Between sips of wine and seriously impressive projects, Angela Walters (the host of The Midnight Quilt Show) shares countless tidbits of quilting expertise. Today, we’re sharing just a few of those gems.
Tip #1: Take the Lead
When sewing half-square triangles, it’s easy for the little points to get stuck near the plate of your sewing machine. Thwart this by first sewing a little piece of fabric (called a “leader”) under the plate to prepare the threads and prevent jamming.
Tip #2: It’s a Snap
Make quick — and strangely satisfying — work of separating your chain piecing segments with The Cutting Gizmo (or as Angela calls it, the Half-Square Triangle Guillotine).
Tip #3: Smack Dab in the Middle
When quilting a large quilt on a sewing machine, Angela advises to start in the center. It’s mostly psychological, but it’s helpful to know it’ll never be heavier or harder to do than at the beginning, because as you work your way out, it gets easier and easier when you have less bulk to deal with.
Tip #4: Seeing Yellow
When quilting all-over design on a whole quilt, Angela’s go-to thread color is a surprising choice: pale yellow. This color keeps it from standing out on the white, while also keeping it from being too bright on the darker colors.
Be extra careful when pressing sewn blocks. If you press too hard, you risk stretching the block out.
Tip #6: No-Sew Applique
Make appliqué work way faster with lightweight fusible interfacing. Attach the interfacing to your fabric before cutting the appliqué pieces; then, you can just adhere them without any sewing.
Tip #7: Quick Cuts
Forget fussy measuring! Using a template ruler makes cutting uncommon shapes so much faster.
Tip #8: Mistakes Be Gone!
Got bulky seams or mismatched points? No problem. Angela uses a meandering loop design for quilting to cover up those mistakes.
Let’s Binge Watch!
Check out every episode of the Midnight Quilt Show on YouTube. Just don’t stay up too late.