Quirky question: the secret life of a quilter

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Interlocking Friendship Quilt

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A quilter’s life is comprised of moments touched by creativity, discovery, imagination, invention, risk, and resourcefulness—and those are just a few of the riveting highlights. But how many people close to you really know the behind-the-scenes story about why you quilt? Share a bit of your story in this week’s question:

What’s one thing most people don’t know about your life as a quilter?

Post your answer in the comments before noon (PST) on Monday, March 24, for your chance to win. The carefully selected winning answer will be posted on Wednesday, March 26, along with the next question.

Last week’s Quirky Question was, “What one piece of fabric will you never give up—and never cut up for a quilt?” Here’s the winning comment, from Heather:

“I took a quilting class in the afternoon while my 7 year old son was at school. I would pick him up and while we were walking home he asked me questions about my newfound joy. He saw how happy it made me. That Christmas he had my husband take him to the quilting store and personally chose a flannel fat quarter which had miniature quilt blocks printed on it. I was so touched. That was 17 years ago and that fat quarter has a special place in my sewing room and will never see a pair of scissors.”

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

Bali Sea Star quilt by Kim Brackett

#10: Bali Sea Star quilt by Kim Brackett

Nickel Bricks quilt by Claudia Plett and Le Ann Weaver

#9: Nickel Bricks quilt by Claudia Plett and Le Ann Weaver

Frolicking Frosties quilt by Mary Hickey

#8: Frolicking Frosties quilt by Mary Hickey

Twice as Nice quilt by Ellen Pahl

#7: Twice as Nice quilt by Ellen Pahl

Petite Trellis quilt by Mary Hickey

#6: Petite Trellis quilt by Mary Hickey

All in a Row quilt by Kim Diehl

#5: All in a Row quilt by Kim Diehl

Three of Hearts quilt by Ellen Pahl

#4: Three of Hearts quilt by Ellen Pahl

Dinner Party Grocery Bag by Cassie Barden

#3: Dinner Party Grocery Bag by Cassie Barden

Interlocking Friendship quilt by Robin Strobel

#2: Interlocking Friendship quilt by Robin Strobel

Autumn Paths quilt by Ilene Bartos

#1: Autumn Paths quilt by Ilene Bartos


  • I love having my alone time making design decisions and sewing but can’t live without my quilt posse shopping, sewing and just enjoying them.

    —Judy on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know that my life as a quilter doesn’t mean I like to sew anything they need sewn. I am amazed by the people that find out I’m a quilter and want me to alter their clothes. My life as a quilter hasn’t got anything to do with clothes!

    —Marie Atkinson on March 19, 2014
  • I really don’t know what I am doing I just invent things and make them work. I have been sewing for so long, years and years and years,that this system works for me. If the quilt comes out bad which doesn’t happen to often, I donate it. I’m sure someone will still appreciate it. Fortunately the internet has instructions and ideas for everything but 15-50 years ago we didn’t have this so we learned to wing it.

    —Chris on March 19, 2014
  • Two things: My quilting group is amazed at how quickly I get quilt tops finished but they don’t realise that the majority of them are sitting safely packed away, still waiting to be quilted.
    Secondly, I manage to get my tops completed quickly because I spend nearly every free moment (when I’m not at work or running my children around) in my sewing room at the embarassing expense of my disheveled looking house. It’s a good thing I married a great man who caught on quickly when I taught him how to do laundry shortly after marriage.

    Sharlene B

    —Sharlene B on March 19, 2014
  • Most of the people in my immediate world, my family and oldest friends, are not quilters, so I don’t think they realize how important quilting is in my life, how much it is a part of who I am. When I am with my Quilt Group, a fairly new circle of friends for me, I feel like I’ve found kindred spirits!

    —Karen on March 19, 2014
  • Most of my friends don’t know that I lost my best quilting buddy to pancreatic cancer almost 2 years ago, and for a long time after that I lost interest in quilting–it just wasn’t the same. This year I have decided that I love quilting and I want to continue. So I am starting to take classes again, and getting back into it. I miss my friend so much, but I am getting started again!

