I’ve been seeing everyone’s quilting secrets, following Amy at 13 Spools and her 10 Quilty Little Secrets post, and it made me feel a little better about not being a perfect quilter! So here goes:
1. I don’t press. (Does anyone? I feel like everyone’s secrets included ironing.) At first I didn’t even realize there was a difference; now I know there is but I don’t actually remember to do it. Lately I’ve been trying to skip ironing while I’m piecing, too…
2. I am afraid to try some quilting techniques, like paper piecing. People have told me it’s easy but it seems SO INTIMIDATING. Applique is the same, for me. I did applique on my first quilt and didn’t know what I was doing. I put nail polish on the edges to keep them from fraying! Now I know not to do that, but I avoid applique projects because I haven’t learned a good technique. (Maybe next year I can tackle applique…and then you can look for lots of doll quilts that are applique while I practice.)
3. I am terrible at free motion quilting but I’m trying to learn now, because I’m working on something this fall that I want to do free motion quilting on. So look for a few posts about that experience! (Mostly doll quilts. I practice everything on doll quilts.)
4. I don’t usually square up my blocks. Or, necessarily, my quilts, although now that I’ve learned to bind I am making an effort to square up my quilts.
5. This isn’t really a secret, but I just learned to bind quilts in March. I have thus far bound one quilt by hand and one by machine, and I’ve done some small things by hand. I’m okay at it. I don’t care if my corners aren’t perfect.
6. I don’t care if lots of things about my quilts aren’t perfect. Done is better than perfect (and I’m usually working against a deadline).
7. I take on more than I can chew and then I have to rush to finish things!
8. I love the look of modern quilts and I’m trying to make quilts that are more modern, but I like when people’s definition of modern is flexible. (Look for another upcoming post about this!)
9. I’ve never used Aurifil or any special threads like that. I use regular cotton thread from connectingthreads.com and I think it’s great.
10. I’ve never washed any of my quilts, ever. I should, right? Normally, again, I’m on a deadline, but even the one I keep I haven’t washed, and I think I need to, because I’ve been using one as my bedspread for months. I’ll figure it out. (I do wash all the fabric beforehand, though.)