What are your favorite and not so favorite parts of quilting? Don’t say cleaning up after yourselves! 🙂
There’s designing the quilt or choosing the pattern. I love that part.
There’s choosing the fabrics — pulling fabrics from the shelves, either your own shelves or those at the fabric shop. I love that part too. There was a time when I much preferred for the quilt shop ladies to choose my fabrics but I enjoy doing it myself now.
There’s cutting all the pieces. I don’t mind that part either. I sometimes cut all my pieces at once or sometimes I’ll cut what I need for a while and then go back and cut more.
There’s the sewing and the pressing.
There’s making blocks.
There’s sewing the blocks together into rows and then sewing the rows together to make the top.
There are the borders. You know I love borders but often by the time I get to the borders, I’m so ready to start on the next project that I want to skimp on the borders. That’s why if I’m making a pieced border, I do those, along with the other borders first so that they’re all cut and pieced and ready to be attached to the top. That way, I’m less likely to go on to the next top without finishing the borders.
Want to know my least favorite part of the whole quilting process?
Loading the quilt onto the longarm! That’s the part I do not like at all! If I have a top waiting to be quilted, I will put it off forever just because I dislike loading it. The backing has to be loaded. Then the top. Then the batting inserted. It’s really not a big deal so o. . why do I put it off?
When I was doing a lot of quilting for others, as soon as I finished one quilt, I’d go ahead and load the next one. It’s so much easier to get started quilting when the top is already loaded.
My Sunny Side Up top is loaded and ready to be quilted. Yesterday afternoon I could’ve gotten started on it but the call of the knitting project was too great and I spent the whole evening knitting.
At least it’s loaded and ready when I’m ready to start. I don’t mind the quilting or the binding . . just the loading. Weird, huh?