We first got the idea to create a series of quilting wisdom posts to share with our readers last Autumn after watching Alias Grace. The dramatised version of Margaret Atwood's novel was released on Netflix in 2018, and it was our Deputy Editor Laura Pritchard who was the first to tip the rest of us off about the abundance of quilting themes and quotes that the series contained.


There really are too many beautiful quilting quotes in Alias Grace to include them all in this post, but we recommend it for anyone who enjoys reading books with a sewing theme. Inspired by the book, we're sharing a collection of some of our favourite quilting memes and sayings, as gathered by the Today's Quilter team. Have we missed out your favourite? Let us know!

1. May your bobbin always be full

Ah the pain of quilting your best pattern, only to discover the bobbin thread ran out 10 minutes ago...

May your bobbin always be full

2. Measure twice, cut once

So so true, and yet we still sometimes forget and are filled with regret!

Measure twice, cut once

3. Quilt 'til you wilt

This pretty much sums up our life mantra

Quilt 'til you wilt

4. Love me, love my stash

Not that our stash is out of control of course, oh no...

Love me, love my stash

5. A quilt will warm your body and comfort your soul

Possibly the truest of all the sayings on this page... quilts bring us comfort in more ways than one.

A quilt will warm your body and soothe your soul

6. My soul is fed by needle and thread

This explains why we haven't put down a needle since we learnt to sew at school.

My soul is fed by needle and thread

7. Finished is better than perfect

Because imperfections just mean something was made with love (so we tell ourselves when our mitred corners are off-kilter).

Finished is better than perfect

8. A good day is a day spent quilting

That feeling when we have a whole weekend day stretching ahead and nowhere else to be... bliss!

A good day is a day spent quilting

Have we missed out your favourite quilty quote from this list?

Get in touch and tell us about it! We'll add our favourites to this post. You can find us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

In case you're wondering...

The initial quote Laura found, from Margaret Atwood's novel, was:


"The other quilt was called Attic Windows; it had a great many pieces, and if you looked at it one way it was closed boxes, and when you looked at it another way the boxes were open, and I suppose the closed boxes were the attics and the open ones were the windows; and that is the same with all quilts, you can see them two different ways, by looking at the dark pieces, or else the light."


Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor, Gathered.how

Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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