My 10 Quilty Little Secrets

Yesterday I read a post written by Amy at 13 Spools where she talks about her ten quilty little secrets. It was so refreshing to read her post and find I’m not the only one who has quilty secrets. So I’m joining in the fun and letting my secrets out. Ready? Here we go:

1. I don’t understand the hype about Aurifil thread. Is there really a noticable difference in the thread we use in our quilts?? I use Gutermann from {gasp} JoAnn’s. There’s a great selection of colors and it doesn’t lint up my machine. I will admit, if a local store stocked Aurifil I might try it just to say I did. But no one stocks it and I’m not ordering it.

2. I always iron instead of pressing. I’ve never ended up with a wonky seam due to ironing.

3. I baste my quilts on my kitchen island. I don’t tape down my back fabric. No, it’s not a huge island and the quilt pieces hang over the sides. But I’m able to get everything smoothed and wrinkle free and it works for me.

4. Cotton & Steel? Oh, I’m trying but I’m not sold on it. I even joined a C&S swap to try and like it. It didn’t work. Whew! I said it – out loud.

5. I enjoy reading “process” posts more than the ones about finished projects. Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing finished projects but the process it took to get there is more interesting to me.

6. I cut on a warped cutting mat. I bought it ten years ago and it warped during storage (gah!). I’m too cheap to replace it and since the warp is on one end I just use the other end to cut on.

7. I’ve never pre washed a piece of fabric.

8. I love to hand stitch my bindings. Don’t like the look of machine quilted bindings. (Don’t shoot me!)

9. I don’t have a system for keeping my scraps. Right now the ones I have are all stuffed in a couple plastic shoe boxes.

And here’s the biggest secret: {deep breath}

10. I throw scraps away!

Now it’s your turn. Trust me, you’ll feel better getting it out in the open. 🙂 You can confess here or write your own post. If you post your secrets, be sure to let us know so we can read all about it!

Here’s a few links to others’ confessions.  Have fun reading!

Patch the Giraffe

Quilting Jetgirl

13 Spools

Riddle and Whimsy

Smiles Too Loudly





About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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13 Responses to My 10 Quilty Little Secrets

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  2. Pre-wash … hahaha, yah never! I really like reading process posts too! (also thanks for the shout out!)

  3. stop throwing those scraps away and send them to me!! I love the freedom and mix of texture sewing with scraps gives. Agree with #5
    LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  4. angelaathome says:

    I am use Gutermann too. I have not had any problems with it and they have a nice selection of colors.

  5. Shauna says:

    great list, I wish I liked hand sewing, because I do think it looks better, but if I hand sewed my bindings I would have no finished quilts.

  6. bkringel says:

    Good list. I do like Aurifil. It is so smooth. I also love a post that describes the process rather than just showing a list of pictures of the end game. I think it is interesting to read about the project and how it came together.

  7. Sharon - IN says:

    I recently tried Aurifil and dang that stuff is like a knife going through butter! Love it! But I was a Gutermann thread gal for a long time until someone told me to try Mettler – it leaves less lint than Gutermann! But I do agree that Joann’s and Gutermann on sale or with a coupon you just can’t pass them up! #7 – yup!

  8. Elise Lea says:

    Loved reading these! I just wanted to say you are not the only one out there with a warped mat! I got one for my birthday from my parents (who left it in the car on a hot day) and it literally had wrinkles in it since day 1. I mostly managed to unwarp it by laying outside in the sun for a day.

  9. Love it. I too throw scraps away. Sometimes I’m over the fabric or I don’t care. Just found your blog from Amy’s.

  10. becky m says:

    LOL – I throw my scraps out too! when I sew with my one girlfriend, she goes through my trash and picks out the big pieces. I always tease her about it because she doesn’t make scrappy quilts. Embrace the ‘let go!”.

  11. Joanna says:

    I find there’s a huge difference with Aurifil vs random cheap threads but I’ve not used any other high quality/expensive/name brands to compare those with Aurifil so I wouldn’t say it’s better than Gutterman or vice versa. I jumped from no-name threads to Aurifil after seeing a blog post of different threads under a microscope. I do most of my quilty shopping online so it was easy enough for me to order a spool to try along with some fabric. I can get Gutterman locally but it’s expensive in comparison to buying Aurifil online which is why I haven’t used it though if I needed a specific colour in a pinch I probably would buy some!

    If I can’t cut a 2″ square out of a piece of fabric, I throw it away! sometimes I have triangles that if I stitched them together I could probably get a 2″ HST from them, but I’m not going to that much effort just to keep a scrap!

  12. Angie says:

    I just found your blog and I loved reading your little quilting secrets. 😀

  13. 🙂 Glad you joined in Beth, it’s kind of freeing, isn’t it? I give a lot of scraps to a teacher friend who uses them in her classroom for crafts during the year. I occasionally will pre-wash a red (because I have dealt with unfortunate consequences)… but even red gets rarely pre-washed.

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