Quirky question: a wish for the quilting fairy

Posted by on April 23, 2014, in quirky question

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Umbrellas quilt and pillowDo you believe in the quilting fairy? We’d like to think she exists, performing random acts of quilting kindness for stitchers everywhere. Maybe she sprinkled her fairy dust on those stubborn points so they’d finally match. She could have given you that jolt of courage you needed to meet a new quilting friend. And she just might be the one who put that beautiful bolt of fabric on sale, just for you.

If there is a quilting fairy, she would certainly grant each of us a wish (because all fairies do that, right?). So for today’s question, let’s dream a little:

The quilting fairy has granted you one special wish. What will yours be?

Post your answer in the comments before noon (PST) on Monday, April 28, for your chance to win. The carefully selected winning answer will be posted on Wednesday, April 30, along with the next question.

Last week’s Quirky Question was, “Who has been your biggest creative influence?” Here’s the winning comment, from Nina:

“I grew up in a creative family. Our motto hung in the living room—“A creative mess is preferable to tidy idleness”—and we lived that maxim with gusto. Mom sewed, knit, crocheted, made jams and jellies, canned vegetables, and even tried repoussé metalwork. Dad gardened, set up a black and white darkroom in the bathroom, made furniture, built masonry walls in the yard, brewed beer and fermented wine. We kids did everything in between, including jewelry, photography, screen printing (on paper and cloth), ceramics, sewing, auto mechanics, and even grape stomping in our bare feet. I made my first quilts as a teenager. Nobody taught me or directly inspired me, as far as I recall, but the artistic fervor of the household certainly encouraged me. It’s a passion I’ve kept alive for decades. Long live creativity!”

Congratulations, Nina—look for an email about your free eBook.

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  • That she would heal my broken elbow so I can get back to quilting and knitting at full speed.

    —Karen Watkins on April 23, 2014
  • Bindings. Perfect bindings, every time. That would be my wish. No matter how many tutorials I watch, techniques I try, machine or by hand, front first, then back, or all at once, doesn’t matter — I cannot figure out how to get nice mitered corners on my bindings. Try as I might, it just doesn’t work out.

    Of course, while I’m wishing, the wish would include bindings that cut themselves, fold & press themselves, and then attach themselves beautifully to my quilts, with me not having to lift a finger. A quilting fairy ought to be able to manage that, right?

    The Reader on April 23, 2014
  • I would love the fairy to come and cut all my pieces for me!

    —Linda Cartwright on April 23, 2014
  • I would love to have an evening with Kim Diehl. Dinner, some nice wine, then back to her house to check out her stash and her beautiful quilts. Hey…..Sounds like Date Night doesn’t it?

    —INA ANDERSON on April 23, 2014
  • You would think I would wish for fabric and more fabric but my wish is simpler than that. I would wish for time! Time to make all those quilts in my head!

    —Shirley Bruno on April 23, 2014
  • I do so want to learn how to quilt on my domestic machine. It does not like it and therefore I do not like it. But I WANT to like it!

    —Diana on April 23, 2014
  • If there was a Quilting Fairy and she granted me one special wish I think I would wish for the ability to do better Free Motion Quilting. I love to do it and am practicing like crazy but for some reason I can’t get it perfect (the way I want it)I have three sewing machines and the one that does it best doesn’t work right now. There are no repair shops near and it costs a mint to ship a sewing machine. Hopefully next month I can get it running. I am going to try the Dot to Dot method on my next quilt. Maybe the straight lines will do better.

    Susan Paxton on April 23, 2014
  • to make learning FMQ smooth 😀 Thank you for the chance to win!

    Rita McCart on April 23, 2014
  • I wish the Quilting Fairy would grant me a full-time housekeeper/cook/launderer/maid-of-all-duties! I’m retired but I have a big house, four dogs, four cats and I have a husband. Several years ago, my husband said he would hire me a housekeeper so I didn’t have to spend so much time doing things I don’t enjoy and could spend more time doing what I love … quilting! I’m still waiting for that housekeeper and the house is getting dustier by the minute LOL

    —Stephanie Alcock on April 23, 2014
  • I wish that all of my quilt tops would be hand quilted by someone.

    —Helen Newcomb on April 23, 2014
  • I’d love if my quilting fairy would not bring me anything, but would send me the inspiration to organize my sewing room so I can do some sewing. I need NOTHING although I’d absolutely love a Kangaroo or other type machine cabinet, but sadly, my room isn’t large enough. Maybe a professional organizer who won’t play tough love and make me throw all my fabrics away, cuz we all KNOW that won’t be happening. LOL

    —VickiT on April 23, 2014
  • my special request would be for my Mom to see all the beautiful quilts I made for my charity group using her machines.. Let her know that I am following in her footsteps and carrying on a family tradition.

    —bonnie on April 23, 2014
  • Oh, dear fairy… If you exist, I’d love it so much if you could grant me a kitten that sleeps when I want to quilt instead of wanting to climb in/on/around/over everything I’m doing. 😉

    —Meghan O'Connor on April 23, 2014
  • ONE wish is for the fairy to finish all of my UFO’S SO I can start some new ones with a clean conscience.

    —FLORENCD PROKOP on April 23, 2014
  • Money or more time would be the obvious. However I am going to go for more skill at free motion quilting and or color skills.

    —Chris on April 23, 2014
  • If I were to get a wish come true from the quilting fairy at this time it would be to start my own quilting and gifts business. You see I lost my job two weeks ago. I am 55 years old and would like to spend the rest of my life doing what I love doing instead of doing what others want me to do. I love quilting and sewing. I get so much enjoyment from this talent of mine. So my wish is that I can sell the things that I make for a profit and have a great time doing it.

    —charlene Hamby on April 23, 2014
  • If the fairy did exist she would bring me a new smaller quilting machine like the one I saw on Sewing with Nancy, it is a long arm but smaller so you can use it in your little area. would love it.

    —Melissa Soto on April 23, 2014
  • I would definitively ask for a live-in-maid so I would have more time to quilt! It seems like there is always something that needs to be done around the house first, before the quilting can be done. I grab a few minutes here and there to quilt, but would like to start a project, and have the time to finish it before I lose interest and it becomes a UFO.

    —Janet T on April 23, 2014
  • Probably more than anything else. I need more TIME to quilt. I’ve got a nice stash, good machine, more ideas than I will ever be able to do. I need TIME.

    —Mary Dahlberg on April 23, 2014
  • A long arm

    —Barbara Weygandt on April 23, 2014
  • More hours in a day to spend quilting. What more could we ask for that we can’t buy?

    —Kaye Morgan on April 23, 2014
  • Oh quilting fairy — I wish, I wish, I wish that my free motion quilting skills would improve!!

    —joan desantis on April 23, 2014
  • My special Quilt Fairy request is to have the time and talent to finish my UFO’s!

    —LaVonne B. on April 23, 2014
  • Sigh, an independent income so I wouldn’t have to work full time and could concentrate on the joy of quilting, without always feeling rushed rushed rushed!

    —Sharon Schipper on April 23, 2014
  • If the Quilting Fairy were to grant me one wish, I would wish for more sewing time to make all the quilts I’d love to make!
    I would use all the lovely fabrics and patterns and ideas I’ve been saving for "someday", and make the most of my passion for creating.

    —Karen on April 23, 2014
  • I wish the quilt fairy would provide me with the enthusiasm and energy to finish my projects in a timely manner.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on April 23, 2014
  • The Quilting Fairy would be much loved if she would make my bindings magically do themselves. It’s my least favorite part of quilting and something I try to put off as long as possible.

    —Danielle Wilson on April 23, 2014
  • I really wish the Quilting Fairy would grant me more uninterrupted time to sew….or give me an assistant to do all the things i do instead of sewing!!