    Yvonne on March 19, 2014
  • Oh dear, hate to share about my secret hoard: if they could ONLY see my studio, the boxes, bins, several sewing machines, vintage dolls I also dress and sell, people would be so disenchanted, sigh. I just need a bigger space than my 12×12 extra bedroom, that’s all there is to it! My dream home (just for me….) would be a bedroom and bath, a kitchen and dining room, and then a HUGE combined space of about oh 30×30 for my office, living area and quilt studio!! oh well

    Sharon in Colorado

    —Sharon on March 19, 2014
  • I collect sewing machines….you can never have too many!

    —Joni on March 19, 2014
  • What most people don’t know about my life as a "quilter" is that I have several unfinished projects stuffed into baskets at the bottom of my sewing closet. I’ll get a project out on a lazy day and sew on it til I get distracted and stow it back in the closet. This would surprise most folks because I am known as a lady who gets things done!

    Kathy E. on March 19, 2014
  • So here’s my secret: I see EVERY flaw in every quilt I have ever made. I love the process and the creative outlet that quilting provides. However; even with the ribbons on my walls and the compliments I receive from others, I still only see the flaws. When the quilt is complete I am my worse critic and sometimes, I cannot see past the little mistakes. But I love the process so much that I move on to the next work knowing I will just get better. Some day, I hope to see a quilt for the beauty of it!!!

    —Terri J on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know that my macho husband, who has a great eye for design, advises me on color, placement, and choice of quilt patterns. Even as a kid, his parents said he was always rearranging furniture and choosing colors for clothes and rooms. My best quilts are made with my hubby, the advisor!

    —Melody on March 19, 2014
  • My body cannot keep up with my brain. I think of a new quilt or two or three while working on one. Then, of course, I have to start them so now if they are going to work; however, only two hands to work three machines.

    —Joan Longbrake on March 19, 2014
  • how hard I work at it and little I know about it… or so that’s how I feel, but others see me as a teacher, fellow quilter, quilt retailer, and make me one of those… oh my… sigh

    —diane on March 19, 2014
  • Most people I know think I am completely organized, and while that is true for the rest of the house, my sewing room can sometimes get very messed up, especially when I’m working on something. One thing for sure is this: No matter how chaotic, I know where every single thing is. I can’t find my cell phone at times, but I know where that piece of blue fabric is that I used last February, 2013.

    —vickie on March 19, 2014
  • Most of those who know me know of my quilting obsession, however not many know I have been quilting since for over 45 years…since I was 10.

    —theresa sheldon on March 19, 2014
  • The thing they don’t know is how much I roll it over in my head. How much time I spend thinking of them, the recipient. I worry that they won’t like it. I worry that it won’t match their style. Because I want it to fit in with their life I tend to over think it. But that is just me. Thanks

    —Shari Morrison on March 19, 2014
  • My desire is to find my own niche and then have the opportunity to teach quilting. I have a teaching degree from college that I never really had the chance to use. It would great to combine my quilting passion with teaching.

    —Deb Kienow on March 19, 2014
  • Most people have no idea how hard it is to part with a quilt. Even if I made it specifically for that person…it’s like giving up a beloved pet.

    —Lynne Marsh on March 19, 2014
  • When I make my quilts I always pour as much love into them as I can. What people don’t know is that the best way for me to feel that love in return is when I get a thank you note back. Because those thank yous are so rare and precious, I keep every one to read and re-read, filling and refilling my heart with love.

    —Rebecca on March 19, 2014
  • My deep dark quilting secret…hmmm. Well, I guess one is that I eat chocolate while I’m quilting and sometimes I have a candy bar secreted in my sewing drawer just so I don’t have to go downstairs if I get hungry. Just like a little kid, I don’t want to have to stop playing to come down to dinner!

    Beth Strand on March 19, 2014
  • My quilting life is an open book — I share all my ‘secrets’ in classes that I teach. Quilting is a medium to be shared not hidden away!!!

    —Marty Knutson on March 19, 2014
  • I’m a longarm machine quilter. Most people don’t know that I lay awake at night quilting designs in my mind. I even quilt in some of my dreams. That’s where much of my creative inspiration comes from!

    Cynthia on March 19, 2014
  • Most people do not know that I crochet my own lace appliques. I love the way lace can be used to embellish crazy quilts and lap quilts, and what says "I luvs you" more than handmade embellishments?

