4/19/12

My 7 Dirty Quilting Secrets. What Are Yours?

Note: this post has a little bit of "off-color" language in it. Sorry if this offends anyone who regularly reads my blog, but this particular post is one where I just sat down, started typing the way I speak when I'm on an unfiltered roll about something, and a personal "dirty secret" is I curse. Mainly the word shit because it's my favorite...a curse word that's a verb, noun, and I think I've even used it as an adjective now and again. I love me a versatile curse word. In adult company only of course. Please ignore that one time you may or may not have heard Sam say "Oh shipwreck!" when she dropped fruit punch on the new carpet. This could be because it was quickly followed by her mother letting loose a stuttering and truncated "HOLY SHI----SHIPWRECK! GET OUT OF THE FAMILY ROOM WITH THAT FU----- FR-FR-FRUIT PUNCH!!" Yes, my kids probably think I need speech therapy for my occasional stuttering problem.


Second Note: I thought of renaming this post "You Didn't Know I Was Really a Cranky Bitch Did You?" but thought "Dirty Secrets" sounded more intriguing. But the shoe fits either way.

The actual post, My 7 Dirty Quilting Secrets:

I've been reading more comments on quilting blogs lately that seem to have a "oh I wish my seams could be that straight" or "oh if only I had the time to make that many quilts" or "oh, that will be my next WIP once I finish the 20 others I need to finish." There's also a slight undercurrent of one-upmanship going on between the quilt blogosphere that maybe I'm the only one feeling it, but my sixth sense for these things hasn't failed me before, so I'm pretty sure it's there. If you think about it, it's pretty natural to have happen. People are generally competitive, even amongst friendly people. That's why even the nicest quilters enter contests, shows where their work is judged, etc...and want to win. Even in the modern quilting movement where woefully few of those gorgeous quilts are entered into juried shows, people are stepping up their game to create the next quilt that becomes the "it" topic of the month, or next quilt a-long followed by hundreds.

In any case, those of you who read my blog or listen to my podcast may know I have my own little hang-ups about my quilting and knitting and other stuff I make, but am generally a pretty "yes my shit's all over the place but that's just the way it is in my life right now" kind of quilter/crafter. I make it. I like it. I post it here. I leave it at that.

But here are a few of the things I often leave unsaid about a lot of things to do with quilting:

1. I don't rip out my bad machine quilting. Ever. I read plenty of blogs or see tweets where the quilter talks about spending the last x number of hours ripping out all the bad quilting to start over. I'm here to say that unless there's a bird's nest on the back of my quilt, I'm not ripping ANY of that shit out. So does this mean (gasp!) I have quilts out there where my tension was visibly off in some (read: large) sections? Yep. Does the person I may have gifted a few of those quilts to care? Well, it's been 12 years on several of them, and they haven't been sent back with a nasty note yet. Admittedly since I've been machine quilting for over 15 years, my tension issues have decreased substantially, but I recall even in the last quilt I made I did the "double-back-and-quilt-over-it" method in several spots. No shame in my game here.

2. I've never read a quilting book cover-to-cover. Not one. I am a master at skimming the whole book to get the general idea of the contents, then I look at the patterns more closely, then I go back to the front and pass over all the general quilting information, reading snippets of the author's thoughts on his/her process. I mark the patterns I like and might make one day, then it usually goes on my shelf to sit. If it's an art quilt book, I do the opposite and mark the process sections I want to try vs. the quilts or patterns.

3. I know I will never use up all the fabric in my studio. Ever. But I still buy more. And more. And as long as they produce it, I will continue to buy more. Because you never know....time may stop one day and I will be able to use it all. Every scrap. If time doesn't stop for me, I've told my husband if I die first to line my coffin with the really good stuff. And since he wouldn't know what the "good stuff" is from the old crappy stuff I also keep for God-only-knows what reason, I have labeled a cubby to help him out. Don't believe me?




4. Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn about prewashing fabric. This is mainly because I really hate to iron clothes and large pieces of fabric. The only time I've ever prewashed fabric is when I made my first baby quilt about 15 years ago. It had about 25 different fabrics in it. Lucky for me this was long before I had kids, so the air was blue by the time I finished ironing that 25th fabric. Today, I throw 2 boxes of Color Catchers in with my finished quilt and hope for the best.

