Ok I've seen a couple of these posts going around and I personally love reading them, so I thought I would let ya'll in on my secrets. It all started with Amy of 13 Spools and when I saw her list it just made me laugh. I hope mine does the same for you.
1. I hate, no HATE hand sewing, so my bindings and labels are always machine sewn onto my quilts. About the only thing I use a needle for is to bury threads.
2. I use steam, always. Dry ironing is just a waste of time, it never get anything flat enough for me. And I iron, not press. I just can't help myself.
3. I never measure the middle of my quilt for my border size. Nope slap that piece on and trim both ends. Are my borders wavy, who knows, my quilts are meant to be put over feet not hung on a wall.
4. I don't use Aurifil thread. I did one quilt with it and I struggled with the tension. I have the tension down when I use Signature cotton and that is good enough for me.
5. I will probably never do complicated quilting, because I like the look of a simple meander. I see some of the really complicated quilting and wonder why. I'm a simple girl.
6. I don't like applique. I think it is beautiful, but I don't like doing it and don't think it is worth the effort it takes to make it look good. I'm happy with my squares and rectangles.
7. I can't sew a straight line. I know that means sometimes things don't line up, but if it happens I'm not going to lose sleep over it. I make it work and keep going.
8. I have no plans/desire to be a quilt designer or fabric designer. I'm perfectly happy making things from patterns other people create. I know that even if I use the same pattern and line of fabric, my quilt will most likely look different.
9. I don't understand the small quilt craze. A wall hanging is nice and everything, but a quilt needs to be big enough to tuck under my feet and come all the way up under my neck. Unless it is a baby blanket why would you make a quilt only 50" long. I like big quilts and I can not lie.
10. I have been known to take my sister's quilt top apart and fix a seam or two. She knows it, and I don't do it too often, but sometimes it is too wonky for even me.
Ok those are my secrets, do you have any? Come on fess up, it is good for the soul.