    —Phyllis Van on April 23, 2014
  • One special wish from the Quilting Fairy…..wow, to say I’d like more fabric would be crazy! But, that’s what I would wish for…I always seem to have fabric for my quilt tops and never enough for the backs…I love doing the tops, and then have to rummage though my stash to make something for the back. So, I would wish for a real nice, one big piece of fabric to finish the back of my quilts. And if I had some left over, it would go back into my stash for another top. Fun and the game begins again 🙂

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on April 23, 2014
  • If only the quilting fairy would piece some of the difficult/challenging quilts I have already cut out!

    —Marguerite Guinn on April 23, 2014
  • I would wish for more time in the day to get everything that I hope to do, DONE! So many ideas and fabric to play with that I need more time! 😀 Don’t we all wish we had a quilting fairy to grant wishes? Kathy Aho in MN

    —Kathy Aho in Minnesota on April 23, 2014
  • Time!!! My quilting fairy would simply grant me more time to spend quilting.

    —Tina on April 23, 2014
  • To help me go more slowly and patiently when I’m making a quilt so I do a better job of matching seams and points! Oftentimes, I’m so excited about a quilt project and anxious to see the end results… but then I realize if I had just slowed down, I would’ve realized that the quilt would look better if I’d really looked at the layout. Hindsight is always 20/20, eh?

    Susan Mulvihill on April 23, 2014
  • My wish would be for a housekeeper/cleaner so that I could spend my time making quilts.

    —Susan on April 23, 2014
  • Hi, I would ask the Quilting fairy for a big wish, dream big or stay home, ha ha. I would ask for a Husqvarna Viking Platinum 16 or similar to quilt my quilts.

    —Helen on April 23, 2014
  • Are you kidding? My wish would be for three extra wishes, then I would spend those wishes like this:
    1) A very large dedicated quilting/crafting room;
    2) A generous budget to furnish and equip said room; and
    3) The need to not work for money so I could spend more time quilting!

    —Tanya on April 23, 2014
  • I have enough fabric to last me a lifetime although that doesn’t stop me from buying more. I guess I would ask for a mid arm machine for my quilting frame. Yup, that’s my answer.

    —Rita Sevig on April 23, 2014
  • Time! and more time to quilt. The Easter Bunny just brought me all of the storage I can possibly use to get organized, so now, all I need is time to pursue my passion.

    —Vicki Tymczyszyn on April 23, 2014
  • The quilting fairy would come and beautifully quilt the quilt that I have finished for my grandson-to-be, Ridgely. I would love to have it professionally quilted, but no cash available for that. I want it to be extra special, and finished by June 8 for her baby shower.

    —Nina Clautice on April 23, 2014
  • I wish to be physically able to continue quilting for the rest of my life. My 86-yr-old mother can barely use her hands, but she just finished off 6 more baby quilts for the local birthing clinic. I could not be more proud of her. I just hope that I can keep making quilts at least that long.

    —K R Ritchie on April 23, 2014
  • I wish the quilt fairy to make me a better, more accurate cutter.

    —Normabeth on April 23, 2014
  • Ohhhh, the list of wishes is long. At the top of my list is inspiration on how to get more space by effectively organizing the space I have. I have always had the smallest space available and I my stash is so big my son-in-law claims I can use it as insulation for the garage because he can’t figure out where I will put it when we downsize. I have designed kitchens and bathrooms in houses we have remodeled, but when I think about by quilting room I look at a blank sheet of paper with no idea how to begin.

    —Tess on April 23, 2014
  • Oh, great quilting fairy, please help me finish all my UFOs and quilt them so I can start new projects without feeling guilty.

    —Pam Smolek on April 23, 2014
  • I would wish that the quilting fairy would appear and give me the knowledge (and courage) to machine quilt all those UFOs that I lovingly created throughout the years, yet tremble with fear of finishing because I can’t make up my mind how to quilt them….

    —Connie Hendryx on April 23, 2014
  • This would be an easy wish for me. I love picking, piecing, applique, but do not enjoy the quilting process whether by machine or hand. My wish would be someone to quilt my quilts so I could just make the tops.

    —Donna on April 23, 2014
  • For me I wish my Quilty Fairy Person could gift me the endless supplies of Warn & Natural Batting and Wide back fabrics so that I could finish my quilts so that I could donate them to Veteran’s and Women/Children Homeless shelters as these are 2 personal groups that I can indentify with or have been there.

    Thank You for the Chance to Win.

    In Kind Regards,

    Tricia on April 23, 2014
  • She would grant me some extra special time to spend in my quilting studio and a healthy body to be able to create while I am in there.

    —Glenda Sanford on April 23, 2014
  • A new sewing machine for better quilting ease – with a larger work space to the right of the needle !!

    —Nancy on April 23, 2014
  • If the quilting fair granted my wish I would wish for her to clean and organize my sewing room. I have been to busy sewing to put away the new stuff that has come in to my room. My husband the other day came in to my sewing room and said "Oh my you are a horder!" I could really use her help.

    Nancy Jeffrey on April 23, 2014
  • If the quilting fairy came to visit me, I would ask her to draw quilting designs on all my unfinished quilt tops! That’s my main stumbling block on finishing my quilts.

    —Mindy Washburn on April 23, 2014
  • My quilting fairy would baste my quilts for me. It’s not that I hate basting so much as it is the fact that I live in a small place and don’t have floor space to baste on! I even have a quil-tak tool that this special fairy could use. This is one part of quilting that I can’t seem to get around… unless I go out and buy a new house! I think it would be nicer to just have a quilt fairy instead.

    —Jan Croon on April 23, 2014
  • If there is a quilting fairy and I had one wish, it would be that she would keep my scraps all ironed, cut up in usable pieces, and organized. It seems like it’s a continuous job and that scrap box fills up way too quickly! It takes away very valuable quilting time!!

    —Debbie on April 23, 2014
  • I wish my quilting fairy would swoop in and organize all my odds and ends. My fabric is well organized, it’s the little bits that seem to be out of control – trims, embellishments and goodies that I need, but can never find! Help!

    —Kari Huber on April 23, 2014
  • If there really is a quilt fairy and she grants wish, I have just one request. Can you please quilt all my quilt tops that are sitting and patiently waiting for their turn to be "finished"? So many tops, so little time to quilt them. I can assure the quilt fairy that my tops are very well behaved and just waiting for her magic touch so they can grow up and become REAL quilts.

    Thank you very much for considering my request.

    —Rhonda on April 23, 2014
  • I wish the quilt fairy would give me back the knowledge and facility to just sit and quilt. Even if it is for an hour. Suffering a brain injury does not give you memory or ability to get anything done. I just want to be able to be okay with just sitting and doing what I have always loved to do

    —Traci Sharp on April 23, 2014
  • perfect fmq, like i’m a statler stitcher.

    —carolyn montgomery on April 23, 2014
  • My one wish is to break the time continuum, like in "Back to the Future" movies. I could go back in time and learn how to quilt from my grandmother and great-grandmothers and those who were the true quilting pioneers–those women who used scissors, cardboard templates and whatever fabric they had on hand. I think by spending time with them as they sat and sewed everything by hand, I would have a greater appreciation of this wonderful art we call quilting.

    —CJ Hines on April 23, 2014
  • The Quilting Fairy (who deserves cap letters) and one wish. . . .hmmmmmm. Well, I think if the Quilting Fairy could grant me one wish it would be to understand the pattern (or lack of one) the first time. The Quilting Fairy would omit trial and error thus making me as smart as the quilter that I wish to be! 🙂

    Kathy Bullack on April 23, 2014
  • The Quilting Fairy could bring me a longarm & frame! If I’m going to dream I might as well dream big!

