Once upon a time, when I was a fledgling quilter, I recall making my first quilt in blissful ignorance of what was to eventuate. Little did I know that it was the beginning of a life-long obsession, and the quilter’s tell-tale signs were already in place.
At first, I thought I could make just one quilt, but as I stitched, I started thinking about the next one – and the next one after that. You guessed it, there came a day when I knew I had a problem. It started out innocently enough – I was cleaning the bath tub. As with most things menial, my mind wasn’t on the job. My mind was in a wonderland of fabrics, designs and quilts. In fact, my mind was so full of quilts I started to hyperventilate. It was a light-bulb moment. This was the moment I knew I was a quilter.
Since that day there have been many more signs. If you can relate to any of the following quilter’s tell-tale signs, then it’s pretty obvious you’re also a quilter.
Quilter’s tell-tale signs
- When you enter your local quilt store (LQS) time stands still. Hours pass without your knowledge.
- You leave the LQS with two fat quarters, a jelly roll and a charm pack even though you only went in for a spool of thread.
- You buy fabric just because you like it.
- You have fabric in your stash that you love too much use.
- You pat your finished blocks.
- You pat your friend’s finished blocks.
- You pat everyone’s finished blocks.
- Your vacuum cleaner brush has stopped spinning because of tangled threads.
- You dog/cat/toddler/husband have snippets of fabric stuck to them.
- You can no longer eat at the dining table because it’s covered with quilts in progress.
- You wear your thimble to bed/work/dinner because you’ve forgotten you’re wearing it.
- You don’t go to movies anymore because you can’t sew there.
- The doctor/hairdresser/dentist picks threads off you before treating you.
- You look at someone’s dress/sofa/curtains and wish you could cut into it because it would be perfect for your block.
- You DON’T do mending and NEVER replace buttons.
- You want to quilt/stitch/cut every day and can’t imagine a life without quilting.