    —Lynne on March 19, 2014
  • I am very prone to saw off a limb behind me when making quilts in either borders or sashing and somehow manage to pull of some very interesting quilt tops that waiting until their turn for quilting. Every time I make a quilt it is an adventure that I truly enjoy.

    —Sandy h on March 19, 2014
  • I sometimes get up in the middle of the night to design or sew a quilt. It swirls around in my brain for so long that I can’t sleep anyway, so I might as well get up and create something beautiful.

    —Mary on March 19, 2014
  • I dream about color. I keep a notebook with quilt sketches. I’m an artist
    of color, expressing my ideas in quilts. I think I’ve taken my mother’s utilitarian quilts to another level in my work. I think my grandmother would be thrilled I thread paint some of my quilts as she loved embroidery and quilting. Most people don’t know I quilt to honor these ladies and hopefully inspire my own daughter’s to carry on the legacy with in their own dreams and talents.

    —Jami Price on March 19, 2014
  • My secret is that I started quilting with needle turned Hawaiian quilting long before I ever pieced! I saw the beautiful quilts at the Mauna Kea Hotel in Kohala Hawaii while teaching near there and didn’t know that it was perhaps the hardest way to get a start in quilting! I was facinated with the legends surrounding the designs and the two color combinations.

    —Kathy G on March 19, 2014
  • The thing most people, including my family, do not know how big my stash is. Like most quilter I cannot go to a show or a shop and come away empty handed.

    —Marie on March 19, 2014
  • People who don’t know me well don’t know that I’m a quilter. People who do know me well know that quilting is my not-so-guilty pleasure and that the majority of the quilts I make are given to charity. I know they would be surprised, well, probably shocked, to know that I do not have a single quilt in my house that I have made for myself. I keep promising myself that I’ll fix that problem one day soon, but there are so many others who need a quilty hug, that my own wish list falls to the bottom of the stash!

    —Debbie on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know how much my late husband disliked the time I Loved to spend quilting. He gladly joined me and escorted me to quilt show (loved flirting with the women).But he could not see how much joy, pride and relaxation it brought me, although he praised the results.

    —Elizajane on March 19, 2014
  • The biggest thing that people don’t know about my life as a quilter is that Once I am in my studio, I intend to be lost for hours and secretly hate the first person that calls me away.

    Anne on March 19, 2014
  • I don’t think I have a dark secret from my quilting friends. They all know I am a quilting fanatic, that I eat, breath and dream of quilts and quilting. They call me a speed demon when it comes to putting together a quilt top -usually in just a couple days. I love teaching, there is no greater thrill than to share your knowledge with a new quilter and see their face light up when they complete that small project or learn a new technique. They all know I could probably stock a small quilt shop with my stash and my door is always open for them to browse the stash if they need a certain shade of blue. I’ve gotten into wool applique and they laugh because I have that weird shade of green and they need a 4″ square to finish their project. It’s the sharing and continued learning that keeps you young and always laughing.

    —connie on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know that I already have way too much fabric, tools, and everything in quilting and still when we go on a trip my husband maps out the trip so the rest stops are at Quilt Shops. He sleeps and reads while I shop.

    Sharon Schmidt on March 19, 2014
  • For me, most of my fellow quilters don’t know that I have a small collection of old machines including two treadles. They have one or two machines at the most and they are newer computerized machines. At last count, I have around thirteen including two computerized ones. Shhhh, don’t tell. Only my husband knows for sure. Uh-oh, I need another one to get away from that unlucky number.

    —Karen L. on March 19, 2014
  • My deep and dirty quilting secret? Over the years many people have wanted me to make them a quilt. Most of them would never appreciate the time and energy that goes into creating a wonderful quilt, so I hem und haw and don’t ever manage to produce a quilt for them.
    I reserve my efforts for people who appreciate a quilt, will love it and generally don’t expect one. I’ve become very good at making excuses and putting people off. Especially those that think that quilting means that I can make alterations for them (as if I could be bothered…)

    —Christine on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know that I really hate the colors blue and orange together. I think it’s hideous and won’t ever make anything with that combo.

    —Meghan O'Connor on March 19, 2014
  • I can’t tell you. It wouldn’t be a secret if I told.

