1. The decision to pin baste or spray baste is a delicate balance between the tedious nature of pin basting and paranoia that inhaling aerosol glue fumes is going to cause me some sort of invisible bodily harm. In the back of my mind, adhesive mist is to be feared. I blame this phobia on my previous pregnancies. I started reading labels, and much to my dismay, many had warnings about about the products causing cancer in California. Is it too much to hope that the product's cancer-causing tendencies do not extend to New Mexico? I suspect so. Soon I realized wall plaster, and super glue, and spray paint, and about every craft item I touched had some sort of ominous warning.
2. I hand sewing the binding onto the back side of every quilt because, in spite of my efforts, I always miss sections when attempting binding entirely by machine.
3. I stopped going to the local quilt shop where I took my first quilt class since they took in several cats, and I'm wildly allergic. I don't mind blog posts featuring pets though; I've had no allergic reactions via the internet.
4. Denyse Schmidt and Anna Marie Horner fabrics don't make my socks go up and down. I saw that expression online somewhere, and I think it's funny, so I'm stealing it
5. I don't prewash my fabrics, but sometimes they have bled and made me wish I had. But, I like to live dangerously, so I still don't. Besides, then I'd have to iron them, and if I enjoyed that I'd get to the big ol' pile of clothes under my ironing board.
6. I like to make smaller quilts since I have an irrational fear of being smothered by the bulk as I free-motion quilt larger projects. A rational fear would be the potential of being smushed beneath my fabric hoard with my legs sticking out like the wicked witch of the west without the awesome striped socks. Note to self: Buy striped socks.
7. I collect fabric and UFOs. I've lost track of how many UFOs I have. I'm not going to count either because I'd rather start another project.
8. I press to the side almost always.
9. Partial seams and English paper piecing scare me, so I stay away from them as if they were contagious diseases.
10. I run over my pins, but I use the skinny glass head ones, so it's ok. It's harder to hit a smaller target.
11. I use steam. It's like a high-class spa. Chush. Chush. (That's the steam sound, in case you were wondering.)
12. I learned the hard way about purchasing expensive, heavy sewing machines on eBay. Then, I learned you should forfeit your shipping cost and send the machine back to the eBay seller right away when it arrives damaged instead of trying to get it fixed. You will avoid shaming yourself at local businesses in a futile effort to correct the machine's maladies. The seller will get all their money back from FedEx, regardless of how badly the machine was packaged, but you won't. Bummer. You will feel stupid and ashamed because you wasted money that could have been spent on your fabric collection. And you are cheap. Or maybe that's just me.