Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quilter's Back to School Blog Hop Party Giveaway




I am quite excited for my boys to be back in school this year.  It is the first time they will both be gone all day now that my youngest is in 1st grade.  I am looking forward to the time to myself, especially to get back to sewing as we had such a busy sports filled summer.  When Michelle announced the Back to School Blog Hop, I of course had to sign up - more people to celebrate with!  I am giving away two Park Avenue charm packs to one winner... I'll ship to the US or Canada.  To enter, leave a comment (only once) telling me your best quilting time saver tip so I can use my new free time wisely!  The giveaway will be open until Monday, September 3rd. Thanks for stopping by!

199 comments:

Leah said...





Organization is the best time saver. Make everything have a place and put everything back in its place.

I have a places set aside for individual projects. Each one has bin or box. When I have to put a project away to work on something else that has a deadline it goes back in the box- pattern, binding, backing fabric, everything.

Joanne Lendaro said...





Pre-wind a bunch of bobbins to have on hand! I usually sit and wind 5-10 bobbins that I can just grab when I need the next one. Thanks for the fun!!

Alisa said...





I try to take a few minutes at the end of my sewing time to get everything ready for the next few minutes I have. That way, I can just jump right back in. Thanks for the give away chance.

Karen said...





I do one step at a time. If I have a bunch of blocks to put together I'll do all the sewing I can on all of them before I have to get up to iron. Then I'll take the time to iron everything in a big batch, then sew more, then iron more, etc. It saves so much time rather than getting up to iron every little part of the blocks. It means you don't get the finished blocks until the very end, but the time saving is worth it. Thanks for the chance to win. :) Love your blog.

Kari @ The Purple Quiltapotamus said...





I make sure to clean as I go - that way sharp scissors stay out of my little ones reach!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathy MacKie said...





Always make sure you press as you go and to trim stray threads.

Needled Mom said...





I think the best tip is to have things precut before you sit down. It seems like I waste a lot of time walking back and forth if I don't.

Janet said...





I find that I have to just decide a time that I'm going to sew and then do it. There are always a million other things that need to be done and it is easy to say - oh I'll just do this first. And then the sewing time doesn't come. Not really a time saving tip...

Anita in Florida said...





I TRY to clean up and put away all the fabrics I've used in a project BEFORE I start the next one...on that note, this morning I decided to put all my flannels in one large plastic tub...well I've used 2 and still have enough for another. Funny thing though...I also decided to sort my fabrics...can't even begin to tell you the mess...on the floor, on ever available flat surface and even not so flat! So I've spent all day and still not done...but it will be worth it when I finish...if that ever happens! Sorry for this lengthy comment...not even going to proof read it...I took advantage of a little break...thanks for the giveaway!!

Patty D from NC said...





I tend to organize and do a lot of quilting for multiple projects at once.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...





I keep my projects organized in little bins~ book, fabrics etc. It is easy to pull a bin and cut or sew when you only have a few minutes. And its easy to get it put away and all together when you have to clean up. Enjoy your new free time! Thanks for the fun!

Verna G said...





When I'm contemplating a new project I pick out any color that might be suitable. I lay these on a table in my sewing room and as I walk by I tend to move them around, take some away, add some more etc. This might go on for a couple of weeks but I will have an "Aha" moment when they seem right. Then I go ahaed.

Elizabeth S. said...





There are a couple of things I do to save time. Typically, I prep the night before (cutting, organizing pieces of each block, and filling several bobbins with the thread I'll be using). I put all of the pieces on a card table and cover with a sheet. That way in the morning (or when I'm ready to work) all I have to do is lift the sheet and start. This also helps keep pet hair off the pieces and prevents any loss if the cats jump onto the table to lounge.

Mommarock said...





I do English Paper Piecing. I like to punch two holes in the paper pieces (I use card stock) then I use a quilters pin to pin my paper to each piece of fabric I have cut to use. I stack them all up and make a big pile. Then after I have them all stitched on, I use the same holes to take a crochet hook and pull the papers. They pop right out.

Merritt said...





I like to chain piece when I can. It not only saves time, it also saves thread.

Ella said...





Change the rotary blade! It makes a world of difference!

Samantha said...





I think my most time saving tip is if you can figure out a way to strip piece whatever you are making do it! :D

I used to cut out all the little 2 inch squares then put them all together and then I saw someone strip piecing and my world changed! :D

Thanks for a chance to add to my charm collection. Someday I will have enough to make the Drunkard's Path quilt for my queen sized bed that I'm saving charms for!