    —Linda on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know that I taught horseback riding in my youth, 65 years ago. I also taught piano lessons! In between I learned to knit, crochet, and sew. I made myself a dress when I was ten, then sewed for my mom, and later children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I also design web pages for non-profits. My first quilt was a Peter Rabbit applique quilt for my first grandson. Now I’m working on a quilt for my fifth great-grandbaby!

    Martha Lyle on March 19, 2014
  • My secret is that I’m not in my sewing room for days at a time. It seems that all the quilters I know are sewing every day. I hate to admit that I don’t do that.

    —Sharon Theriault on March 19, 2014
  • Sorry I don’t have an "e" device . to be able to get the several patterns I liked …Oh well that’s how it goes….win some ,loose some….

    Hi Phyllis,
    You don’t need an "e" device to read and download our patterns! You can use a PC or Mac to download.
    Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Phyllis Calvert on March 19, 2014
  • I saw an ad in our local paper that said "if you want to learn to quilt, I’ll teach you"! I answered the ad and found out that we were learning to quilt to make quilts for our local homeless shelter. The shelter was new, then, and they wanted quilts for each and every bed! I learned to quilt from my new friend and met three other friends while doing the same thing. We all continue to get together every Tuesday morning. Not everyone is quilting any more (I am with a vengeance) but we are fast friends after 5 years!

    —Nina Clautice on March 19, 2014
  • My recliner broke one day in our motorhome & my husband said I had to empty my area of everything so he could work on it. Then to my dismay, he sat there to oversee my progress. A lot of my stash was under my chair (literally holding it up), so when I started filling the 2nd 30 gallon trash bag with it, he could stand no more & asked what was in all these bags & how many more did I have under there! LOL! Busted!!!

    —Becky Couture on March 19, 2014
  • Most people have no idea how much fabric and quilt items I have accumulated over the years. I have lots of fabrics, quilt patterns, quilt books and kits. I have good intentions but I don’t know if I have enough time in this world to get it all done. I truly hope I get to use it up but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

    —Debbie Wise on March 19, 2014
  • i fell in love with quilts in 1976.they where used as a backdrop for a bicentennial play i was in 8th grade. i made several try that didn’t take till i get married.my husband supports my obsession 100% he will even cut for me some times 🙂

    —jeanne warriner on March 19, 2014
  • The quilt i am working on for me I tossed out all rules. Makeing in colors i like and just making sure that the squares are the same size. I am enjoying working on this one more that any I have made.

    —Linda Moseley on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know the joy I find in the solitude of quilting. I belong to a guild, and occasionally sew with friends, but know myself well enough that when I am feeling drained, a few hours by myself in my sewing room piecing or quilting re-energizes me and I’m ready to face the world again!

    —Janice on March 19, 2014
  • I enjoy the learning. What ever the quilting process, I learn because no two quilts are the same. Makes me feel enriched.

    —Nelda Justice on March 19, 2014
  • The one thing that quilters don’t know about me- I do cosplay also with my adult kids! They started me on this road, inviting me to Dragoncon and Anachrocon. I even got a bit on CNN.com last year with my costume- Steampunk Izma from the Disney movie "A Emperor’s New Grove". And yes I sew them up also. I also have a Steampunk seamstress with a short bustled skirt, a Gibson Girl blouse and a Victoria short jacket pieced from kimono remnants! Plus a Star Trek Mirror, Mirror costume, a steampunk cowgirl and finally a Steampunk, gender bent Ned Land- Kirk Douglas’s role in the Disney "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". BTW, I will be the one in costume sewing on my hexie quilt as I wait for the doors to open- look for me in Atlanta this Labor Day weekend!

    —Mary Ann Harpe on March 19, 2014
  • I have been quilting for years although my friends don’t know the extent to which I get involved in working on projects. Just few close friends have a clue. Neither, mother, daughters, sister do any handy work but that’s alright it would end up me doing their projects. The full gratification and giving of projects, gifts are what mean so much to me and just very relaxing.

    —Sharon Kenshalo on March 19, 2014
  • That most of the time I iron my seams open instead of the old, more accepted method of pressing to the dark side. And the second thing would be that I keep M&M’s on the end of my ironing board to encourage me to press those seams open.

