Quilt Show Humor: Giveaway

I got the funniest press release this week from the Home Machine Quilting Show, scheduled for May 5–7 in Salt Lake City. It highlights five of the wonderful teachers who will be there, like Renae Haddadin and Suzanne Hyland. Just those bios make me want to attend!

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Then the press release says there are categories that could use more entries for the quilt show. Exhibit Coordinator Patsy Shelton writes:

If you do work best under pressure, under the gun (if stress gets your creative juices flowing), please read statement #1…

If you do not do well under pressure…but like to take it slow and easy, with little stress…(your creative juices flow when things are calm) please read statement #2.

Statement #1: HMQS is swiftly coming!!! There is not much time left!! You ONLY have ’til the first part of April to get those wonderful quilt entries in, and that is almost here! Get moving!! You know you can pull it off…

Statement #2: HMQS is coming. You still have loads of time to get those quilts put together and quilted for the show. You have CLEAR UNTIL the first part of April to get your quilt entries in. No rush…just keep calmly working on them. You still have plenty of time.

I love this lady’s approach! Besides being hilarious, isn’t it true that we are all so different? I’ve noticed a number of areas in which quilters differ drastically:

One quilter completely plans her project in advance. She knows what the outcome will be before she ever takes a stitch.

Her quilting sister works on the fly: starts with a vague idea and sees where it will take her. The whole quilt is an adventure just waiting to happen!

One quilter is solitary. She loves the quietude of her studio. She knows other quilters but she works best alone.

Her quilting sister is a social butterfly. She hosts sewing days just to be with her quilting buddies. She can’t wait for guild meetings. She calls her quilting buddies often and she is on Facebook and Twitter.

One quilter loves calming, earthy colors and patterns. There is tan and brown in every quilt she makes. She epitomizes elegance.

Her quilting sister loves bold, brilliant colors clashing wildly together. She never met a red she didn’t love.

These are just some of the quilters I know, and there are infinite variations and combinations and personalities in between. Don’t we live in a wonderfully diverse and creative community? You gotta love it!

What qualities make you a unique quilter? Leave your answer as a comment by midnight Tuesday, March 29 and I’ll pick a random winner for a fabric bundle and a new quilting book. The winner is Kylie C with comment #73.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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90 Responses to Quilt Show Humor: Giveaway

  1. Judy says:

    I like using a pattern and go by the suggested fabric colors to ensure a quilt I’m gonna be happy with. I also have just set out on my own and done (several) projects that I’ll “take what I get” when I’m done… call me unpredictable!

  2. I too love to go to the HMQS show – all the way from Illinois to SLC. It is a great show, and the things I have learned there from Pam Clarke – she is a terrific teacher and quilter! If you haven’t attended before – and haven’t had an opportunity to take classes, do it! Taking the classes is the best part! I have learned so much from so many great quilters in SLC and in Paducah! Love quilt shows!

  3. Debra says:

    The qualities that make me a unique quilter is that I never finish anything. I get starstruck by every new fabric line. Thanks for the chance!

  4. Pam says:

    Wow all the versions of Julies quilt are so pretty. I cant wait to get the magazine so I caan make one for myself…..Thanks for sharing all the lovely quilts ladies..

  5. Ellen says:

    Reading other blogs inspire me to sew more. I love seeing others projects as well as the beautiful fabric. I love putting colors together and lately I have been thinking in color.

  6. Celine Kingsland says:

    I love scrappy quilts, including scrappy backs. I think it’s because I love fabric, so the more variety I can put in a quilt, the more interesting (to me, at least)!
    I also love antique quilts, but since I want to preserve my collection I don’t actually use them. I plan on making a few new quilts from reproductions so I can actually use them and pretend that they are antiques!

  7. Susan says:

    I am a traditional quilter who loves to use up scraps. I am always seeing how I can incorporate more fabrics into every pattern- that makes my heart sing!

  8. Nancy says:

    I get inspired on Flickr and then peter out…lol One of these days I will actually finish something that isn’t a gift and I work better under pressure…

  9. dianne bondaroff says:

    I learned to quilt on my own, when pregnant with my first daughter. 8 years later I’m fully addicted and have few to share it with in my age group – did I mention I’m a late bloomer (40s). Love my online friends, special quilting friends and being inspired.

  10. I like solitude, but I flitter from one project to another. Most things are planned, but plans change most frequently as my mood expresses itself. I love a good B/W movie or an Opera on while either the machine is humming or fingers flying.

