1. I almost never use pins when piecing. The only exception I can think of in my recent sewing history is when I sewed the half circles in the modern mystery quilt hosted by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr about 2 years ago.
2. I love to use steam when I iron. And iron I do. I understand the theory behind pressing – but I would much rather actually set my seams. I tend to piece blocks a bit oversize and then trim after ironing. It works for me.
3. I work on one or two projects at a time at most. I currently have one UFO that will probably turn into something much different than originally intended… someday. I like lists and marking things off lists way too much to have a big backlog. Earlier this year I had 6 WiPs after going to SewDown Portland. And I quickly and methodically worked through them all before picking up anything else.
4. I don’t always cover my Olfa rotary blade when I walk away from my cutting mat or put it down. I try really hard to remember to do so… but I have the kind you have to slide the cover up and down and sometimes I walk into my sewing room in the morning to see my Olfa blade exposed. Oops. (This actually makes me very sad, it’s a bad habit!)
5. EPP hexies are not for me. I will admire from far, far away.
6. My least favorite part of the quilting process is cutting the fabric. I hate hunching over my rotary mat for hours.
7. I am currently not in love with my sewing machine. I think I have a lemon. She is frustrating me to no end and I don’t know what to do about it. I keep using her and thinking I’ll warm up to her… but it has been 1.5 years and I keep thinking that. I totally regret selling my old machine. 🙁
8. I love pin basting quilts. I used to hand baste with thread (until about 1.5 years ago). It took FOREVER. Pin basting is fast, and I feel like I get a good stretch in my legs and lower back while I am working (I try to sit off the quilt in a corner and lean in with a flat back to pin).
9. I don’t like applique. Don’t get me wrong, it can be beautiful… but it is something I am not interested in doing in my sewing.
10. I cannot seem to get the hang of machine sewing down binding to my quilts. I actually really enjoy hand stitching them down to the back, which is totally surprising given my thoughts about applique and EPP. Totally illogical, I know. (Actually, in my defense, if I ever really did hand applique or EPP I would probably love it but I just don’t want to invest the time…)
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