The other day I happened onto the blog 13 Spools, where the very clever blogger had posted her "10 Quilty Little Secrets" which were all the ways she defies the informal "rules" for quilt making. It was well done, witty and I identified with her spirit. Then readers started leaving their "secrets" in the comments and it got pretty hilarious! It's a good read if you want to be entertained.
I had to laugh when I got to one comment that said "Stop using the word sew in place of so". You mean like, "and sew it goes" ? Yeah, I have to agree. Pretty corny. I really regret that silly name for this blog. It was a late night, spur of the moment decision, made when I couldn't come up with a name that hadn't already been taken. Who knew I would still be doing this 9 years on? Sew, I guess I am stuck with it.
Most of those commenting were quilters who seem to be of the Modern Quilt aesthetic and it was interesting to read what they like and don't. It made me feel not so out of it to read that many are not especially enthralled with a lot of the current designer fabrics. I had to Google Cotton+Steel, which several mentioned. It is that design style that leaves me baffled. Looks old and tired to me. Like my grandmother's aprons.
So, to my art quilter friends—what are your "quilty secrets"? Here are a few of mine.
1. I don't bury thread ends. I tack them down good and snip them off.
2. As you know, I mostly shun fancy, expensive thread and use and love Connecting Threads brand. (Several commenters on the 13 spools blog said the same)
3. I am tired of seeing mottled hand-dyed fabrics, and tired of batiks as well.
4. I am tired of seeing pixilated and posterized portrait quilts. (Except for Kristin La Flamme's, which is fabulous!)
5. I use Rit Dye when I do dye fabrics.
6. I am really hard on irons and tend to regularly ruin them, by gunking them up with glue and fusibles and paint. As a result I don't like to spend a lot for an iron and get most of mine from yard sales.
7. I often use recycled plastic bottle felt as batting.
That's a start. I am not much of a trend follower, so I am sure I could come up with a longer list, but I have probably offended enough people for one day!