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Thread: How many of our tools/toys do we really need?

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    Some of the antique quilts are so incredible!

    And to think that they were done with such simple tools.

    I do wonder how they achieved their accuracy.

    Anyone know?

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    Super Member sewjoyce's Avatar
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    I wish I did know -- maybe then my blocks, using all the newfangled stuff we now have, would be much more accurate :oops: :oops:

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    they weren't rushing thru their projects.

    most of the women back then stayed at home.

    today we have the same responsibilities at home but we also have to work a full time job and now that the life expectancy is longer some of us are caring for our parents.

    so today's woman has to raise children, work full time, care for the home, and care for our parents.

    some where in between all of this we have to find time to quilt.

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    I think that's the key.... a lot of our toys are time saving devices.

    And there was no tv back then... they had to do something to keep entertained! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Also, a lot of women quilted together-whether it was piecing blocks or actual quilting. And they got together often- we don't have that social network anymore. Everyone just seems too busy!
    You are so right. We are all so busy it is hard to find time to quilt. When we find the time we need all the time saving tools we can find.

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    Y'know, this is probably going to sound sacrilegious, but I think we're a lot more obsessed by accuracy now than the average quilter was in the past. I mean, there were people who did magnificent work then, just as now, but most quilts were more utilitarian.

    Re: the original question...argh...it's guilt-producing to look around and see all the tools/toys I was so *sure I needed and are just sitting there...

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    I guess I need lots of them ... I love them. They make quilting so much more fun and accurate. Those women also had the family to teach them the ins and outs of quilting. I have had to learn on my own. Well mostly.
    I am dutch and I use everything I buy. I don't feel one ounce of remorse over it.

    My name is Redgarnet and I am a quiltaholic and toolaholic too. It's my only hobby besides gardening that costs me a little something.

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    Power Poster Mousie's Avatar
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    my name is quiltncrazy and I am a quiltaholic and a toolaholic, and a bookaholic, and a pictureaholic, and a grandbabyaholic, LOL...not in that order.
    I don't feel any remorse, whatsoever, about my tools, bc I use them. I may not use each one a lot, but I have a lot and I use them.
    I do not buy expensive clothes or shoes, not a lot of makeup, gave up special hair coloring, tinting to make more room in budget, for the things I really want.
    I don't go anywhere, except grocery store, and hubby volunteers to do a lot of that, so, hey...I let him. I go see grandbaby's, and once or twice a month we go visit his dad.
    We do go to church, but it is not far from here, and I go to the doctor, when I need to get new prescriptions.
    I am a homebody, I keep a clean house, I keep my hubby fed and in clean clothes, and I am a fairly generous person. I feel that I earned my toys :D
    guilt is for the guilty. I say I feel guilty sometimes, and then it passes, lol. :XD:

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    tigerlily11's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
    Good attitude quiltncrazy. I can dig it.

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    Super Member Rose Marie's Avatar
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    Clay Springs AZ
    I cannot resist buying gadgets that I may use someday.
    I have gadgets stashed away that I have forgotten I had. I just bought yoyo makers and have no idea when I will find the interest to use them.
    I blame Joanns coupons, just have to use them on something.

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