Question Mark

The 'Question Marks' on Quilt around the World are regular polls on any topic to do with quilting, patchwork and other textile crafts. You will be able to see the result of the poll after you have cast your vote. You are welcome to submit any question you would like to ask the Quilt around the World members. Please send your questions to

Are Copyright Laws “Right”?

I never copy anything from books or magazines and I always give credit when I use ideas from other quilters in my own work.
88% (7 votes)
One of my own patterns or items has been copied without proper acknowledgement, but this doesn’t bother me at all.
0% (0 votes)
I occasionally copy patterns because I don’t think that I should have to pay full price for only one or two patterns.
13% (1 vote)
I don’t exhibit my work because I am afraid of copycats.
0% (0 votes)
If I think that anybody could have had a particular idea, it is ok to use it as common property.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 8

What do you think about deadlines in quilting?

I need deadlines to get going. If there is no external deadline, I set one myself.
73% (11 votes)
Deadlines are not important for me. They neither help me to get things done nor are they inhibiting.
13% (2 votes)
I hate deadlines and would rather not participate in group projects or any other project with a deadline than feel pressurized b
13% (2 votes)
Total votes: 15

When is a scrap a scrap?

Anything smaller than a fat eighth is a scrap for me.
8% (1 vote)
If the piece is smaller than a 5” square (12.5 cm) it goes into my scrap stash.
17% (2 votes)
I agree with the Quilt around the World definition: Anything smaller than 2” to 3” square is a scrap.
67% (8 votes)
The smaller the better: A 1” square can still be sewn into a ½” finished size square and is not a scrap.
8% (1 vote)
Total votes: 12

Purchasing Fabric: Stashing or Planning?

I always plan my quilts and buy exactly the quantity required for each project.
0% (0 votes)
I do some planning and then buy an approximate quantity.
14% (2 votes)
I buy fabric whenever I find something I like.
50% (7 votes)
I have a stash of fabric which I try to keep balanced as to colours and patterns.
14% (2 votes)
I neither plan all my quilts nor do I suffer from compulsory stash building. My shopping behaviour varies from project to projec
21% (3 votes)
Total votes: 14

Are there ugly fabrics?

Yes, of course.
21% (3 votes)
No, there aren't. Everything is relative in life and tastes are different.
21% (3 votes)
Fabrics can be ugly, but they can always be made into something beautiful.
57% (8 votes)
Total votes: 14

To prewash or not to prewash?

I always prewash fabric.
45% (5 votes)
I never prewash fabric.
36% (4 votes)
It depends on the fabric and/or the project.
18% (2 votes)
Total votes: 11

What should Johann do with his first UFO?

A cushion cover to make life easier for the poor guy.
8% (1 vote)
A sampler quilt so that he can learn more techniques.
17% (2 votes)
Frame it and put it on the wall to commemorate the historic moment.
75% (9 votes)
Total votes: 12

Should old quilt tops and old quilt blocks be finished or left as they are?

No, you should never alter an old quilt top or old quilt blocks.
0% (0 votes)
It depends on the quilt top or the blocks (e. g. on the age).
56% (9 votes)
The owner of the quilt top and quilt block can do whatever he or she likes to do.
44% (7 votes)
Total votes: 16
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