    —Debbie on April 23, 2014
  • The quilting fairy needs to turn all my stray threads into chocolate, so they are easier to pick up………with my tongue!

    —Nancysue on April 23, 2014
  • A long arm quilting machine so I can finish all the quilt tops I have completed.

    —Sheli Ferguson on April 23, 2014
  • My wish is for more time to spend on quilting. I use the qu8ilting time now as a reward for doing housework or other things that need to be done. Quilting is not a need it is a want and I find myself putting other things in its place.

    —Nancy on April 23, 2014
  • Oh Quilting Fairy, Please, could have a little time to quilt at least one of my own tops for every two customers I do? My tops feel like poor orphans!

    —Kathy G on April 23, 2014
  • I wish for organizational skills to revamp my sewing room. I am blessed with a Large sewing room but it is so disorganized…. but I do produce a nice quantity of quilts and I even finish them so I guess I shouldn’t complain.

    —Doris G on April 23, 2014
  • Would love the Quilt Fairy to grant my wish to go to either Houston or Paducah quilt shows…..and take at least one class there. This is on my ‘quilting bucket list.’

    —Peg Adams on April 23, 2014
  • I would wish for a larger sewing room and professional help to organize it. I think I have done a fairly good job but my shelves on the wall just look jumbled. I have Ikea storage boxes with ribbons, velcro, patterns in them and have them stacked. They are white so they don’t clash with the room. I also have many magazine storage containers. They just look cluttered and can’t think of a way to change it. I suppose that closed cabinets would look nicer but that will never happen. It is also my computer room so I do alot of work in there. Thank you for the opportunity for a chance to win.

    —Linda Finkelstein on April 23, 2014
  • My wish for the quilt fairy would be that my mother know that I have embraced quilting. She passed away 25 years ago and at the time I had young children and was not the least bit interested in this craft. She took up quilting after my sister and I were grown and out of the house, belonging to numerous quilting groups. One of the groups completed a quilt that she had started before she became ill and presented to our family after her death. Now as I am involved in quilting I so wish that she was here to give me guidance and help that I pssed on when she was here. She must watch me and laugh as I meet challenges that she could have easily met. It’s never too late to start and if you have someone who is offering their experience and help leap at the chance!! I wish that I had!!

    —Kathy Harvey on April 23, 2014
  • Dear Quilt Fairy,
    I would like to always sew an accurate 1/4 seam. Thank you!

    —gail on April 23, 2014
  • Oh, such an easy one! I LOVE designing and picking fabrics and cutting the fabrics and sewing them into quilt tops that I love…..and I HATE, HATE, HATE the tedious chore of finishing the tops into quilts when I’d rather be designing and picking fabrics and cutting and sewing the next one!!!!!!

    —Terri Bailey on April 23, 2014
  • I wish, I wish I wish the quilting fairy would put all the fabric away again after I’ve finally chosen the ones I want to use! After making a quilt top or two it looks like a cyclone blew through my sewing room.

    —Barbara Wambach on April 23, 2014
  • Should the quilting fairy grant me a wish, it would be for a longarm machine and a place to put it. Not much to wish for is it? lol

    —Kathy Biggs on April 23, 2014
  • Well quilting fairy I fear the requests will be coming in hot and heavy. The one before my post certainly has something I could use…..overnight quilting services, a simple wave of your wand. But no I understand. Quilting fairies are not distantly related to Harry Potter, you are hard workers that have to do things just like us mortal quilters, you simply have no fear and somehow can do what we procrastinate away all our time, you can do overnight and have to as you have a day job too…..quilt counseling on demand through your Internet site….

    Well I have a bit easier request for you, hard for me, request. If I leave the doors and drawers open to my stash and leave a few patterns out would you kindly pull some fabrics that would work? If you had time a test block would be great. I just know you aren’t a color agonizer and if I am missing a few colors a list or maybe leave the page open on a nice web site on my Tablet or check with my LQS to see if they have what I need, perhaps put the bolts aside for the shop owner and a note saying I need some of each fabric and that I will be in that day.

    I promise if you could help me with this chore I will take turns making quilts for family and donation. I will have alot more time as I will not be standing slack jawed wringing my hands in front of my stash…..I am a pretty competent sewer…..no I don’t seek out Y-seams but they also don’t mess with me when I have to do them.

    All my best wishes for you finally getting a vacation with all the gals……wonder what happens when there ar no Crochet, Crossstitch, Knitting, Tatting, Embroidery etc etc etc Fairys on duty…..whoa!!! What a concept….all us mortal crafters would be on our own…..thanks for all you all do…..but if you could just help me out with this one quilt before the Fairy get-a-way….I would be so grateful

    I am clapping my hands…I Believe!

    Jane Modjeski

    —Mj Modjeski on April 23, 2014
  • My quilting fairy would send me a sturdy longarm quilt frame to finish my quilts at home. Prefer well made frame with easy set up and onsite training to learn now to load the quilt.

    —Celia on April 23, 2014
  • If the quilt fairy came to my sewing room I wish she would do the quilting for me, I like to do the piecing. If she granted three wishes, my second would be to have on hand a healthy supply of Hoffman 1895 fabric. The third (don’t they usually grant three??) would be to have every pattern I see and love AND the time to make them all.
    May the good fairy bring you all health and happiness as you continue to quilt.

    —Mae on April 23, 2014
  • Yes, have witnessed the quilting fairy at work late into the night at retreat. Someone at retreat had been struggling all day with their quilt and the fairy came in, frogged the mistakes and made everything all right. The next morning the recipient looked at her quilt, found the fairy had been at work and just began to cry tears of thankfulness and joy. No one would own up to being the fairy, but there of us who know and are keeping our lips sealed. Love when the fairy can be of help to someone as a selfless act of love and caring!

    My wish is for the quilt fairy to finish a UFO or two which I have lost total interest in ever touching again. Seemed like a good idea when started but now just taking up space.

    —Shirley Ginn on April 23, 2014
  • If there were a quilting fairy, I would like her to provide the means to be able to have the quilt tops I have finished, quilted. I would especially ask her to do the ones for my grandchildren, one of which graduates this year. They have seen their tops and I’d dearly love to be able to give them their quilts all finished!

    —Pam Lewshenia on April 23, 2014
  • If a quilt fairy could grant my wish, she would help me complete my projects before MS cripples my hands, limbs, eyes, and cognitive abilities take over. Time ,I have, as my husband died 3 months ago and I now live in assisted living where my partial sewing room is in a corner of my one room apartment.

    —Connie Douty on April 23, 2014
  • That I would wake up the next day and find my quilting talents and quilt sense would have doubled and I was able to work harder, faster and with more talent than I seem to have picked up over the years. Not for accolades, but for better quality and longevity of my quilts!

    —Adeline on April 23, 2014
  • Oh! A second floor added to my house to use as a quilt studio and all the organizing systems it would hold please. Then I could finish all those UFOs I recently found while organizing my extra bedroom that I use as my sewing room!

    —Sandy on April 23, 2014
  • I come from a long line of quilters. Grandmother "Ma" was the sewing/quilting specialist in her section of rural America. My dear mother made all our clothes growing up and left me a legacy of quilts. I was the go away to college, never return home, study science daughter. At age 67, retired, with time on my hands, I discovered quilting–I am possessed by the art. I would like the good fairy to give my mother and grandmother a glimpse of me sewing and my work.

    —Betty Jansen on April 23, 2014
  • I wish the quilting fairy would organize my sewing studio so it looks neat enough to keep the door open.

    —Deb Blackbourn on April 23, 2014
  • A long arm quilting machine!!

