Let’s Get Acquainted! Blog Hop – It’s my turn!

Welcome to my little piece of blogland, also known as The Crafty Quilter! It’s my day to participate in the Let’s Get Acquainted! Blog Hop hosted by Plum and June.  Thank you, Beth, for organizing this event – that’s no small task!

So thanks for joining me on this day and if you’re new, I hope you take a look around and check out some of my past tutorials and tips.  Here’s a little round up of some finished projects:

To make things interesting, Beth gave us a few questions to answer so that people could get to know us a little better.  Here are a few that I’ll try to tackle:

How long have I been quilting?  I started quilting about 14 years ago at the insistence request of my older sister who was already a master quilter.  She must have known I’d be hooked!

What’s my favorite blogging tip?  Take lots of pictures and edit them!  Good, quality pictures can paint a better picture than words.

What’s my favorite fabric?  Well, I love most of them, like all of them, and own half of them!  Do I have to narrow it down?

What’s my favorite quilting tip?  I’m really becoming fond of spray starch, especially Mary Ellen’s Best Press.  I use it before I start cutting my fabrics and it helps give it that extra crispness so that my cutting and piecing are more accurate.

Binding by hand or machine?  Both!  It depends on the size and intended use of the quilt.  If I’m in a hurry, I’ll do it by machine, and if I know it’s going to be washed a lot, I’ll also use the machine to finish it off.  It’s always very satisfying to finish one by hand, though.

I have a simple project to share with you today and it’s sure to make you giggle!  This is my “Quilter’s Motto” that was originally found as an old clipping taped to a wall:

“No one expects the stamp collector to actually mail letters with his stamps.  No one expects the coin collector to use his coins in a vending machine for soda.

So why does everyone expect me to use my fabric collection to actually sew anything?”

I’m not a fabriholic; I’m a fabric collector!

If you have seen this before, and know who the author is, please let me know.  I’d love to give them credit!

You can download the pdf file here: Quilter’s Motto from The Crafty Quilter

I printed the words onto Printed Treasures (printable fabric) and trimmed it to 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. You can find the printable fabric here:  Dritz Printed Treasures 5-Pack Sew-on Ink Jet Fabric Sheets, White

Here are all of the supplies you’ll need:

  • Quilter’s Motto, 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2″
  • 1/8 yard fabric for inside border; cut into (4) 1 1/2″ x  10 1/2″ wide strips
  • 1 package of 2 1/2″ mini-charm squares by Moda or (26) 2 1/2″ squares from your stash
  • 1 fat quarter for backing
  • 1/4 yard fabric for binding
  • Scrap of batting

Step 1:  Attach two of the 1 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ inner border strips to each side of the motto.  Press towards the borders.

Step 2:  Attach remaining two inner border strips to top and bottom of motto and press towards the borders.

Step 3:  Lay out the 2 1/2″ squares around the center motto as you would like them.  There will be 6 on each side and 7 along the top and bottom.

Step 4:  Stitch the side 2 1/2″ squares together and press in one direction.  Attach to one side of center motto.  Press towards inner border.  Repeat on other side.

Step 5:  Stitch the top 2 1/2″ squares together and press the two end squares toward the outside, so that the seams will be opposing when attached to the center motto.  Stitch to the top of the quilt.  Repeat for the bottom row of squares.

Step 6:  Layer, baste, quilt and bind!

Well, that was easy enough, right?  I think every quilter should have one of these in her sewing room, don’t you?

And, I’m having my first ever give away!  I have a Quilter’s Motto panel (printed) plus a mini-charm pack from Moda (Tapestry by Fig Tree) as one give away….

… and this finished Quilter’s Motto Wall Hanging as another!

All you have to do is leave me a comment, and I’ll pick two winners on Sunday, October 21.

Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of the hop.  Please make sure to visit my co-partner today, Melissa, and the other blog hoppers this week:

Oct 16

Vicki from Quilting Lodge Blog
Liz from Dandelion Daydreams

Oct 18
Melissa from issa.ino: handmade
Julie from The Crafty Quilter

Happy Quilting!



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  1. I was wondering if you sell this as a kit or just sell the motto would love to get 2 at least.

    please let me know.


    1. lol..never mind..guess i should read everything..It fits me and my sister to a tee..Thank you

  2. I love your “motto” it fits me to a tee!! I have a friend who nags me to use what I have and stop buying more, needless to say she just doesn’t get it! So I will be making this for my wall!
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the post! This little wall quilt makes me smile. Your photography is always so beautifully composed and fresh….I find myself wanting to make everything!

  4. Thanks for the post! The little wall quilt makes me smile. Your photography is always so beautifully composed and fresh….I find myself wanting to make everything!

  5. I love the wall hanging and plan to put it in my longarm studio. Thanks for sharing. Okay, how do I print your directions from this blog. Thanks, Fran

  6. I just read this and added the motto and the tut to my computer; I found this post via TQS. I wasn’t following blogs back in 2012 but found you pretty quickly and love you and your blog. I’ve heard this motto thought before and always considered it ‘right on’. I love that you memorialized the sentiment and I’m sure I’ll use it – maybe on a sewing machine cover… Thank you.

