the wonderful hints! sguday at shaw dot ca

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  20. I picked up several great tips from this blog but couldn't pick just one as the best! Loved the ones on the glue (who knew?), the quarter inch help, interfacing... I thought all of them were great! Thanks for the wonderful help!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  21. This has been a great hop. I loved all the secrets, and I think I knew most of them, but the best of all? Perfection doesn't mean it's perfect. That is THE most important secret. The quilter should love his or her quilt. Anything else is gravy. Thanks so much for doing this and I did advertise the hop.

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  22. I thought this was a very good hop with good info that I can actually use in my quilting. Sharon's tip about the single hole plate for sewing seams on small pieces of fabric was new to me and something I know I will try, but I picked up tips from all of the participants. Thanks.

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  23. Thanks so much for letting us share in all those useful secrets. I especially liked the 3D curved Flying Geese.

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  24. The blog hop tips have been wonderful. I have filled a couple of notebook pages with new methods to give a try. I especially loved Christine's HST tips of using sandpaper to stabilize the fabric while drawing sewing lines. I used the tip yesterday and it worked beautifully.

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  25. I like Sew Sisters Quilt Shop on Facebook.

    Thanks for organizing the hop. I've had a great time following along and appreciate the tips. Happy quilting!

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  26. Honestly, I think the 1/4" seam tips is the one I like the best. Sometimes new quilters just don't realize what an important step this is and tend to give up in the beginning, like you did, without realizing what went wrong. It's such a simple tip, but one that might be the most crucial for a beginner - and many advanced - quilters

    I like Sew Sisters Quilt Shop on Facebook.

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  27. Like Tina just above me I have to say getting a 1/4" seam is the most difficult thing for me to do so all tips about that are a plus for me. I have a new machine and the markings on it are much more accurate than my last machine - and that's one thing I would recommend to anyone....check the markings on your machine. They might not be accurate! blessings, marlene

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  28. I liked Barbara's applique tips and Sharon's "web" tricks, although I learned something from every blog, thanks.

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  29. I already like Sew Sisters on FB.

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  30. Sandpaper!Just don't tell my husband where all of his sandpaper has gone!!
    sowingstitches[at]gmail[dot]com

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  31. I really liked them all but the one for the appliqueing was a big help. I was wondering about when you said about opening your seams and pressing them down. I was always told that the seams was stronger when not left opened. So I can iron them open which would make it easier to join them togeather. Thanks for all the turtorials this week. I enjoyed them.

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  32. The flying geese tutorial was my favorite. I am going to have to try it.

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  33. I enjoyed all of the tutorials. The sandpaper and the pinning in the HST tutorial were very helpful! Thank you! ~Jeanne

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  34. I liked you tip about seam allowance size. It's good to remember those basics! Thanks for the chance to win. It's been a fun blog hop!

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  35. I just liked Sew Sisters Quilt Shop on Facebook. Thanks! Now I have been to their web homepage also and have it bookmarked! ~Jeanne

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  36. This hop has been brilliant - thank you to Mrs P and the other girls! I've learnt plenty - particularly about applique.

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  37. I think I took something away from each day but any time glue can be used to increase accuracy, that's a good thing. This was a good refresher to begin the new year. Thanks for organizing it.

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  38. I loved them all! Some helped me remember things I had forgotten and other taught me something different. I really loved the glue techniques and the "Perfection isn't always perfect!"

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  39. So much of what you wrote is still very important even for seasoned quilters as well as the newbies. And I too learned to relax more once I realized that even the "professionals" aren't 100% perfect. Besides "perfect" isn't as great to me...having someone make something with their own hands is more important.

    My favorite part of this hop was Barbara's great applique info. I recently tried it and didn't do too well. With all her terrific tips, I know the next time I will succeed.

    Thank you so much for a really wonderful hop.

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  40. They were all really great....each in it's way will help in not ending up with another UFO in the closet because something just would not come together as it should. I liked the tips about applique since that is what I'm doing at the moment. I'm sure there are many other tips that would benefit all of us! Thanks for putting this hop together!

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  41. I enjoyed all the tips! One that I found especially interesting was Sharon's web technique for sewing small pieces together. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Great tips, Hayley! The 1/4" seam still gets the best of me sometimes. It does seem that each machine manufacturer uses a different 1/4" standard! Thank you for all your hard work. This has been a great hop and something many of us needed!

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  43. This has been such a fun adventure with so many tips on sewing. Your 1/4" story was great..my 1/4" seams are okay--yay! I wouldn't have even thought to check them. Thanks! I gave up on perfection in sewing when I realized even "star" sewers make mistakes. Thank you for hosting and sharing so much info. :O)

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  44. Thank you - this has been such fun! and informative too!
    I especially liked Linda's tips on using glue is sewing!