    —Lena Truitt on March 19, 2014
  • Most people see me as a gregarious, outgoing, people-person. What they don’t know is that I find peace in solitude; working with fabric or yarn.
    To a non-crafter this may seem a lonely way to live my life, but for me, it’s a joy.
    I spend my working days surrounded by people and working hard. In the evenings and on weekends, I like to lose myself in creativity.

    —Kayt Deans on March 19, 2014
  • My quilting secret – I use several vintage machines. Also all of my quilts are customized for the person it is going to.

    caroline Rohrer on March 19, 2014
  • I don’t think most of my "quilting friends" know I’m a police officer. My secondary job is in a fabric store.

    —Rose Gill on March 19, 2014
  • One thing that people don’t know about me is that I can picture a quilt in my mind or a scene and then I can make a quilt out of it from my photographic memory. Sometimes I can remember things from 10 or 15 years ago and still reproduce it into a quilt.

    —Jean Plman on March 19, 2014
  • How much fabric is stashed away in my house.

    —Mary on March 19, 2014
  • I do it to share a part of myself with others – a part that will last long after I am gone the same as the quilts my grandma made for me.

    —Linda Whitford on March 19, 2014
  • My secret is that I almost don’t care whether I ever finish a project. Although I love a finished quilt — and love putting that last stitch into the binding, that’s not the real reason I quilt. I quilt because the process brings me joy. I work all day pushing papers around, fulfilling other people’s requests and meeting other people’s needs. For years at home I spent all my time fulfilling the needs of my children. When I discovered quilting, I discovered the peace of mind and soul the process brings … the contemplative restfulness of creating something beautiful with my hands and my heart … and the finished product is just an added bonus.

    —Diana Steverson on March 19, 2014
  • Growing up, it was my mother who sewed – for us and the public. My dad’s hobby was watercolors (did the whole dwarfs and Snow White in a diorama for my sister’s room). I could not and still cannot draw. My mom’s ideas of teaching me to sew was for me to sit and watch. When I finally did learn to sew – for mom – nothing was done right. It took several years for her to admit that I was a good seamstress. My dad made my wedding dress. So, I had skills but felt unfulfilled. One thing my mother did not do was quilt and I determined that I was going to learn. My mom-in-law is an awesome quilter – does it by hand. I could not make that work. So, I eventually made my first baby quilt – appliqued by machine – and was hooked. I COULD do something that was not critiqued by mother. We opened a sewing/quilt store and I learned and learned – but never told anyone that I quilted because mother didn’t. Unfortunately,, the economy got us and we closed our business after 13 years. But, today, I quilt – and share my knowledge and make quilts for those I love. I will continue to quilt as long as God gives me breath, sight and the ability to thread the needle. It fulfills me in ways that I never thought it would. The best is when I hear "Nana, I need a new quilt!"

    —Donna on March 19, 2014
  • My secret life as a quilter…I was taught in 1992 by a friend, and everything was done by hand! I didn’t know any different. I figured that’s why all the quilts I saw were so beautiful…My 1st quilt was a 9 patch, and second one was a Wedding Ring…am still working on that one. Then in 2005 I discovered…I could use my sewing machine! Wholah!!! Lots faster, but I still do hand quilting on certain quilts…
    Now I have 4 different machines and love them all, but still seem to have a need for that hand sewing!!!

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on March 19, 2014
  • EAT SLEEP QUILT That is my motto and my life without it I could not live happily

    lynne mulcahey on March 19, 2014
  • I took a beginning quilting class starting last October to "secretly" make my first quilt for my only child’s Christmas (my daughter who is 49). In the past I’ve been a "pedal to the metal" sewist (fast and loose and furious – don’t look at the back or underside but it looked great from the front – curtains and simple stuff)!!! But something came over me as the class progressed – I soaked it all up – did my homework (I still work full time at almost age 71)and just kept at it when I got home at night and on weekends. I surprised myself let alone my husband and sister (who is a great seamstress and artist but not quilter). I am looking forward to retiring at the end of the year and am purchasing good tools, fabric, kits, storage units and patterns before I quit work….I am inspired by the kudos I received in the class from my instructor…that my choice of fabrics (picked out before the class even began and with no instruction on how to do that)were very good and she loved my fabric. My daughter was absolutely bowled over…and was in tears that I had done this….stuck with a project and finished it…and that it was for HER. I am in love with quilting and will be doing it the rest of my life.

