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Thread: My Quilting confessions...

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    Senior Member kheliwud's Avatar
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    I am a bit of a rebel. And it is said confession is good for the soul, so, here goes!

    I do not pre-wash my fabric.
    I often piece batting scraps together for large quilts. (I hate waste!)
    I use fusible web to correct small "oopsies".
    I fantasize about quilting!
    I can not resist fat quarters, especially brightly colored bundles!
    I quilt in my pajamas all day on Saturdays
    I love, really love, free motion quilting

    Any other confessions out there?

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    ditto to all of the above except i don't sew on the weekends and i never buy FQs.

    and i'll add to the list that i use polyester thread for my LAQ.

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    Senior Member kheliwud's Avatar
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    Love your avatar!

    I use polyester thread when I FMQ

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    I use blankets instead of batting and backing.
    I use old mattress pads instead of batting.
    I don't pick out the small threads if I have a (god forbid) repair to make.
    Half the time I'm not even aware of the content of my thread because it has been donated and many of the labels have fallen off.
    I don't vacuum the house before company comes over if I have a valid project underway.
    I use paper-plates and forks so I don't have to wash dishes.
    I have told my dad that I wasn't feeling well just to avoid going over to my parents house when it is Polka Time on their TV.
    I have let my cat eat tuna because I had spent the last of my money on a piece of fabric instead of cat food.
    I have used the front load washers at the laundromat when I have needed to wash a rag-quilt, even though the sign specifically says DO NOT.
    Is that enough? I probably could go on and on and on. :-)
    The worst one of all, sometimes even I ignore my own advice.

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    I never use a pattern so far(I'm not making works of art, I'm just having fun), I just let the quilt evolve as I go... but I feel more creative and I'm motivated to move on to the next project so it's not too bad - oh and I stink at my 1/4", I usually just make everything fit in spite of some variances.

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    It's nice to see that I'm not the only one that the fabric/quilting police can lock up.

    I do not pre-wash my fabric.
    I often piece batting scraps together - I do a lot of QAYG and it's a great way to use up scrap batting.
    I have resorted to pizza delivery when I just really didn't want to stop quilting in order to cook.
    I have bought mass quantities of fabric on sale (read: Joann's 50% off of 50% off sale) and sneaked it in the house when DH was oblivious.
    There have been frustrating quilting days that I have un-sewn more than I have sewn.
    I made a quilt for a friend and his wife (finished in November 2010) and STILL have yet to meet up with them to give it to them - and they have no idea I made it for them - they live only an hour away.

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    I don't really care what type thread I'm using to piece or quilt as long as it is the right color & weight that I want and my machine will behave with it.

    I have used Fray Check to fix seams that popped in the wash. I wasn't always as consistent with my 1/4" seams as I am now.

    I have and will continue to use good sheets for backing. What else are you supposed to do with a flat sheet that has lost it's fitted sheet?

    I often piece batting for smaller projects from scrap batting.

    The "stuffing" in my tablerunners is practice sandwiches from different quilting designs and/or threads.

    I will shop at any store that sells cotton fabric and I will buy any fabric that is acceptable to my standards and is a fair price including used cotton clothing.

    I bought a queen size acrylic blanket from the clearance aisle at Walmart to use as batting "in a pinch." Hubby thinks it's to keep my feet warm at night since it's laying across the bottom of our bed---ssshhhh!

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    Ditto to all of the above! :D

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    :) I never fully follow a pattern...I alter it in some way.

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    I pass time at work daydreaming about quilting.

    I fantasize about cutting up people's clothes while they are wearing them if I like the colors and suspect the clothing is cotton.

    I play with fabric at my work space. There is a pile of fabric under my desk right now that I haven't caressed and folded yet. The boss won't leave. I'm irritated.

    I don't do patterns.

    The smell of fabric is soothing.

    I piece batting because I'm not trying to spend fabric money on it.

    I'm quilting...I will eat later, maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow...just let me finish...

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    I stay up too late reading the quilting board.
    I love walking thru fabric stores and stroking bolts as I pass them by.
    I hide fabric in my trunk, until DH is not looking. Then I carry fabric into the house at the bottom of my grocery bags.
    I had a friend who was moving to Germany in May. I asked her did she have a sewing machine to sell. She said yes. She sent it by way of her husband. I saw the black wooden case and my heart leaped!! I asked her how much it was. She said, nothing. Just take it as a gift. It is a 1938 FW....I feel guilty I didn't tell her it was a treasure....

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    If I see a bolt of fabric that grabs my attention, then I buy a piece even though I don't yet have a purpose for it.

