1. Where do you buy your fabric?

I buy quilting cottons ONLY at quilt shops – in person or online.

2.. Do you pre-wash?

Yes. I’ve seen fabrics bleed onto quilts and it’s ugly.

3. What’s your favorite thread?

I have a few. I really like Aurafil and Superior. Gutermann and Metler make really great threads, too.

4. How long have you been quilting?

Twenty five years. Yikes!

5. What kind of binding do you make?

Bias. Always.

6. Do you have a favorite batting?

It depends on the end use. Mostly I use cotton batting.  Wool and alpaca are beautiful in quilts, though they aren’t my go-to. They are a little heavy for the South.

7. Do you use patterns?

The majority of my quilts are my own designs but from time to time it’s fun to make a quilt using a pattern.

8. Do you quilt your own quilts or use a long arm quilter?

Again, it depends on the end use. I enjoy quilting by hand and on my machine but I also adore my friend, Regina, that does all my long arm quilting when needed. She’s been doing more and more for me since I don’t have enough hours in a day.

9. How do you find time to quilt?

Now that both my kids are in school it’s easier to find time to sew. I also sew once they are in bed at night.

10. Have you ever had any quilts or projects published?

Yes, several. I made a bag to go into my friend, Sarah’s book. I have had several of my tops in magazines and one made the COVER of the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler (May 2007)

Yep! That’s MY quilt on the cover!!!

Most recently, I’ve written a book, Piecing Makeover. It is published by C&T and will be available in September 2016.

4 thoughts on “FAQ’s

    • Patty Murphy says:

      At one point in time I did, but I don’t any longer. I’m not sure where you are but google for local quilt shops in your area. If you call them I’m sure they can help you find someone to make a quilt for you.


    • Patty Murphy says:

      I always use a stabilizer. My favorite is Woven Fusible, but any woven interfacing will work. The knit shirts will stretch if you don’t stabilize them, making piecing and quilting difficult. It adds weight, so be mindful of how many shirts you use in a quilt – 15-18 is usually about right, more if they are smaller. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions!


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