Cutting Mats &
received this tip from a vendor
at the International Quilt Show in Rosemont. This information is
provided by OLFA.
To clean your OLFA mat, use a generous amount of room temperature
water in your bathtub. Add ¼ cup vinegar per gallon of water, and a
few drops of mild detergent. Use a soft, mild bristle brush to
create a lather and gently clean your mat. Rinse with room
temperature water and wipe dry with a cotton towel. Please note that
warm or hot water and direct sunlight may damage the mat
Sharon Peot came
up with a tip for taking your fabric swatches with you to evaluate
additional fabrics for your quilt.
clear plastic sleeves for baseball cards or photos. The sleeves are
8 1/2" x 11" and fit in a binder. They have 9 pockets. Cut
swatches of your fabric and insert in the pockets. The clear
plastic allows you to lay the sleeve over a bolt of fabric and
easily see how the fabrics will look together. The sleeve has
the additional advantage that it easily folds in thirds and fits
nicely in an envelope in your purse.
Camarata takes a clear sheet of stiff plastic, laid it over her
quilt block and drew the design to be quilted using a dry erase
marker. This allowed you to see what the quilting design would look
like on the block, and allowed her to wipe off the dry erase marker
and start again if she wasn’t satisfied with her design. Once she is
satisfied with her pattern, she makes a photocopy of the block with
the plastic sheet. This is an important step because the dry erase
markers rub off so easily. Dry erase markers (used for writing on
“white boards”) can be found in any office supply store or aisle.
She purchased the plastic at a fabric store (used for making
templates) but you could use any clear plastic sheets (like those
for report covers or for overhead transparancies)
Free Motion Quilting
Jane Simmons was practices her free motion quilting
using a technique that she had used in a class that revolved around
quilting the design printed on the fabric. She had a piece of fabric
that had cherries printed on it and was practicing circling around
the cherries. She also practices by circling small motifs or
outlining large flowers printed on the fabric.
Diane Gaudynski's recipe
for homemade starch is available at