Fiber Art Fun: 15 Signs You're a Quilter

What makes a quilter a quilter? Certainly, we are unique individuals with our own creative impulses and drives, but we do have so much in common–including a sense of humor. We asked around at the office and on our Facebook page, and came up with a list of signs that fabric art is in every fiber of your being (Facebook fans credited in parentheses).

fat quarters for fiber art
Go ahead–pet them. We get it.
(Fabric: Terrain by Kate Spain, Moda)

So step away from the sewing machine, put the needle and thread down, and see how many of these "signs" apply to you!

15 Signs You're a Quilter

1. You always have threads or fabric scraps on you, somewhere.

2. You pay more attention to the bedding than the action in a romantic movie scene. (Angelina Kendra)

3. Your neighbor is excited about her new kitchen, and you want to show off your new sewing table extension.

4. To you, parchment paper is not a baking supply.

5. You have more fabric than clothing . . . or food.

6. You pet fabric.

7. You step over all the laundry to wash the fabric first. (JoDee Bright)

8. You keep every scrap and thread. Because one day you might need it for a fiber art project.

9. You know the difference between fabric scissors and paper scissors, and woe to the friend or family member who doesn't.

10. When someone says you have great fat quarters, you say, "Thank you!"

11. The term "UFO" is not alien to you.

12. No matter where you go–hockey game, hardware store, horse barn–you see something that makes you think, "That would make a great quilt."

13. You plan your entire vacation around quilt stores that you want to visit. (Debbie Roback Nutter)

14. Your idea of a romantic destination is Mood.

15. You live by the phrase, "One can never have too much fabric.

I'm sure all of our Quilting Arts Magazine subscribers can relate to this list. If you don't already subscribe to Quilting Arts, take this as a sign that you should!

P.S. Put your tongue in your cheek and tell me your own signs that you are a quilter. Leave your comments below by Friday, February 14, 2014, and I'll pick two winners to receive a stack of fat quarters, one from Moda and the other from Cloud 9. WINNERS: dianeos and bmarie913! We will contact you for your addresses.

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97 thoughts on “Fiber Art Fun: 15 Signs You're a Quilter

  1. You watch a movie set in ancient times and say “wow, that’s a really hard color to achieve with natural dyes.”

    Every time you Loki at a painting and say, “I really like that one” your spouse says ” that’s because it looks like fabric.”

  2. When you make a pact with your best quilter friend that they go claim your fabric stash in the event of your death and vice versa because only a quilter knows the financial investment in fabric!

  3. Pretty sure they all apply to me – But life would be no fun if you couldn’t go to your closet when you can’t sleep in the middle of the night and say “Well, I could use these fabrics together if I can just find the right pattern…”

  4. I realized that fabric had probably become a too-large percentage of our laundry the day I realized that my husband was not only willing to fold freshly washed quilt fabric, he even knew how to fold it so it fit neatly into my storage.

  5. I realized that fabric had probably become a too-large percentage of our laundry the day I realized that my husband was not only willing to fold freshly washed quilt fabric, he even knew how to fold it so it fit neatly into my storage.

  6. I can relate to all 15 comments and many in the comments. Mine might be that I have most of my fabrics arranged by color so I can look at all of it and drool until I get around to adding more or using it in a project.

  7. I always have a small bag with some kind of hand work, that I will add to a quilt or the English Paper piece quilt that I have going on now for a Queen Bed….I spend at least 5 hours a day in my sewing room, now that I am retired…and love every min. of it.

  8. I always have a small bag with some kind of hand work, that I will add to a quilt or the English Paper piece quilt that I have going on now for a Queen Bed….I spend at least 5 hours a day in my sewing room, now that I am retired…and love every min. of it.

  9. I always have a small bag with some kind of hand work, that I will add to a quilt or the English Paper piece quilt that I have going on now for a Queen Bed….I spend at least 5 hours a day in my sewing room, now that I am retired…and love every min. of it.

  10. You know you’re a quilter when you hide new fabric purchases from your significant other. Actually – that’s the definition of a fabricaholic, but then, aren’t all quilters fabricaholics?!

  11. Guilty of ALL of them!
    You know you’re a quilter when:
    ….you see a beautiful fabric someone’s wearing and you ask the person wearing it if you can feel it.

  12. Glad to see I’m not the only one with loose threads as part of my attire. I’m always petting fabric, wherever it may be found. To answer about knowing you’re a quilter: When you know the names of fabric designers.

  13. You’ve never seen a quilting book or quilting magazine or tutorial that you didn’t have to own. Your idea of a romantic present that would make you absolutely giddy would be a gift of fat quarters. You have xxx (insert number) of quilting/sewing/ dyeing/embroidery projects going at any one time, You curate the trash because, hey, that almost discarded plastic food container has an interesting pattern that would probably look great printed on fabric. You look at old clothing and think I can remake that to look fabulous, or use that fabric in a quilt.

  14. Love the manhole cover comment. I recently saw a milk foam design in a cup of coffee, my sons girlfriend is a barista, and sai, oh that would make a cool quilting pattern.

    And another, you have thought of opening or buying your own quilt shop.

  15. While searching for a new home, the first thing I look for is adequate storage for “the stash”, sewing machine, cutting table, and design wall. That’s become as important as a functional kitchen.

  16. I agree with all these plus I get withdrawal if I don’t get to sewing for 2 days in a row. My favorite time is early morning in summer. So must light it can’t be waisted.

  17. You buy more fabric that coordinates with your scraps so you can make a quilt out of the scraps, resulting in more scraps that REQUIRE you to buy more fabric so you can make a quilt out of the new scraps……

  18. Haha! I thought I was the only one who has already told my best friend she will get my stash if I die, that I was the only one with a folder for manhole covers in my quilting folder on my computer. Guess not. My quilting fabric is neatly washed, pressed, wrapped onto comic book backer boards, and shelved by the color wheel, but I can’t find my boots.

  19. Oh you should have no end date – just a winner every month
    My signs –

    When you dream in colour, textures, shape etc which then adds up to the design

    When driving a car or flying, a sunset, clouds landscape or flowering plants becomes the bases for your design

    When old clothes stir up your creative juices for a quilt, quilted jacket or bag

    No surface left untouched by something to do with fabric threads embellishments lace dyeing painting books patterns etc

    As some said “guilty as charged”

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