5. I've deemed family and friends "unworthy" of making them a quilt when asked. Unworthy is actually a stronger word than I would like to use here, but it's the only one that comes to mind right now. Let me explain. I am often asked by people I know if I would make them a quilt. Usually it's an art quilt because really "I can always get a "regular" quilt at Macy's." Yeah. You go do that. Please. But my quilting time is my "me time", and I have very little of it. I have 2 little kids who both like to join me in every activity I do around the house, including going to the bathroom..."Mommy, are you pooping or peeing?" so I have to be very picky how I spend my "me time." I also have a lot of quilts in my "to make" queue, and to bump one of mine down the list and move someone else's up takes a lot of considering. Most times the answer is a simple, "Oh, I'm swamped with things now, so I'm just making personal stuff now." Sometimes I let a few unselfish quilts through. For example, a baby quilt is a no brainer. These are generally quick and simple to make, and the recipient is a brand new, innocent little person who hasn't pissed me off at one time or another. Their parents on the other hand...well, I usually overlook that and think of the greater good because I want my share of the free fabric in Heaven.

6. I am not consistent with my 1/4" seams in piecing an entire quilt together. And I'm a little too lazy to work out what a scant 1/4" seam is when I have a perfectly good 1/4" foot.... how come there isn't a scant 1/4" foot out there? Anyways, I just do my best to stay relatively consistent most of the way through and if a few blocks are a little "off" that's what squaring up and putting those blocks in a corner are for. If they're all "off" I put them on point and call it a wonky block quilt and keep it moving sister.

7. I don't always enjoy the online quilting experience. I sometimes get cranky when I visit other blogs and they're churning out quilt after quilt after quilt and writing a "secret" book they can't tell you about, and guest posting on 6 different other blogs that week, each with a different project, and they're hosting a new quilt along, and they're getting happy mail from yet another fabric company, and and and.......I haven't done shit in 3 weeks. And I try not to but can't help feeling bad about where I am (or am not) in my own quilting process that week. And I wonder if any of these people do anything other than sew all day long, 24/7 because it sure doesn't seem like it.

Then I read between the lines on a few of their posts back, and I see that they too have actual "life" happening to them and around them, and they too go through slumps, but who wants to read about the "real" shit that goes on in people's lives everyday? We come online to get inspired, see and learn new things, not hear about a family member's cancer or being up all night with a colicky kid, or dealing with severe depression, or not being able to pay the bills, or the myriad of things everyone deals with but chooses not to include with every single post because why make something as fun as quilting a big fat downer every time..."hey look at this new quilt I made, and oh yeah my son got suspended from school again, and the baby has poop explosions up her back what seems like every 20 minutes! It's sunshine and good times around here folks!"

Besides, that's what Twitter is for right?

So there are my "dirty quilting secrets" all laid out to bare. What are yours? Post one in the comments below and I'll enter you in a drawing for this book just for making it all the way through my Cranky-Pants post:

Modern Minimal by Alissa Haight Carlton

1 entry per person unless you want to Tweet this post, then you get a second entry (leave a 2nd comment saying you tweeted..you're excused.) Giveaway will close at 11 pm EST Sunday, April 22, 2012. You must have a valid email address in either your username link or in your comment so I can reach you if you win. If you are a no-reply blogger, I will draw another winner.
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

Thanks for sharing!

CGM

153 comments:

  1. A) you have inspired me to write my own post of this nature so here is a sneak peek:

    B) when I post close-up photographs of my FMQ work, I ALWAYS pick the best area to show, so most people think my FMQ is way better than it actually is. There are uneven stitches all over the place, and I'm okay with that since when you wash a quilt it all crinkles up and you don't really notice.

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    1. You go, Pam. My thoughts exactly (another argument for not prewashing - more crinkles) Tami in Denver

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  3. This was my favorite blog entry of yours yet!

    I don't pre-wash fabric. I wind thread on top of other thread on my bobbins. I only make quilts for the people I love, and I get to chose the pattern and color.

    And the biggie: I have 2 quilts that the dog chewed holes in, and I have no intention of fixing them. These are the quilts I allow in the playroom for my boys to use.

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    1. Then I'm not the only one who winds thread on top of other bobbin threads, LOL. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. omg ... omg ... you are my new muse and inspiration!!!! I have not laughed or loved a quilt post like this ever - and it's all true ( especially 7 but I won't even go there) Thank you thank you for a Real World side of quilting - you certainly hit the nail on the head for a lot of us

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  5. Oh, I never knew we were soul sisters! Laughing so hard right now that my dogs are looking at me funny! Love you!

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  6. Oh this is such a good post! I'm nodding my head with most of your secrets. I've been making some Project Linus quilts to try and make a dent in my stash. Funny how I can't even tell I've used any of it.

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    1. Yes, it's truly a never-ending stash for me too.

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  7. I think I share all of you secrets. I don't have children or a job, yet I quilt at a snail's pace, my seams are consistently inconsistent and I can't get it together enough to keep up my blog. I have serious quilt/blog envy. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Oh I love this. I don't over-concern myself with co-coordinating my colors in a quilt. If I like them I use them, I don't care what the color police, or quilt police say. They don't make house calls anyway. Such a fun post. :) Quilted blessings, Nita

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    1. Oh no, there are color police too? Well, I'd be serving 10-20 then if I paid attention, LOL.

