You all really came up with good points about issues on which quilters disagree. Thanks! Want to know my opinion on the questions about disagreement? Yep, I’ve always got an opinion on most everything! 🙂
Just remember that we all have opinions and preferences. What works for me may not work best for you. Heck, what works best for me today may not be what works best for me tomorrow. My recommendation is to try different techniques or methods and see which works best for you. Don’t do something because that’s the way it’s always been done or because Suzy Q. said to do it that way. You try it and if you like it and it works for you . . that’s the best way for you!
And, there’s not really a right or wrong way in most cases. I’ve seen winning quilts with every kind of batting imaginable; with every kind of thread imaginable; with binding finished by hand or by machine, etc.
Quilters for the most part are considerate and encouraging but if you’re of the opinion that ONLY hand finished binding is acceptable and you quilting friend finishes hers by machine, if she’s happy with it, why worry about it? You don’t have to tell your friend that she’s using the WRONG binding but you can simply suggest she try you favorite batting. You might want to try her favorite batting too because you might like it.
In the quilting world, there’s room for lots of opinions, lots of preferences, lots of hugs, lots of smiles. Have I told you all lately that I’m so glad most of my friends are quilters?
Here are answers to some of the issues that came up:
- Tearing or cutting: I prefer that quilt shops tear fabric. When I get home, I always tear off the cut edge. I don’t tear borders or anything else but I like my edges torn the first time.
- Washing or not washing: I wash everything. Before it ever gets to the sewing room, it gets washed.
- Batting: No strong convictions about batting. I love Mountain Mist Gold which is poly; I love Mountain Mist Rose which is cotton; I love Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 when it’s good . . it isn’t always good; I love Warm & Natural for wall hangings; I love Hobbs wool but I’ve never used Quilters Dream wool and I hear good things about that.
- Thread: I piece with Superior Masterpiece. I do a lot of quilting with Signature cotton. I also use Superior So Fine, sometimes I use Superior Bottom Line, sometimes I use Maxi-Lock.
- Steam or dry iron: I prefer steam. On the discussion about steam or dry, someone suggested spritzing with a bottle instead of steam from the iron. I tried it and when ironing lots of fabric, and the fabric felt damp even after pressing. Because I fold the fabric immediately and stick it on the shelves, I surely didn’t want to fold it while the least bit damp so my preference is still steam from the iron.
- Machine or Hand Quilting: I think you know the answer to that. The quilt I started hand quilting about 15 years ago isn’t finished . . if that tells you anything.
- Applique: I don’t do a lot of machine applique but if I did halfway decent needle turn (and one day I’m gonna!), it would be only needle turn for me.
- Hand guided vs. computer quilted: Many of us quilt for a living and a computerized machine is fantastic for that. As far as quilt shows and competition, I’m glad I’m not the one who has to make the decisions about what to do on that issue.
- Hand binding vs. machine binding: If it looks good, I don’t see what difference it makes. I’ve seen award winning quilts with the binding finished by machine. Unless you really look closely at my recent quilts, you’d have a hard time knowing they’re finished by machine.
Now you know how I feel about all the important issues in life! 🙂