  11. Rhonda says:

    I’m mostly a solitary quilter — so that I can concentrate on what I’m doing. What makes me unique? I LOVE to crank my praise and worship music up and quilt to the beat of the music!! Admittedly, it’s sometimes hard to keep the beat!

  12. Chelsea says:

    What makes me unique? I guess my measure once, cut, realize you’ve screwed up, bodge together something to make it work approach. I prefer to think of my mistakes as points of interest. Or something like that!

  13. Kathleen B says:

    I guess I’m unique as a quilter, just because I’m ME! Right, wrong, or indifferent I can’t change that and I love fabric, color, threads, sewing machines, pins, needles, buttons, scissors, books, and all things quilting. Love it, love it, LOVE IT. :)

  14. Char says:

    I love all kinds of quilts and just touching fabric. I think every quilt should have just a touch of lime fabric. Works every time!

  15. Claire says:

    Please..NO pressure when I’m quilting. That would defeat the purpose for me. I like music to be playing softly in my studio to encourage the creative juices to let loose.

  16. Dee Johnson says:

    I work best late at night, at home, alone – love peace and quiet – however, we are doing resolution quilts at our guild this year, and I signed up to finish 24 ufos. Not thinking of this as pressure, thinking of it as motivation:)

  17. Sue says:

    I work best at camps and retreats with others doing projects – I would not like working under pressure, just one step at a time!!

  18. Kylie C says:

    I’m a traditionalist quilter, probably because I learned from my great-grandmother. My twist has been my love of solids (and 100% cotton) while she used whatever was on hand- her polyester quilts will last forever.

  19. Pat says:

    I love quilt magazines and patterns. I will buy patterns from every quilt show/shop I attend. Sometimes they will sit there for months/years before I decide to make a quilt with it. Everytime I see a pattern or idea I like, I tend to want to start one right away. For the last year or so, I have tried to pace myself to have only 3 or 4 projects on the go and I always finish them! I have so many UFO’s from the past years to finish, I don’t want any more. I love to sew scrappy, I am a member of the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad. But once in a while, it is fun to make a quilt from a collection of fabrics…

  20. Ladybug says:

    I think my speed sets me apart. While I don’t tend to make a great quality of quilts those I do make are put together very quickly. I noticed this during a charity sewing event when my blocks were the first finished. I was very suprized since I still think of myself as a new quilter. I also love the step of cutting my fabric, which I have found is not a step many quilters enjoy.

  21. Deb says:

    Unique? Probably in that I rarely work from a pattern. I cruise the web for inspiration, then figure out my quilt based on how much fabric I have.

  22. Debi says:

    I am unique in that I rarely make a pattern as it is given. I normally change it in some way to make it my own, whether by moving blocks, adding blocks, deleting blocks, rearranging blocks, or changing borders. Other people’s designs help me make a beautiful pattern my own.

  23. Trudi says:

    Oooh, unique and eccentric, a quilting butterfly that flies by the seat of my pants! I’ll try anything, make what inspires, tinker and twidle till I make it my own. Be that with colour, pattern or quilting. Who knew all those years ago!

  24. Karen D. says:

    I am unique in that I always have 5 to 10 projects going at the same time. At least one is a gift for a family member as I give most of my finished quilts as gifts. I too do not like making labels but I do them as I know it is history in the making….at least I hope so!

  25. Sheila Fernkopf says:

    Unique quilter…hmmm….well I usually end up changing something on a quilt to be different than the pattern; I will rip and redo until I am satisfied that it’s the best sewing I can do; I love to use purple in my quilts; I dislike making the label but I am relieved when it’s stitched on because then the quilt is finally done. :)

  26. Nancy Sue says:

    I think I’m a hybrid of quilting on my own, and with a group. I’m a newbie quilter who learns ALOT from reading quilting blogs. Being deaf, the blogs are a perfect fit. I can have the company of others and connect to other quilters, yet, I’m not at a quilting retreat trying to read lips looking up and sew AT the same time. Been there, done that and still have all 10 fingers , but will leave with a stiff neck and not a lot of sewing done:) With blogs, I can participate in a quilt along and still feel connected to community, yet can take the time to communicate and “hear” everyone’s voice. Someday soon, I’d like to be on the other side of the blog fence, but for that I wish I had my 3 yr old son’s sense of fearlessness. But like just working through my stack of UFO’s…I’ll get there :)

  27. Karee says:

    I LOVE to have a plan worked out within hours of a need, idea, or accepting responsibility for something. BUT in my life the F-word is Flexible. Plan A may evolve to Plan G or even M, N, or O and that is okay. I do not care for last minute things but my friends say I am the Go To person for last minute action and calm leadership. Funny, huh? How others see us. Humor helps. Funny, huh?