Karen said...





My best time saver is that on the days that I don't really feel like sewing *gasp*......I cut all the pieces for a particular project and then place them in a zip lock gallon bag. That way when inspiration strikes me I always have a project ready to go!

Laura said...





I try to save time by staying organized. I mark everything and keep it in certain places so I don't need to hunt anything down when I'm sewing

lynaeve said...





Well I probably couldn't tell you anything new. I like to gather supplies before I start.

Lori said...





I like to press as I go. It also keeps me from sitting in one place too long!

TheMugglePuggle said...





I stack my fabrics that I will cut the same. Just have to make sure to be carful that they are all lined up right! Love the charm packs :)

Cherilyn said...





Read all directions at least
Twice!! Saves so much time not to have to fix mistakes!

Diane said...





I don't know if this saves time but I always keep a notepad and pencil next to my sewing machine. When I think of "other stuff" that needs to get done, I write it on the list, that way I can continue sewing uninterupted. It's also a good place to list items that need replacing, like thread or notions that are running low. Enjoy your free time!

Carrie P. said...





My time saving tip is to 4 bobbins wound and ready to go when I get ready to make a quilt.
thanks for the giveaway.

Kelli said...





My best time saving tip.. hmm.. whenever I can, I like to chain piece. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize. My little one just started Kindergarten. Nice to have three hours of quiet to get some things done! :)

Brenda said...





I have just finished organizing my sewing room, and it has made a huge difference. I am really trying to put everything back in its place when I finish with it.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...





My time saving tip for making HST is to use the June Tailor Perfect Half Square Triangle ruler.

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Cyn ;-) said...





My best tip is to make and USE a list. I get so much more accomplished when I make lists - also a list keeps me from procrastinating:I can't say "I forgot" 'cause it's on the list! lol.
I am a new follower of your great blog!

JustPam said...





Leaders and enders when you are chain piecing is a wonderful way to work on two quilts at one time!

Mary said...





I find that doing Bonnie Hunters, leaders and enders, and cutting into strips the leftovers, is wonderful for me.

Linda said...





HELLO! WHEN CUTTING DIFFERING SIZES OF BLOCKS USE LABELED SANDWICH BAGGIES FOR SORTING!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Anita said...





I think that learning to chain piece was the best thing ever for me. It saves time and thread!

Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

Pat V. said...





I like to use "leaders and enders" a la Bonnie K. Hunter. It saves thread, and I make a great start on a second quilt while I piece the first.

I also press and trim units while listening to the evening news. Otherwise I'd just sit on the couch and do nothing!

Addibrae said...





Unfortunately I don't have any time saving tips, but I love those fabrics.

Tanya said...





I am new to quilting, but best tip is getting all cutting done at once. Enjoy your few hours of freedom. Thanks for chance to win.

needle and nest said...





Keep your sewing area neat and tidy! I never want to quilt or sew when my desk is overflowing with stuff. :)

Gwen said...





Hmm.... time saving tips?... One thing that I learned when I started quilting is how much time and thread is saved by chain piecing! It had never occurred to me to do that-and I LOVED it! Also, using leader and enders is a helpful hint that I learned from my Aunt. Thank you for the chance to win your wonderful prize!!

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...





Mine isn't so much a time saver tip as a time finder tip. I squeeze sewing into any amount of time I have. If I'm waiting for the family to get ready to go....I might be able to stitch a couple of seams together. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

lpnjam@aol.com said...





I think the best tip I have is to spend at least 10 minutes re organizing as you complete a project before starting the next one. It is easier to audition fabric if your area is organized.

Amy said...





I am a pretty new quilter, but I like chain piecing. Thanks for the chance to win this great fabric!

Sandy said...





I totally believe in having everything ready to just jump in and sew whenever you get a minute. You'd be amazed with how much you can accomplish in just five minutes at a time. Thanks so much for the giveaway.=)

Dee said...





I love to have hand sewing prepped and ready to go whether a ride in a car, waiting for Dr.'s or kids.

Jenniffier Kramer said...





Keep everything for the project together in a box it also helps me clean up quickly.

audrey said...





My kids are very young, and I find that the only way I'll get anything done is to make a plan beforehand for what I intend to do that day. Otherwise, I spend time that I could be using to quilt organizing my thoughts, my fabric, etc. It might sound crazy ridiculous, but every free quilting moment counts! :)

Jennie P. said...





I still consider myself a beginner so I don't know many tips yet. I guess chain piecing saves some time. Thanks for the chance!

Ginny said...





