Retirement party invite: Quirky Question says goodbye!

Posted by on May 28, 2014, in quirky question

Martingale's Quirky Question

Since we started Stitch This!, we’ve asked you 133 Quirky Questions and received a staggering 20,506 answers from you. Your stories have moved us, made us laugh ourselves silly, and inspired us to try new ideas. And from reading your comments, it’s apparent that you’ve moved and inspired each other, too.

We have many, many more questions for you—we want to chat with you every day, not just once a week! So today we’re retiring our weekly Quirky Question posts. Instead, we’ll be asking you questions in every post we publish and eagerly awaiting your answers. Look for questions at the bottom of each post and sound off whenever you feel inspired. You can always stop by our Facebook page and let your voice be heard there, too!

Although we’re wistful to retire what we affectionately call our “QQ,” we look forward to more fun ahead. Farewell, QQ—it’s been a quilty, quotable, and yes, quirky ride—and as it goes with creative people, it’s been anything but quiet!

We have one last Quirky Question winner to announce. Last week’s question was, “Think fast! In one word, name an emotion you’re feeling about the project you’re working on right now.” Here’s the winning comment, from Shannon:

“SUPERcaliFABRIClisticexpealidoucious – the fabric is of superior quality cotton, the pattern is challenging, the print and colours on the fabric are created by a fabulous artist (canvas painter) and the final product will be stupendous, if I arise to the occasion and am able to quilt with quality. It is my ultimate challenge for a quilt. Everything clicks. YAHOO ZIPPITY DO DAH. (Pardon my enthusiasm).”

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


Share your thoughts about the Quirky Question or tell us about a favorite QQ moment in the comments!


39 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Thank you! I loved QQ and tried to reply most times. I even won twice and what fun it still is to look thru my winnings of the two eBooks I chose. THANK YOU and keep up the great work.

    —Kathy Aho in Minnesota on May 28, 2014
  • My current project — is just plain hard. Hard on my machine, hard on my hands — I’m not enjoying this, but I am looking forward to its imminent finish! This project is a blue jeans quilt. It weighs about 3000 lb — it can’t be quilted by mere mortals — and I backed it with a plaid flannel sheet, so any variations from perfectly straight lines are quickly visible! On the plus side, the colors of the jeans are remarkably warm and cozy. After all, the fabric is good old well-worn jeans. Is this worth it? Hmm. Let me get my machine serviced first — I’ll let you know then.

    —Pam B on May 28, 2014
  • So does that mean that you’re not going to do a give away for the most inspiring answer?

    Hi Chris,
    Not on a weekly basis, but there will still be plenty of opportunities for winning prizes and for sending us your comments. Thanks for reading! ~Cornelia

    —Chris Archer on May 28, 2014
  • Loved the Quirky Questions. Sometimes the answer just popped immediately, but some weeks, I really had to take time to think. I’ll miss you QQ!

    —Judi on May 28, 2014
  • Stumped!

    —Susan Grancey on May 28, 2014
  • "A TISKET A TASKET OH WHAT A PRETTY BASKET" —- the fabrics are beautiful wrapped around the cord, the ""oh’s and Ah’s" I receive are wonderful to behold. Each and every basket, bowl or vase is an amazing work of art, sewing was never so much fun. My Next Challenges will be purses & bigger and taller urns. So I will keep in touch– Happy stitching how ever you do it.

    —Ginny Baker on May 28, 2014
  • Sorry to see the quirky questions go. Those questions made me stop and think, and sometimes pen a few lines.

    If it really has to go, then you went out on a high. Shannon’s response was FABULOUS!! Reminds me what quilting is all about! would love to see a picture of her completed quilt!

    —joan desantis on May 28, 2014
  • You were mentioning something about your sewing room. What would you need.
    Well, last year, my 35 year old Singer Stylist free arm machine died
    when I was making totes.The worm gears wore out and the feed dogs would
    not work. I went online and checked the price of the gears and they
    were about $14. But, it would cost over $200 to repair.
    My aunt has a computerised sewing machine and everytime it breaks down,
    it is 3 months before she gets it back. I cannot wait that long!
    So, I found a Brother 53 stitch machine that works great for what I do.
    You can adjust the needle position from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch from the
    edge of the regular foot. My old machine had 3 positions. Left, Right and Middle.
    It also has an automatic button hole maker. My old machine was a 4 step process.
    So many useful things that I use all the time.
    I’m making double sided chef’s aprons with pockets and an adjustable neck strap.
    This sewing machine is working out great for that too. I made about 18 aprons
    last year and figure that I will make that many or more this year.
    I also sewed a dress with it this month.
    The self threader and the clear cover on the bobbin holder are great features
    also.
    I put one of those jar cover openers, that you get at the dollar store, under
    the foot pedal. It keeps it from moving around on the rug. Works great.
    It is similar the rubberised shelf liner that has all those small holes in it.
    I also used the attachment for the blind hem. That worked great on the dress also.
    I press everything when I sew. The ironing board and steam iron are right
    there when I have my sewing machine out.
    Thanks for all the Quirky Questions over the years.
    Dick

    —Richard Worrall on May 28, 2014
  • I rarely leave a reply to the quirky question, but I always ponder my answer and love having the food for thought. Thanks for that!

