Survey comments, part 1

Question two of the survey was “what techniques do you use?” and there were a lot that I forgot to include in the check boxes, including:
crazy quilting
embellishment for art quilts (beads, embroidery thread, wire, yarn, sheer fabrics for layering)
machine reverse applique
settings that are not assembled in rows of same sized blocks
Hawaiian applique
invisible machine applique
Celtic applique
Cathedral windows
Micro blocks – finished block size of 3″ or less
digital collages printed onto fabric
t-shirt quilts
dresden plate

There were also a number of interesting comments:

“WTF is trapunto and bargello? I must investigate!”

“Whatever it takes to get the shapes I want together!”

“I’m up to trying whatever a pattern requires! I will make a practice run to see if I really want to do a whole quilt with the technique. It is a great learning experience.”

“Being new, I try to incorporate at least one new skill into every quilt I make. Sometimes I make a top just for fun, but I am attempting to increase the difficulty level as I go along.”

“I try to learn a new technique with every quilt and have started designing my own quilts. Fly Swallows Was the most difficult with lots of Y seams and 48 pieces. And I have designed my own paper pieced blocke a butterfly and a crow. And I am learning template pieceing a la Ruth McDowell.”

“Everything but applique, I’m just too impatient to be that fussy!”

“I’ve only made 5 quilts (completed) and have another 1 in the works and more designs. I want to try as many techniques as I can, because I like the look of so many and would love to achieve it myself. I don’t particularly like wonky blocks so won’t try them, but have tried improvising in that I didn’t plan the quilt before I started. I just started sewing. So far have pieced large squares and small pinwheels for this one.”

Finally, you must check out the links from this comment:

“I’m working on translating mathematical tilings, like Penrose tilings, into quilts. They have symmetries of unusual numbers, such as 5 and 7, so they don’t correspond at all to standard quilt patterns. See and for examples.”



  1. You’re right. The Penrose tiling quilt is stunning. I hope she feels a lot of love from us quilters, and gets a lot of attaboys. I’m hoping to add mine, too.

    Thanks for doing the survey. It was interesting to see how few call themselves master quilters, yet have dived into the quilting with great enthusiasm. This makes my heart sing.

  2. I wondered how someone had randomly stumbled onto my tiling quilts! I’d gotten a few questions that seemed sort of out of the blue. Now I know why.

    (Disclaimer that is obvious if you read my site: my speed of output has slowed down tremendously since December, as my husband was in a near-fatal accident then that he’s still recovering from.)

    Elizabeth: I’m sure there are other quilters out there like me, but I don’t think they’re in northeastern Alabama, where I am…

  3. A follow-up — I’m finally putting together the bravery to seek some fellow crazy, adventurous quilters who might be willing to help me beta-test custom plastic templates from ponoko for tiling quilts. I’ve got a full explanation up at — if you know of anyone who might want to tackle this sort of thing, I’d love to hear from them.

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