Not new but always measure twice and cut once, always sew an accurate seam these 2 things will save many hours of looking for additional fabric and ripping out seams :) Thanks for the giveaway! I checked out your blog and liked what I seen so I am a new follower!

Lisa C in GA. said...





buying a bobbin winder, a separate little machine, was a huge time and money saver

Farm Quilter said...





Do not turn on the computer until after you sit down for lunch. If I turn on the computer in the morning, next thing I know it's lunch time and my morning disappeared! Having a place for everything really help with organization - having too much of anything with nowhere to put it makes a mess just happen - if one thing is laying out, it is so much easier for it to accumulate friends of all sorts and then you have a disaster!

giddy99 said...





I'm a beginner, but one time saver is to measure twice, and then measure AGAIN. And then measure maybe once more. It will save you fabric, and time in the long run (so you don't cut something wrong, and then have to order more of the same, and wait agonizing days, because of the first wrong cuts)... just sayin'

Thanks for the chance!

ladmquilter said...





I prewind all of my bobbins than stack my pieces together so I can chain piece, it saves so much time.

JoyceLM said...





Square up your blocks. It seems to add more time BUT you won't have to waste time picking out seams later when your blocks don't match up, or when your quilt won't lie flat. Thanks for the giveaway.

annmarie said...





I think chain stitching is the best thing I ever learned. Saves tons of time. Cute charms - thanks for the chance to win.

Lyn said...





Thanks for the chance! I like to put everything on a hanger and then it is all together.

Fiesta said...





 Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize. I use Quiltvilles leaders and Enders system.



 

AnnieK said...





I invested in one of those tiny seam-pressing irons, and it has saved me a lot of time (and probably electricity!). No more wrangling a big iron over tiny seams, yay!

stephmabry said...





Chain piecing is definitely the time-saver (and thread saver!) that I use the most. I'll for sure be coming back to check out everyone else's comments, though, as I'm still pretty new at quilting and am always looking to find new tricks! ;) Thanks for the chance to win!

Alison said...





Lists, lists, lists! And don't half finish projects and put them aside. It will take you longer to get reoriented on what you need to do with the project.

Joyce Carter said...





MY tip is to have everything ready for what needs to be done next-whether it is cutting, sewing or pressing. Thank you for a great giveaway.

Judy B said...





Make sure your sewing machine is lint free and oiled. Always have spare needles. I buy them buy 100 at a time. Thank you for the great giveaway.

Marcia W. said...





Have a threaded needle with a knot next to your sewing machine (mine is in the pin cushion) just in case you need to make a quick hand stitch. I'm not speedy at threading a needle and making a knot. This helps me keep my sewing momentum.

JMF said...





I always sew onto a scrap of fabric to save thread. Julie

MaryBeth said...





Use strip sets and chain piece whenever possible - I know that's 2 hints, but they really do go hand in hand!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...





I'm not sure if this is a time saver, but it helps me. I like to wash my fabric before using and to prevent the edges from fraying I zig zag the edges. I use bobbins from past projects on both the top and in the bobbin. This uses up the thread without waste and prevents me from having to pull tangled, stringy fabrics from my dryer. I also know for sure which fabrics have been pre-washed.

aerialkabuki said...





I just try to work methodically.

Richard Healey said...





The best time saver their is, would be to be prepared know what your doing before you start.

Amy said...





I'm not a quilter, but I am a sewer, and the best tip for me is to have a container to throw my cut threads and other bits and pieces so I can clean up as I go and not have a big mess at the end!

Bright Angel said...





My fave time saving tip is chain piercing half square triangles and other small things. Saves time and Thread.

Karen said...





Cutting my scraps into usable pieces so I don't have that ever growing pile of scraps and I have loads of precut sizes ready for a new quilt.

Barbara Woods said...





just dig in and go thanks

Haley said...





For me, it's organization and prep work. I always have thread and bobbins ready to go. And I keep my sewing area tidy and organized. That way I can jump in and quilt whenever I get the chance.

bethstrand said...





My favorite quilting time saver is the crock pot! Get the kids off to school, run the vacuum cleaner quickly and toss dinner in. You can quilt all day and it seems like you cooked a big meal!

Lv2sew2011 said...





I'm fairly new at blogging but here is the link where I do:
http://lv2sew2011.blogspot.com/

I like to use stick glue instead of pins I get a better stitch and it stays in place while sewing.

I’m now following you.

Thanks for the awesome give away! God Bless and have a blessed day!
Lv2sew2011@yahoo dot com
Donna

SassyCathy said...





