•Use the clear- plastic food containers that grocery stores sell berries and donut holes in to keep fabric strips wrinkle-free and thread organized.
•Transport your quilt block units from the cutting table to the sewing machine with a large square of flannel and a Q-Snap 17” square quilting frame. The flannel keeps the pieces from sliding during the transport.
•Paint stencils are available in many great designs and can be used for fusible appliqué projects. To use a stencil, place it facedown on the paper side of the fusible web and trace the shape. Trace the stencil right side up on your background material for an instant and exact placement guide.
•To protect your ironing board cover from begin stained with ink when pressing paper-pieced blocks, iron freezer paper over the area where you use for ironing. When the ink builds up simply replace the freezer paper.
•Various size metal washers at the hardware store make perfect appliqué circles. Trace around the appropriate size washer on the back of the fabric, trim, and run gathering stitches around the edge. Slip the washer into the slightly gathered fabric circle, draw up the gathering thread tightly and press with an iron. Using spray starch will help retain a nice crisp edge.
•A great reusable quilting template is to trace the template or quilting design onto freezer paper and cut it out. Iron the freezer paper pattern in place on the quilt block and quilt around it. Once the block is quilted, peel off the pattern and use it again and again.