    —Judy Panasci on March 19, 2014
  • I have been quilting for over 45 years. My granny taught me when I was very young. I would go with her to her quilting bee every month and have loved it ever since. I tend to gravitate toward the traditional patterns because of this.

    —Sheli Ferguson on March 19, 2014
  • I purchased a longarm quilting machine and kings size table before I even started my first quilt top. There are a couple reasons for this…I come from a long line of quilters. I remember sitting with my cousins under the quilt my grandmother, mother, and aunts were working on. It dropped down from the ceiling. I helped my mother hand quilt as I was growing up and knew I didn’t want to hand quilt. My aunt has 530 finished quilt tops in her closet. I figure that I could help her finish some of them. My daughter wanted to learn how to quilt and I wanted to teach my granddaughters. So, since I don’t really want to hand quilt and I didn’t want this heritage to pass by, I bought the equipment…Now everyone knows…

    —Charlene on March 19, 2014
  • My quilting is my connection to my ancestors that I never got to know. All my grandparents were already gone when I was born but I was blessed to have a great-aunt who only lived a block away. She was from the older times as she had a wood-stove she still cooked on in her big kitchen. She later got a gas stove. I remember her letting my cousin and I string buttons out of her button box (which I now have) and we would watch her quilt around her quilt frame attached to her kitchen ceiling with pulleys that she would lower to lay on the back of her high-top chairs. One family story was that my uncle used to fill all her needles for quilting in the morning before school, she would use them up during school and he would do it again at lunch and after school. She also used to let us have "tea" like grown-ups. Only ours was about 2 tablespoons of tea and the rest was milk and sugar. She is my connection through quilting to the ancestors that I never got to meet.

    —Polly Blank on March 19, 2014
  • I think the size of my stash. I have it well organized which hides the amount. I feel rather guilty over it. People don’t know that.

    —Marianne on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know I can offer them a lot of help in making a quilt. But yet again I have had people want me to sew for nothing.

    —Linda Christianson on March 19, 2014
  • I think my husband may have some inkling of how much I have spent the past few years accumulating some of my favorite fabrics for my stash, but I hope he never really finds out ! The good new is I am using lots of it to make some great quilts- so that makes it OK right ?

    —Jean B on March 19, 2014
  • Most people think that I just throw quilts together over a weekend – few (except other quilters) realize how long quilts spend sitting in the craft room in pieces.

    —Karen Cohn on March 19, 2014
  • The amount of quilts and work that I donate! Although my mother is starting to suspect as she made the comment you need to stop donating your time and work or at least cut back….lol! the thing is I know many donate more so I am still okay… more or less. I enjoy the time I do the projects and the recipients are enjoying the end benefits!

    —Tonie Peterson on March 19, 2014
  • My quirkiest quirk, and there are several to choose from, is that I design, in color, in my sleep. I keep a notebook at my bedside and jot down notes, ideas, drawings, or that quilting pattern that will be perfect on the next quilt in the line up.

    Deb Lund-Tlumak on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know what a huge mess I make all around my sewing area when I quilt!

    —Judith diver on March 19, 2014
  • Most people don’t know that while I am a passionate quilter, I am a terrible sewist. I have taken the plunge and tried to sew other things, such as a sewing machine cover, but even when I put my effort, attention, and patience toward following the directions exactly, my end results are always extremely amateurish. I make do with whatever flaws can’t be fixed, but I have yet to sew something I could share with pride. I can give a quilt but not a drawstring bag in which to store it.

    —Beth T. on March 19, 2014
  • As a grandmother I was looking for an activity during the hours of babysitting my grandchildren. I can sew lovely table by hand while the kids are playing, and the result is encouraging. Regularly asked me to do what I like to do. A box and / or play quilt.

    —Jeanne on March 20, 2014
  • That it takes me hours and hours to select fabric
    for a project! People tell me that I have a good
    sense of color…now, if they only knew the REAL

    —Terry on March 20, 2014
  • The one thing that people don’t know about me — I’m a quilter who has no capacity to judge color combinations. Although my quilts are pretty and loved by the individuals who receive them, I rely on my husband to pick out the color combinations and help placing my "scrappy" blocks in rows.

    I honestly do no see what others see — I am a quilter who lacks "values" and "morals".

