1. I have more fabric than I could use in three lifetimes. Along with that fabric are a ton of UFOs.
2 . I own more patterns than I will use in a lifetime. I have a pend-a-flex file box which is stuffed past capacity with patterns which are at least alphabetized.
3. I hate labels and have lamented, complained, and groused about the term "modern" quilter in my blog several times. I remember many years ago when an elderly lady I knew gave me a magazine with modern quilts. The magazine was from 1978. I fell in love with quilting and wanted to learn to quilt. The quilt was called Solar Flare and it was a quilt made up of solid concentric circles. The colors were reds, oranges, and yellow, all solids. The only quilting was SID. That was in 1982. I don't want to be pigeonholed.
4. I cut my fabric backwards. I notice the tutorials have you cut from the left to the right. I cut right to left.
5. I dislike most modern sewing machines. With all the electronics, knee lift, needle up, needle down-- after working in the computer manufacturing business for years it is something that will go wrong, and will cost a fortune to fix when it does. Additionally most people are fanatics about their machines and I have seen people get down right rude when someone makes a disparaging remark about a certain manufacturer.
6. I cannot do quilt math. After over a decade of working in the banking industry, running a rewards program you would think I could do simple quilt math. Nope not a chance. Most of the time I kind of fly by the seat of my pants. Rough guesstimate but larger and then trim down.
7. I am not a fan of precuts or using just one fabric line for a quilt. While there are fabric lines I love, I like to usually mish mash it up. Making charity quilts I will use charm packs, or jelly rolls but most of the time I like to throw in a bit of this, a little bit of that, and batiks too! GASP!
8. I pin while I piece. Gasp! And have been known to break a few needles doing it.
9. I have never made a Turning 20 or Yellow Brick Road quilt. I have read the instructions, and even cut one out, but the directions for putting it together totally flummox me. Hence the reason it is sitting as a UFO in a project box.
10. I don't prewash and have never had any problems with color run even though I stress about it. If I prewash then I would have to iron and I hate ironing. Yes I said iron, not press.
Do you have any quilty secrets?