Lighthouse Quilt Guild

tips and tricks and fun things to do or see

Dottie’s Tips

~~~(February 2023)

Does your thimble keep slipping off your finger? Try applying a small piece of double-sided tape to the inside of the thimble or on your finger.

Are you a saver of selvages but don’t know what to do with them? If you crochet, use a J or K crochet hook and a single crochet stitch and make hot pads.

~~~(June 2022)  For those who like to appliqué on the go, put your fabric, pins, needles and scissors in an empty plastic gallon ice cream bucket. it has a convenient handle and lid.  It also has enough space  for a small embroidery hoop.
~~~ When sewing two strips of fabric together and the bottom one is pieced, insert a different colored pin in the seam area as an alert to manage the sewn direction of those seams.

~~~(July 2022) Going to class and including a travel iron? Don’t forget to also take an oven mitt. This will be handy if your iron is still hot when ready to pack up and go home.

~~~Are you losing patience while trying to put invisible thread through the eye of a needle? This should help – color the end of the thread with a dark colored marker. The colored end can be cut off after it is threaded if needed. Your mood should lighten as you sew.



Do you have fabric that is too good to throw out but probably won’t be used? Use it as gift wrap. Add a coordinating ribbon and it is like giving two gifts.   

Got lots of quilt books? Arrange the titles alphabetically and record these in a small address book. (Sept. 2022)


After making a quilt, use some of the fabric to make a pillowcase to store the quilt. This helps identify the quilt inside.

Stored quilts should be opened and refolded to prevent permanent creases and possibly damage. A good time is when going on vacation. Just spread the opened quilts on a bed while you are gone. (Oct. 2022)

A flannel backed vinyl tablecloth can be used as a portable design wall.

Some cutting mats and rulers have holes at one end. To hang them out of the way, hammer a finishing nail (one without a flat head) into a stud in a closet. More nails can be added vertically in the same stud. Be sure to measure distance first so mats do not overlap or hang on the floor. (Nov. 2022)

Get this wonderful app for calculating all things quilting from your app store.  See the information on the Robert Kaufman site.

Quilting App