    —cynthia daugherty on March 20, 2014
  • Most people have no idea that a quilt given to me when I was 2-1/2 helped me set my first long-term goal–to make quilts–and that I didn’t get a chance to do that for another 20+ years; they also don’t realize that every quilt I make is pieced and quilted on vintage treadle machines. (I do own electric machines and use them sometimes, but they are not nearly as much fun as my vintage treadles.)

    Dora, the quilter on March 20, 2014
  • I spend way too much time online looking at quilting projects rather than spending that time working on quilting projects. And I also have quite a stash of quilt tops.

    —Karen A on March 20, 2014
  • That l am such a perfectionist as if the seams to not line up l rip it out and pin it to death. I see my own faults that others do not see. I find it relaxing and also mind challenging to get the projects completed. Rather than rushing l really take my time to ensure l am happy with the end result

    —Anne on March 20, 2014
  • I am now a stay at home mommie of 4 cats. Quilting dominates my day. I spend way too much time on line looking at and researching quilts. House work? Who needs it. (OK maybe they can see that) I even dream of quilting and quilts. What’s one thing most people don’t know about my life as a quilter? That I am obsessed with quilting. I do stop to cook once in a while, but usually I make something that we can have for several days. Then it is back to quilting and quilting related stuff. I hope that this obsession never goes away.

    —Tina on March 20, 2014
  • most people don’t realize how much of a stash I have and that I frequently donate much of my work to charity, I fondle fabric everywhere I go, sometimes having to remind myself not to fondle fabric on other people, esp non quilters. My fund raisers that get will get at least a laptop size quilt. I rarely make the same pattern more than once. my goal in life is to present the hugs and kisses program at quilt oddness with 52 quilts one for each week of the year

    —susan grancey on March 21, 2014
  • Most of my quilts, large and small, are created from thrift store fabric finds. It becomes quite the challenge to find the right pattern and pray there is enough fabric for the quilt.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on March 21, 2014
  • That I have been quilting since I was young. Because I always talk about quilting things, fabric shops, patterns, quilting friends ect. people tend to think I have been quilting for a long period of time. Actually I have only been quilting about 10 years. Part of that time was just in the summer as my husband and I team drove in the winter. Because I have a shop, a longarm quilting machine, 3 industrial embroidery machines, a Singer Feather weight, 3 Berninas, am active in my quilt guild, ect ect ect…everyone tends to think I have been quilting many years. I tell them I got bit by the quilting bug late but have tried to make up for lost time and never looked back!

    —Marcia Huckabee on March 21, 2014
  • Most people don’t know that my favourite part of quilting is actually piecing. I can churn out tops quickly but its getting them quilted that takes the time. I even have a mid-arm quilt machine and frame and it still takes me a long time to get them done. I have people say that I am a quilting machine and that I work really fast. I don’t really work that fast but I do spend every moment that I can in my sewing room much to the dismay of my home… it can become rather dishevelled but thankfully I have a wonderful hubby that can cook and clean and 2 wonderful teenage boys that also do chores! If it weren’t for them I couldn’t put as many hours in my sewing room as I do! Another thing that most people don’t know about me is that it is very hard for me to actually give the quilt away when I am done with it. I make them for specific people more often than myself, but its so darn hard to give it to them because I don’t want them to find the errors that I have made…

    —Nancy on March 21, 2014
  • That I always listen to Celtic music on Pandora while sewing/quilting. For some reason, it seems to center me so that I can concentrate on the project. Cead Mead Failte!!

    —Nancy Eriksen on March 21, 2014
  • My friends would be amazed to see my sewing room. I have to admit that it is in such disarray that I have trouble finding things. I would much rather be sewing and quilting than cleaning the room. Every time I go down to clean it I get caught up in another project!

    —Nancy on March 21, 2014
  • My life as a quilter keeps me from going crazy. I need to create, to make, and to design. Color, pattern, and shape excites me. I love to learn new techniques and apply them in my designs. No ribbons, no awards, just pure joy in creating something new. Challenging myself and my fingers to sew. Sometimes I make gifts for family or friends, sometimes I am selfish and make something for myself. I am an artist and fabric and thread are my medium.

