No More Keystone Quilt

When you photograph a quilt or other flat, rectangular artwork, watch out for keystoning. Keystoning happens when the edges of the quilt are not parallel with the edges of the camera frame and the quilt looks crooked, with one edge shorter than the other. To prevent the keystone quilt look, photograph the quilt straight on, with the camera centered on the quilt side to side and top to bottom, and make sure that the camera lens is sitting parallel to the floor, not tilted up or down slightly. If the picture looks slightly crooked despite all your precautions, some photo editing programs can apply a filter to correct keystoning and other camera distortions.

Protect Your Investment

Tracey Pereira says “Use a surge protector” for your sewing machines, sergers and other electronics in your sewing room. Great advice, as some sewing machines today are just as sensitive to power surges and spikes as your home theater and stereo systems are. Tracey shares the complete hows and the whys of using a surge protector at her blog, Chubby Mummy!

Missing Link?

Though less popular among quilters than twitter or facebook, the professional networking site Linked In is starting to get infiltrated by the quilting community. Groups are emerging that give quilt professionals and enthusiasts a place to connect, ask questions, solve problems, and share knowledge. Linked In discussions tend to be more focused on a specific topic, filling a need, or helping to resolve an issue.

This tip submitted by Dorothy H. Thanks Dorothy!

Do you Twitter?

Quilters from all walks of life have embraced twitter.com as a quick and easy way to connect with other quilty friends across the U.S. and world, 140 characters at a time. Use Twitter’s search function to find twitterers with similar interests. By simply typing in search words like “quilt”, “quilting”, “applique”, etc., you’ll meet interesting people talking about the things you love.

This tip submitted by Dorothy H. Thanks Dorothy!

Fabric Printing Smarts

If you like to use your printer for photo transfer, you prepare your fabric and iron it to freezer paper, cut it to size and insert in the printer. Sometimes the paper curls or separates from the fabric and nasty things happen. Your fabric gets ruined and you have to start over.

To avoid this I use a wide zigzag stitch and sew just the leading edge of the prepared fabric/freezer paper to a piece of card stock. No curling…no separation…a great print every time. Just be absolutely sure you have cut your threads close, you don’t want any threads getting caught in the printer.

This tip submitted by Jill@TheQuiltRat. Thanks Jill!

Lets Face it!

Facebook isn’t just for kids anymore. Quilters tend to be social animals by nature, so its no surprise quilters are all over this popular social networking tool. Most of the quilting publishers have “fan” sites, and many popular designers, authors, teachers, and other quilting professionals maintain an active presence on facebook. Whatever your area of interest, there’s probably a facebook group out there waiting for you to join and become a part of that sharing community!

This tip submitted by Dorothy H. Thanks Dorothy!