  7. I love this project! I’ve downloaded the quilter’s motto and I’m on my way to selecting the fabrics to use making two, one for me and one to give to a fellow quilter! Thank you.

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  9. That is TOO true of us quilters! I love it! I am decorating my “room” & would love to hang it on my wall!! Please pick me!

  10. So glad I found you by browsing, what a find !!!.
    I love how you make everything so simple.
    I love the Mitre Tool, I will try and find 1 here in Australia,if not I will order on line.

    I am going to put the Motto in my software and embroider a wall Hanging for my daughter, who is also a quilter.
    Thank you for sharing.

  11. Sorry, Sharon, it was another “Sharon B.” that won. I tried to check for other Sharon’s before I posted the winner and it must have slipped by me that you were there. My first give away and I’ve learned a few things. My apologies!

  12. Great motto, that really made me laugh! I love the way that you’ve used it too, it looks really good with the mini charm pack.

  13. Can u tell me who Sharon B. is that won the Quilters Motto all done, I have been on here and Sew site and my name is Sharon B. so just wondering? Just love the site…..thanks.

  14. Love the quote and the wall hanging. Too Cute.
    Thanks for sharing. found your blog on Sew Many Things.
    I’m a new follower.

    Have a great weekend!

  15. Julie,
    I realize that I missed October 21st and the give away and comments are not the same as paragrahs. But I had to say it to you anyway because it is truth to me.


  16. Julie,
    I love your Crafty Quilter Blog. I have always admired you and your talents. You are such a sweet, humble, awesome teacher. Your way of teaching is always clear and calm. No pressure to get to the next step and spending as much individual time as is possible. You have challenged me to challenge myself on my quilting and my Sweet Sista’ Di appreciates what I take on because her motto is to “KEEP IT SIMPLE AND MAKE IT FAST.” She makes many more beautiful unique quilts than I do and I love her taste and style.
    You are forever my first and favorite quilter teacher and I am amazed at how you manage to do so much in a day and keep your blog site fresh and real!

    Oh yeah. I love that quote because it defines my quilting style to everyone, especially my husband and it would take me 9 months to make one of my own.

  17. Hi Julie, I think we have met before, but it has been lovely reading more about you and seeing examples of your work. I just LOVE that quote! So funny and true! It looks gorgeous with all those lovely fabrics around it 🙂

  18. I love that fabric collection; I used it earlier this year to make a tabletop quilt. I’d love for you to share this at my link party!


  19. LOOOOOOOVE your lil’ quilt…truest sayin’ ever!!! Is sooooo “ME”!!! LOL

    Thanks for a chance to win your Drawing! 🙂

  20. I don’t know how I missed this post so I’m probably too late but just had to tell you that you’ve done it again!! Love the quote and the way you put that together. Love everything you do.

  21. I love the motto! I used it on my husband today though his eyes just glazed over when I mentioned “needing” to drop in a quilt shop. Love your site too!

  22. I love that quote! It is so my reality. My older sister got me into quilting as well. She taught herself with books from the library, and then I learned from watching her, and from more books, and the internet, of course.

    Nice to ‘meet’ you!

  23. Hi Julie it is so nice to meet you. I love your tutorial and your Motto, so funny it did make me giggle. But is is so true. I have a very very small fabric collection and there are some that I just can bare the thought of cutting into them.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  24. I just want you to know that when I log into my e-mail and see that there is a new entry from “The Crafty Quilter”, it makes my whole day so much better! Thanks for posting the tutorials etc… I love this!!! =-)

  25. It’s so nice to meet you! I’m the younger sister in my family, but I’m also working to get my older sister to start quilting with me. 😉 I think I almost have her convinced! Thanks for the great tutorial too.

  26. I love the printed fabric, thanks for the link on that one. Your project is great and I’m lovin the blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. I love your blog and your style, Julie! I have been an avid fan since the beginning. I know so many people who’d like one of your fabric collector mini quilt.

  28. I bought this printed quote years ago and it has been waiting in my stash for inspiration. I love the colors you used. You had me at the red with white dots.

  29. I agree with Terri, this was hanging someplace special at the Granary. I love it and thanks for the instructions!

  30. I was almost thinking that the end og the motto should be ” so why does everyone want to use my fabric to quilt them something?” Lol!!

  31. Thanks so much for the great tutorials. You inspire me! I am going to tell everyone that I am a fabric collector. I know I have some “priceless” pieces!

  32. It was really nice to see this Julie, especially since I’ve had the printed panel for years and forgot what I had planned for. Yours is so cheery looking!

  33. Love that quote!! Didn’t I see it “somewhere” at the Granary? I think I copied it several years ago. I also love the fabrics you used and how you used them to frame it.

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