Some Things You Didn't Know About Quilters...

Bet you thought quilters are little old ladies with white hair that you see hunched over a quilting frame...I am here to dispell the mystique.

Hi I'm Janice and I'm a quilter (GASP!).

I decided to start this blog because, like many of you who love your hobby, I like to talk about it and blogging gives people options (unlike the poor souls that I have cornered in the store, at games, at parent conferences...you know who you are and I WON'T apologize. You could have run...).

My husband suggested that I start off by telling you some things about quilters that you may not know. These are my opinions only–feel free to comment–especially all the little white-haired ladies hunched over a quilting frame that I just mortally offended...but I digress.

As you might have guessed, quilters are of all ages and with varied skill sets, NOT just little old ladies with white hair hunched over a quilting frame. I just saw a quilt on the Quilter's Forum that I belong to that an 11-year-old girl in Ireland made. It was GORGEOUS. A lot of us have kids in school and full-time jobs. We quilt...therefore we work!

We are hoarders and junkies. Ask any quilter about his/her fabric stash and you will probably get this furtive look and a 'Don't tell my spouse, but I just bought 10 yards of this great fabric. I don't know what I will do with it, but I better hide it...he/she thinks I have enough fabric...'

We get our fabric home and we pet it. Yes we do, AND we talk to it..."Oooh you are so pretty. Oooh what pattern will I use on you? Oooh I have just the right match!' (Or 'No I don't, time to go hit the fabric store!').

We have UFOs (UnFinished Objects). At least one, maybe several. They make us feel guilty. There are actually quilt challenges on finishing UFOs. Why do we have them? Because the project seemed like a good idea at the time, but somehow we just couldn't get it done.

We LOVE to share and we love to teach. Fabric sales going on, new patterns (as long as we don't violate copyright laws of which there are many!), new techniques, the best types of sewing machines–you name it, we'll share it.

We do a lot of donations–Quilts of Valor, Project Linus, Alzheimer's Art Quilts, Binky Patrol and many more. We make quilts, blankets, pillowcases, squares and we either do it on our own or through a quilt guild.

And lastly (although there are lots of things about quilters!), we tend to work on several projects at once. Our motto is 'Too Many Quilts, Too Little Time!"

So there you have it. I will try to post one blog a week about different topics in quilting, including my own ongoing projects, funny stories from my quilting board, some history about quilting, etc. If there is something you'd like me to blog about, send me a comment.

Oh and I posted a picture of one of my completed projects. It's hand-appliqued and hand-quilted. The black and white borders were machine-pieced. It's my own design but inspired by J. Michelle Watts 'Fiesta de Talavera' quilt.

"People see your quilts, NOT your housework!"

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Debra February 21, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I too just started to quilt - I made my first square - I will be taking a class in March on how to machine quilt -
Janice Despotakis February 21, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Thats awesome! Welcome! we need more quilters...it's becoming a lost art!
Francene Flesch February 22, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Great blog, now teach me! Luv ya, Mom
Victoria Raucci February 23, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Your quilts are beautiful! I always wanted to make ones for my girls like the mother made in "Stepmom" - using fabric pictures. Maybe this summer you can teach me how :)
Janice Despotakis February 23, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Quilting is similar to scrapbooking in that it offers a lot of possibilities to store your memories outside of the traditional photo album. Photos, clothing, and even crayons can make some great memory quilts - and they can turn into terrific classroom projects. i will talk about this in more detail in some upcoming blogs.
Mary January 19, 2013 at 04:12 AM
I'm sorry but I have only finished 1 quilt (denim) in the probably 12 years that I have wanted to be a quilter. I can't believe that I'm admitting to this. I'm sure I have more quilting books (not counting magazines) then most public libraries have, and I look at them over and over again, dreaming of making them. Same thing with materials. I'm turning 70 tomorrow and wondering if I will ever make a dent in my supplies and what will become of it all after I go. Mary
Janice Despotakis January 19, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Mary there are some things you can do to make your dream a reality! One would be to join a local guild. People there can give you lots of help and are very generous in sharing information. Another idea would be to take a class - either at a local LQS or at Joann's. If you don't have the time to do those things, look into online communities such as the Quilter's Forum: www.quiltingboard.com. You can ntroduce yourself, ask questions, post pictures, etc. Its a great way to get encouragement. And BTW - denim is not the easiest stuff to sew - its very heavy and hard to manuver. If you have quilting materials, the simple way to start is just by cutting and sewing together 5" or 6" blocks. Yes the design is simple but I have seen some that are just amazing - not because of the pattern but in the way the colors are arranged. You can tie them down if your machine doesn't quilt well and if you need homes, Project Linus and other charities would be thrilled to have them! So get going, Mary, and don't worry about what will happen to your supplies - once you start, you won't have any extra supplies to worry about! Actually you may develop that secret persona that most quilters have - that of the fabraholic!


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