    —Sandy T on April 23, 2014
  • Quilt Fairy grant me one big wish come and help me make all my fabric that is purchased and waiting to be made in to quilts.It’s that old story my desire for fabric is granted now i need help making all the quilts that I have the patterns for.Thank you FABRIC FAIRY

    lynne mulcahey on April 23, 2014
  • To always be able to line up my seams so they were perfect everytime!

    Jean on April 23, 2014
  • An "off" switch for my creative brain. Seriously. I am constantly beginning a project only to be distracted by several new ideas before I can finish the one I started. It seems the only projects I finish anymore are those that have a definite publication-related deadline attached.

    Anne Wiens on April 23, 2014
  • A long arm and a room to hold it!

    —jane on April 23, 2014
  • If the quilting fairy came to visit me, my one huge wish would be to have the studio of my dreams with everything in one area instead of in every room in the house and on two levels, makes it hard to find fabric when you have to go up and down the steps all the time to find that certain color. But for a smaller wish, to come in and quilt some of my quilt tops, they are piling up. I would be ever so grateful.

    —connie on April 23, 2014
  • My wish is to have an organized room in which to work.

    —Jane on April 23, 2014
  • My wish is for the quilt fairy to convince the people who print patterns and pattern books to print the finished sizes of half and quarter square triangles for folks like me who use time-saving Triangulations or half-square triangle paper. I love those methods, but patterns never give you the finished or even unfinished sizes. I end up having to do one as a model first.

    —Vickie on April 23, 2014
  • I would like the quilting fairy to help me sort through the stash I inherited from my mother, plus the stash I have added into quilting projects and "this makes sense" groupings. This may help me to actual use the stash, rather than always adding to it!

    —Kathy on April 23, 2014
  • I wish I could have the energy and motivation to get through all the fabric I currently own. I want to make all that fabric into beautiful quilts for family and loved ones. I want the energy and motivation to get beyond the MS I have to contend with, that it wouldn’t sap my energy.

    —Patty Warner on April 23, 2014
  • My wish for the quilting fairy would be that she would make me rich enough that I could quit work and spend all my time working on all the projects that I have started!! Then I would start a bunch more!!!

    —Becky on April 23, 2014
  • If the quilting fairy answered my wish I would find all my quilting supplies and fabric organized. I go into my sewing room and I am so overwhelmed that I turn around and walk out. Please quilting fairy help me.

    —Jean on April 23, 2014
  • I would give anything if the quilting fairy could magically give me one full day a month to work on charity quilts! I have so much fabric that I’d really like to put to good use but I never seem to be able to get the time to get things started! Hmmm…maybe just thinking about the quilting fairy will get things rolling again! It’s such a great feeling to give!

    —Deb J on April 23, 2014
  • I would ask the Quilting Fairy for a fabric stretcher so that I always have enough of that perfect print or fabric. Imagine: having enough of that binding to go all the way around the quilt with perfectly mitered corners and not discovering that after you’ve sewn down three sides that you’re suddenly four inches short (!?!).

    —Becca J on April 23, 2014
  • I would wish for my disorganized basement sewing area to be transformed into a fabulous sewing studio with everything arranged in a great storage system.

    —Karen A on April 23, 2014
  • Dear Quilting Fairy,
    I have put my thimble under my pillow in hopes that when I wake up, I will have more minutes in each day. When you think of it, just a few more minutes each day adds up to a lot of time in a month. Just think what I could make if I had more time! I promise that I would use every second, and I would like you to be my quilting fairy godmother for ever and ever.
    Fondest regards,

    Gail G on April 23, 2014
  • In our 70’s now, my husband & I sold our big house and acreage to move to the "city". We rent a small home now, which is adequate, but lacks the space for a sewing room. I don’t know which I miss the most, my chickens or a big sewing room! I’m sharing a 9×9 room with my husband’ s desk, file cabinets, bookcases, etc. Hope to find a little bigger house in the fall!

    —Bunny Ryan on April 23, 2014
  • Oh, quilting fairy if only you could organize ALL my scraps into coordinating bins, it would really help me out so much. You see, I have to waste anything, and I have such fond memories of the gifts I have made from the remaining pieces. Thanks you for considering my request. Don’t forget to look for the cookies and milk to the right of the sewing machine.

    Karen on April 23, 2014
  • I am going to have lessons so I can make all these gorgeous quilts.

    —terri on April 23, 2014
  • I love to piece quilts but not so much quilting (bad arthritis) I would like the magic wand to do instant quilting. Poof its quilted!

    —Janice Wadley on April 23, 2014
  • Hate to sound greedy but would love a Bernina sewing machine with a stitch regulator. FMQ stresses me out especially after all of the hard work going into piecing the quilt top.

    —LisaT on April 23, 2014
  • I am a new long arm quilter and if I could ask for anything it would be the help to get a long arm business going and to be really, really good at it. To do something that I enjoy so much would be such a gift. I am practicing on my own quilts at this time, mostly free hand, and I am learning a lot. I know that my family appreciates the practice that I have been putting in but to have my own business…. (sigh). I just had carpal tunnel surgery witch has slowed me down some, but I will be getting back into the swing of it as soon as I can. Maybe some fairy dust across my wrists would help, please. So, I BELIEVE IN THE QUILT FAIRY, I BELIEVE IN THE QUILT FAIRY, I BELIEVE IN THE QUILT FAIRY! It worked for Peter Pan, maybe it will work for me.

    —Tina on April 23, 2014
  • A foolproof method for a perfect 1/4 inch seam. I seem to be off just a hair many times.

    —Deanna Sue Adams on April 23, 2014
  • I wish the quilt fairy would sprinkle some of her fairy dust to make me a better and more confident quilter. I bought a bigger sewing machine to make it easier, but my family just wants bigger quilts now!! I can’t win!

    —Becky Couture on April 23, 2014
  • just too many to write here, but I wish all those posting in here their wished come true!

    —diane on April 23, 2014
  • A quilting room and make all my points come out perfect or close to being perfect. Than you quilting fairy

    —Georgia on April 23, 2014
  • That wonderful quilting fairy would wave her wand through my sewing room and miraculously all of my stash would be organized and sorted, folded and packed, neatly by color and size. But even more miraculously, every time I was finished with one stash scrap, it would fly through the air, finding its way back to the location it belonged! Oh where are you quilting fairy?!?!

    —Clarice on April 23, 2014
  • Quilt Fairy, my one wish would be to live long enough with good eyesight and health that would allow me to use up my stash. Yes, I am asking for a real miracle as my stash is reproducing on its own it seems, or maybe it is the fabric I can’t resist buying. I really don’t think bringing home a suitcase full of fabric from my recent visit to Texas as being obsessive! I just have a hard time saying "no’ when those bolts jump into the cart begging me to buy at least some of it. If you have never seen a bolt jump, you should follow me while I shop. I swear they jump! So, what do you think, Quilt Fairy? If you can’t give me years, a bit more time each week to work on my quilts would be nice.

    —Paula on April 23, 2014
  • Quilt Fairy please quilt all my twenty quilt tops, then I will have time to touch all my fabric and put it away to have a neater sewing room. Quilt Fairy please help me know it is OK when I do get to the quilting not to feel I have to be perfect.

    —Linda Christianson on April 23, 2014
  • Dear Quilting Fairy,

    My sewing machines run just fine,
    And my pressing skills are sublime.

    I have no problem making points match,
    But here you have it – this is the catch.


    I can’t find a single, solitary thing.
    Flat surfaces all need excavating.

    Stuff is strewn everywhere,
    And I couldn’t organize it on a dare.

    I would plead on bended knee
    If you would come and organize my space for me.

