10 Quilty Little Secrets

Amy over at 13 Spools started a link up called 10 Quilty Little Secrets. This is all about airing our dirty laundry regarding the quilty rules we break or ways in which our quilting goes against the current norms. This seemed like a fun idea. I also remember when I started quilting being rather afraid to share at quilt guild meetings and such because I was quite fearful of the quilt police! I have been sewing long enough that I no longer care. If something works for me, I will do it.  So here goes:

13 Spools

1. I like to hand piece and then machine quilt the hand pieced top.

2. I sometimes have twisted seam allowances in my tops and never go back and fix them.

3. I can’t stand cutesy things. You won’t find Heather Ross in my stash.

4. If I mess up a pattern, I rarely rip stitches, I would rather change the pattern.

5. I have used serger thread for piecing. My Featherweight really likes it. I have quilts I made more than 20 years ago and have not fallen apart under heavy use  even though I pieced them with serger thread.

6. I always iron things into submission with my iron on the highest setting with tons of steam.

7. I join my binding strips with a straight cut, never a bias cut.

8. I buy most of my fabric online but I am not a fabric snob. I will use anything that will get the job done and do what I want it to do. This doesn’t mean I use poly/cotton blends or questionable quality  material. I have bought some good stuff at the thrift shop.

9. I sometimes use sheets for quilt backs.

10. I hate jelly rolls.

First quilt, pieced with serger thread 26 years ago, washed hundreds of times. Still hasn’t fallen apart.


Head over to 13 Spools to see ever9one else’s dirty laundry. You know you want to!

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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8 Responses to 10 Quilty Little Secrets

  1. Diane says:

    Rebel….I like it!

  2. njquilter24 says:

    some of these made me smile, some I was surprised but all of them are wonderful, your doing what you want to do and what makes you happy.
    I still want to try using a sheet for a backing….

  3. barbvedder says:

    I LOVE your list of secrets and that the fact that you are quilting YOUR way – !!
    me too 😉

  4. Judy D in WA says:

    Oh my, you made me laugh so hard! I could have written your list, most of your list applies to me! I have used a bit of poly/cotton if the fabric is perfect. 🙂

  5. Kathy says:

    I’m right there with you on #3, #6 and #7! 😉

  6. Anja says:

    Great list. Never thought to use a sheet for the backing.

  7. katie says:

    love these lists — I’m right there with you on the steam and high heat. (2,5,6,7, 9, 10 — totally agree)

  8. bkringel says:

    Totally agree on 2, 4, and 6. Great list!!

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