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  9. OMGoodness. I think we must be sisters in spirit! Especially with #3 - I've told DH for years that I can't decide which quilt should be in my casket when I go. Should it be my very best quilt? In which case, why would I want it buried - it should be handed down through the generations. Or should I use a quick quilt. But then people would view me and my quilt and say, "I thought she was a good quilter. This thing looks like she bought it at WalMart!"

    blog - katydidart.net
    email - katydidart60@yahoo.com

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  10. Love your post! I guess you took our explicit podcast episode to heart and previewed it on your blog ;)

    Ok so here is my confession: I fucking hate swoon quilts. I hate the blocks. I hate the fabric choices. I think they are one of THE ugliest things to hit the "modern quilting movement".

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    1. You are bold! Okay, I don't hate them, but I sure don't get them. And just when I thought it had died down and gone away, it all starts up again. Go figure.

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    2. Swoon isn't so bad in my view. The one I don't get is the Single Girl quilt.

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  11. Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!! I think that the real secret is that all of that probably applies to *most* quilters... I know it sure as hell applies to me. :)

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  12. Thank you Tanesha, for letting us know that there are quilters out there that don't make perfect quilts, don't have magazine perfect houses, etc.

    My quilting secret - I sometimes buy fabric just to buy *something*. Since I have recently switched "allegiance" to the modern quilt movement, some of my purchases are no longer to my taste, and probably really weren't even at the time I bought them.

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    1. Yes, my fabric choices have definitely changed over the years but for some reason I find it SO hard to part with that older fabric. I am slowly letting it go to good causes, but it's funny how sentimental I am about fabric I now don't like at all.

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  13. I am absolutely in love with this post. I was thinking of writing a post like this but it would almost be word for word your post. It appears we are very much alike!!! I NEVER EVER EVER rip out stitches. Now I am not talking quilting stitches, I am talking piecing stitches. I just don't have the time for that. I don't get much sewing time and I don't want to spend it "undoing" so instead I will simply "make do".

    Seriously, thank you thank you thank you for writing this post. I am going to be referring my readers here because you have revealed ME!!

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    1. Rhonda, when will we be blessed with another podcast from you? I've been searching everywhere thinking I missed one.....

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  14. What a great post!! While my intent when I started quilting about 2 years ago was to only have 1 project started at a time, I have 2 going right now, along with 2 tops to quilt for my mother, that I know I probably won't get to for a couple of months!!

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    1. with all the great quilts there to make, it's too hard for me to stick to just 1 or 2 WIPs LOL. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I don't set foot in my sewing room for days at a time. I have to be in the mood. And if my daughter says "you really should work on your quilt", I'm more apt to NOT work on it. I hate pressure from people.

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    1. Yes, I had a 6 MONTH all-sewing-related hiatus a few years ago. I still don't even know why, I just had zero desire to quilt. And anytime people would ask me why, I "clammed up" even more.

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  16. Tanesha, You are a 'dream' - what a funny, funny way to put what I often feel about the subject.
    If I have to reveal a secret then it would be this: I don't like (read that it REALLY, REALLY annoys me) the "modern quilt" movement. Does not everyone know that what is new is old or "t'other way 'round"?

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  17. Oh yes, even if I would be the one who might win, I don't need a prize, thanks. As you could probably already guess.

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  18. Tanesha - have you been at my house, looking over my shoulder? : ) I'm certain you have because I could pretty much write most of this about myself. My secret? I think the modern movement is a joke - quilting is quilting - I said it...

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  19. I will confess to ripping out stitches sometimes, but usually ease in whatever i screwed up. I've also left segments that were stitched in the wrong direction. I'm still waiting for someone to notice... and then to comment! Would they have the nerve?

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    1. Well if they DO have the nerve you need to hit them back with a, "Oh, I didn't know you had a quilt police badge!" LOL

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  20. How Funny and true. Great you put this out there !!! I am so glad to hear others
    machine quilting are not perfect. : I am able to finish the baby quilts I make, however I have never completed the large quilts. Simply saying they only need binding. I think I have a fear of messing this final process up !!. After reading your blog who do I think's coming to my house to judge ?

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    1. No one! And if they DO have the nerve to judge you, tell them to go make their own perfect damned quilt, yours are just fine thank you LOL.

      Thanks for sharing Jan!

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  21. Bless you, Tanesha, for your honesty. We share 6 dirty secrets and I'll add another few for me. I have so many UFO's I keep track of them in a notebook since I can't keep them in one place. Then I can't look at that notebook, because it's depressing. So I don't! Also, I prefer "blends" quilts since strong contrast triggers vertigo. Also, i've been quilting 25 years, and am not interested in doing ever more complicated projects.guess I'm going backwards.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Diane. I don't keep a record of all my UFOs, seeing the pile of them in my corner is enough for me.