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  45. I learned a lot during this hop but my favorite tips were the many uses of glue in the quilting process. Thanks for organizing the hop.

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  46. Great week of secrets...very interesting. I liked the one about the hsts; how to make them a little bigger and trim off later.
    Everything secret was great to know.

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  47. I like the HTS, but learned the most from Sue and the different ways - other than marking - for flying geese!
    Virginia T in TX

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  48. What a great "hop" it has been. Lots of secrets shared-quilters are so generous. Some secrets were new, and others a refresher. I found the 'secret" of the single hole needle plate timely, as I am going to be sewing some small pieces together this week. Thanks to everyone who participated, to all the sponsors, and to you Mrs P for putting it all together.

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  49. I find figuring out the true 1/4" seam allowance the best. I have had so many problems with seams not matching and now I know why. Thank you!

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  50. All the tips were great, the glue tips gave me hope for zipper, and HST tips are amazing, thanks so much for sharing your tips for 1/4 seams.

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  51. I "Like" Sew Sisters Quilt Shop on Facebook!!!!

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  52. I have discovered many 'secrets' this past week and all will be tried at some point. The most enlightening one is yours regarding the 1/4" seams... gosh-darn-it I believe I have seen the light! Thank you!!!

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  53. Well, of course it is your last tip, perfection does not mean it is perfect, that is my favorite!

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  54. I already Like Sew-Sisters Quilt Shop on FB!!!

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  55. I liked sew sisters Facebook page, thanks again.

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  56. So hard to pick just one, learn something from every post. Thanks for all the info and the chance to win

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  57. I follow sew sisters on facebook

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  58. I truly believe that each and every person had amazing insight and ideas to share. A lot of light-bulb moments for me - since I have been on hiatus from quilting because of health issues, these all reinforced and motivated me back into the sewing room. Wax paper template will definitely be tried - thanks for the info and the opportunity to win. Terrific sponsors and opportunities here. Judy C in NC

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  59. I went to the Two Sisters site, however, I do not do facebook but so enjoyed the site. Judy C in NC

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  60. So sorry I do not do facebook - and I love Jaybird quilt patterns. Judy C

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  61. I really enjoyed the post about the wonders of glue! There were so many ways she used it that I would never have thought about. Now I will have to try them!

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  62. I went to Facebook and liked Two Sisters.

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  63. Thanks for bringing us back to the basics, especially acknowledging that we are not 'perfect'. My favorite tip was the glue post by Linda. I do FB, but don't 'like' any businesses because I discovered whatever I 'like' can appear on my friends' pages as ads, because of FB's new settings. Because that annoys me, I try to avoid annoying my friends.

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  64. Everyone had great tips. The first I will try are Sue's flying geese methods.

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  65. I guess the most surprising thing I learned was from Linda about using GLUE!

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  66. Hello again ! I liked Sew Sisters on FB.

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  67. these were all great tips!! Great job on the Blog Hop!
    I think my vote would be for your post! I wish I had seen this when I started quilting...I still remember my A-Haw moment when I learned about chain piecing!!
    thanks for all your work on this.

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  68. Great help with those tips. The whole hop was informative and I learned something new at each one. My favorite was using the glue.

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  69. There were some very great tips. I esp liked the tips about fusible and the one aabout glue. Thanks!

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  70. I liked all of your secrets and plan on doing a piece of tape to the machine for my 1/4 seam and your right about perfectionism, I am also using Linda's tip for the upcoming hop. Thanks for hosting a wonderful and informative hop.

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  71. I liked Linda´s secret about the glue best. It have never crossed my mind, that I could use glue while quilting :)
    Gun, Sweden
    gun@lapp.se

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  72. Thanks for hosting! The most useful tips that I haven't seen before were from Linda and her super secret glue stick. I've already used it more this week than since I first bought it!

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  73. This has been a wonderful TIPS hop, Thank you very much and to all the talented quilters who shared with us as well, Thank you!
    My favourite was the ruler tip, making a tiny adjustment will make a big difference.

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  74. I think I liked the glue bit the best

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  75. Great Hop.All ideas were very helpful.Some may have been good reminders and others were new to me, LIke the glue hibt but all will help me to be a better quilter.

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  76. Great hop! Thanks so much for putting it together! I think my favorite was the curved flying geese- have not tried that yet!

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  77. I liked Sew Sisters Quilt Shop on FB.

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  78. I really liked all of them, but the 1/4 seam is my hardest. I will print off your tips! Thanks

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  79. Yes I liked Sew Sisters. Thanks again

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  80. This has been without a doubt, my favorite blog hop EVER!! So many A-HA moments. I know my quilting will be more accurate from now on, and there will be a lot less frustration. I don't know if I can choose a favorite tip, but I definitely NEEDED the 1/4" seam tips!!
    Thank you for hosting this blog hop. Happy New Year.

