They say you should have 3 hobbies that don't include a screen... and I think that's good advice in general!
I've got lots of diverse interests (could count in the place of hobbies!) that are off-screen, so to speak, but one of those is quilting.
I don't adore the piecing process... it's tricky and finicky, and my in-exactitude shows in small ways, which causes my sister to point them out and weep in despair.
But I DO adore the actual quilting, putting the three layers of top, batting and backing together with stitches... hand stitches especially.
And I love drawing picture designs with those stitches, which makes it just that much more fun!!!
I like to create something as a project for gifts to give to special people, instead of giving something less personal. (Of course, I'm aware that not everyone prefers to receive something like this, so I only do this for those who I'm sure would feel special from it! :-) )
So, with that in mind, I was intrigued when I ran across a list of
over on the Quiltmaker.com blogs.
So, I thought "Hm, how do I score?"
I have no intention of passing on, but I like to feel like I'm an over-achiever in any place I possibly can without incurring much extra effort.
(Oh, come on! You know you've fallen for that, too!!!)
So here's the list, and I've bolded everything that I have done sometime in my short years so far.
And if you want to check your own score, leave me a link so I can take a look!!! :-)
- Visit a quilt shop.
- Make a Nine Patch. (My first block was a nine patch! Mom was fresh off of quilting classes,
Our first "big quilt" ended up with quite a few nine-patches.
- Make a Log Cabin.
- Label a quilt.
- Figure yardage for a quilt.
- Learn about warp and weft.
- Use a rotary cutter.
- Use templates.
- Paper piece a quilt block.
- Hand applique a quilt block.
- Make a yo-yo.
- Embellish a quilt.
- Try free motion quilting.
- Stitch in the ditch.
- Try hand quilting.
- Bind a quilt.
- Miter the corners of quilt binding.
- Join the ends of quilt binding.
- Sew diagonal seams.
- Use a walking foot.
- Attend a guild meeting.
- Visit Houston for International Quilt Festival. (Probably never.)
- Have a quilt appraised.
- Visit a quilt museum.
- Go on a quilt retreat. (Probably never.)
- Try curved piecing. ( I am leery of this one... but probably something I'll have to try eventually!)
- Miter the borders. (My sister instigated doing this "shadowbox style" for one we were
Mitered corners, "shadow box" effect.
- Learn to do blanket stitch by hand.
- See a local quilt show.
- Put your quilt in a local quilt show. (I hope to do this one sometime soon, though!)
- Sell raffle tickets on a quilt.
- Take a road trip with quilt friends.
- Create a Pinterest board with quilts. (Are you Kidding Me? Of Course I've done this!!!)
- Make a 3-D quilt block.
- Donate a quilt to a good cause.
- Make a sampler quilt.
- Make an art quilt.
- Try bobbin work.
- Learn to maintain your sewing machine. (Yes, I've recently learned to clean and oil, and I love my lovely vintage Singer! She sings like a lark, and makes such perfectly pretty stitches.)
- Add rickrack to a quilt. (Probably never. I don't like rick-rack, though Mom loves it...)
- Design a quilt. (Remember, you don’t necessarily have to make the quilt!) (Yep! ;-) Scrap quilter here...)
Anniversary quilt, friendship style.
- Change/tweak/alter a pattern to make it your own. (Yep.)
- Make a color wheel with fabric swatches.
- Chat about quilting with a stranger. (Yep.)
- Go on a blog tour.
- Give a quilt as a wedding/graduation/retirement gift. (Yep! ;-) See right! -> )
- Visit Paducah during the AQS Show. (Probably never.)
- Take a class with a nationally known teacher. (Probably never.)
- Use some fabric you dislike. (I have often done this! ;-) A lot of my projects borrow heavily from Mom's stash, since she's a fabric-aholic and has no hope of actually using it all. So I try to help her by using some of it up, but our tastes differ... it's a different experience from picking fabric out at the store! ;-) )
- Participate in Show & Tell.
- Volunteer for a job in a quilt group.
- Use a color you detest.
- Make a quilt inspired by nature.
- Get up early to quilt or stay up late to quilt. (Ha!!! Are you Kidding Me? Midnight, two o'clock... it's happened.)
- Make a scrap quilt. (Every single one! I generally end up incorporating some new fabric, but I always start out trying to use scraps from other places!)
- Make a tote bag. (Probably never.)
- Make a postcard quilt. (Probably never.)
- Make a baby quilt and gift it to a newborn.
- Understand the basics of caring for quilts.
- Borrow a quilting book from the public library.
- Teach someone else to quilt.
- Creatively piece a backing for one of your quilts. (I am definitely going to have to do this... backing is such a great swath of fabric, and as stated earlier, I'm a "use scraps up" type quilter.)
- Apply a piped binding, or some variation of it.
- Post quilt pics to Facebook.
- Install quilty wallpaper on your computer. (Probably never.)
- Put a quilty bumper sticker on your car. (Probably never.)
Cuss mildly-Be exasperated- when you realize you’ve been sewing air (because you ran out of bobbin thread)
- Read your sewing machine manual cover to cover.
- Learn to thread baste.
- Learn to pin baste.
- Use basting spray.
- Help a friend make a quilt.
- Make a quilt for a special child.
- Make a quilt for a spouse or partner.
- Make a quilt for a friend.
- Include your quilts in your will (i.e. who gets them).
- Determine your favorite thread for piecing.
- Understand the concept of value.
- Understand the mathematics of quilt blocks.
- Apply a bias binding.
- Take a guild speaker to dinner.
- Comment on a quilt-related blog post.
- Make a mystery quilt.
- Take part in a block exchange.
- Write how-to instructions for making a quilt block.
- Watch a quilting video.
- Know the difference between lengthwise and crosswise grain.
- Know the parts of a sewing machine needle and why they matter.
- Organize your stash.
- Know the names of hand sewing needles used for different tasks.
- Finish a UFO.
- Purchase fabric on impulse.
- Try sewing with precuts.
- Trade fabrics with quilt friends.
- Identify your ancestors who quilted.
- Visit a quilt shop while on vacation.
- Sew on a treadle for old time’s sake. (I learned on a treadle! The house we lived at the time had no electricity, so....)
- Subscribe to a quilting magazine.
- Become a regular reader of a quilting blog.
- Go on a Shop Hop.
Final score: 57, with 10 Probably Nevers that I don't foresee ever doing.
So that leaves me with a lot of ones I may yet explore!
How about you?