"Sharpen your axe"
You've heard the story about the two loggers who were in a race to chop down a tree? One began to chop right away and chopped hard and long - the other took time to "Sharpen his axe" first - and of course the sharpest axe won! SMILES :-)
So - plan, prepare, take your time, and these things will certainly pay off in the long run.
ENJOY !
Sassy Cathy

supersara20 said...





I chain piece whenever possible.

Lisa Cox said...





Being that I'm rather a newbie at quilting, I really don't have any tips. But I'm enjoying reading about everyone else's.

ytsmom said...





Make a block or two before you cut everything! That way if something does not work, you can fix it with a minimum of frustration. Hopefully!!

Carol said...





Keep all your notions in one place, so you don't have to spend time finding them when you're in the middle of a project.

sew.darn.quilt said...





It's taken me a while to figure out this tip but boy oh boy does it help...alot!
I plan the night before what we'll be having for supper the next day. When morning arrives I get up a little bit earlier than the kids and that's when the slowcooker comes out and supper is made! Yep! It may well be 6:30AM but once the school bus leaves I have the next 7hours to sew, sew, sew!
Thank you for the chance

Tiffany said...





Chain piecing and a good 1/4 inch foot!!!

selleck said...





I learned when I was a secretary to never let anything cross my desk twice and applied it to quilting as everything has a place. Tidy up every night and things will be pretty and neat every morning.

BizyStitches said...





Orginizing is always the best time saver, so I'm told. Seems that every time I turn around my cutting table is a total mess. Thanks for the give away. Love charms

Lori said...





I am really new. On my last quilt for my nephews first baby, I did the top and my husband did the back and we put it together and I was at the machine and he helped by quideing it where I needed to go. Such a wonderful helper and trooper.
quilting[dash]lady[at]comcast[dot]net

B Greene said...





If you can find a place to leave your cutting mat and supplies out, that is a huge time-saver. It also lets me be more creative when I don't have spend so much time gathering supplies and setting up. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Shasta said...





I am pretty sure I won't be able to come up with anything that people haven't already told you, but I do leave my stuff out all the time, and work on it whenever I get a chance. You would be amazed at how much you can accomplish with just fifteen minutes a day. I also follow the Leaders and Enders method that Bonnie Hunter mentioned - I am always working on two quilts at a time, and even though I am not sure it saves time, it helps me get through the boredom of many repetitive blocks.

Angela said...





I have started using the leaders and Enders method and I chain sew as much as possible the chain press. I also try not to have too many projects going, I want them finished...

Becky said...





Congrats on having your sons in school full-time! One of the techniques that has helped me the most is to have a project pinned and ready to sew at my machine. When I get a few minutes, it's easy to get some sewing done. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway! Happy School Days to you!

Kelli said...





My tip is more a life-tip for me than a strictly sewing tip--when both of kids started full-time school last year I learned that I had to make a schedule for myself to get it all done. I scheduled time for chores, exercise and sewing and I seem to get more done in all areas. So, my tip is find a schedule that works for you and enjoy your time alone!!!

Scrapatches said...





I have read through all the great tips here and most of what I would have said is already there.

Hmmm ... what to add? ...

When sewing corner squares onto snowball blocks and such, I always stitch another seam 1/2 inch away on the side to be cut off. Then when I cut off the triangles, I have a little HST to add to my scrap drawer which I have ready made for another project. Hope this helps.

Thank you for the chance to win the nifty gifty ... and for all the great ideas ... :) Pat

jmniffer said...





Set aside a time for your sewing; don't just think you will get to it when everything else is done for the day. Organization in my sewing area is also important for me. I don't like wasting time trying to find things so everything has it's place. Enjoy your time and thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Betty said...





My best tip is assembly line sewing. Make all the individual units for your blocks first. For example, make all the four patch units, then half square triangle units, then sew the units into complete blocks. Strip piece whenever possible, even if the pattern doesn't call for it.

rvquilter said...





set a timer for 30 minutes...and run to the sewing room! you would be surprised what you can get done

Francine said...





I think the best thing I've learned lately is to totally CLEAN up after each project is complete. It's so nice to start something new with a blank slate. Thank you!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...





I do try to load several bobbins when I am working on a project. It helps to not have to stop and wind a bobbin especially when free motion quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

Susan said...





stay organized and keep everything in its place. There's nothing worse then wasting time searching for your seam ripper, scissors, ect.

sh said...





I like to wind extra bobbins at the start of each new project.

Maxine said...