    Nita on May 28, 2014
  • I only found your quirky questions recently and so was only able to answer once. It was about our UFO’s or WIP’s (Unfinished objects, or Works in Process) and what was holding us back. Mine is a paper pieced jacket using Martingale’s book "A Quilter’s Ark" by Margaret Rolfe. I put the project away when the friend I was making it for moved to heaven. Answering the Quirky Question made me realize that if I finished the project for myself, it would be like getting a hug from her every time I wore the jacket. I am back to enjoying the paper piecing, and though it will take me awhile, I am really looking forward to getting that first hug from my dear friend Chrislyn. Thank you Quirky Question author for the inspiration! Donna Q

    —Donna Quezada on May 28, 2014
  • It’s a fun thing to read, glad it will continue in a new format.

    —Quilting Tangent on May 28, 2014
  • Disappointed.

    —cindy on May 28, 2014
  • I answered some of those quirky questions. Congrats to all the "creative people" who were winners. I will crawl back into bed, pull my quilt over my head, and wait to be inspired. Sometimes a quilt speaks louder than words.

    —Julie B on May 28, 2014
  • Wow, that’s a lot of responses!
    I’ll be sad to see QQ go away. Even if I didn’t always get a chance to type an answer, they made me think about myself and my quilting. And I’m glad that I won once!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Rachell R on May 28, 2014
  • I am always so excited to start something new. Won’t lioe long enough to do all the things I have ideas for.

    —Holly on May 28, 2014
  • I was out of town last week but I would have said Pain in My Neck or you get the message. It was worth it though in the end. Loved this column. It was always fun.

    —Chris on May 28, 2014
  • Am going to miss the Quirky Question. It was always so much fun reading the responses. Some were very touching and others hilarious.

    —connie b on May 28, 2014
  • Looking forward to even more fun! Thanks and keep it coming!

    —Eileen on May 28, 2014
  • Thanks for your QQ. They were fun, and I’ll miss them.

    —gail on May 28, 2014
  • The ladies have so many fun and thought provoking things to say that I love reading them and adding my comments to them. It makes it seem that we are all the same kind of people who want to make quilts, share them and make friends. Quilters are some of the most patient(I think I spelled that wrong)and generous of people.

    —Marsha Nelson on May 28, 2014
  • Congratulations on new beginnings…..your questions cause a lot of fun to happen……Have a great day!!!…eagerly awaiting the next questions…..

    —Darlene Krystal on May 28, 2014
  • I hate to see QQ go, but things change and life goes on, and as the saying goes…"On to brighter and better things." Who knows, this may lead us into a brighter future of new things to come. Let’s look forward to the future, but NOT leave the past behind…use it as a learning tool to teach and remember.
    I never won a QQ, but was so much fun contributing.
    During this, I was asked to join a "small" quilt group…after 3 invitations I joined…to my surprise the "small" group turned out to be "35″ quilters! I have had so much fun and the comraderie is fantastic. Each person always has something to contribute, and each week when we meet, it seems there is always someone who shares something to teach the rest of us..it has been a learning experience for me,and I have even shared some of my talents. This group of quilters are of all age groups and I look forward to every Thursday meeting day. We have so much fun and share our new projects and friendship. When you walk in the door, there is always a big hello from the group, and you can go anytime between 10am to 4pm. I think I’ve found my "Small" quilting group and plan on staying…I found your sight through my group and many more…
    Continue to surprise me with your information…Respectfully, Jeanette

    —Jeanette Spellmeyer on May 28, 2014
  • Seems you really have to be a funny writer to win on QQ. I am not a funny writer. Enjoy the reviews on the quilt books.

    —Linda Christianson on May 28, 2014
  • I have enjoyed the QQ. I have answered quite a few and have read the comments from other people on the questions that have interested me 🙂 It’s been fun.

    —Wilma on May 28, 2014
  • The QQ was a creative writing exercise for me each week. Sometimes I couldn’t think of anything to say, so I didn’t. I loved when something would pop into my mind because I never knew where it was going exactly until I finished. Kind of a Zen moment. I had one rule for myself. Never read the answers already posted until I submitted my own. I wonder how many others lived by this rule. I feared my creativity would be stifled if I did it any other way. I learned quickly there was no use in trying to come up with an idea if one didn’t come naturally and immediately.

    Spontaneity is my best bet when it comes to so many decisions As with fabric, I like it or I don’t. There’s no way I can talk myself into buying something I’m not drawn to. Now I must say many of these decisions haven’t worked out as planned. I can love a fabric, take it home, and after a few weeks I wonder ‘what was I going to do with that?’ And worst of all, there have been times when I’ve loved a piece of fabric too much to cut it. No idea is ever good enough for that piece of art. It’s a sickness and it’s a passion. Some fabrics I’m just happy to own so I can touch them and dream over them. They are inspirations to open a new door.

