Mark hates it when his ruler slips. To stop the slipping
rulers from ruining his rotary cutting (and my life), he uses
my hot glue gun to make small dots of hot glue on the
back of his acrylic rulers. Once the glue dots harden, the
ruler slipping stops! And you can flick off the cold glue
dots with ease (and a finger nail) if you no longer want
them on your ruler! Let's go, girls!
Once you've become a subscriber to Mark Lipinski's
Quilter's Home, save the subscriber cards for use in paper
piecing and as material for a quickie template!
Talk to me baby, your time is valuable!
Being the owner of a quilter human (Mark), I've learned a lot of valuable tips by watching him work
his magic—his words, not mine. So here are a couple of tips to help you save time and make your
quilt endeavors a little easier. Check in once and a while. . . I will offer up new tips as I observe them.
When Mark and I are traveling on an airplane, he uses
the cutter on his dental floss cased to snip his threads when
appliqueing or cross stitching! To hell with the TSA—
a man's gotta stitch!
Mark loves those huge-o rubber bands that come with
stalks of broccoli and other veggies at the grocery store.
If you put that thick rubber band around the wheel of your
sewing machine, you get a much better grip instantly—
and they come in all colors! Yipee!
Mark used to put all of his used, bent, broken, and dull
needles in an old prescription bottle through a hole that he
put in the lid (which is still a good idea). I've found some-
thing better—a Tic Tac container. They are clear, have a
snap lid, and are a lot less expensive and available than
getting sick or dumping your Prozac into a generic
container! Plus, you can chat-up close and personal with
your quilt guild buds without giving them a tightly wound
permanent from your sometimes-hideous breath!
Mark's lavender linen water recipe
Cupcakes, make your own lavender scented water
for your steam iron and save a mint!
2 cups of distilled water
2 ounces of cheap vodka
15 to 20 drops of 100% essential oil of lavender
(available at health food stores) or another
100% essential oil scent. Make sure you’re using
100% essential oils! Accept and use no substitutions!
Add the mixture to your steam iron and enjoy
the aroma while you piece. Store the leftover water
in the fridge.
Mark helps you get rid of age spots on quilts
To brighten colors and remove age spots and yellow
discoloration from quilts. . .
1 gallon of water
1 quart of buttermilk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Soak the quilt in this liquid for as long as you think
it will take (I usually soak my old yard sale finds for
about 2 hours in my washing machine).
After soaking, hand-wash the quilt with a mild soap
(Try SOAK — it’s remarkable). The natural ingredients are
safe with no danger of damaging the quilt.
Make Mark's recipe for spray starch
This is an extremely cost-effective starch recipe —
at only 2-cents a quart.
Dissolve 4 tablespoons of liquid starch into
2 cups of cold water while you boil 1 quart of water
Add the starch mixture to the boiling water and return
the mixture to a boil, then remove from heat immediately.
Add 2 more cups of cold water to the mixture.
Your starch should be clear and not milky. Store your
starch in a mist spray bottle (you can get big ones at
Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) and store it in the refrigerator.
If you get any starch or starch burns on the faceplate
of your iron, clean it with a wet terry towel.