Keep your iron right next to your sewing machine so that you don't have to get up from your chair. Chain piece AND chain iron.

Karrie S said...





Measure twice, cut once.

Kristy said...





chain piecing!

Marsha said...





Make sure you have everything you need together for whatever project you are starting so you don't have to stop to hunt for it. Yes, chain stitch whenever possible!

Jeneta said...





Be organised, use pre cuts, chain piece and choose a pattern that looks complicated but isn't!

marth225 said...





Ironing makes a big difference in how your blocks look and how well they go together

Lyanna L. said...





Make sure you cut everything correctly so you don't have to redo it later!

Thanks for the chance to win this fun giveaway -- and I enjoy your blog =)

Emily C said...





Keep all the parts for your sewing project together so you don't have to keep getting up to look for things while your sewing. (sounds simple, but my stuff wanders around the house daily.)

KurtzCrafts said...





label everything if you're paper piecing! I learned that one the hard way... lol

Deb said...





I don't have a lot of tips, because I can be a bit all over the place when I sew. BUT, I do love that I have a pressing board right next to me so that I can press seams as I go without getting up. I am an AVID ironer when it comes to all things quilt-related, so this saves a ton of time for me. (other ironing? not so much...I avoid it at all costs!!). Thanks for the chance!

Sowing Stitches said...





Time saving tip: I load 2 dozen bobbins at a time...time consuming at first but in the heat of sewing...very nice not to have to go through the process!

sowingstitches [at] yahoo [dot] com

legato1958 said...





Starch when piecing blocks and hst, etc.


susie
legato1958@aol.com

Sherry said...





The best time saver for me is making sure that as I sew I have a handy place to drop tiny scraps and pieces of thread. I don't like messes so if I don't clean as I go I have to spend the time before I begin again.

Kathy H said...





I try and wind extra bobbins and keep a little ironing board right next to my machine.

Jeanne said...





Make sure and read directions to what your making all the way through before starting. Don't assume like I did you know how a certain step is made by just looking at the picture. Thanks for the giveway.

Jen said...





I don't have much time to quilt with a 3 year old and one on the way, but for me it's essential to keep everything organized and keep things I use frequently in easy reach.

apple blossom said...





keep all your pieces to one quilt in a zipper bag.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Debbie said...





Like a lot have said...organization is key....I admit I don't always follow and find I spend a lot of my possible sewing time cleaning and searching

Kate Brown said...





I keep everything in a zip lock bag and write the name of the pattern on it. So many times i have pulled out a bag and forgot what quilt I was making! Then when I finish the top, I put it on a hanger with the backing fabric. That way I dont use the backing for something else and its all ready to go.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...





I try to get all of my cutting done at once and then I do a lot of strip piecing. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway!

Vicki W said...





I think that organization is the best time saver. Having things ready to go when you have time to sew makes the best use of your time.

gccmom said...





I gather all my supplies before I start, so I don't have to look for things. Lovely giveaway.

Cindy Staub said...





Chain piecing is alway a time saver! I also try to keep staple quilting supplies on hand so I don't have to drop a project to go buy new needles or thread.

Abbigail said...





I try to keep some kind of small hand sewing project in a tote bag to take with me. I can get a little done while waiting.

Painting 4 Him said...





I like to have pin cushions in various places. And I wash and iron all my fabric before i use it.

Cassandra said...





I agree with your very first comment - organization! I spend way too much time looking for things I need rather than having an organized space. I need to take my own advice. ;)

Thanks for hosting a giveaway and happy quilting! Enjoy all of your new free time. :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...





I only sew for my own pleasure, so I don't worry about time savers. I just like to sew on step at a time.

Measure twice and cut once..:)

Linda Meyers Gabbard said...





I'm just now getting into quilting so I am a bit disorganized right now. As far as tips I need them too!!!!

Keep the seam ripper handy........

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Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...





Yay I have a Canadian address!! My time saver tip would be chain piecing - makes making blocks so fast and when you have a VERY basic and old machine like mine, it saves thread and stopping and starting and putting in a scrap fabric so it doesn't eat the first bit of fabric... :)

Mary said...





I do a version of Bonnie Hunter's leaders and enders. I pick a simple project - like a 9-patch and have those ready to use. By the time I am done with a major project, I have a smaller project - like a baby quilt - done!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Ali said...





Well chain stitching is the most time saving for me, if I can get organized. I'm pretty new at quilting so uh...I'm sure you know all about it and I'm going to learn some stuff from reading all the answers!

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...





I like to have a good leaders and enders project going when piecing!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lee said...