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    2. That's so funny, Diane! I do the same thing, then lose the notebook in the never-ending piles of UFOs. My dirty secret is the seemly constant put-down of others styles (i.e. the modern vs. traditional). Me, I'm all over the map and loving it all! Oh, and I swear a lot too!

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  22. I love this post. I have more fabric than I will ever use, I am known to let an expletive or 100 escape from my mouth, and I have declared the last couple years "The Year of the Selfish Quilter." My dirty secret I hate when someone asks me to mend something--and it is only my hubby and my mom making those requests. Which reminds me, I have to sew elastic in my mom's robe sleeves today!!! $%^&*!!

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    1. When people ask me to mend, I look them in the eye and say, "I'm a quilter, not a mender; I don't know how."!

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  23. you don't know me, but you are my BFF. I bout died laughing the whole time reading your post, which is bad because I'm at work, and people are like "why you laughing at that spreadsheet?" Dirty Quilting Secret #1 - I read quilt blogs all day at work. And Pinterest. Dirty Quilting Secret #2 - I am a piecer, not quilter. I have like 20 tops that need to be quilted, but I suck at/am too intimidated by machine and hand quilting, and too broke to send them to a pro. Dirty Quilting Secret #3 - I have 50 totes full of fabric, and am still buying more, although not at the rate I used to, what with the economy and all. But I do have a compulsive fabric shopping obsession. It's bad, y'all.
    Well that's my dirty secrets. Also I'm a potty mouth, and my son learned all those words from me.
    Love, Anna

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  24. Funny, funny and true post. I guess I don't have an original secret, just the age-group old stash problem. I mean, on paper its going down, the numbers look good, but its bulging out of the fabric drawers. Are they making fabric bulkier than they used to? Is my fabric getting fat, too? Maybe it multiplies in there. I will keep working to use it up!

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    1. Yes, I like the "fabric is getting bulkier" theory myself LOL. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/birdie00000/status/193020057868177409

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  26. I tweeted this not even realizing it qualified me for a second entry. Glad I came back to read some of the other comments!

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  27. I do pre-wash my fabric because some fabric sizings bother me. My DLS is that I don't press it until I am ready to cut because I don't believe in doing that pressing thing twice.

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  28. And I retweeted you original tweet.

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  29. I loved reading your cranky pants post! You are so, way funny! I prewash for fusible applique. I buy fabric even though I have a huge stash for 2 reasons: 1) I need that certain shade or look when the fabric store is closed or I need a shower and am too lazy to take one (I'm busy quilting) or it is cheaper and fits better than clothes.

    In defense of those who seem like they do it all, they are probably trying to build a business and need to make money at this. (just guessing) I just do it for fun.

    Thanks again for such a fun post.

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    1. p.s. I'm "Tami In Denver" on twitter and other places.

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  30. I happily tweeted this post! Tami In Denver

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  31. Hilarious! I think many of us can relate! My "dirty little secret"? Well, On my very first piecing "adventure", bright colored half square triangles against a black background, I learned after the fact that my points were supposed to "come to a point". Since mine didn't, I went in with black paint and painted each to a nice point! To this day, nobody notices. I'm not great at piecing! Applique is much more forgiving!

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  32. When people ask me to make them a quilt, I pull out the ones I don't like and have them choose one! If they like one, they'll take it and everyone is happy. If they don't like any of them then why are they asking ME to make them a quilt!!???? It puts the request to rest one way or the other! Yes, I've made quilts I don't like! i guess that is my dirty little secret.

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  33. Preach it girl! My quilting peeve is the cranky old women that assume you know squat because you are younger than them. Some do, but don't assume it because of my age. And don't ignore me in your shop because I do like your fabric, but I won't spend a wad on it if you're rude. My dirty secret is that I secretly want to buy out the older woman who just opened a little quilt shop in my small town. It's like a little quilting clubhouse and I think I could do better. She is nice, but clueless with computers, marketing, and business. I also stink at complex piecing and don't like it much so I have fun with my FMQ on quilts that are wholecloth or nearly wholecloth----but that's not a secret.

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    1. Absolutely Amy. I found this happened in the guild I used to attend too. I know that's why many quilters my age stopped going - the older quilters were so blatantly condescending of us. This was not ALL of them of course, but I knew I wasn't imagining it when several of the nicer "older" quilters also mentioned it and apologized for them.

      Thanks for sharing!

