August 26, 2014

10 Quilty Little Secrets

Amy, of 13 Spools, has started a flood of quilty confessions with her post "10 Quilty Little Secrets." Have you seen all the fun posts popping up as other bloggers share their own quilty secrets? I've decided to join in the fun too.
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1. Like Amy, I iron my seams. I don't press them. I've tried, but I always revert back to ironing. 

2. I rarely change my sewing machine needle. I can't justify changing it more often when I never notice a difference when I do bother to change it, and leaving the old needle in never causes me problems.

3. I almost never know who designed the fabric I'm using.

4. I sew on a Kenmore machine that I love. I feel no desire to 'upgrade' to a Bernina, Janome, Juki or any other, much more expensive, machine. This machine does everything I need it to do, and probably stuff I haven't decided to try yet.

5. I can't remember the last time I changed my rotary cutter blade. I probably should do that soon, it isn't cutting as well as it used to, but I never think to buy a new blade.

6. I just finished piecing a top with a jelly roll that I didn't prewash. It makes me jittery. I always prewash my fabric so now I feel like something bad is going to happen to this quilt the first time I wash it. I'm buying colour catchers as soon as I can actually find some in a store.

7. I don't save my selvages. Some people make beautiful things using selvages, but I'm not one of them.

8. I used to desperately want a longarm, but now I think I wouldn't buy one even if it could fit in our budget and our house. Leah Day is right, you don't need a longarm to do fantastic free-motion quilting.

9. I don't like large scale prints, or prints with lots of colours. I never know how to use either of them.

10. Improv holds no appeal for me.

There you have it, all my quilty little secrets. What are yours? Share them in the comments, or write up your own post and link it to Amy at 13 Spools.


  1. The only time I change my sewing machine needle is when my machine gets super fussy when I am free motion quilting. Unfortunately, that seems to be all the time at the moment... but I'm sure I'll find her sweet spot one of these days. :) I don't save selvages, either. Heck, I rarely save much of my "scraps" unless it is significant enough to use for another project! I have really enjoyed reading everyone's lists.

  2. So enjoyable reading everyone's quilty little secrets! What a bunch of secret rebels we are. I totally get you on the iron, not press, thing. And I use steam. Lots of it! Who cares anyway?! And I'd be happy to take your selvages :)

  3. Hi Leanne! When my rotary blade starts wearing down, I get a bit more life from it after cuttong through some folded layers of aluminum foil. I like to extend the life of everything too, and I have oodles of selvedges that I will probably never use, taking up precious space. They may be posted at my Etsy site soon! Or, maybe they would make a good giveaway.

  4. I have to confess to ironing instead of pressing too Leanne! I do change my rotary cutter blades though but possibly not often enough as I am always amazed at the difference it makes :)

  5. love your list, I agree with #1 and #10 totally!!!

  6. I feel the same about #2. I don't change my needles that often. Doesn't seem to really make a huge difference. Color Catchers are usually available at Target (in their $1.00 bins). (If you have access to a Target??) I like them. They seem to work. Nice post. (I don't save selvvages either... there is only so much I can save!!)

  7. I like going to the different blogs and seeing some of the different outlooks on quilting. It is very liberating. I actually had some trouble narrowing it down to just the ten. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh yes, I recognise most of mean you can get new blades for a rotary cutter? Who knew!

  9. Here are my 2 biggest "secrets"- I NEVER prewash my fabric, and I press most of my seams open! I'm always thinking the "quilt police" are going to come and get me :)


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