I think planning your day out and organization would be the best! thanks!

The Thompsons said...





I'd say organization, but chain piecing also helps a ton.

joyce said...





I don't do this but -- winding several bobbins. As I run out really close to the end of something I say to myself- if only I had a bobbin ready!

Jeanne Gwin said...





I leave all the phones upstairs and have the message machine down with me in case it is an emergency. Sometimes I lock my studio door so hubby can't come looking for company, LOL, I get nothing done when he comes a visitin'

Nanbon44 said...





I would say PRE WIND bobbins, I take a day and get things ready and the bobbins are top of my list.

Tricia said...





I have an wooden tray table that sits next to me in the evenings that has several pre-threaded needles of the different threads or flosses that I need for the project at ready to go along the all the needed implements like scissors, work piece of fabric(s), rippers etc so when I sit down to "listen" to the TV, I'm ready to go.

I also keep a journal book to record in it what I have down in the day, as a way to hold myself accountable. This has helped me finish up 8 UFO projects since the beginning of the year and keeps me on track for all my swaps too.

Thank you for the chance to win such beautiful charm packs.

Sincerely,
Tricia

Tamie said...





I'm not one to give advice but I would say to pick one thing that you want to accomplish (a doable thing) and if you get that one done you can move on to the next one. Thanks for participating in the hop.

Shannon said...





sweet giveaway! My tip is to always leave things ready to pick back up and go the next time. I never feel like working on a project if I know that first I have to clean up, dig out fabrics, find a pattern, or something.

Cherise said...





Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance! My tip is to have lots of bobbins ready to go. Have a Nice Day! :)

Shirley Tener said...





I love charm packs.

Judy1522 said...





My best time saving tip is to be organized and I only know this because I am not very organized and know that if I was I would save myself lots of time. I am working on it though.

Sharon said...





Clean your machine on a regular basis to keep it running smoothly. Perhaps after each project is completed. Thank you for the chance to win!

Peggy said...





I don't have any tips, as I don't quilt, but I do make tote bags for seniors and children. I would love to win this beautiful fabric.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Carla G said...





My best tip is to chain piece. It saves lots of time & thread. Also clean up before starting a new project. Thanks for a chance to win this great fabric! :)

Goldogmom said...





I am a fairly organized person and I use that with my sewing area too. I do find, for keeping projects moving towards completion, having the clear plastic bins such as sterilite or others, to put one in when I need to attend to another, seeing the fabric through the box helps me keep the projects on my mind so I don't forget about them. When I've put them in drawers or boxes that I cannot see in, I'm more apt to forget about them or get distracted and let them sit.

thanks for the chance to win.

Catskill Quilter said...





When I am sewing lots of blocks for a quilt, I sew the blocks in bunches of 12: I sew the first pieces of each one in a chain, go to the iron and iron all 12 seams, go back and sew the second pieces, go to the iron and sew those seams, till those 12 are done, and then start on the next group of 12. Switching from sitting and sewing to getting up and ironing breaks up the activities and "keeps things moving."

Kathy said...





I like to keep a scrap bag nearby and put little bits in there right away so I don't have to organize them later. winterwrens at gmail dot com

VickiT said...





I don't have a lot of quilting practice yet to have too many tips but, I can give one I have always used in my sewing and machine embroidery; that would be clean up every step of the way. By doing that you won't be tempted to leave the mess once you're done and you won't have that mess staring at you before you can begin the next project. Leaving it for the time you want to start something new usually for me anyway means I put off starting something else longer than I'd like.

Thank you for the beautiful fabric you're giving away. I feel like it's fate I happened to check your blog first today because it's got my street name on it. It must mean it's needs to come 'home'. LOL

Donna said...





I'm just planning to make my first quilt, so I have read the tips with great interest! In my sewing, I've found that getting things organized before starting and laying out the "ingredients" helps me keep focus.

Deb said...





I think several commenters have already said this, but organization is the best time saver ever! When my stash is organized and I know where every template is then everything goes so much better. Enjoy your free time!

crossroadsquilts said...





This may sound strange, but my best time saver is just knowing that I can get anything done 15 minutes at a time, or as a friend asks...How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

I don't have large chunks of free time, even with the kiddos in school, but if I do something just for 15 minutes at a time, I am finished before I even know it!

OhioLori said...





Fairly new to quilting....and reading tips others have written-- have given me great ideas too! Thanks everyone! :)

I like to do all the cutting, and getting things set to start sewing....so I don't have to track anything down...iron ready...etc. I also try to put away as I finish needing ruler, rotary cutter, etc...so can find later! lol

Thanks for chance to win such pretty Charms! :)

Nancy said...





