Best Quilting Tips Ever!


Last week we asked you for your best quilting tips and here they are! We’ve selected twenty tips to share with you.

For the first set of tips, quilters shared they best advice they received as new quilters. Besides the most popular advice, ‘Measure twice, cut once,” here are ten nuggets of wisdom in no particular order:

  • Clip your threads as you go.
  • Pay attention to grain line.
  • Relax, have fun.
  • Always close your rotary cutter when not cutting.
  • Look at values, not just colors.
  • Careful, it’s addictive!
  • Take the time to master the 1/4″ seam.
  • Before cutting your new quilt, make a single block first.
  • Make what you like and trust your creative instincts.
  • Learn to read a pattern.

Here are ten ‘best tips ever’ quilters shared:

  • If the fabric is still ugly, you have not cut it small enough.
  • Be patient with yourself.
  • Take the selvages off of backing before you quilt.
  • Square up everything as you go.
  • Do something quilty every day.
  • Use the 45 degree line on your ruler to trim half square triangles.
  • Always close the rotary cutter.
  • Write the date you change the rotary cutter blade on the new blade.
  • Once you have learned a technique, do it your own style.
  • Take your time and enjoy the journey of learning to quilt.

What’s your best quilting tip ever? Let us know in the comments below!

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After every quilting session, take a few minutes to tidy up. Helps to keep the “creating chaos” under control.

Jane McCarthy

Quilt when energy is highest and other factors won’t interfere with your concentration and enjoyment.

Jeanette Kidd

I use different widths of painters tape as a guide to quilt my borders. Then, I save the tape to be used to pull out ripped stitches or for thread control (on the floor or around the sewing machine.)

Ni├▒a Klinck

Just cut it…it’s not terminal!


I love the “If the fabric is still ugly, you have not cut it small enough.”!

Life’s too short to use ugly fabric!

Phoebe Billing

Go to shows, take classes, visit quilt shops and hops … learning is FUN

Linda R. Yokelson

When 2 pieces aren’t matching up the way they should, sew with the bigger piece on the bottom so the feed dogs can help ease the bulk.

Linda R. Yokelson

When cutting lots of strips, the fewer cuts you make reduces how often you need to square up again. So, if you are cutting 2″ strips for example, make your first cut at 12″, and then subcut at 2″ intervals. Then, make another 12″ cut and do the same. This way, you have only made 2 cuts from your yardage, have 12 strips cut, and won’t need to square up again yet.

Chris K.

Put a mat at the door of your quilting room. That keeps the threads from migrating to other rooms.

Peg de Montmorency

Best quilting tip ever – It’s better to be finished than perfect.
2nd best – It’s OK to use steam in your iron.

Liz Morgan

Measure twice cut once.


Use Starch!

Jeannine M Short

If you have a warped cutting mat……..turn your oven on the lowest degree it will go, approx. 200 degrees. Lay your mat on the oven rack and DO NOT walk away! Watch it constantly. Within a few seconds to a minute it will lie flat again. Remove it with pot holders and lay on a flat surface like the floor. It will cool almost instantly. I tried everything to repair my large mat, nothing worked and I didn’t want to cut it in to smaller non-warped pieces. I tried this with my mat and it worked beautifully. I’m still using… Read more »


The best tip I ever got was to measure through the center when cutting borders.