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  34. HAHAHAHAHA!!! All true, except for the washing fabric part. I can't stand the smell of pressing unwashed fabric. It makes me itch also. Yes, we definitely can't keep blog readers when we say "my DH is still laid off after 8 months and while I like having dinner on the table when I get home, money would be good, too."

    I have to say that I think I ignore stuff I should do around the house, like gardening, because otherwise no quiltmaking will get done.

    Nice job.
    Jaye

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    1. Housework? What housework? (She says with the sewing machine motor running) LOL, thanks for sharing Jaye!

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  35. I feel like I could have written this post myself, except for the one about buying fabric.. Because as you mentioned.. we don't talk a lot about our financial situations on our blogs, because honestly, no one wants to read that depressing shit! Oh and I do occasionally use my seam ripper, but it has to be BAD for me to get that bitch out of the drawer.
    My biggest dirty secret is that I fight the urge to jump off a tall bridge daily, and sometimes I can't even walk into my sewing room, so I lay on the couch and watch tv. Meh..

    I fucking hate swoon quilts too. Katie beat me to it. We've talked about it before on twitter. Sometimes they come up in google searches that have nothing to do with the pattern, and it really hacks me off.. Things that aren't proportional to their hype really grate on my nerves.. Yeah, I'm a cranky biatch, but I swear I'll puke if I see one more swoontastic quilt! ahhh.. that feels better. Thanks for this post Tanesha! Now, I'm gonna go type up some curse words for my own blog :-)

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    1. Daisy, I'm not fighting to jump off a bridge, but I can relate to not being able to walk into my sewing room. My diversion of choice is FaceBook games, though, instead of tv. I hope you find relief from the depression soon.

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  36. Man - I think you covered my secrets Miss Tanesha! I think I laughed at the comments almost as much as the post. You gave your readers a great forum and permission to let it all out. Still laughing.

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  37. Wait did you get into my head...I have had many of the same thoughts! I don't pre-wash fabric, I love my 1/4" foot, I can't FMQ worth a darn, and on and on. Another one for me is washing finished quilts, they go straight in the regular washing machine with good old ALL detergent.

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    1. Wait, you're NOT supposed to use good old regular detergent to wash your quilts? What the Hell else should you use then?

      LOL, thanks for sharing Chris!

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  38. I love this and the comments! I think you hit on a hot button!

    My DLS is that I've done very little sewing in the past couple of years while I've been fighting migraines (and related depression), but I'm not sure anyone outside my house has really noticed. I manage to work on projects at bees and retreats, but rarely at home. I do love to read blogs and listen to podcasts, though, and feel like I keep up on the quilting world electronically, if not physically.

    EngrSandi

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    1. Sending positive and uplifting thoughts your way Sandi. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  39. Love this post!
    1. I confess to blog envy too. I am a very slow quilter, and have to be in the mood to sew, and I hate that I feel guilty about that.
    2. I only make quilts for people who I know will love and respect them. I gave my first to my daughter when she was about 14. I found it on the floor of her bedroom a couple times and took it back! Later, I decided she had matured enough to deserve a quilt.
    3. I spend more time reading quilty blogs than I do quilting.

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  40. Tanesha that was great! I even had to read parts to my husband cause he wanted to know what I was laughing about:) thanks for making my day better!

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  41. OMG Tanesha - you're a ...REAL.. person! I love your approach to quilting and wanted to say a hell yeah to all 7 of your "secrets". Life's too short to be perfect. I am just a dabbler in quilting because I have too many other craft projects going (weaving, knitting) and gardening too. I have been procrastinating about FMQ a nine patch quilt top because I was afraid that I could not get it perfect. Your post has freed me up to just go for it. If the stitches are a bit wonky, I'll just leave them. It doesn't affect the overall look nor the warmth! Love love love your approach to quilting (and life!)

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    1. Yes absolutely just go for it Diane! Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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  42. Tanesh, you crack me up...of course I have those dirty little secrets (took 3 years to make a queensize quilt for middle-grandson but it was soooo worth it when the texted me that he LOVED it. grin).
    Glenna in TX
    gfcsailor at yahoo dot com (sorry can't seem to get my google info to show up - any suggestions?)

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  43. I love this. I'm a new quilter but I have been sewing dolls for over a year and I also NEVER tear out stitches. I only started pre-washing fabric because people started making me feel so guilty.

    I also have learned that I won't make things for everyone. Some people just don't appreciate it and with 3 year old twins I don't have the time I would rather buy a gift.

    Thanks for the honestly as a new quilter it can be daunting!!

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  44. I LOVE this blog! You truly made my day.

    I used to have this incredible stash about which I harbored much guilt. Primarily my guilt was in how this would feel like a burden to my daughters when I die and they are faced with the choice of throwing it away (the horror) or finishing it up since "that's what Mum would want". When I was diagnosed with Stage IV (bone mets) cancer, a fire was lit in me and I worked my tail off to use up all of that fabric. Now that my cancer, while still stage IV, is not likely to kill me this year (or the next if I have my druthers), I have started to build that darn stash again. Habits are eternally hard to break.