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  81. I've followed all the blogs each day, and it's really difficult to tell you which tip is the best. The one-quarter inch is such a tricky thing, and so important, that your tips ranks right up there. I also enjoyed the tips about using glue on quilting projects as that's something I have never done.
    Thanks to everyone for all the work involved in this project - it was great!

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  82. I checked Sew Sisters and am now following - thanks!

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  83. I really enjoyed Sue's instructions on the many ways to construct flying geese.

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  84. There were lots of great tips. I liked the sandpaper trick for making lines on squares and also the glue stick tips; I am going to glue my buttons in place before stitching!

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  85. It took a bit of looking but I finally found the actual Sew Sisters shop. I certainly do 'like' their blog and store. Thanks for the opportunity to win some Kona solids. My stash is very low on solids.

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  86. Not meaning to be sucky but your hints were my favourite. I think you put your finger on quite a few things that beginning quilters find stumbling blocks. Thanks!! Again thanks for the opportunity to win some Kona solids. Need them!!

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  87. You've put together (with lots of hard work, I can see)some great ideas with the help of some other generous-with-their-time bloggers.

    THANK YOU!
    annie

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  88. All the tips were great. I think I learned the most from Barbara's post on fusible appliqué. I also appreciated your thoughts on perfection. Quilting is supposed to be fun and while we strive for perfection, there shouldn't be undue stress if it isn't achieved. Sometimes we are too close to our work and when we step back, find it hard to spot what we thought was an obvious flaw. It doesn't mean we should be careless, just that we should not be so hard on ourselves.

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  89. I liked all the tips, but the pressing one was a good one for me. Also how to use a ruler and line up with the black on the fabric edge. I've already tried that and it came out great.

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  90. 2. I went to Sew Sisters Quilt Shop and 'liked' them on facebook. Thanks.

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  91. You are super duper SWEET! Thank you for your kind words and for letting me participate in your GREAT SWAP! Awesome Secrets you have shared and I have enjoyed everyone's sites! Hugs to you and again Great JOB!!!

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  92. My favorite secrets were yours, though I found them all super useful! Thanks for putting this on!

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  93. I liked Sew Sisters on Facebook!

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  94. I really liked your tips on marking the 1/4". Thanks.

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  95. I liked Melissa's Tip about which part of the black line on a ruler to line up with the edge of the fabric. I really enjoyed the whole hop!

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  96. I liked Sew Sister's Facebook page, too.

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  97. I really enjoyed your (long winded) post :) the dreaded 1/4"...it took me awhile to learn that each time I sit down I need to measure. the whole blog hop was full of wonderful tips, thanks for sponsoring it.

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  98. I already LIKE sew sisters on facebook.

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  99. I liked them all because I learnt something fro each of them.

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  100. This was a great hop. I think the underlying secret is that anyone can learn to quilt if you want too. Thank you to all the ladies who helped to make that possible for even more women through this hop. My favorite tips were with the applique. I have done a lot of applique but you can always learn and through the tips I hope to fine tune my skills even more. Yea for the Wantabe quilters campaign!!!that got you going again. Quilters bless the world! I LOVE Kona cottons. Thank you for a chance to win. janita

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  101. there were so many good secrets but i think the one that will help me the most is your idea of putting tape for the 1/4 seam which i have trouble with. so thank you.

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  102. i liked sew sisters on facebook.

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  103. I have liked the sew sisters shop on facebook. Looks like they have a lot of fun things going on there... What a blessing the internet is. janita

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  104. I think I liked the HS from Quilt Monster in My Closet the best. Some very good tips.

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  105. I have liked the Sew Sisters on FB. I don't think I can "like" too many of these pages. :)

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  106. The fifth secret on your page oh and using glue. I like both! thanks for the hop and the great giveaways. vickise at gmail dot com

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  107. I liked sew sisters on fb. thanks again. vickise at gmail dot com

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  108. Oh my favorite was either the flying geese or the glue. Now I have been using glue to sew zippers in bags I make but I have been using the sewing stick glue. It will be so much more cost effective to use the Elmer's School Glue. I am now going to attempt some flying geese after learning the "secrets". Thank you so much for this hop. It has been a real fun learning experience. Thanks again.

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  109. I "liked" Sisters Quilt Shop on FB.

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  110. Love Kona solids! My favorite secret was glue. I've used it for a few things but not consistently. There are so many times I could use it in place of pinning and I hate to pin! Thank you for putting this hop together! We can always use more secrets!

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  111. I liked Sew Sisters on Facebook!

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  112. My favorite secret is the last one: "Perfection does not mean its perfect." Thanks for an informative blog hop.