I press while I'm talking on the phone. It's great when I can do a lot of stitching (chain piecing, especially) and finish pressing them while I'm talking to my daughter.

Thanks for offering the wonderful fabric for the give-away.

Nancy said...





I'm back to say -- asking participants to leave a time-saving tip was just the best idea! Some have said the same thing but I've learned a few things. Thanks!

Lisa said...





I honestly think your best time saver is to stay off the computer, lol! There are so many wonderful blogs, videos tutorials, quilt shops....you'll be online for days! Also, as far as a practical time saver - wind lots of bobbins before you start sewing! :)

basildonkitchens said...





I think chain piecing is the best time saver for me. That and being organized....

Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary Ellen said...





Oh from one who is just starting to figure out the ins ands outs of quilting I would not have much wisdom except just to start!

Cheryl said...





My quilting time saver tip is not pre-washing the fabrics, unless I have some vivid colors like reds or blacks. This not only saves time but I also don't have to press the fabrics afterward. I also like the extra 'puckeriness' of my quilts when they shrink up ever so slightly after I wash the completed quilt. I used to always pre-wash but it seemed like half the blog quilters did and half didn't so I decided to live dangerously!

Sewgirl said...





Have a designated space where you can leave stuff out. If you have to put it back all the time you'll never get anything done!

Mom C said...





I spent way too long reading all the suggestions you've got. They are really great! Mine has already been mentioned but cut everything out for the project before you start to sew. That's something I have a hard time doing and I waste a lot of time trying to decide if I'm going to do borders, what width, which fabrics, etc when that should all have been decided when I began. Love the charm packs. Thanks.

Judi said...





I keep a work box on my sewing machine so that when I have 10 minutes, I can pick something up and stitch a few seams without having to dig everything back out.

M-R said...





My biggest time saver is doing leader/enders (check out Bonnie Hunter's site). THanks for the giveaway!

PJ said...





Stay organized and read the directions.

Dresden Quilter said...





I like to have a few projects on the go, so that depending on the time block I have whether it be a few minutes, or a couple of hours I will have something to work on. It saves me from fretting about a project that may be at a point where I need a bigger time block for it, when I know I have something else I can work on and get further along on that project. Thanks for the giveaway.

Diann said...





Read the directions carefully. I thought I didn't need to do this and am in the process of ripping out and re-doing almost a whole quilt top. (I should have known better!)

sherry said...





not spending all day on blogging...to quote my friend "looking at art is not the same as making art"

Loris said...





Thank you for the lovely giveaway! I loved the link to United Notions showing all the fabric pieces.
Like your first commenter...organization seems to be a good tip. Preparing steps so they are ready to do when I have a few minutes to sew keeps me motivated and moving forward in projects.

The Amateur Quilter (Mike Pearson) said...





the Bloc Loc half square triangle ruler... awesome... rotating cutting mat.... nice... chain piecing... buy bobbins that are prewound... for applique...505 spray :)...basting too.

free indeed said...





I like to do things in shifts; pull fabrics and cut; subcut and sew; sew more units; make blocks; put together. It gets me up and walking in between stages otherwise I could sit all day and quilt...not good for my circulation! :P

thisyearsdozen said...





I have a couple tips. One, I saw someone already mentioned but here it is again.

When sewing corner to corner on the diagonal, sew an extra seam 1/2" from the 1st seam. Cut in between the 1/2" space. Now you have a HST instead of dog ears tossed into the scrap bin.

Also, I use a dollar store lint roller to quickly clean off my cutting mat.

Thanks for the opportunity to win your great giveaway.

Donna
don_mae2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Margaret said...





After winding your bobbin, store it with the spool of thread by threading a chenille stick (pipe cleaner) through both. That way you don't have loose bobbins and waste time wondering if the bobbins are full of polyester or cotton thread.

beaquilter said...





my favorite time I learned from Bonnie hunter's blog, to do leaders and enders, it helps on thread use and doesn't make the machine clog up with thread when you start, plus then at the end you have another project done!

Mary said...





Layering two strips of fabric right sides together,then using the Easy Angle ruler to cut them saves so much time when making half-square triangles. And they are usually very accurate so no trimming is required.

bohemiannie! art said...





Um...I'm not a traditional quilter...so my best time saving tip is to use spray glue to make my quilt sandwiches!

Amy DeCesare said...





I think spray basting a quilt instead of pinning it is my biggest time saver tip. I never get puckers on the back either!

