I nodded in agreement through 13 Spools’ quilty little secrets list (does anyone actually press? not me! I iron with steam, brute force and curse words) and chortled through the list by Molli Sparkles as they confessed their quilting ‘crimes’. As a fun exercise, I typed up my own list. I did not plan to share it here, but similar posts by blogging friends encouraged me to join in.
- I adore floral prints.
I know that solids are trendy now, but they never lure me to their corner of the quilt shop. I love florals. I would sew floral fabrics while wearing a floral dress and sitting on my floral couch if I could. Solid fabrics are nicest when they have a pattern or texture on them, like a polka dot! I like dots almost as much as I like florals. I do like solid white; it breaks up all my busy florals.
- I am a sucker for punishment.
I seem to like to make my life difficult by choosing complicated projects. For example, I bought some French General fabrics and have so far spent two years making a Dear Jane quilt top. It is still not finished. Two friends bought some French General fabrics and made stunning quilts in a matter of weeks. Sometimes I am not sure if I am brilliant for challenging myself to try different techniques or completely stupid for making everything unnecessarily complicated. I certainly get a lot of value for money out of every little skerrick of fabric.
- I have never used starch.
Never. Not even for ironing my clothes (a job I hate). I bought some, but I have not figured out when or why I might need to use it.
- I feel guilty whenever I use glue on a sewing project.
- I get very little sewing done when I meet up with my sewing group.
I eat a lot of cake. I drink tea. I gossip.
- A glass of wine helps me relax for free-motion quilting.
Perhaps the wine helps calm the fear. More than one glass and it is time to say hello to wonky stitches. Keeping the red wine a safe distance from the sewing is a good idea. I learned that lesson the hard way. Do not fret! I do not start drinking early in the day using quilting as an excuse.
- I love the patchwork side of making quilts, but I dread the quilting part.
The joy of finishing a quilt top is short-lived. I start to get nervous when a top is finished and I have to baste and quilt it. I only let out a sigh of relief when I am past that point and up to the binding part. Binding is the easy home stretch. Yay! I am happy again! Quilting anything bigger than a lap quilt is super scary, and I usually need long-arm help.
- I rarely read the instructions in quilt patterns.
I look at the templates, the fabric requirements, the pictures and the finished quilt. I might start to read when I get stuck. Sometimes, not even then.
- I passionately hate the term ‘low volume’ when used to describe fabric.
I like the look of the fabrics the term is used to describe, but my fabric does not make any noise. Ever. I might talk to it, but it never replies. The pale fabrics, the pastel fabrics, the dark fabrics and the brightly coloured fabrics in my stash are as silent as each other. I have my radio on a low volume as I sew.
- I do not understand the divide between traditional and modern quilters and quilts.
A few quilters are super traditional (like Aunt Reen) or super modern (like the talented and stylish Hillary of Entropy Always Wins), but most of us fit somewhere in the middle. Let’s all play together nicely.
(I am not sure what to make of the contemporary quilters. Paint, vinyl, cat fur and found objects. Really?)
These clever bloggers also share their quilty little secrets. Read them, and you too will find yourself nodding and smiling in agreement!
- Chelsea of Patch the Giraffe
- Jo of Riddle and Whimsy
- Sarah of Smiles too Loudly
- Shauna of Shauna’s World
- Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl
What are your quilty little secrets?