Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Things I have learned about quilting

My blogging friend over at My Sweet Prairie is starting a Tips on Tuesdays: (I am not sure how to make the button a link....##**#...sorry, but check out her blog)

She is a very talented fabric artist and "sewist" and makes amazing things. I love checking out her blog, and cant wait till I pick up a few tips from her. 

I am just a beginner, so dont have any of her experience or wisdom..but  I thought I would share some of what I have learned:
1) quilters use 1/4 in seams so they can make 1/8 inch mistakes.
2) there is a difference between pressing and ironing.....maybe that is where the trend for "wonky" blocks started???
3) A little steam can be a good thing- there isn't much that cant be fixed with a hot iron and a little steam!
4) a good seam ripper is essential....and "unsewing" can be fun too.....(just keep saying that quietly over and over again)
5) Sometimes pinning is really a good idea.....if you dont agree - please see #4.
6) Nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes.  Most of the time nobody but you will see them, and if they are noticable......that is what applique is for, right ??
7) Stashing material is normal.....dont listen to those little voices in your head that say it is not!
8) Reading blogs about quilting is almost as much fun as actually sewing......sometimes more fun!!

Hope you have a good day !


  1. FLO! THIS IS AWESOME! !!! I love the name of your blog SO much. YAY!

    Thanks for the lovely comments as always. Geeze.

    Number 5 - 4 - 5- ...yeah, no kidding! I wrote a post called "Which takes longer: pinning or seam ripping?" lol I do a lot of seam ripping. I still haven't learned my lesson.

    I'm under the weather now, but want to visit soon?

    ~Monika from across the lake.

  2. Hey, you did it! The button is a link. : ) Surprise!

  3. Hi Flo, I'm one of your newest followers...found you from your comment on Monika's blog.

    I love that you're a beginner too, helps me relate to everything you post about, and I agree with you on #8. They get me so inspired with ideas, and kinda give me a jump start to head downstairs to my sewing room!

    I also ordered some precuts from Green Fairy Quilts before Chrismtas, and I see you have her button on here too....so I'm already feeling right at home.

  4. Thank you for the comments ! It is nice to know that I am not just talking to myself.......which is ok too!

  5. I am new to quilting, too, and I LOVE these tips! LOL They are so true! Hahaha


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