    —Cathy on April 23, 2014
  • A longarm machine would be just fine 🙂

    —Wendy on April 23, 2014
  • I wish that the quilting fairy would grant me the same machine quilting skills that I have for piecing, or the patience to practice, practice, practice.

    —Beth Lewis on April 23, 2014
  • I would love to have the money to own a quilt store, and be able to teach classes in a beautiful, well lit classroom, that is right off our living quarters. I would have great employees, so wouldn’t have to work any more than I wanted to, so I would have time to quilt. We would also have a great longarm quilter on site, with their own beautiful studio. Of course, customers would be allowed to come and stay in the dormitory, and have quilt retreats with their friends. Customers would also be able to just come and sew if they wanted to, no charge. I would have national teachers come in and do workshops, and of course, take the workshops myself. I would be wealthy, and would donate tons of quilts to agencies for their clients, and worldwide charity relief. Life would be so fulfilling, and I would not grow old and disabled either. Well, you said she could grant any wish we wanted right? This is only one wish.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on April 23, 2014
  • I would wish that my quilting skills increased three fold, especially I would like to be really, really good at using my machine to quilt all my creations. (I usually take all my quilts to a long arm quilter)

    —LaVerne Mullane on April 23, 2014
  • I’d love the Quilt Fairy to do my household duties (to give me more stitching time) and then join me in the sewing room to help me as I go!

    Christine M on April 23, 2014
  • That she would bring me a new sewing n embroidery and quilting machine. Im a disabled vet and my singer futura is on its last leg. Its 8 years old and has survived a house fire at my sister’s house several years ago and has been repaired. Ive used it a lot and now it’s eeding to retire but with 3 kids thats not possible anytime soon.

    Dena Shaffer on April 23, 2014
  • Dear Quilting Fairy, can you please make all my fear of free motion quilting disappear? I read, watch videos and programs, but whenever I go to my sewing machine, it ends up a mess. Please make my wish come true!

    —Patty Jager on April 23, 2014
  • For health and stamina as I hope to fully complete 4 quilts this year with blocks my 80-year-old mother is embroidering.

    —Marty on April 23, 2014
  • I would like nothing more than to be a world class quilter and have all the tools to accomplish that goal. I too was just diagnosed with MS and have limited time to accomplish this goal so will put all energy toward doing all I can to achieve this as soon as I can:)

    —Julie Javorsky on April 23, 2014
  • Actually just yesterday I walked into a fabric shop and purchased an ‘on special’ pre-cut queen size quilt. I didn’t need it, but it was on special! What does a quilter do? Buy it of course……it was less than half price, BUT on having is scanned, it was reduced a further 80%. So I bought this for a pittance. I didn’t run out of the shop either, I queried the price as it was ridiculous, but that’s what they said it was. Many times I am blessed with super bargains……then I am able to bless someone else I hope.

    —Shirl Hair on April 23, 2014
  • A fairy with a big wand to grant me some more hours in my evenings so I can work on all the projects I would like to make.

    —Liza S. on April 23, 2014
  • Please organize my quilting/sewing room so everything is at my fingertips, beautifully arranged and my material is where I can enjoy the colors neatly organized. . oh, please Quilting Fairy. . I’ll do the sewing and quilting.

    Carolyn White (Sewing Sue2) on April 23, 2014
  • More fabric please.

    —Judith Murty on April 23, 2014
  • I would wish I could so more quilts to give to cancer patients in my area

    —Sandy on April 23, 2014
  • TIME…. oh, to have all the time to enjoy creating my many unfinished — or not started — quilt projects. I have the fabrics. I have the patterns. I have my creative juices running. I just need the time to enjoy the process to make the quilts.

    —jan on April 23, 2014
  • I would wish for an endless bobbin!

    —Chris on April 23, 2014
  • My wish would be to live long enough, in good health, to use up all my fabric making quilts.

    I do not believe in the saying, "She who dies with the most fabric wins!" I believe that she who dies with the most quilts made and given away wins 😀

    —Kayt Deans on April 23, 2014
  • I think the quilt fairy visits us all on a regular basis to help us all get the things we need at that particular point in time. I enjoy all the aspects of quilting. Pattern selection, choosing the cloths, making the tops & then quilting them into the treasures that they become. What would I like the fairy to do for me? How about upgrade my longarm to a better one. I’d REALLY like to have the TinLizzie18ESP! I’d even let the fairy have my Queenie in trade!

    —Cindy on April 23, 2014
  • Definitely more room. I’m addicted to fabric and have the continuously growing stash to prove it. So, I’d wish for more room to house my precious fabric.

    —Mary on April 23, 2014
  • Oh, boy! If the quilting fairy ever came to my sewing room she would probably turn right around an fly elsewhere. I’d have to really sweet talk her into staying but, it would be in her best interests. She would need to work her fairy wonder around my room and put everything in it’s rightful place. Either that or make my room bigger to fit all my wonderful fabric goodies.

    —Wendy P on April 23, 2014
  • Would love to have the fairy supply me with a room big enough for a long arm machine and the ability to use one well so I can quilt all my tops and the ones my quilt group makes for others. Wouldn’t mind having room for my antique machines also but I don’t want to ask for too much!!!

    —Karen L. on April 23, 2014
  • Oh Fairy Godmother – my wish is that all my UFO’s were completed!!!

    —Ann B on April 23, 2014
  • I have MS and find it difficult to sit and sew for very long. I couldn’t keep my foot on the foot pedal so I glued a Croc to it. Now I need the Quilting Fairy to sprinkle stamina dust on me. Then I could sew to my hearts content.

    —Jill Myra Martin on April 23, 2014
  • I wish I could stop procrastinating and finish a few of the Unfinished Quilts I have had in my sewing room for a while. At the moment they are finished tops (flimsies.

    —Margaret Milner on April 23, 2014
  • My wish would be to have an organized craft room. Where I could put my hands on what ever I needed at the time. Now I have to hunt for half an hour for what ever I need. By then I have forgot why I needed it. an organized room would be a dream come true.

    —Vicki on April 23, 2014
  • Oh quilt fairy I implore you to finish all of my UFO’s, so that I can continue new projects without guilt!

    —Connie on April 23, 2014
  • But, there must be a quilt fairy! I just got my wish, to retire from public teaching and quilt for others. Best of all, the quilt fairy has also sprinkled extra magic dust and created a sewing room so I can teach others how to quilt and sew. SEW you see, you just need to believe!

    —Ellen Levesque on April 23, 2014
  • Oh dear Quilting Fairy please grant my wish! All I want is a longarm quilting machine. Not much. I don’t need anything else. I rent or borrow machines when I can and want one so very much. I am retired now and have all the time in the world to quilt! Thank you Quilting Fairy for reading my letter.

    Love from Gena aka PigglyWiggly

    —Gena Raban on April 23, 2014
  • My wish is to be able to continue to make & give quilts to cancer patients.

    —Sandy on April 23, 2014
  • Dear Quilt Fairy If you granted me ONE wish, it would be to go into the room that I call my ‘sewing room.’ Please take all that is in that room and make it into a stunningly cleaned up, organized room! To add to that request, Miss Quilt Fairy, PLEASE take my fear of machine quilting away from me so that I can finish the 10 quilt tops I have & help send them to a place where somebody will need them.

    Thank you Miss Quilt Fairy for even LISTENING to me!
    Your faithful Sew Much Love quilting great grandma, Alene

    —Alene Knox on April 23, 2014
  • I married my quilting fairy! When times were tight, I had to stay out of fabric stores to stay in budget – and received a gift certificate to my favorite store for Christmas. When we moved, he tolerated boxes of sewing things in the master bedroom for a couple of months while I arranged my sewing room – and then helped me put my sewing room back together. And when my mother died, he saw her sewing machine added to my collection, never once asking if I would keep or sell it (as if!). Best of all, he has provided an extended family fond of my eccentric taste in handmade gifts.