    Sweetie, keep it up. You are a brilliant light for the rest of us.

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  45. What a great post!! My DLS is that I sew on a low-end Kenmore that I got for free from Craigslist :-) I do have the Janome and Bernina envy, but I guess the Kenmore will have to be good enough for now... and maybe forever!

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    1. As long as it makes a stitch, keep on sewing...I LOVE free, especially when fabric can be so expensive. Thanks for sharing!

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    2. B Greene--when I started quilting, I had a sewing machine, a Necchi, that I had gotten for Christmas my first year out of high school. I think I plum wore it out. You couldn't lower the feed dogs, so I just forced the fabric around to FMQ. I also didn't have a quilting foot, SO I DIDN'T USE A FOOT AT ALL! I saved for my Bernina and have had it for years now. I don't see any difference in the quilts I made back then and the quilts I make now, though.

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  46. Tweeted, too.
    https://twitter.com/#!/AlphaBecky/status/193723379856056321

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  47. LOVE this post!! I have only made one quilt and it took a long time for a simple quilt. I did rip out several strips as I didn't know you had to pin them when you sewed the "final" strips together so they were all "off set". But it's finished, on my bed and I love it. Now I'm starting another one. I would love to win the book!
    Jean
    jeanbeans64@gmail.com
    (If I should win and don't respond immediately it's because I'm gone until 4/28).

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  48. Tanesha, thanks for saying what we are all thinking. I LOVE your podcast because you are so down to earth and I love to hear the life stories.

    I love my quilt podcasts regardless of the quirks.

    Thanks to all the podcasters for making life better.

    My one and only quilting secret is I don't have a sewing room, I don't have a design wall, I don't have a stash and I don't have more than one ruler! I am lucky to make scrappy quilts with what other generous friends gift me. I love quilting and I love listening to podcasts about quilting.

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    1. Thanks so much for listening to the podcast Jenny! I used to sew on my tiny breakfast table for years and made many quilts with very few resources (i.e. I was BROKE, LOL!). The beauty of this craft is you really can make a quilt with next to nothing and it's all good as long as you're having FUN!

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  49. Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/#!/DistractedDebra/status/193830445035696128

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  50. Thank God I found you, thanks for sharing that you aren't a perfect quilter! My dirty secret is that I have measurement issues and I hate to get fabric ready to cut. I don't know why but I can never get a straight cut, even with a mat with lines and a ruler! Yesterday I cut out strips for a kaleidoscope quilt, 3 3/4" each. I cut out 6 faithfully measured ones, then I went ot use the angle ruler for a 3 3/4" triangle and it wouldn't fit! I had started measuring at the 1" line so I now have 6 strips that are 2 3/4" wide. sigh...

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  51. Thanks for being you................and being so real. Most of us quilt because we love it and it gives us happiness and peace from these crazy lives we lead. My dirty little secret is that "you are not entitled to a quilt just because God had a sense of humor and planted you in my family". "You are entitled to a quilt if I care a lot about you and don't mind thinking about you while I put several hours (days, weeks, months) into your quilt".

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  52. My DLS is how much money I spend on fabric that may or may not get used. I fret anout it, but keep buying.

    All the best.

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  53. Love your blog and podcast, book reviews, family life and candid comments. I am on the fence about pre-washing, have had to rip out quilting when I caught a LARGE part of the side onto the back. Hope never to have that happen again. Resent people asking me to mend, sew and fix because I have a machine. Do it for friends, for others, I tell them I am too expensive. While I do do commissioned work to support my fabric habit, right now I am enjoying "me" time as you put it. I can be found at SewExcitedQuilts Jackie

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  54. I also tweeted, here is my email just in case. Jackie@sewexcitedquilts.com

    Jackie

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  55. I love your post!! Thank you for being real! and the laugh.
    Now I have to go look up what a "swoon quilt" is... lol Cause I have no friggin' idea.

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    1. LOL, it's a pattern by Camille Roskelley. There are hundreds of them on Flickr and Google.

      Thanks for stopping by Laurie.

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  56. What a great post, and I've been enjoying your podcast as well. It's too late for the giveaway, but I wanted to put my two cents in. Heehawing over the Swoon quilt comments, lol! I don't prewash fabrics either, unless I've left the fat quarter sticker on too long and there's gunk on the fabric. I do wash my quilt once it's finished, but like to live on the edge and I only add two color catchers to the load. So far, so good. All of my machines have names (Edward, Bella, Thor, and Theseus), and I speak to them regularly. Lastly, I still display my first quilt, with it's wavy borders, puckered back, and insufficient quilting. I did manage to finally wash out my chalk markings, a couple years after it was finished.