  28. Deb says:

    Mostly what makes me unique is I keep a variety of quilts going at one time…and usually none of them are for ME! They all will be gifts for someone else! What a wonderful bundle to win–to make something for someone who will cherish it! debgiro at wildblue dot net

  29. Kayli Taylor says:

    I’m unique I think in that I am pretty confidant and I don’t really like to practice something before I start doing it on a quilt. I just go for it and it always turns out great. I don’t know where I get it but I haven’t ever taken a lesson or class on quilting and I don’t have friends that quilt I just taught myself and look for inspiration. I like to make everything my own. Enough bragging- I hope I win!

  30. Margaret says:

    I usually start off slow with a vague idea and work on it as I go. Then before I know it the deadline is approaching and I’m under the gun. So far I have been able to make my deadlines.

  31. Anya says:

    I love to use color in my quilts, which makes me unique amongst those who prefer the muted country colors. Thanks for the chance!

  32. Jennifer says:

    I seem to be somewhat of a rebel in my quilty circle. Most seem to want to stick to the newest fabric line/color scheme/pattern of what they’re making. Not much “coloring out of the lines” happening. After getting a look at the pattern, observe where colors could be changed, orientations of block could be different or an easier way of piecing the unit/block. I’ll go off on my own, make the same/similar quilt – faster. I think it’s just as much fun take a quilt pattern, make it my own and see how it comes out.

  33. These days I tend to quilt alone but do go to the occasional workshop and shop hop with a very good friend every once in awhile.
    I always start with someone else’s design and then create something in it to make it my own – even if it is only to make it larger.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a nice book and fabric.
    Warmest regards from Western Canada,

  34. Diane says:

    I’m not sure if I’d choose the word ‘unique’ to describe my quilting style. I very rarely have the full picture in mind when I begin a project. I enjoy seeing what unfolds as I go. I don’t even share the work I’ve completed with anyone until I am at the binding stage. Superstitious? Maybe.

  35. kathy h says:

    I am an interupted quilter. I hardly ever work start to finish on one quilt. ALways seeing a new project that just has to be started. Sometimes though it makes for a bunch of finishes all at the same time.

  36. Leslie says:

    I’m not sure I’m a unique quilter, but I try and envision a quilt or project in my mind before I pick the fabric for the pattern. If I love a fabric line I buy my favorite pieces in different size cuts, then look for a pattern that will work with what I have. If I need extra fabric, I try to match from basics or other lines. I’m a let’s get r’ done quilter, so when I start a project I go full trottle til it’s complete.

  37. Sundar Koyal says:

    Hmmm, what makes me unique… My sense of style :) I never have a problem with chosing fabrics, that has always come easily to me. I love making large-sized quilts (my husband is a tall guy) lolll. And I never sweat the small stuff. If I do not know something, I google it! That is where I learned to quilt, from reading how-to’s online.

  38. jil says:

    I’m working on the” unique” part, in fact I’m working on the “quilter” part too, come to think of it! All I know is I love ‘em and can’t leave ‘em alone!

  39. thepricklypinecone says:

    What makes me a unique quilter is I gain inspiration from books and magazines but then I make my own twist, add elements, leave certain parts out. Thankfully it has always worked out!

  40. Mary says:

    I love trying out new things, so I often make smaller projects to see if I really like the result or like doing it. I also tend to jump from one thing to another, and really have to buckle down sometimes to finish things, especially for myself. When I have a deadline, like for a gift, then I put the pedal to the metal and get things done. I like to know what my project will look like when it is done and like to cut all of it out before starting.

  41. SewCalGal says:

    I always wonder what makes me unique? To some, it might be that I love to make kingsize Hawaiian Quilts. To others, that I love threadplay, as well as hand quilting and free-motion quilting. But, from my perspective, I think it is the fact that I love every aspect of quilting and always enjoy learning new techniques.


  42. Barb in MI says:

    So far I am still following patterns – and try to make them happen with fabrics from stash (if possible). Several projects at once help me from getting bored. The more variety the better. Modern or traditional blocks – they all work for me!

