20 Tips to Celebrate 20 Years of Love of Quilting

We just added 5 more tips, and now we’re up to 10. Be sure to check out the new additions! Did you hear? Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting is celebrating 20 years! As we started gathering ideas for the big 2-0, we reminisced about the amazing tips our fans and contributors have shared over the years. So, we decided to kick off the celebration with some of the best and most interesting tips for quilting.

Week after week we’ll share our favorites, starting with five and then adding more every week! Plus, over the next few months, we’ll have all sorts of other special events, blogs, and projects that you won’t want to miss.

We hope you enjoy reading these fun tips from our first 20 years and stay tuned for even more anniversary goodies!


Tip #1 – Crosshatching Perfected
“Wide painter’s tape is great for marking crosshatching on a quilt. It comes in various widths; it’s easy to remove and reuse; and it’s straight every time!” ~Cheryl T.

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Tip #2 – Pin Transport
“I put my magnetic pin holder in a disposable plastic food container so I can transport pins safely to classes.” ~Pam B.

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Tip #3 – Blade Protection
“I use free or inexpensive glasses cases to store my rotary cutters at home and to take along when traveling. They protect me and my grandkids from cutting accidents.” ~Doris S.

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Tip #4 – Bobbin Storage
“Toe separators used for pedicures are perfect for holding bobbins and keeping thread from unraveling. They stack neatly and you can see the thread colors at a glance.” ~Judi K.

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Tip #5 – Quilt Blocks To Go
“I cut a flannel-backed plastic tablecloth into 18″ squares. As I cut pieces for blocks, I lay them out on the flannel side of the squares. I can … roll the stack to take to my weekly quilt class or keep the stack by my sewing machine at home to keep my pieces in order.” ~Annie B.

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Tip #6 – Pin Basting Trick
“Use a lid from a coffee can to put safety pins in while pin basting a quilt. The lid slides easily across the quilt and keeps the pins in one place.” ~Denise F.

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Tip #7 – Centering for Quilting
“To align my quilt sandwich, I first fold the top into quarters, marking the center and sides at the folds. I do the same with the backing, and I also sew a small shank button temporarily in the center on the right side. I can easily feel the button through the layers, which helps me match the centers. Then I align the sides at the marks.” ~Becky B.

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Tip #8 – Bookmarking Patterns
“I buy sticky bookmarks from an office supply store and use them to mark favorite patterns as I read through magazines. I made a key, so if I’m looking for a 4th of July pattern, I look for red bookmarks, etc. You can mark the quilt name or other information on the bookmark if you like.” ~Kathy C.

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Tip #9 – Fabric Matching
“To make sure the fabrics I purchase coordinate with the fabrics I have in my stash, I sew a swatch of the fabrics I’m planning to use to a ribbon and keep it in my purse. It’s easy to carry along when shopping and the pieces don’t fall off and get lost.” ~Kay M.

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Tip #10 – Pre-Cut Prep
“Sometimes a pre-cut strip roll has a lot of loose threads, so I use a lint roller on both sides of the roll before I open it. That seems to eliminate most of the messy threads and lint, and I use it on my mat afterwards to pick up the rest.” ~Kathy L.

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We’ll reveal five more tips every week, so be sure you check back for more!
~The Quilting Company Team

Originally posted with 5 tips on June 12, 2019. With 5 additional tips added on June 19, 2019.

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