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  57. Thank you for the fun and refreshingly honest post! It had me laughing out loud.

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  58. LOVE this post Tanesha, made me laugh so much! I'd rather bin a quilt than rip out FMQ and I got really close to this with a quilt I made for a wedding gift! But in the end I got over it and convinced myself that it's all about the love and the giving...ahem...and not the quality...

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  59. A friend shared the link to this post, and I'm still laughing. Following your blog now and hope to see more posts like this one!

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  60. A friend shared the link to this post, and I'm still laughing. Following your blog now and hope to see more posts like this one!

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  61. Linked over from Quilt Hollow & am happy that I did. The comments are as funny as the post! btw, I am an older quilter (50's) and adore young quilters! They seem to make vibrant, cool quilts and aren't hung up about (it seems) what others think. I guess that is also my DLS because I am a repro quilter, and that is what my blog focuses on. Thanks for the laughs - I'm keeping an eye on your blog from now on!

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  62. Here is my dirty little secret...I truly suck at picking out fabrics that go together, so I use scrappy...everything. How is that for a naughty word too? Have a great day!!

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    1. Scrappy quilts are great! Thanks for stopping by and sharing you "dirty quilting secret." :-)

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  63. I found you from the link at Quilt Hollow, too. I loved the post! I think we all have our DLS with quilting. I don't prewash fabric, either. I also don't rip out machine quilting. In fact I agree with most of your secrets, except that I do tend to read quilting books from cover to cover, mostly because I have them sitting by the bathtub, and I like to read in the bath. My secrets? 1. I would rather quilt than almost anything else. I have a saint of a husband who is fine eating frozen pizza! 2. I will occasionally stay up all night finishing a quilt. I get excited and if I try to leave it to sleep I just lay there anyway. 3. I throw out my scraps (or give them away). I have plenty of fabric to make things out of but I'm an Army wife and when it is time to move, I give or toss my bag full of scraps. I'm NOT about to move them. 4. I finish things quickly NOT because I'm competitive, but I know that if I don't, I will lose interest. Most importantly, #5--I THROW AWAY UFOS. I figure if I haven't gotten back to it in a year, I never will. I don't like the guilt that I feel looking at a pile of unfinished projects, so I have a purge day once or twice a year and throw many of them out.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your "dirty quilting secrets" JoAnne! I have been unable to throw out my UFOs..need to get braver there like you, and get rid of the guilt pile. :-)

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  64. LOL -- I don't have a perfect 1/4 inch even with a 1/4 inch foot! don't prewash either - and even though I hand quilt I haven't a clue how many stitches I do per inch and I don't care! Love your post

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  65. Came over here from Quilt Hollow's blog - love your style! I can't wait to read back on your blog!

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    1. Oh thank you Terri. So glad to have you stop by.

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  66. Okay....so can you see Mary has caused a traffic jam over here? Yup....she sent me too! Great post....Excellent points! You will get no arguement from me.....I get labeled an overacheiver.....but, have several of the same DLS as well.
    Btw.....where was the offensive language? LOL!!!!!

    I know the contest is long over....but here is one of my DLS...I hate to measure, really not good with a rotary cutter.....so I am a close enough...."eyeball" it kind of quilter...precision is way overrated.

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    1. Yes she has LOL. I am so thankful, and happy my crazy little post gave people a laugh. And oh yes, I am not a very good measurer either, definitely an eyeballer LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

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  67. Oh dear. I think I need to do a reverse confession. I do use a seam ripper. Yes I do. Some of us find that fighting to get those stitches a little less imperfect part of the fun. (Sanity wasn't mentioned.)
    I do wash all my fabrics. Yep. I can't stand the smell or feel of fabrics full of sizing and chemicals. Shudder.
    Folks would say I have a clean mouth, but then they haven't heard me when I nick myself with a rotary cutter or sew through a finger. Heh.
    Swoon quilt? What IS that???
    I do NOT name my sewing machines. Too weird.
    Whenever anyone asks me to make a quilt for them I strike them off my list. If they ask how much would it cost for me to make them one I say, "at least $2000." Works every time.
    I have UFOs and I'm PROUD of it! LOL
    Thanks for the giggles. Happy Mother's Day!! :-)

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  68. I read this, and now I feel refreshed. Yay! Thanks for putting it out there and giving me a smile. Happy Mother's Day! :)

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  69. This is my first time reading your blog and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Everything you said, I have have felt or said before. I agree with EVERYTHING you said. I especially love your Frankly, I don't give a dam about prewashing. I don't prewash either, but I really love it because I was named after Melanie, in Gone With The Wind, but my Mom says that she should have named me Scarlett for my attitude, which reminds me alot of yours:) Thank you for a wonderful Mother's Day Gift of your blog and thanks to my friend Marcia for sending me to your blog

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    1. Thank YOU for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. That is so cool you were named after a well-known character in Gone with the Wind....even if your personality like mine may fit the more famous one LOL.