  43. Cecilia Young says:

    I enjoy quilting with others as well as quilting by myself. I do enjoy having quilting buddies I can call when I have a question. Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. The reasons that I am a unique quilter is that I have such a wide range of what I like. Some is very modern and some is very traditional. I only make quilts that I like, not what someone else would like and not that “go” with my decorating of my home.

  45. Melissa says:

    I have to admit that I have developed a habit of starting a project and by the time it is finished, it has often morphed into something else entirely. I’m not upset about that, but I just never know what to expect next!

  46. Kasey Potts says:

    I feel like I’m a quilting contradiction. I sew best alone, but LOVE bright, fabulous prints (especially red!). I use Facebook/Twitter and blogging to keep in touch with other quilters but have yet to order a single piece of fabric online. I like having a plan, but rarely stick to it 100%. I’m predictably surprising, I guess.

  47. Gale Lavers says:

    I love all types of patterns, however I usually make mine a different color and add a little piping or mini border to give it my own special touch. Scrappy is my favorite.

  48. VickiT says:

    I’m a planner and want to know how it all will go together. I plan and contemplate…………and then RUSH like H*LL the night before I need to finish something since that’s probably the time I’ll be starting to work on it. LOL I guess I’m a combination of personalities.

  49. Diane says:

    I think I have a multiple personality disorder when it comes to fabrics. I love the civil war reproductions as well as anything by Kaffe Fasset. I love those bright prints by all those new talented younger designers like Amy Butler, and all those soft romantic fabrics like the ones that April Cornell designs. There isn’t much I don’t like!

  50. Kaye M. says:

    I sew alone and usually start with a pattern and then change it alittle. I’m a slow sewer and tend to over-think my choices. Sometimes I like to get my husband’s opinion about fabric combinations, colors, etc. and then I forge ahead! If I attend a quilting retreat, I’m usually slower than the rest of the group. I like to get ideas from websites, blogs and other guild members. In regard to colors, I find that I’ve been using alot of aquas and greens lately. I like brighter, cheerful fabrics that make my feel happy, then its more fun to sew them!

  51. LUANN says:

    Not sure how unique I am, but I very rarely fully plan my quilts just start with an idea and let my mind run free. Never sure where I end up.

  52. Cassie says:

    I am a fun mixture. Depending on the project I like to plan it out… sometimes I just like to start with an idea for one part and not worry about the whole outcome of the quilt (those are the ones I know will turn out lovely, my can’t go wrong quilts). I also just love to wing it, fly by the seat of my pants. If I don’t know how to do something… sometimes I just do it without knowing and find out after or I have to google directions. Really depends on my mood.

  53. Madeline Wallace says:

    Sometimes I mix both hand quilting and tying in the same quilt. My husband prefers the tying, and I just have to quilt some , usually on the borders.

  54. wordygirl says:

    I am the quilter who stays up late, dreaming of quilts I’ll make in the future, poring over the gorgeous new fabrics that will be “just perfect” for the quilts-to-be…while piles of fabric gather dust and my list of “quilts in progress” fades with age…

  55. DeNice C. says:

    Well, I am not quite sure what exact type of quilter I am. I know that I can not be a solitary quilter, as I have a little purring fur ball, who thinks she has to help all of the time, or weave in and out of my chair and legs as I sew.

    As far as planning things out, this is a real problem for me. As I plan one out, and I start in happily quilting away on the current project. The problem comes in that this then gets my creative juices flowing like adrenaline, and my mind takes off to more planning which leads to more fabric buying which leads to a huge stash! Which leads to… well you get the idea.
    I usually quilt theme quilts based on the unique quality of the loved one that I am making it for. So designing and planning is just as much fun as the quilting for me. Right now I am working on a quilt for my best friend who simply loves monster movies. I am having so much fun with not only the theme of movies (a quilt to curl up under while you watch), but also the mixing in to make it unique for a “Monster Movie” lover. I call the quilt “Creature Features”.

  56. Sandy N. says:

    I am a solitary quilter for sure. I love to go to shows and guild meetings with friends, but I sew alone. If I didn’t I would never shut up long enough to get any sewing done.LOL! Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

  57. Linda Erickson says:

    I am a solitary quilter. I enjoy seeing others’ work and often get inspirations, but it is always to take an idea and do my “own thing.” I think I only once used a pattern but then changed it anyway. My mother definitely had to put up with a daughter who frequently said “let me do it myself.”