~ Julie ~ said...





You've already gotten this tip, but keeping my sewing room clean and organized as I go really helps me. It's always ready for me to sew, even if it's just for a few minutes! Thanks for the chance to win such cute charm packs! :)

Carol in E TN said...





Try to be organized as much as possible. I always have some kind of handwork ready to take along when I have to wait for an appt. or whatever. You will be surprised what can be accomplished in 15 minutes!

Debbie said...





Have all your fabric cut before you sew. debbie73521@yahoo.com

apple blossom said...





keep everything together in one bag for each project.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anne said...





My tip is not to keep working when you are tired because it's easier to make a mistake that will have to be ripped out and re-done. ;)

Dora, the Quilter said...





I find two things that help me are to be sure I have an extra pack of needles at whichever machine I'm using so that if one starts to sound dull it will take only a few seconds to install the new one, and, secondly, to make sure I have enough bobbins wound so I don't have to stop quilting or sewing while I do the boring winding.

Karen O said...





I read this on a different blog. Put the pieces of your block on a paper plate - one per plate. Then stack the plates, and they will be ready to go when you have a little bit of time to sew.

Lisa said...





Have extra sewing needles and change them at least when need and use a paintbrush to remove lint. Clean the brush with a piece os flannei and remove more at least once a month! Thanks!

sewfrench.com said...





Cleaning up when you finish up will save so much time. Some days I feel like I pick up more than I sew and it's only because I was a slacker for more than I day!!
Thanks for the lovely giveaway!
loritfrench@comcast.net

Malinda said...





I always have a no brainer project for leaders and enders. That way you end up with a bonus top every once in while!

Sue said...





I like to have bobbins already to go so I wind several at once. I keep the basic colors handy at all times!

Carly said...





Hmm...not really a quilting tip, but it saves me time when I cut more than one pouch, mug rug, etc and work on more than one at a time. That way I am ironing multiples at the same time and don't have to keep getting out my iron, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!

Maria Kievit said...





Chain piecing really helps, and when frustrated, put it away for a while, and come back to it maybe even years later....

Lori said...





I save time by keeping my area clean and organized! I work much better in a clutter-free space.

bets said...





I just read all the comments...fun to hear what quilters do! I think organization is first, cut all at once, chain stitch when possible, keep iron close, and pick up every day to keep room neat and tidy! Oh...lots of bobbins ready.....how is that listMnice giveaway too, thanks a bunch!

Gail Hand said...





Whenever I can I stack my fabrics to be cut. Saves time and energy.

Trinity said...





My favorite time saving tip is chain stiching, not only saves time, but also saves thread (which is $). The obvious is bobbins, I don't have that many, so when I run out I wind them all (which is only about 3 or 4). Thanks for the giveaway!

Unknown said...





My favorite time saver is one I learned from Bonnie Hunter (Leaders and Enders). I use precut pieces - squares, triangles, etc. stacked in pairs by my machine to lead and end chain stitching. In this manner, I'm actually piecing a quilt WHILE I'm piecing another quilt.

Linda
lin1322 at aol dot com

Debby said...





i love chain pieceing when it's appropriate to the project i am working on - what a great timesaver

spiritweaver said...





Work in small time fragments, even 20 min is relaxing

Sherri D said...





To save time I often line up several sewing projects at a time. I am lucky enough to have two machines. I almost always have one set up with dark threads and one with light or white threads. Many times I will sew several projects at a time. I might start with a log cabin block, sew off it onto a hem for curtains, add another strip to the block, run a line of stitching on yet another project, and then another strip for the log cabin block. When done, I snip each project apart from the others and go press them all at the same time!

butterflyangels said...





I have to turn off the computer. So I don't get distracted by emails, blogs, FB (ugh FB) And I often turn off the cell phone too. Smart objects sap at my productivity!

Rosa Robichaud said...





Organizing my scrappy strips "a la Bonnie Hunter"!

And like the previous poster, ignoring my computer... For a bit, anyhow. LOL

Tks for the contest!

Rosa Robichaud
robich@rogers.com
Saint John, NB
Canada

Marsha Cooper said...





I don't really have a time saving tip. I read some great ones in previous comments.
Being organized has to be tops..and is something I am trying to work on.

Katie said...





I quilt in chaos so could use any time saving neatnik tips myself!!

Allison Spronk said...





The two things that I think are the greatest time savers for me are having everything pre cut and well labeled before starting the project and then chain piecing as much as I can. Hope all these tips help you be efficient with your time!