    —Lynne on April 23, 2014
  • If I had a quilt fairy she would clean up my quilting studio every day and keep me organized. When God passed out organization He forgot to give me any!!!

    —Barbara on April 23, 2014
  • That all my quilts end up square, not perfect just square.

    —donna on April 23, 2014
  • I would go big and ask for some kind of organization for my fabric–I have it but it’s all over the house! I would love to have a big wardrobe or cabinets to contain all my pretties and let me look at them too!

    —Cathy Romanczuk on April 23, 2014
  • I would be forever grateful if the Quilting Fairy would cut out all 59 of my kits so all I have to do is sit at my machine and sew, Sew, SEW!! Thank you Quilting Fairy!!!

    —Mary Lou on April 23, 2014
  • I consider myself a beginner, I started in the fall of 2009, I made less than 15 quilts since, I still lack experience. My wish would be to have more knowledge so I can feel that I am at least Intermediate.

    —Linda King on April 23, 2014
  • A fairy to beautifully free motion all those quilt tops I have (finished but not quilted)into beautiful quilts so I can get them donated to new homes !

    —Linda Stewart on April 23, 2014
  • My wish …..a bigger sewing room with a huge table where my family and friends can sew together.

    —Lee on April 23, 2014
  • If I had one wish, it would be to forever find just the right color and size fabric in my stash!

    —Karen Cohn on April 23, 2014
  • If I could be granted one wish from the quilting fairy it would be to be able to teach my four granddaughters to quilt. My son passed away in an airplane accident just 14 months ago and I long to stay close enough to my grandchildren to share my love of quilting with each of them as they come of age to use a sewing machine.

    —Linda Menze on April 23, 2014
  • I would wish for the time to complete all the quilts in my mind. I probably have all the fabric to do this ( according to my dear Hubs)…and it’s already arranged in clear plastic boxes for the assigned quilts to make.
    Maybe some day I’ll get to them all!

    —Drue on April 23, 2014
  • To give me enough energy to finish the quilt for kids I started. I can’t seem to get done Pat april 23 2014

    —Patricia Carbery on April 23, 2014
  • I would hope the fairy would help me know what to do next. Sometimes I get so afraid to move on that my project just sits and stares at me. Oh to have the confidence to just cut, sew, and quilt with great joy!–especially the applique techniques and machine quilting. What a challenge for the poor fairy to build my confidence!

    —Pam Blake on April 23, 2014
  • A beautiful quilting space with a wonderful view with lots of fabric and time to quilt to my hearts delight!

    —Teri powers on April 23, 2014
  • An invisible force field around my sewing machine area that would safely keep my GS puppy from getting "involved."

    —Billie on April 23, 2014
  • I wish the Quilting Fairy would grant my Mom, sister and me more time together so we could quilt together more often.!!!

    —Karen Barlowe on April 23, 2014
  • Is the quilting fairy like the shoemaker’s elves or like the genie who is particular how wishes are worded? Just in case she’s the "fussy-finicky-fastidious-finical" quilting fairy, I must take care here. My fondest wish, dear fairy, is awake tomorrow morning and find my quilt studio had doubled in size and has a deck just outside the wall of windows and all my fabric is folded and arranged by color. And if you have any magic left in your wand, please grant all other wishes on this blog.

    —VickiGene on April 23, 2014
  • Dear Quilting Fairy, I would like a chance to win the Lottery, and win enough to stop working. I could then devote my time to making donation quilts for veterans, and bed-bound seniors. I could help teach the new generations the pleasure of creating and quilting, and the good feelings that come from deep inside when you give of yourself to others. If the winnings are large enough, I could help fund project groups in areas that could benefit from the togetherness that like-minded energy creates in quilting together.

    —Ginger on April 23, 2014
  • my wish is a long arm

    —grace on April 23, 2014
  • A quilting cruise complete with fabric, notions, machines and chocolate for all my FaceBook quilting buddies

    —Lawana Whaley on April 23, 2014
  • I’ve been working on a scrap quilt made from thrifted yukata, and have reached a point where I need one more fabric to finish it. I’ve got all the blocks except one cut and pinned onto the design wall. I don’t have any more yukata, and no other fabric seems to fit. Please, quilting fairy, find me that fabric!

    —Dot on April 23, 2014
  • Just once I would like to make a quilt, when it is finished, I can look at it and really be pleased with how it turned out and not find mistakes or wish I had done something better or different.

    —Heide on April 23, 2014
  • I wish that I had a few friends to quilt with.

    —Seanagh Strebchuk on April 23, 2014
  • Oh Quilting Fairy, Please grant me the gift of a Long arm quilting machine to use for the good of all concerned.

    —Jami Price on April 23, 2014
  • My wish would be to be the best free motion quilter ever! Right now I’m new and not very good! Thanks

    —Tabitha Keener on April 23, 2014
  • I believe in dreaming big and knowing some dreams are just wishful thinking. The quilting fairy would furnish my sewing room with a new top of the line machine, all the feet, accessories, material, thread, books/patterns–all neatly stored away in the room–there is plenty of work space on the state of art table. You get the idea. Maybe I should have said a house furnished for just sewing instead of a room.

    —Rosemary Hendley on April 23, 2014
  • I wish the quilting fairy would come and give me a room to have just for all of my projects and materials as well as my sewing machines!

    —Lorinda on April 23, 2014
  • Quilt Fairy, as always my one desire is to have as much energy as I have creative ideas! I have so much quilting I long to do but my funky heart won’t provide me with the energy to do half of it.
    I have such great plans for a nap quilt with matching doll quilt for my sweet granddaughter. And then there are the things I hope to do for my new grandbaby due in October. Plus each child wants another and nieces are planning families and marriages so of course I hope t o do something for each of them plus things f o r my home to spruce it up.
    Then there are my hopes a nd dreams to make quilts for women and childreny who are escaping abusive situations and the bags and pillow cases I would love to donate f o r each child entering foster care so they don’t have t o take their belongings in a trash bag, which no child should have to do.
    So you see, Quilt Fairy, energy for this old heart of mine would help me be able to accomplish so much more, and it would really do my heart good! 😉

    —Marcia Kerstetter on April 23, 2014
  • My wish from the quilting fairy is that all my ufo’s be completed and by that I mean sewn quilted and bound. I can then start from a clean slate with no guilt complex about how many I want to start and how many are in various stages of completion. Oh and keep the house clean and cook the meals too while I am wishing, I will take care of the rest. 😉

    Donna Adams
    Scappoose, OR

    —Donna Adams on April 23, 2014
  • The quilting fairy would grant large discounts–50% off or better–on all of my favorite bright colored fabrics nearly every time I shopped. And then….she would magically erase all of my committments for at least a week, so I could spend the time blissfully sewing!

    —Joanne Lenigan on April 23, 2014
  • My quilting fairy would clear out my horror room so that I could turn it into my quilting studio. It’s on my own to-do list, but I’m afraid I may die of old age before it happens, and I have too much fabric already on hand that would than go to waste!

    —SUSAN STEFUN on April 23, 2014
  • I am new to quilting….I just finished my first quilt top and I am so excited, however, I have had no instructions and don’t really know how to finish it. I was going to wish to have it completed so that I could learn from it but after reading some of the wishes….my wish now is that you grant the wish of CONNIE DOUTY…I don’t know her but my heart goes out to her! Please FAIRY be nice to her! Hugs!

    —Juanita White on April 23, 2014
  • If the quilt fairy would grant me one wish it would to bring my grandmother back so that we could work on the double wedding ring quilt that I want.

