Sunday, August 24, 2014

My 10 Quilty Little Secrets

I have been having a good time reading and laughing at everyone's 10 Quilty Little Secrets so I thought I would join in and air some of mine.

13 Spools

 1.  I sew over pins all the time and have for many, many years.  If I break a needle (which is rare), I put a new one in my machine and move on.  I even broke the plastic guide off the right side of my 1/4 inch Janome sewing foot so I could sew over pins.
2.  My scraps are not organized by color.  They are dumped into a very large box or are in many shoeboxes.
3.  I don't press, I iron.  I don't set the seam and I don't iron open my seams.  I tried it once, but couldn't see the advantage.
4.  I don't like a lot of quilting on quilts.  Oh yah, I said that. 
5.  EPP is just not for me, seems too fussy.
6.  I don't pre-wash my fabric and I don't wash my quilts as soon as I am through making them.
7.  I love watching sewing videos on Craftsy and Youtube and I am grateful to those that share.  But it drives me crazy to hear "um" as every other word.
8.  I don't like to pin baste.  My few pins are placed very far apart, and I haven't had a problem yet with fabric shifting.
9.  I don't understand the fuss over Liberty fabrics, batiks, Japanese fabrics, and linens. 
10.  I like to keep my machine's bobbin area clean and lint free.
What about you?  Have you any little quilty secrets to share?


  1. Amen sister! lol

  2. Don't you feel better airing your dirty laundry?! Haha

  3. #1 - laughing cas I ripped of that guide too!
    and um #7
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow, lots of people sew over pins. I thought I was the only one. And I cut the center out of one of my sewing feet so I could see better. Thanks for sharing your list!

  5. It is so fun to read those. I especially like those kind of revealing secrets, lol.

  6. I have no interest in EPP. I have plenty of other handwork to do!

  7. great list, I agree with most of them. I've not seen any Liberty fabric in person, but what I've seen online doesn't appeal to me.