    I love fabric stores. Haven't yet tried Goodwill for men's shirts or ladies dresses to cut up. Might try that in the future. Fabric prices are getting outrageous.

    I don't have enough sewing time. Hopefully in the future I will. Probably going to retire.

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    I hide vintage sewing machines that I have bought until I can get them in the house when DH and DD's are oblivious.
    I have too much fabric and keep buying more.
    I only use cotton thread but don't much care if it matches what I'm sewing.
    I mend once per year b/c mending isn't imoprtant to me but quilting is.
    I ignore evrything when I'm on a roll - who cares if house gets straightened or teenagers get fed?

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    Hello from another rebel :D:D:D

    I am known for breaking all of the quilting rules, just to see why it is a rule to begin with LOL
    Disastrous results? sometimes...
    New ideas, techniques, or just a great time trying to make it work? Always!! :D:D:D

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    All of the above!! And I never buy fabric with a project in mind. If I like it, can afford it, I'll buy it. Projects will come later!

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    I've never paid full price for a piece of fabric.
    I've used batting scraps as small as 1/4" wide, lined up side by side in making purses and purse handles, no batting scrap is too small
    Sometimes my bobbin thread and my top thread dont match
    I've cut out the elastic from a fitted sheet, squared the sheet and used it as backing.
    I never pin anything, takes too much time.
    I always flip my rotary blade at least once before I get a new one
    I get purses at Goodwill just for the handles and the hardware
    I dont use my fancy needle threader on my Horizon because it takes longer to do than just sticking the thread in the eye
    Im no longer scared of my walking foot
    Im completely terrified of the quilt police, Im convinced every quilt I make has a flashing neon sign that only the QP can see. I've read the horror stories here in reference to the "mean quilters", I just dont want to meet any in person.

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    I started quilting in 1969 to "use up" two big bags of sewing scraps from clothing projects. I have accumulated fabric stash for over 40 years. I bought fabric in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, aughts, and I still like it all.

    Now I have cotton fabric and/or quilts in every room of my house except the bathroom and kitchen. So much for using up those two bags of scraps!

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    OK, my turn.

    I have told DH several times that I won't buy any more fabric, because my shelves are packed full. But I still cannot pass up fabric that catches my eye and I can "see" in a quilt in my mind.

    When I get new fabric home, I have to sneak it in, and if he notices it (not often!), I tell him, oh, it was at the bottom of a pile in the back, and I was looking at it earlier today! :-P

    I don't measure my quilts to cut my borders. I sew the strips for the borders to each side and trim off the excess, then I sew the top and bottom strips on and trim them. I NEVER get wavy borders, although the Quilt Police claim you will get them EVERY TIME if you do it like me.

    I put lots of colors together that some people think are "weird".

    I get tired of and impatient with every quilt about 1/2 way through. I can't wait for it to be finished so I can MOVE ON@!@!

    DH doesn't know that I have a 1928 Singer Model 99 sewing machine stashed away on the bottom shelf in my sewing room. He is so unobservant, it will probably be there for years and I will have to actually take it out and show it to him!! :-) LOL

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    I had a couple of seams come apart after the quilting/binding was done, I just whip stitched them closed and pretended I meant to do the quilt that way, (it was a chemo quilt for my brother). I didn't even bother to tell him :) :) I scrounge through my scraps to piece projects, I use left over binding for 2 1/2 inch strips for another project, shall I go on?...........as jijack said, I NEVER measure for borders and they come out just fine.

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    I see I am not alone in my little world. haha "Quilting police" ...who are they and who really cares. You ladies just made my day!

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    I sew my binding on by machine.
    I piece left over batting to make a a larger bat.
    I stay up way too late inorder to sew.
    I am a compulsive quilter.
    I have stopped washing fabric if it is straight off the bolt.
    I mix washed and unwashed fabric in my quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    I sew my binding on by machine.
    I piece left over batting to make a a larger bat.
    I stay up way too late inorder to sew.
    I am a compulsive quilter.
    I have stopped washing fabric if it is straight off the bolt.
    I mix washed and unwashed fabric in my quilts.
    Whee--I could have written the above. They fit me exactly!

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    My laundry, my bathroom, my sink full of dishes, heck all of my household chores DO NOT GET DONE. I really need to stop putting off the bathroom though.

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    I love using Polydown batting as it quilts, washes and wears well. The cotton only batting people in my guild would shudder I'm sure but it works for me and the quilts I make. I use Polyester thread and sheets on the backs of most of my quilts. I don't pre-wash my fabric and have never suffered a running dye nightmare. I always machine stitch my binding and even machine stitched my vintage Dresdan plate quilt.

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    I love all of these! I have done most of them myself.

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