    —Marjorie on March 21, 2014
  • My secret is that I don’t quilt or sew as much as I could. I feel guilty when I sew because I am behind on everything else. Also, I am a perfectionist of the highest order. I have all the patterns and fabric I could ever need, and they sit there, calling me to play…

    —Jane on March 21, 2014
  • I am very critical of my work, especially when I’m making something for someone else. They don’t often see the finished product as I see it and I always think I could have done a better job then I did.

    —Rebecca on March 21, 2014
  • Most people don’t know that its my vacation , my recharge, my distraction without leaving my home . I would rather go to quilt retreat 30 miles form home than go to Hawaii(even though I take some applique with me ) .

    —Lynn B on March 21, 2014
  • People have no idea how hard it is for me to make quilts. I have been very ill with M.E. for ten years, yet as recently as last week I had someone say "You know you could make quilts, aprons, tea cosies, wall hangings, and have a stall at a craft fair to sell them". When I said there was no way I could do that they said "well you made a teacosy for your Mum for christmas, it can’t have taken more than a couple of hours, surely you could make more". It had taken me a whole week to make, and tomorrow will be the first time I have left the house since christmas, I have had similar converstions with several relatives, some more than once.

    —Jen B on March 21, 2014
  • I so enjoy quilting but find it a costly habit. So I’ve decided to quilt for charity using donated fabrics and some of my stash. It’s such a great feeling to give away the finished quilt to those in need.

    —Gale on March 21, 2014
  • I have a rather large fabric stash but whenever I start a new quilt I always need more. It’s a shame I can’t make one using only fabric that I have. My husband would be so happy.

    —Louise Buker on March 21, 2014
  • I stay up late into the night quilting when I want a project finished. It’s as if I am possessed or obsessive. I’m a new quilter, and after searching 50 years for a hobby I truly love, I am surprised that I enjoy it so much, for I’ve never been very enthused about any hobby. And I usually quilt with my very relaxed English Pointer, Bud, hanging out in the sewing room with me. I’ve built him a window seat so he can nap in the sunshine and look out the window while I quilt.

    —Ali Stanley on March 21, 2014
  • My friends would be surprised to know just how many projects I have planned. I start by choosing either a pattern or a focus fabric and collect more fabrics to fill out the palette. Sometimes this takes years, but sooner or later the quilt is started. I LOVE to hand quilt but it takes a long time, so I am learning to machine quilt. This is so intimidating for me that I have only completed a few quilts. I hope to gain more confidence and become more proficient at this. My stash is growing by leaps and bounds so I really need to complete more quilts to make room for the inevitable new purchases.
    I have collected fabric specifically for over 22 projects, not counting Christmas fabrics. My goal for those is to make a Christmas quilt for each of my 7 brothers and sisters. Will I reach this goal? Only time will tell! Wait, I feel another idea forming in my brain. Better check my stash for seashell fabric! Gotta go!

    —Linda Towers on March 21, 2014
  • Most other quilters I know don’t know that I really don’t understand how anyone could not make a quilt without a pattern. Grandma didn’t have a pattern to follow -maybe just a picture- so why do I need one?
    Some people can’t make a quilt without one, even just squares.

    —Shirley on March 22, 2014
  • Most people don’t even know I quilt! I’m known for sewing, embroidering and other craft pursuits but quilting….no. I’ve always kept it to myself mainly because I’ve never really considered myself ‘expert’ enough. When I make things I usually give them away anonymously, maybe one day I’ll step forward and say "ta dah, yes I made it", for now I’ll keep my passion to me.

    —Janet on March 22, 2014
  • No one but my husband knows or understands my passion for quilting. I donate a lot of my time to charities, piecing and quilting my quilts because I want those less fortunate than me to receive an unexpected gift from a stranger, to have something to wrap themselves in and to know how much love I put in every stitch to bring them a moment of happiness. If just for a few minutes they feel joyful and happy, my mission is accomplished.

    —Debbie Yarbrough on March 22, 2014
  • I am humbled by the talent the Lord has given me. I thank Him for the blessings he has put in my head and hands and also for those who work so hard producing the fabrics and tools for all of us quilters.

    —Suzie on March 24, 2014
  • What people don’t know is they really think I am talented. I am not! The ability to create beautiful quilts is truly a gift from the Lord. He has given me the talent in my head, heart and hands.

    —Suzie Brindisi on March 24, 2014

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