9(9) Problems... but a Stitch ain't one
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9(9) Problems… but a Stitch ain’t one

Amy @ 13 Spools has created another fun linky party inviting us to share the problems we quilters have that non-quilters just don’t understand. Come on over and join the linky party, too, or just enjoy reading and commiserating with other quilter’s problems.

9(9) Problems... but a Stitch ain't one

9(9) Problems… but a Stitch ain’t one

  1. Jumping up to run to the local quilt store to grab that small item (thread!) I need to finish a project… only to realize that it is Sunday or Monday and my LQS is closed.
  2. Lint rolling and carefully preening a quilt for a photo shoot, only to find an obnoxious thread (in a high contrast color) in the middle of the best photographs of the quilt.
  3. Pre-washing red fabrics (even though I am *not* usually a pre-washer) only to have them bleed when I wash the quilt the first time and spending many panicked hours getting the stains out.
  4. A stubborn seam that will not lay flat no matter what I do/try.
  5. My cat pawing at my design wall and pulling pieces off the wall… only to realize that I forgot to photograph the layout. Then being forever convinced I did not assemble the quilt top in the most beautiful and pleasing layout.
  6. Wherever I am, my scissors are not. Maybe I just need to break down and buy a few more pairs, but I love them and feel cheap, so I just hunt across the room and move them to my new work location.
  7. Color matching reds. Somehow I can eye almost any other color and get a good blender, but I really struggle to find the right shade of red to use. That one is too orange. Gah, this one is almost pink! Too blue! Too purple! Do I really need to use red here?
  8. Back to the thread everywhere problem. I am armed and lethal with a lint roller… but I tend to forget to brush off my backside to the amusement of my friends.
  9. Creating a design for that *special* fabric, only to realize that it would be beautiful in solids instead. And still having those fabrics sit in your stash…

0 thoughts on “9(9) Problems… but a Stitch ain’t one

  1. Ruth says:

    I can relate to all of them but #9 especially!

  2. Ha, ha, ha! This is great! Yes, I have to agree with Ruth. Number 9 seems to be a common problem among us quilters!

  3. andpins says:

    Reblogged this on andpins and commented:
    Are you sure tit aren’t spying on my with #8?! I always find stray thread on me, even if I haven’t sewn that day.

  4. Ha! This list made me laugh!

  5. Shauna says:

    great list, I ended up buying scissors and rotary cutters for my sewing table and cutting table, because mine was always in the other spot.

  6. Vera says:

    Ha ha, those are funny.

  7. Renee says:

    Ha! So true. Replace “cat” with “kids” for me though. Red is my favorite color, but I also find it hard to use in quilting! And it is really hard to find nice red fabrics–and believe me I’ve tried. The current commissioned quilt had reds planned, but they didn’t like any of the ones I have, so I sent them to browse a fabric website, because hell if I know what they like, it’s hard enough figuring out what I like for red fabric!

  8. sally says:

    Lots of common themes here, though with me, it’s either my seam ripper or my pen for marking fabric I can never find more than scissors.

  9. Do I use stash fabric or purchase more so I can keep my stash intact? A real problem!!!

  10. Jasmine says:

    I always find threads on me when I go pick my son up at school. I never thought about my back side. Now I’m wondering what all the other moms are thinking and may have a new phobia. 😉

  11. Liz says:

    Great list. Really enjoying seeing these. I can especially relate to #9, because that’s the problem I’ve been having most recently as well! I’ll get to the stash next time 🙂

  12. Mary says:

    The threads kill me. I work Ina fabric shop and we’re all constantly picking threads off each other. I’ve gone on many a lunch break just covered in them.

  13. Yep I so agree with red! It’s such a difficult color but adds so much depth, I also agree with all the others. Do you use color catchers in the wash. Sometimes I toss in 4 or 5 just to be sure!

  14. Ha ha Jasmine. I thought the same thing, I wonder how often I have thread on the back of me! 🙂 Yay to number 6!

  15. Hollie @ Just a Mom who Sews says:

    Your list is great! I can relate to so many of them. Number 1 is a big problem for me. There are few quilt stores around me and I can’t wait for an Internet purchase. It always happens Saturday afternoon, making me wait inpatiently till Monday.

  16. Ooooooh, the bleeding reds made me cringe!! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  17. I keep losing my scissors too – even when they are right in front of my nose!
    I hear you about reds. They do seem trickier to match. Why is that?

  18. Christine says:

    Love this list! #8 is my daily/hourly challenge!

  19. Kelsey says:

    Hahaha I love these. Number two happens to me a lot. The best photos are the ones with stray threads in them. Always.

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