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Confessions of a Quilt-aholic: Is Sewing Making Me Anti-Social

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Sewing Introverts Unite! Or… maybe don’t unite, and just stay at home and sew! Seriously, it’s how I feel a lot of the time. I use sewing as an escape from the world. I see what’s going on in the world, and all I can think is, “Wouldn’t it be so much better if everyone just went home and sewed.” I don’t consider myself anti-social or anything, but I’m just not a super social person. Instead of going to a bar, I would rather sew. Continue reading

Confessions of a Quilt-aholic: Least Favorite Part Of Sewing

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I don’t know about anyone else, but however much I love sewing, and however much fun I have while sewing, there is still a feeling of dread about it. I hate ironing! I mean, it is literally one of my least favorite things! I wish I could afford to pay someone to just do the ironing while I keep sewing! You know, typically I feel pretty good about sewing, but when I quilt with smaller pieces I know that it means a lot of ironing! I don’t know why I hate it, but I just do. Especially when I sew during the warmer months! In the winter I cn get away with more ironing before I start to get queasy, but during the summer, it is the largest deterrent from sewing!

I guess if it is the only downside to making all of my fun projects, I guess I will just have to deal with it!

So what is everyone’s least favorite part of their craft?

Confessions of a Quilt – aholic : Strangest Thing You’ve Been Asked To Sew

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Now, everyone who knows me knows I am a quilter. I’m not a garment sewer, and I’m not very familiar with craft project sewing, but I still get asked to sew some weird things! I know all sewists do! (Side note: What are we calling ourselves these days… ‘sewers’ or ‘sewists’?) A lot of people have all of a sudden lit up when I told them I sew, and then immediately ask for strange things to be made! What about you guys and gals? What have you all been asked to sew?

Here is a list of Top 10 Things I have been asked to sew! Continue reading

Confessions of a Quilt-aholic: Taking A Break

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Now, everyone who knows me knows that I sew, and I sew a lot! However, these past few days, I feel like I just haven’t wanted to sew. Now, grant it, I have been busy. I had to cut a couple of limbs off of a tree and do some yard work, but I just haven’t wanted to sew afterwards like I normally do. It’s not that I am lacking inspiration, but I’m just not really that into getting some sewing done. I think maybe I need a break. The last time I took a break was because I lacked creativity, but this time I think it is because I lack drive. I think I need to take some time off of sewing and recharge my battery. Not sure what I am going to do in the meantime, but hopefully it will be something interesting! I figure a week dedicated to actual blogging will be a nice respite.

What does everyone else do to recharge their battery?

Confessions of a Quilt-aholic: Lonely While Sewing

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Sometimes I feel like I’m hiding. from the world with my nose at my sewing machine. Part of me thinks I’m avoiding the debauchery that has plagued the rest of the world. You know, hiding from Miley Cyrus, and crappy reality shows, like Real housewives, and Duck Dynasty, and avoiding bars, and drunk people. Although, sometimes I feel like I’m missing out on humanity. I mean, a lot of my friends hang out at bars, and I’m loaded full of antidepressants, so I can;t drink, and being the only sober person in the room is never fun! Drunk people may think they are funny, but trust me, they are not. So I stay at home and sew. I sew, and I stay away from the rest of the world, but sometimes I feel like I am missing out. Most people my age are running around taking selfies while drunk, or taking selfies with their babies. Continue reading

Confessions of A Quilt-aholic: Afraid Of Technology

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I’m not going to lie, computerized machines intimidate me. I see an embroidery machine and I get nervous. All I can think of is about what if I break the Motherboard? What if my tension is off? What if it only sews backwards? I’m terrified! I look at the machines surrounding me in my room and I know that if one of them has something wrong with it, I can take it all apart and put it back together. (Trust me, I’ve had to do it to some of them.) I can take apart the thread tension disks and put them together. I can take apart my bobbin case and adjust the thread tension there. I can clean the gears, I can buff the needle plate. I can do it all… to a mechanical machine anyways. Continue reading

Confessions Of A Quilt-aholic: I Love Thread

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As all quilters and sewers know, we love fabric! We have collections we call ‘stashes’. I think they are called that because we are always ‘stashing’ it away from our significant others. However, people don’t often talk about the thread they have accumulated. I was going through mine looking for some grey thread to piece with and I realized, “Dang! I have a lot of thread!” I mean a lot! Continue reading

Confessions of a Quilt-aholic: Losing of Quilting Time

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Okay, so here is the deal. I love my part time job, and I find the coolest things there. I mean, I got my singer sewing machine, which is amazing. I always piece on it! It’s super nice and heavy, and it is quite, and it sews through anything! It’s one of the best things ever, and I wouldn’t have gotten it if I didn’t work for the auction house doing estate sales. My boss is cool, and my hours are flexible, but I don’t work as often as I would like, and I never really know when I am going to work until a few days beforehand, and sometimes it is still a last minute call. I did an interview at a local gym, and it looks promising, but it is going to be 30 to 40 hours a week. Continue reading

Confessions of a Quilt-aholic: Have I Reached My Zenith?

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As I sit here pondering quilt designs, I cannot help but think about the one question all artisans ponder: Have I reached my Zenith? I’ve blogged about running out of inspiration before, but this is a slightly different topic. Is my best work behind me?

I feel like a lot of artists / artisans go through this phase, where they are scared that their best work is behind them. I feel like with ‘Frozen Star’ I have reached one of the best things I could have ever done. I love that quilt, and a lot of other people do as well. What if in the past 18 months I have already accomplished my best work? What can I do? Do I power on, and keep trying, or do I become content with that and just continue working knowing that my best is past? Continue reading

Confessions of a Quilt-aholic: Is Bigger Better?

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Question of the day, or as the Spaniards say ‘pregunta del día’ (can you tell I’ve been looking to Dali and Picasso for quilting inspiration): as far as project size goes, is bigger better?

Personally I prefer doing larger, big ticket items, like quilts ranging from throw size to king size. I do alright with smaller projects like coasters and mug rugs, but I always want to do loads of them. For example, I recently did coasters and pot holders for a few craft shows, and instead of only doing 2 or 4, I did about 20 coasters at a time.  I guess I’m just not one of these people that fall prey to the beast known as ‘moderation’. (I think I might be the only person who refers to moderation as a bad thing.) Continue reading

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