  58. bonnie says:

    I am a planner and what might be called a assembly line quilter. I make many charity quilts and lap robes with my cross stitch groups… I design them on my computer, cut them out, then starts the sewing, quilting and binding, when done I have 7 to 10 quilts finished and ready to deliver. I currently have 10 in the works that are cut out and in their project boxed on my sewing desk.. I am working on sewing the blocks together.

  59. I am one of those plan from the very start kind of quilters. I like to see the look of it and every detail before I start. I like soft colors. I love using white for sashing. I love traditional piecing. However, in the last few months, I have decided it is time to break out of this shell. With each new project I take on I am challenging myself to do one new thing that isn’t my “norm”. So I tried paper piecing, and using grey instead of white, and trying I design that I wasn’t quite sure how to put together but figured I could make it work along the way. It is kind of hard for me to break out like this, and I second guess these decisions along the way, but when the finished products are done, I really am glad I tried something new. And the most amazing thing about quilting is that there will always be something new to try :)

  60. Linda says:

    As well as learning lots over the years my tastes have changed drastically…at the moment my favourite neutral is that neon bold yellow green that is so popular now…I certainly did my bit to help that along! (clothing/wallet/quilts!)

  61. Lynn D in NC says:

    I start with a plan or a pattern, but tweek it along the way – usually out of necessity because I’ve made an error that can’t easily be corrected, so I make it work.

  62. Dana says:

    I’m an on the fly or seat of your pants quilter. Bring on the bright colors and I’ll sew them together and make something beautiful. Patterns tend to make me scream and throw things. I’m a solitary quilter but only because I don’t know any others. Last time I checked with the local quilters they had a few quilt police in their midst. I don’t like smiling and biting my tongue.

  63. There is no PLAN generally… just a desire beyond all reason to BEGIN NOW! Inspiration from a book or magazine usually contribute to the grand illusion in my head at the start, but trying to remember every project does not have to be a queen sized quilt. Although once finished recently, I wished the twin sized one was bigger so it would cover my bed after all! Winging it may be the leading contributor to my (finally shrinking!) UFO pile. Not knowing what to do next is a creative killer.

  64. amanda says:

    Not sure about being unique but i am definitely creative at things i do. I really enjoy just being creative no matter what project i am working on and i always have several options going too so I am never bored of the same old thing. I am a person of different craft talents whether it be painting old lightbulbs of any shape and size , rocks, slate or anything else i can imagine using or on to crocheting for friends family or charity ,and sewing, I just constantly come up with crafty things.

  65. robin says:

    I work in fits and starts. I’ll go weeks without doing anything crafty, and then all of a sudden it’s like the bug bites me and it’s all I do. And I often attempt things that are way harder than my skill level, and then it’s a real challenge to finish it, but that’s how we learn, right?

  66. Claudia says:

    PS. I love RED toooooo.

  67. Claudia says:

    So, I work on the fly, love bright colors, and get things done at the last minute! What’s your problem?

  68. Lisa says:

    I strive to try new, different techniques or methods so I am always learning ~ I want to evolve as a quilter and push myself outside my comfort zone.

  69. I do best when working on several projects at a time. That way I work till I get to a point, where I need a break and can go to the other project. It gives me time to think about each project after I do a bit of work and to think about what else I might add or change.


  70. Regina says:

    This is great – we are all so different! I am not sure what makes me unique beyond me being me… my color choices, my influence from knowing the preferences of who I am quilting for, my personal preference for quilts to use over quilts to hang/look at, my love of scraps, my use of flannel for “batting” rather than batting… all things that work for me but may not work for someone else.

  71. Lisa Marie says:

    I don’t know if it’s unique or not, but I’m a bit of an OCD quilter. Kind of finicky about getting just the right color combinations and stuff. I will pull out a big bunch of fabrics for a quilt but if it doesn’t look like they are just right, I will put them all back and pick a new batch. Sometimes I just need to sew something and quit overthinking it! I guess that’s why I’m partial to scrap quilts lately — just put a bunch of stuff together and it always works.

  72. Sandy A says:

    I love making blocks with no set plan for them. Samplers are my favorite, since I seem to have “Quilter’s ADD” and can’t stick with one project long and get bored with making the same block all the time. My quilts are all different and most are not made with a plan!

  73. Sallie says:

    I like working on several quilts at once, and I always have several more that I want to do “next.”