    —Beverly on April 23, 2014
  • If the Quilting Fairy could grant me a wish, I’d wish that all people who have suffered during these down economy times could have a warm quilt to wrap up in and it would take away their problems, leaving them feeling loved and cared for by someone, maybe me, who made that quilt. There’s nothing like a homemade quilt to wrap up in with things aren’t as they should be and our country is having a lot of that. maybe that quilt could also come with a wish from that same Quilting Fairy for them too!

    Jeanne on April 24, 2014
  • Endless supply of fabric and seams that line up. That would be perfect quilting to me.

    —Virginia Bronner on April 24, 2014
  • I wish the fabric fairy would turn all my stash into quilts; only one for me to keep and the rest to donate to local hospital’s long term care, needy children, brave veterans, and the elderly.

    —ellen on April 24, 2014
  • This is so easy for me at the moment! I would wish for an APQS Millie with a 12′ table to get my quilts quilted and onto beds or distributed to charities instead of tops in a box waiting for the strength to baste them. Oh, to have my wish come true, I can see that fairy waiting to grant someone their wish and there are so many to choose from-all worthy to be granted!!

    —Vickie on April 24, 2014
  • I’d like my Quilt Fairy to enlarge my quilting room. Admittedly, my studio is already one of the largest rooms in the house but my stash has taken over to the extent that I should post signs that say "Hard Hat Area" and "Watch Your Step".
    Of course, if my Quilt Fairy were to grant my wish, I would need another wish within the year for the same situation.
    I guess had better get busy and USE my stash.

    —Judy on April 24, 2014
  • I would ask the quilting Fairy to let me be able to find a venue where I could sell enough quilts so I could quit my job and earn my living by making quilt tops and quilts. I am willing to work for my money, I just would like to do it by working from home.

    —Nikki Wilson on April 24, 2014
  • I’m living mine now! The stars aligned to place Jinny Beyer’s Hand Quiltmaking class at her shop outside Washington, DC adjacent to a meeting my husband and I will be attending. As a bonus, today we get to see her Ray of Light quilt in the fabric!

    —Peg Larson on April 24, 2014
  • My wish would be that I would be granted the ability to make beautiful quilts that I would give to people in need.

    —Denise Kirk on April 24, 2014
  • If I were granted a wish, I would wish to be able to stay home and quilt all day and of course buy fabric and my ultimate wish is to get a new cutting table with a cutting well.

    Aha to dream.

    —Rosie on April 24, 2014
  • Since we are just wishing I will wish BIG!! I wish for a large sewing room with all of the up to date sewing equipment. A long arm would be wonderful in the room. A large cabinet with all the fabric I could ever want and thread to match. A place to store all the fabric and separate space for cutting, ironing, sewing, serging, embroidering, and other crafting since I do love crafting. Oh and of course I need to wish for the knowledge and ability to operate all the new equipment. Guess I also need to wish for a husband who understands why I need all this stuff!! Just wishing, wouldn’t trade my husband for anyone else. He is understanding but might not be if my wish for a new sewing room were to come true!

    —Patsy Wilkerson on April 24, 2014
  • Right now I’m wishing for a Tooth Fairy/Shoemaker (from The Shoemaker and the Elves). You know, someone who will come in at night and finish the project I have started. My pesky project is a college dorm quilt of isosceles triangles, and it proving to be quite a challenge. I have 336 triangles and 32 side triangles to match up before my grandson graduates from high school in May. So, you see, a midnight magician would be most welcome.

    —Robyn on April 24, 2014
  • I recently went to an Estate sale, the lady was a quilter. I bought an almost finished christmas quilt and a large bag of scraps, I don’t know why I bought scraps there were some nice pieces in there. When I got home I found the binding for the quilt I bought in with the scraps there. I believe she wanted me to finish her quilt for her. I am now sewing the binding on. I have since learned her name and will finish it off with a patch with both of our names.
    My wish for the quilt fairy is to keep going strong so I have unfinished projects someone would love to finish.

    —kris on April 24, 2014
  • Oops. That should be Tooth Fairy/Elf. I’m the Shoemaker who wants help 🙂

    —Robyn on April 24, 2014
  • I would love for the Quilting Fairy to wave her wand and give my husband (and significant others everywhere) complete understanding of my/our obsession, addiction, and love of fabrics and quilting. That would be sooo wonderful!

    —Shayne Squires on April 24, 2014
  • I don’t know that I can come up with just ONE wish, especially as my wish would most likely change depending on the day but some options would be:

    Wish Option #1: A Self Cleaning Studio – threads, scraps and loose pins would be automatically cleared off the floor and fabrics pulled from their shelves would overnight be re-folded and put away.

    Wish Option #2: That the spots of time I am able to carve out of my schedule would perfectly align with my motivation, energy and creativity. It always seems that when I am feeling the most motivated I am stuck driving kids somewhere – and having found an hour to myself I am too tired or stressed out to have any creative flow at all.

    Wish Option #3: That I could finally be able to stop comparing my work to other people’s. To understand that my work is wonderfully quirky or unique and no longer worry about what some judge, guild member, friend or viewer thinks. Then I would stop self-sabotaging my work by believing that because I am not published, winning blue ribbons or quilting full time then my work has less value.

    —Melissa D on April 24, 2014
  • I love the patterns in this book. Such fresh ideas which is what we all need.

    —Donna Capallia on April 24, 2014
  • Dear Quilt Fairy – My wish is for my mom’s arthritis to disappear so that she can sew and quilt as much as she’d like to with no pain. And if you can do it for her, could you do it for all the other arthritis-suffering quilters out there?

    Tammy from quilt-pictures.com on April 24, 2014
  • Dear quilting fairy, please take away my fear of machine quilting. This would enable me to finish those 15 quilt tops, as well as make some Quilts of Valor and charity quilts for my two guilds to give away.

    —Jill Ellis on April 24, 2014
  • I have many wishes,but the one I want most is for the fear of quilting my own quilts to go away.

    —Marsha Nelson on April 24, 2014
  • This may be a lot to wish for, but it would be a large sewing/quilting room with enough space for a long arm…Dream on…

    —Carol Gearey on April 24, 2014
  • Time. All the time to quilt and clean up my quilting mess that I ever wanted.
    I’ve no shortage of fabric, books or ideas, simply short of time.

    —Diane on April 24, 2014
  • If l had one wish, l would love to have a sewing room large enough to not having to find a spot to cut fabric on a board and cutting mat and then moving to my sewing machine and then running downstairs to press. It would be so great to be able to do all this in one room. That’s always been my dream, maybe one day it will come true.

    —Anne on April 24, 2014
  • My wish would be for my limited time in the sewing room after a long day of school counseling to be magically transformed to last 10 times longer than the clock allows. Quilt making causes me to use my mind in ways that take me away from the stress of my days, away from the issues I face every day. It takes me to places where ideas can be born and grow, to where I can breathe deeply and enjoy the view of the woods outside the bay window. It restores my soul and my sanity. Actually, make that 100 times longer!

    —Darlene on April 24, 2014
  • I would ask for more time to sew and make and finish projects. I have so many I want to make and just not enough time to get them done let alone all the new fabrics and patterns I see daily that I would love to try!

    —KATHY SPRUILL on April 24, 2014
  • My wish would be- help in understanding the directions- befor I go and mess it all up first- I am new to quilting- just starting- been wanting to quilt for years- but never felt had the time or the brain power to work one out- learning- and learning- and know have lots more to learn- thanks for all helpful hints and tips –

    —Martha Hood on April 24, 2014
  • Quilt Fairy please organize my stash! And while you are busy doing that perhaps you could enlarge my sewing room so that I could free up the "under the bed fabric storage containers" Everything at my fingertips would increase production basic output. Some assembly may be required!

