Skip to main content

10 Signs You're Addicted to Quilting

Think you might be addicted to quilting?  Here's a quick test to find out!

1. You doodle potential quilting designs during meetings.

2. You look for quilts in the background while watching TV.

I don't know what Meg Ryan is up to,
but what a cute quilt!

3. You've given each of your quilts a name while working on them--and your family all know exactly which one you're talking about.

4. You find inspiration in unusual places.

I'm convinced the quilt show was at the
Crowne Plaza because they liked the carpet.

5. Your list of celebrities you'd like to meet include Jenny Doan, Paula Nadelstern, Mary Ann Fons, and Eleanor Burns.

6. For New Year's, you try to give up fabric shopping until you've used up some of your stash.  Then you hear about the New Year sale on January 2.

7. Your photo albums are filled with pictures of quilts you've made.

8. You catch yourself thinking how someone's dress has great fussy cutting potential.



9. For your birthday, everyone just gets you gift certificates for the local quilt shop.

10. Your first thought in the morning is "how soon can I get back to quilting today?"

How did you do?  If you answered yes to at least 5 of these, you're probably a quilt addict.  Unfortunately, there's no cure.  Fortunately, most of us are just fine that way.  Happy Quilting!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fold'n Stitch Wreath Shortcut Tutorial

DISCLAIMER: Please note that these instructions are predicated on the assumption that you have purchased the Fold'n Stitch Wreath Pattern from Poor House Quilt Designs.  I believe in supporting the designers who bring us these amazing patterns to work from.

Now, for the fun part!!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I volunteered to make eight centerpieces for the quilt guild's Christmas party.  I'd been eyeing this pattern for quite a while, so this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. Time wasn't a concern as they don't take that long to make.  My concern was in the cost.  I made one of these for me before volunteering to make the eight, and all of the materials probably cost me about $30 dollars with all of the fabric, foam, and stabilizer called for in the pattern.  But making them in volume meant I had to figure out a more cost-effective way to make these.  Turns out, the shortcut also saves some time.

Materials needed in the modified pattern:

1/3 yd f…

Crazy Quilting Ambitions

I do it to myself every year.  I plan too many projects with a totally insane deadline.  Is it the holidays that give me that crazy urge to take on more than I should?  I don't even like deadlines...I certainly don't embrace them.  Why, oh why, do I do this to myself every single year?  Apparently I like to make myself crazy.

First up on the must finish list: eight Stitch'n Fold Wreaths.  I volunteered to make the centerpieces for the guild Christmas party.  Fortunately, I picked something pretty easy to do.  Unfortunately, I picked a project so popular that distributors are back-ordering the foam needed to complete the projects. (Facebook to the rescue.  I was able to find a substitution thanks to the suggestions of my fellow Facebookers.)

Luckily, the other day I figured out a shortcut that uses a third of the fabric and eliminates several steps.  It ends up being a significant cost savings and time saver.  Already, I've got all of the cutting done.  With any luck,…

English Paper Piecing: Sewing It All Together

English Paper Piecing Tutorial: Part IV Sewing Your Pieces Together

Finally! You've put together your kit, decided on a pattern, and got your pieces all ready for sewing.  Now it's time to start sewing them together.  As with everything else, there is more than one way to sew in English paper piecing.  I use a whip stitch to piece them together. You can also use a ladder stitch or a flat back stitch.  I'll go into that a little more towards the end of the tutorial.

Choosing Your Thread

First, you'll need to decide on a thread color.  As I mentioned in my EPP kit tutorial, I said that you only really need a handful of colors to get started.  Even if you only had cream, medium gray, and black, you're off to a good start.  I like to have more in my kit to choose from, but you'll figure that out as you go along.

It can be easy to choose a color if your pieces are relatively close in color, but what do you do if you are sewing together light and dark pieces together, …