  74. I work best if I’m working on more than one project at a time. :-) One is a boring number to me. lol

  75. Rebecca says:

    I love to plan a project, and find the ‘matching’ fabrics, but when it comes to putting it all together, I find I get loads done at a quilt retreat, or when I put the pressure on myself to get going on it.

  76. MarciaW says:

    What’s unique about me as a quilter? I like all kinds of quilts and am willing to attempt new techniques. I have the good fortune of living with my mother, an excellent quilter and my patient teacher. I’m slow, yet persistent, and do finish quilts. Finally, my education and work experience is in mathematics. I easily understand the geometry of quilt blocks and can figure out measurements. Thanks for this fun exercise and the giveaway.

  77. colleen says:

    I think I am unique as I just make it up as I go. I do not buy patterns. I look at stuff for inspiration and draw up a pattern and go to it! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  78. Linda says:

    HELLO! I’ve been told that I’m kinda like a squirrel hoarding away my little bits of fabric in all sizes! They’re right I’m a real hoarder of fabrics+trims! Never tossing out scraps!
    Thanks so for sharing such a generous+sweet Giveaway!

  79. Barb Colvin says:

    I take something from all styles. Does that make me unique? Probably not, but it is who I am. I’ve been known to follow someone else’s pattern using my own fabric choices/embellishments to make it mine. I’ve also created my own design with detailed layouts and cutting instructions from start to finish. Right now I am doing an improv quilt for my grandson–starting with a vague idea and just going for it.

  80. Brita says:

    My hubby says I’m like the crow, easily distracted by bright new objects! I’ll be happily working along on a project (that usually has red in it) when I see something online, or I get a new magazine or book, or go to a show, then whammo! Into the UFO closet the project is tossed, and I’m suddenly gathering fabrics for a new one. Sigh. But I love what I do, and wouldn’t change it.

  81. Norma says:

    I don’t know honestly! I don’t have a special formula, I just go with my gut feeling when pulling fabrics or tweaking patterns

  82. Kathie B says:

    I procrastinate and then work fast and hard (making many mistakes along the way) I usually get to the last few squares or the border and then the next project comes along!! Oh I do have a lot of works in progress!

  83. Sunnybec says:

    I have to work on my own as I don’t know of any quilting groups near me. Websites and Blogs have been my inspiration without them I would not be doing what I do now. I don’t always follow the pattern exactly just use the basics then do my own thing. When I first started quilting last year I use to start one project and finish it before starting another. But now I start one then see another I want to do so start that…and on it goes.

  84. I am a “work best under pressure” kind of gal. I procrastinate, and then really churn the work out when the deadline approaches. I like to plan, but then I often go off on a tangent, and the quilting does not always look like the plan I started with.


  85. Jocelyn says:

    Maybe it’s not unique, but I am such a slow quilter. Whenever I get together with my quilting buddies, I am ALWAYS the last one cutting, sewing, quilting. I have a LOT of UFO’s because I can’t keep up with the Speedy Gonzalez’s.

  86. DianeH says:

    I work alone but love the inspiration gleaned from blogs and websites. I quilt like I cook – either making it up as I go along or tweeking a pattern to make it my own.

  87. DebrafromMD says:

    I generally follow a pattern but I can never make it exactly like the original; I’m always tweeking something. And I can’t work on just one thing at a time. I usually rotate through 4 or 5 projects. When I tire of one or hit a snag, I put it away and move on to the next quilt. Eventually, they all get finished and I never get bored with my quilting.

  88. Colleen says:

    Over the years, my approach and style of quilting has changed…. I am that solitude quilter, more because there aren’t a lot of ladies to quilt with around here. I put a primitive spin on everything I make. I love taking a whimsical style applique and turn it into a primitive look.

  89. Karen A says:

    I don’t know how unique it is, but I do try to put my own spin on whatever I am working on. I’ll use a pattern and then change the size or the layout. I might combine elements from several sources.

  90. Debbie Williams says:

    I to start off with a vague idea or I’ll see a pattern and want to combine it with another pattern. Like the idea for a baby quilt using barn yard animals in shadows. I also love color. The more the better.I like to sew alone so that I can concentrate, however granddaughter and cat have other ideas. This isn’t unique, but I have at this moment only four projects waiting to be finished. I like putting the tops or other sewing projects together, but quilting (which is still new to me) takes me awhile to get started.

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