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  113. Liked Sew Sisters on FB using our family account (look for the butterfly avatar). Thanks to the sponsors for the lovely giveaways during this quilting secrets hop.

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  114. My favorite so far is the applique tips by Barbara.

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  115. My favorite>the applique tips by Barbara!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  116. LIKE+SHARED ON SEW SISTERS FB PAGE!
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1711336606

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  117. I really loved the Fusible Applique post by CatPatches! She took a great amount of time to give an amazing step by step tutorial that was very well written and laid out so anyone could do it successfully.

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  118. I have liked Sew Sisters on Facebook. I hadn't been to their facebook page before now, but do follow thier blog. They have some great tutorials and very good info on their blog.

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  119. All of the ladies gave out great tips and i learned something from each one. But I really like your tip about perfection doesn't mean it has to be perfect. I tend to try to make everything perfect and then get upset because it isn't. If I like it, then it should be good enough and that is all that matters. Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  120. I liked Sew Sisters on Facebook.

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  121. Thanks for all the great tips. I think my next project will be fusible applique - thanks for the great pointers. Especially when using a big piece to cut out the middle. I've not done that and I don't like the wrinkly look it gets when washed. by only having the fusible on the edges I'm hoping that is a thing of the past!

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  122. Just "Liked" Sew Sisters on facebook - now I'm going to spend some time looking at all the past posts!

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  123. Thanks for this wonderful bloghop! I really liked the suggestion or tip to use sandpaper when making the line for half-square triangles. Happy New Year!

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  124. Thanks for the wonderful blog hop and so many helful hints. My favorite was by Linda on using glue. Your words have also given me inspiration to carry on as I sure have my problems with this quilting business but enjoy it very much.

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  125. I thought all the tips were great... Appliqué would be my favorite because I have a UFO on my list ready to appliqué and I've been procrastinating because of it!

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  126. I love all your secrets! Thank you for putting this hop together and having me be part of it! It was truly so much fun. Sorry I missed the last day, I was stuck in a car for 12.5 hours!

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  127. I teach quilting classes and I can't stress enough the importance of a 1/4" seam allowance. Perfect tip to end a super fun "hop"! Thank you!

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  128. I learned alot from this hop too...the HST were very helpful, as I had just begun cutting squares....was thrilled with such a cool way to make them! Also the 1/4" seems tutorial you shared! Think I will be more confidant now... Thanks to ALL the Bloggers that shared their Secrets! :) Saved each one!

    Thanks for chance to win! (don't do Facebook & all....but do visit their Site now & then)

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  129. I learned alot about applique from Barbara's tutorial! Thanks for the wonderful blog hop, Mrs. Pickles!

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  130. I like Sew Sisters Quilt Shop on facebook.

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  131. My favorite hint was about the glues. Thanks for doing the hop, and I'm glad you tried again.

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  132. I like Sew Sisters on Facebook.

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  133. All I can say is thank you. I had for many years was feeling the same about quilting. Today in reading your blog I now know that I also can accomplish anything even if its not perfect. Enjoyed all the quilting tips. Keep smiling!

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  134. I loved all the info on using glue! Enjoyed all the great tips! Thank you.

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  135. My favorite hint was about the HST's. I also enjoyed learning the other tips too. Thanks for the great blog hop.

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  136. I liked Sew Sisters quilt shop on Facebook, thanks for the chance and for organizing the great blog hop.

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  138. I luved all the great tips but I can say I will definitely be using more glue. Thanks to all the ladies who shared their time and helpful tips. Thanks to you, Hayley, for all the work you did to organize the hop...GREAT JOB!!! Thanks to the sponsors for their generous giveaways!!

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  139. I loved the great tips on cutting tools. Melissa really knows her tools. Very well written and easy to understand.

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  140. I loved learning all the tips!! But the pressing tip was the most important to me right now, as I am still learning to quilt and wasn't pressing correctly. :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  141. I already like Sew Sisters Quilt Shop on facebook! :)

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  142. Great hop and it was so nice to review what I already knew, to remember what I had forgotten and to learn some new tips and ways to do things. I've never found a way to make flying geese that I'm happy with so it was great to learn a new way from Sue. Going to give it a try and share with my sewing group.

    Thank you and Sew Sister's Quilt Shop for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.

    Usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  143. I have enjoyed your Quilting Secrets Hop! You did a great job! Thank you. It is hard to pick one favourite. I had forgotten about 3D flying geese, renewed HSTs, new ideas for glue, and using fusibles, love the web idea and your hints were a good review. Thank you again!

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  144. I love adding new ideas and skills to my quilting. I loved the appliqué tips. I had never thought of cutting out the centres of big pieces to make them less stiff. Great blog hop.

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  145. Thanks for this blog hop. I have learned a lot - great tips- and it was so fun. I think I like the curved geese the best.

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