    Thank you for all the QQs. I’ve enjoyed reading so many of them and found a chance to help someone once (because I could). I’m not wealthy but I’ve been living such a charmed life, I’m glad to find ways to make someone smile.

    Personal note: Dena received Rose this week. It was awaiting her at the Post Office when she returned from a family camping trip. She’s now busy setting it up and finding out if the computer components survived the trip from GA to AR. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    After I pulled Rose out of the attic, I decided to pull all my older sewing machines out and pair them up with their accessories. I found a Singer my husband bought me at the flea market. He didn’t know I didn’t need it, but I was hanging on to it. The charity bee I volunteer with needed some reliable sewing machines to keep in the quilting studio the community arts center provides local artists. The Singer added the 3rd one. A sewing machine repairman volunteered to repair two Singers that needed cleaning and fine tuning. In return the charity bee gave him the rest of the machines for parts or to fix up and sell.

    Lily is now in the sewing machine caddy on wheels so I can take it to the bee when I want to sew instead of cut kits or fold and organized fabric.

    My old White is on its last leg but I will hang on to it until I find it a nice homel

    My old White serger is a work horse. It never misses a beat! It may have to be buried with me. 😉

    The Janome I bought last summer to adorn my clean and painted sewing room is finally getting some use. Each of my children is getting a quilt for Christmas. So much to do, so little time. 😉 That’s when I’m my happiest self.

    —VickiGene on May 28, 2014
  • Even though I never won,Quirky Questions made you think and sometimes remember things that had gotten shoved to the back of my mind. It was fun and I’m glad you will continue in a different form.

    —Nancy on May 29, 2014
  • I think I am misunderstanding. Is Quirky Question going away or becoming daily? I love the questions. I may not always have time to answer every question, but I always think about them. Love your newsletter, keep up the great work.

    Hi Janet,
    We will still be asking questions, they just won’t be labeled as a "Quirky Question" and will no longer happen every Wednesday. We will just be incorporating our questions into our daily posts!
    Thanks so much for being a loyal reader!
    Cheers,
    Cornelia

    —Janet on May 29, 2014
  • Have enjoyed QQ. My favorite one was how to tell you are a quilter. Answer that won: by the threads that follow me around. My husband says it is also by the threads that follow him around.

    —Bea K on May 29, 2014
  • I rarely posted but enjoyed reading responses. I have a question for Donna Q – how are you making the jacket? I love paper piecing and have the "Quilter’s Ark" book. Would love to see a picture of your jacket and hugs are always good! So finish your jacket and get your hugs.

    —Janie O on May 30, 2014
  • Fond farewell to QQ! I enjoyed reading it and answering many questions. I think I won twice and enjoy those e-books. It is only fitting that I read this while drinking coffee from my "Happy Mug," which won me a prize when I described it and why it made me happy.

    —Crazy Cuban on May 30, 2014
  • The question was about what I needed or wanted in my sewing room. It made me think about all the things (blessings) I already have and appreciate. Since my kids are all grown and I’m retired with a wonderful husband, I have satisfied my desires for everything to do with my passion for quilting.

    Your weekly QQ has inspired me,made me ponder and made me grateful. Thank you

    —Judi Jordan on May 30, 2014
  • I have enjoyed reading the QQ responses every week. Those answers, as much as any of the quilts produced, were evidence of the inspiration and creativity of your community of readers. I’ve laughed at many of them, been humbled by some, and brought to tears by a few. Thank you for providing that forum. I will miss it, but am looking forward to your new format.

    —Pearl on May 30, 2014
  • When I read QQ was being retired, I was sad. I’ve always enjoyed reading the responses, whether they made me laugh, made me sad or gave me some ideas, but they always made me think.
    Glad you’re continuing questions in a new format.

    —Joanne on May 30, 2014
  • I have always enjoyed reading and commenting on the Quirky Questions even though I never won a prize. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with the daily postings. Change can be a good thing; good luck in your new format!

    —Linda Towers on May 30, 2014
  • I never considered myself to be a good writer but I won 2 e-books from QQ. I believe it is because the questions spoke to the heart. I enjoyed reading the posts from readers and will miss QQ. I hope your daily questions continue to tap into our memories and emotions. I am confident in the "Stitch This" team.

    —Kathy Renz on May 31, 2014
  • Goodbye QQ…I’ll miss you! The laughter, ideas, and comments you’ve allowed us to share with others, and made us think about way-back-when.

    God’s Blessings to each and everyone on staff.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on May 31, 2014
  • A fond Farewell to QQ. I never won anything, but have enjoyed reading the responses. I too always answered before reading the other responses.

    —CindyM on July 11, 2014
  • Was wondering why I haven’t seen the QQ lately finally got time to check it out. Will miss you QQ, I really enjoyed my chance to use my writing skills. So happy to say I won once—really made my day—love my e-book. Thanks!! Hope you reconsider and bring it back.

    —Linda on July 25, 2014
  • :~( sad to hear QQ is going away. It was really fun!
    I actually won a book and some fabric, recently. What a delightful and unexpected surprise! Will continue to visit your web pages and love your products, too.

    —Coco on October 9, 2014

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