    —Sharon Fisher on April 24, 2014
  • I would love the quilting fairy to organize my work room so I can actually work. I do not have a dedicated work space at the moment, when I get the itch I have to set up my cutting mat and sewing machine on the dining room table. Since my son moved his room downstairs I have been trying to make his old room my new craft room. But something else always seems to come up that takes over my focus. I would LOVE to have a space where I could go and close the door and work.

    —Hazel Marowski on April 24, 2014
  • Dear Quilting Fairy,
    Please send me an extra hour each day to play with my fabric and new
    Bernina! Life is so busy this time of year that all I can do is dream while I work.

    farmer’s daughter

    —Joni on April 24, 2014
  • One word " Houston"!

    —EdieS on April 24, 2014
  • Time to sew! Without sacrificing time with my family or my sleep.

    I have plenty of ideas and fabric!

    —Mama2eight on April 24, 2014
  • I would like my quilting fairy to bring me a room big enough to hold my stash, for my Kangaroo sewing and storage cabinet that I want, to have lots of shelving and storage cabinets, several quilt racks to display my finished quilts, I could go on and on. The two things that I want the most is the time to fill up my quilt racks and weekly help to keep this room neat, clean and most of all organized.

    —Judy Newell on April 24, 2014
  • you bet I do – when I am looking for fabric to match a certain favorite piece I have or when I cannot get my borders to line up straight – I step away and come back – and guess what – bam they match!

    —Kathy Luehrs on April 25, 2014
  • I wish I could be the quilting fairy’s assistant. I would flit around with the quilting fairy, granting wishes. Quilters are such generous people and I think they deserve everything they wish for in life. It would be very rewarding to help the quilting fairy accomplish that task. Think of all the goodness that would flow out into the world, if all the quilters got their wish.

    FYI: I probably weight to much to "flit around", but wouldn’t that just make it more fun!

    —Pamela B on April 25, 2014
  • I would like to thank the quilting fairy for finally helping me to learn how to FMQ–she whispered in my ear, "Practice for half an hour a day, and you’ll get it." She was so right!

    —Pam McQuade on April 25, 2014
  • I want her to do the cleaning & all the other disliked chores so I have more time to work on my quilts.

    —Susan Clarkson on April 25, 2014
  • A quilting fairy would bring me a close friend who understands that I need someone to talk with about my ideas and problems in quilting and needlework. I live far away from my closest friends and neither of them knows how to thread a needle. Wouldn’t give them up for the world, but occasionally to have a conversation about my ‘loves’ is a dream. The love of my life has learned what effort and cost go into quilts and he loves what I do, but it is not the same as having someone to quilt with.

    —Barbara on April 25, 2014
  • Oh quilting fairy, please send me a foolproof, easy, fabulous looking way to machine bind my quilts. I would love you for ever!

    —Anita S. on April 25, 2014
  • My wish would be to be able to master free motion quilting on my home sewing machine. I have done 2 twin size quilts and a variety of small mug rugs and a table runner. My quilting is getting better, but I would love to be good enough to do some of the real intricate works of art that I have seen.

    —Debi Sexsmith on April 25, 2014
  • I am rapidly approaching eighty, I would like the quilting fairy to give me the energy to get all my quilts finished and to use up all the fabric I have acquired (and to help me resist buying more). There are so many quilts and so little time.

    —Ruth Spencer on April 25, 2014
  • Oh Quilt Fairy please help my body to keep up with the ideas that are in my head to accomplish. It seems like I always see things I want to make but never seem to be able physically or time wise to get them done.

    —Louise Buker on April 25, 2014
  • I wish the quilting fairy would send me a machine that has a stitch regulator. My hands and feet just DO NOT coordinate so my FMQ looks good. Stitches are long, short, in between–never consistent. Either a new machine or the magic of getting hands and feet to work together would be wonderful.

    —Joanne on April 25, 2014
  • A truely loving quilt fairy would bring me my very own long arm so that i could finish all these quilt tops into finished quilts. Which would free up more space for more quilts. Would work for me lol.

    —Sharon Meyer on April 25, 2014
  • My own personal Quilt Fairy would give me what I need intuitively. I wouldn’t need to ask her for more time or more space or for more energy to keep on sewing at the machine or to continue my hand quilting! She would know when to clean up my messes and when to let them be. She would heat up my iron and put away my tools and ever so subtlely suggest which new project would be best. She would know just how much to pack for my trips away from home so I don’t drag 2 or 3 extra duffle bags of untouched projects along. And she would make sure that my love of quilting would never, ever wane!

    —Linda Towers on April 26, 2014
  • I’ve been hand quilting my hand appliqued Baltimore album quilt that took me years to put together. Quilt Fairy help me quilt faster so I can finally finish this very special quilt. I think that I’ve been working on this quilt for at least 10 years and would like to have it done for our 50th wedding anniversary in 2017 to give to my husband. He thinks it’s beautiful and doesn’t want me to give it to my son. I’ve been quilting secretly, when he’s not around, so I can surprise him.

    —Joan Trautwein on April 26, 2014
  • The quilting fairy is the UPS man who delivers my fabric purchases. The only problem is that he has not learned to "not ring the bell" when he makes a delivery. I know what day it is coming and will check my front door constantly. PLUS HE HEARD ME CALLING HIM THE QUILTING FAIRY AND HE FOUND IT QUITE OBJECTIONABLE!!!!

    —helen on April 26, 2014
  • I wish that she would be able to find the pattern book I need, that has the pattern for my kiddos quilt sitting in it. I’ve looked every where and am at a loss of where to find that book right now! Can’t start working on the quilt if I don’t have my pattern! Please quilting Fairy! Tell me where to find it – or just drop it off on that cabinet right over there! I would ever be so grateful 🙂 Maybe if I leave her quilting scraps? What do you leave as a treat for the quilting fairy?

    —Lynette Wilhelm on April 26, 2014
  • My wish for the quilting fairy would be to have unlimited resources including a new state of the art sewing machine mine is 30 plus years old. Enough time available to complete the many projects that are in process. An understanding family that appreciates and treasures my contributions to enrich their lives. I also wish for enough time to complete all my charity quilts and to give me inspiration and expertise I need. A few extra resources like more fabrics, new books and cutting mats would be terrific. Many thanks to the wonderful Quilting Fairy.

    —Cece on April 27, 2014
  • Dear Quilt Fairy – please organize all my fabric that is hidden in closets, under the bed, in the totes and also the cupboards scattered throughout the house – and could you do me a little favor and do my yarn stash too? Oh, I forgot, there’s some in the trunk of the car that hasn’t made it in the house yet. I know it’s asking a lot – but could you arrange trips to the major quilt shows this year (please include spending money). I’m sure you’ll be able to come up with some creative excuses to tell my boss. Just one more thing – an addition to the house – my new sewing room, with a new midarm. You’ll have lots more room to organize my fabric, with plenty of space for future purchases. Don’t forget a big bookcase for all my quilting books and patterns. I know how creative you are and my little requests will only take a minute or two of your time. Thanks.

    —Jean HS on April 28, 2014
  • Oh that’s easy, I wish to be a quilter that can design a quilt from start to finish and actually finish them!

    —Lea on April 28, 2014
  • If there were a quilting fairy, here is what I’d ask:

    Dear Quilting Fairy,
    I wish for more "drawers" in my mind to sort out all the ideas I have in there. I have fabric galore. So if I could get the two connected, would be great: Fabric and ideas.

    p.s. Could you find me more quilt shops, please? That fabric thing I mentioned above, well I always need more, oh and ideas too.
    See what I mean!?!?

    —Snagy on April 28, 2014

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