Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Confessions of a Quilter


Amy over at 13 Spools has given 10 quilty tips that are more aline to a confessional! They are plain honest, and I love it. She states that we all have our secrets and it's about time we start airing! I cannot agree more. It makes me happy to know, I am not the only one who doesn't do everything the correct way.  Over the years I have found what I like and works well for me and my style.  Here goes ...  


1. I love the 80/20 batting makes the quilting pop

2. I iron with steam

3. I love hand quilting with floss, DMC usually from Joanns it's chunky.  Check out my tutorial

4. I never pin and when I do they get run over ... every time

5. My favorite thread is from Connecting Threads

6. Never have squared a quilt

7. Anything wonky is annoying

8.  I am terrified to take a class from a professional, as they will judge ALL that I do wrong

9. I am also terrified of curves

10.  I hate batiks

There I said it ... you can agree to disagree on any of them!  It's all about our personal styles :)  What are your quilty tips and confessions?

Sew long for now,
Patch & Chels

21 comments:

  1. I love your list! None of it holds true for me, but that's what's great. We can disagree and still get along! Though, if you ever want to address #9, let me know. :D I can help.

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  2. I so agree with you on #8. I'm so afraid of signing up for a professional class and having the teacher be like: "now sew these together with a scant 1/4 seam" and me be like: "uuuhhhhhhhhhhhh.........."

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  3. I don't like batiks either! There are actually a few things on your list that I agree with. Pins are the worst....

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  4. Wow, thanks so much for sharing the link back to Amy - great post from her and I am so glad you shared your 10. I would have to put some thought in to make my list; but I am also a bit afraid that once I get going I'll find I have many more than 10! ha! :)

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  5. I hate batiks too. And I like Essentials thread too!! But, do take a class from a pro, they are so encouraging and supportive of our efforts. I recently took one by Jamie Wallen and he was fantastic and very supportive.

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  6. I also love steam. I pin like a fiend and then sew over the pins; some pins and needles break, but my points line up. I do not like batiks either, although I admit they have their place, such as in art quilts.
    Anything not deliberately wonky is annoying. I have found that wonky stars are great group projects.
    I once had to square a quilt after it was badly stretched by a long-arm quilter. Otherwise, I don't see why anyone would need to if they made the quilt top square and didn't then stretch it out of shape while quilting.

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  7. Agree with it all - especially the wonky one. And batiks. And I love that thread! I also iron with steam, and why square a quilt that should already be square?

    Great list!

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  8. I saw this at 13 spools and then at Molli's so it seems we all have our quilty secrets. I terrible at closing the rotary and often leave it open on the desk!

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  9. 1. I always iron with steam.

    2. I never pre-wash my fabric.

    3. I love using the red clover clips instead of pins.

    4. I only use 40 wt Aurifil thread - either a light beige or a dark gray for all my quilting

    5. I never square a quilt

    6. Anything wonky IS annoying :)

    7. I love taking classes at quilt shops - you learn such neat tricks and the teachers are all so fun and nice.
    They are never judgey - they are there too just help you learn to make the blocks and have fun.

    8. I love batiks and lean towards modern

    9. I don't enjoy making anything bigger than a throw quilt.

    10. I love sewing with friends!

    Thanks for sharing your personal tips :)

    Bonny

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  10. Ha, I love it! I think I need to start doing #6, I hate squaring quilts. I was also with you on #9. But I assure you, all it takes is a double wedding ring quilt and you get over it really fast. Terror turns to something like love or hate.

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  11. That is a great list, I have to agree with at least 80% of them :)

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  12. Ha! I agree with so many of these! The other day I was thinking that I probably don't pin enough but then continued on anyway!

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  13. I love this list! I use Gutermann thread, haven't had a problem with it, don't see a need to try Aurifil (yet).

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  14. #3! Haven't 'big stitched' in a while but I do still love it!
    #9 Curves really aren't very difficult, just say'n! My eleven year old sewed up a curved quilt top and my theory then on was if an 11 yr old can, anyone can!
    #5 I've heard good things about Connecting Threads - might give them a try some time!

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  15. Great list. I am terrified of curves too, but at some point I want to try them.

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  16. Yep -- Curves make me nervous as well.

    Professional teachers don't tho. I have had two really good experiences take class from a pro.

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  17. You hate batiks?! Oh now, I'm not sure our internet friendship will survive... :) But here's a warning - the quilt that I'm planning to make for our master bedroom is going to be done in all batiks. Maybe I can convert you. And I'm with you on #7 - wonky is not in my vocabulary.

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  18. I totally agree about the Connecting Threads thread! It works great, is a fabulous deal, and comes in such a rainbow.

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  19. I don't hate batiks but will only buy if it is something that is really interesting print.

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  20. please take classes with professionals. Most are kind, blow off the others but learn all you can. A note about sewing over pins. you can put off the timing on the machine then your stitches go bad, or get a burr on the bobbin case and all tension gets messed up. There's usually a reason behind rules... sorry to sound fussy, just reading a lot of people saying the same kind of things. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  21. I'm with you on 2, 4, 6, 7, and 10. Right there.

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