Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You Know You’re a Quilter When …

Somewhere over the past 12 months or so I’ve transformed from being a general sewer to being a quilter. Even though I make the occasional tote bag or skirt or Roman shade, when asked about my hobby, I call myself a quilter.

I’ve been thinking about that phenomenon lately and wondering at what point the transformation happened.

Size of the Stash

Did I become a full-fledged quilter when my stash grew to a particular size? (There was not much need for a sizable stash when I stuck to bags and home-dec projects.) I actually didn’t think my stash was that unwieldy until recently, when I found these jelly roll strips.


When on earth did I purchase them? (Not being able to recall buying certain fabrics must signal that I have a big stash.) And why did I buy them? Because honestly, they’re really not me. Now that I’ve found them, they’re screaming to be included in the purge I’m working on right now. As if I needed another quilt project.

Backlog of Quilt Tops

Perhaps it’s the backlog of quilt tops that identifies me as a quilter.

I’m currently in those halcyon days with these two quilt tops—fooling myself into thinking how far along I am with them. After all, the tops are completely pieced! But I still have to baste and quilt and bind these projects. Sigh.



And this third one will continue to wait to be quilted. I have to learn how to free-motion quilt to finish it up.


The quilt-top theory is one worth considering, but I know that other quilters have many more tops in the queue than I do.

Postal Deliveries

So maybe the first two stabs at deciphering this weren’t fully on the mark. I think I’m getting pretty close now!

This is what signifies my “quilter-ness”: when a 40-yard bolt of batting is delivered to my front door.

No, no! I’ve got it! It’s when a 40-yard bolt of batting is delivered to my front door and my husband is completely unfazed by it.


Yes, I’m officially a quilter.

How about you? What is the dead giveaway that you’re a quilter?

Linking up to WIP Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday ...

11 comments:

  1. Oh Michelle - that is So funny and So true! Yes, you are a quilter through and through!

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  2. Lovely post! For me it is my kids building tents/huts using quilts rather then bedsheets ;) And all of your above off course! I love the batting one. I did that to my husband on a holiday trip, but it was only 15 meters on a role.

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    1. Yeah, 40 yards is definitely overkill. I wonder how many *years* it will take me to use it all!

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  3. Ha ha - I can totally relate having had not one but two rolls of batting arrive without a blink from hubby. I'd say having a constant sprinkling of thread adorn my wardrobe is a good sign too.

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    1. Yes, yes! And heaven knows the bits of thread travel to all the rooms in my house!

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  4. You are officially a quilter, but you forgot to mention taking over the house and threatening to move into your hubby's 1200 square foot workshop for quilting as well! I have been plotting my take over for years...

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    1. Tanya, imagine what you could do with an extra 1,200 square feet?! Holy fabric stashes!

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  5. 40 yards of batting....wow! Now that's stashing. :)
    What about vacations planned around quilt events? Hubs and I took a trip to Kentucky (great state to visit) so I could go to Paducah for the quilt show! :)

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  6. Great post! I'd say you are a quilter when you think a day isn't complete unless you've stitched something or at least thought about or wished you could stitch something!

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  7. What a lovely tale! Dead giveaway that I am a quilter? ... going out recently to my b'day lunch to a lovely vineyard & unbeknown to me, I had threads attached to the back of my dress!! 40 yds of batting, I have to say is alot of batting! Happy sewing!

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  8. Awesome post. I have yet to buy a roll of batting but the others ring true with me as well. :-)

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