Having started seeing 10 Quilty Little Secrets popping up over our little slice of blogiverse thanks to Molli Sparkles (where you can grab the button.) and Amy at 13 Spools I thought I'd share some of my dirty sewing laundry with you. I haven't read a single blog post about this where I haven't identified with at least one of those 10 Quilty Secrets!
1. I don't prewash. Unless it's flannel. (Then I always mean to zigzag around the edges to stop fraying in the wash and rarely do, so have that big hot mess of thread tangle to deal with.)
2. I don't like spray basting. It's sticky and messy and just doesn't work for me.
3. I've never changed my rotary blade. Ever. I don't have a spare and I'm not sure what size my rotary cutter is anyway. (I do have an unused rotary cutter that I keep meaning to use instead.)
4. I hate the quilting part of making a quilt.
5. I do the best I can do and that's not perfect and I don't expect perfection in others. (We're making quilts not parachutes. Nobody is going to die if we cut the fabric wrong, sew a seam wrong or completely mess something up.)
6. I do a lot of my stitching and prep in front of the tv. I could never do this for a living because often I only get to the sewing machine in the adverts...(I pieced my red and white squares Christmas lap quilt in the adverts of
Sleepless in Seattle You've Got Mail. Just saying.)
7. I'm scared of destashing any long unused fabric because the moment it's gone I'll have the perfect project for it.
8. I use a dent puller (you know for pulling dents out of car body work) on my quilting rulers because it's cheaper than a quilting ruler handle. And hey I don't want to slice my fingers on a never-changed-rotary-blade do I?
9. All the patterns and tutorials on the Internet have made me lazy. I rarely design my own stuff now because it's easier to find it done already by someone else. Likewise it irks me when I see people rehashing some long standing idea/tutorial/design and acting like they just invented the wheel.
10. I've got much better at training myself to change the needle in the machine and not sew until the stitches start skipping. But I'm still rubbish at throwing away the blunt needles and bent pins. (Apparently when Chief half left a sharps bin here, it was for his diabetic needles, not to help me dispose of my sharps responsibly. It was an easy mistake to make!)
So there you go ten of my quilty little secrets. What are yours?