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  70. applause, applause, applause - wonderful post. You've everything so many of us have wanted to say and were afraid to. LOL

    My dirty little secret(s) - I enjoy the process of making a quilt top and I don't care whether or not it's ever quilted. I have tons of quilt tops. :-)

    I don't prewash either - I did it once and promptly got over it. LOL

    I have more but I don't want to reveal too much. LOL

    BTW, Mary from Quilt Hollow sent me, too.

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  71. You are right on the money, especially with #7! I longarm quilted professionally for 10 years and I got so overwhelmed with the amazing longarm quilting that was out there that I knew I could never quilt like that...I got a full time job and stopped quilting for customers. That and a bunch of people near me got computerized longarms and I couldn't compete with their generic quilting. I can't decide whether to keep my blog going anymore because there are so many out there who post daily, have giveaways, publish books and patterns...I can't compete (and I don't want to) so who would want to read my blog? Hmmm...

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  72. I should tell you that I'm not going to keep your secret - I'm going to blab all about how brilliant, perceptive and terrific you are. I loved this post - a sweet friend sent me the link - and I want to thank you for writing it. :)

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  73. I've popped over from Carrie's (after reading her DLS post) and I'm so glad I clicked on the link!

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  74. LOVED this blog post and have to say its so true, you had me laughing and saying I could have written most of this!

    and I hate blogs that take forever, cause they have so many sponsors and ads, to load I stopped reading them.

    give me a blog that people share what they love , a new book, new fabric a quilt they are working on , ufo's that will never get done and who cares????? or bindings in my case that may take another year or two to put on!
    who cares if it doesn't bother me why should it bother other bloggers who think they are the quilt police!

    Kathie

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  75. I hate the word "yummy". And seeing it used to describe fabric literally sets my teeth on edge....gahhhhh!

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  76. I hope I've passed the time when the book is won because I hate commenting on blogs I've never commented on before just to "win something!". Okay, that was my first dirty secret. Anyway, loved your comments and totally agree with them. My biggest secret? I mark my pieces (I mostly hand piece) with Pigma pens. I use an old blue one or a light brown on light colors and black on dark colors.

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  77. OMG, this is the most awesome post ever! Amen, sister!!! All those "better than you" quilters out there can just bite all of us "less than" quilters! I do what I do because it brings me joy and I don't care who likes it! Rock on, girl!!!

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  78. Just found your blog and I'm lovin' YOU already!! I'm sure my family is wondering what all the giggling and snorting sounds are about in here!!

    blessings,
    pam

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  79. Carrie sent me over from her post....
    I loved reading your secrets and can totally relate!
    Love your sense of humour and authenticity :)

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  80. Hi, Found you from Carrie's post. My DLS #1 - I will mix pre-washed and not-pre-washed fabrics. I don't mind prewashing, but I'll sometimes just toss the fabric in the closet. Or if I buy it because i'm in the middle of the project and need it, I'll just add it to the mix. #2 - I've thrown quilts away too. Some tops, some mostly finished quilts. There are quilts that are so bad that the bad won't "quilt out" no matter what you do.

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  81. I stopped by from Carrie's too, and now I'm sorta wishing I had stopped before the comments. Your post was a lot of fun though, as was Carrie's. I always cringe when I get asked to make jean quilts or tshirt quilts. Not my thing!

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  83. Been there! Done that! Totally agree! Hooray for this post and damn the torpedos!

    Liri

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  84. I just found your blog. What a hoot!! Love it!!!

    From now on, no ripping out quilting, what a relief.

    Nope, no prewashing here, There is no way I want to take that whole wad out of the dryer and then have to iron it all.

    I will definitely be following your blog from now on.

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  85. I know I'm late to the party here, but I love every single word of this post. I'm thoroughly on board with the "good enough" school of quilting. If I had to worry about everything being perfect, I'd never get a single thing done.

    (this may be why the quilt I made for my daughter had one or two bits of "decorative" zig-zag stitch quilting when a seam pulled apart in the middle of the quilt). No way was I seam-ripping an entire quilt.

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  87. I'm also here by way of Carrie, and nodding along too. :-)
    Hazle

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  88. #5. SO MUCH. I think it's tacky when someone asks for a gift, so I built a spreadsheet to show I would charge $400 to make a baby quilt. I make a lot of gifts, but if I don't get to surprise somebody with it when it's done, then it isn't free. Or cheap. Or happening, like at all.

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