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Thread: Had my first experience with the "Quilt Police"

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    Had my first experience with the "Quilt Police"

    I was visiting my LQS the other day. I hadn't been in there in quite a while. I was looking around and the service rep. came and asked if she could help me. I said not really since I don't know what all I want and it will probably be alot since I hadnt purchased anything in a while.

    I was talking to her and telling her I was in the process of completing my 1st full size quilt. I am doing it in a QAYG process. I was telling her how I had started using Sharon Schamber's method of using elmer's glue with the fine metal tip attached and set with the iron instead of pinning (which usually results in me stabbing myself 14 times. It also stabilized it much more for me. For a beginner quilter and sewist this is VERY important. I guess it took a minute to register what I said because she asked me again what I was doing and where I learned this. I told her again and she got this horrified look on her face like I had just told her I was making my quilt with my own feet! Then asked who Sharon Shamber was. I thought this odd but ok. She also said "I would NEVER do that to one of MY quilts". This is fine since I believe we all find what works for us and use it. I know people have firm beliefs on things in quilting. For HER that works.

    I told her "Well since MY quilts arent exactly masterpieces or even worthy of a competition yet, but more about passing on a part of me to my family. However, I feel confident that there are much less qualified people I could learn techinques from than a Master Quilter that wins almost any competition she enters! Glue AND ALL!!!" lol. I also use spray basting too!!! OMG!!! lol...

    It was funny and I think she got how she came across because she backed up and repeated what I had said about finding what works for you and using it. I told her she should really look up who Sharon Schamber is since she is a highly renowned quilter.

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    Good for you in standing up for yourself! And I agree, use what works for you!
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    I think that what you said to the "policewoman" should have made her re-evaluate her mission. I hope she will choose to "help the public" more and intimidate it less in the future.

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    Just say "no" to the quilt police.

    Okay, there are a lot of quilters out there but not know Sharon Shamber? Maybe cause I'm on the West coast and knowe her. a lot of "western" quilters aren't as known in other regions. But still. And she worked at a quilt shop? Really?
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    Maybe she wasn't with the police force, and you gave her a little education.

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    at least you didn't get a ticket, lol!!

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    The poor thing must be trapped in some world where she's isolated from the major shows, book and magazine coverage of all the latest and greatest. Poor thing, bless her heart.

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    LOL I love the way you handled it and I am in the Midwest and have heard of Sharon- the employee at the quilt store needs to get out more
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    There are names for people like that ... and they aren't nice.

    Good for you for "talking back" to the quilt police!
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    Check mate one for the quilters and 0 for the quilt police, LOL
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    I'm glad you stood up to such bigotry .... and I am so glad there is more than one way to accomplish a feat. I wish I had your chutzpa. Yeah!
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Sometimes it's easy to think one way is the only way. Glad you found what is working for you and that you had no problem stating such. Good job not letting the sales person get to you. She should have been rejoicing that you wanted to make purchases and enjoy making more quilts. Way to go for not giving in. Ofcourse for every method there's a reason why to do it and why not.

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    I am thrilled you had the confidence to stand up to the police, sounds like she was "pulling you over" without probable cause.

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    What is wrong with people? I cannot imagine being so self assured that I would critisize someone else and what they do!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    What state do you live it?? Please keep the Quilt Police in your state. Thank you-----

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    OMG that is funny. Hope she learned from you, seem she needs a class LOL.

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    You handled the situation well. I bet she is going to feel like a real turkey when she gets around to Googling Sharon Schamber. I would so pay to be a fly on her wall when that happened!
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    I really think this why so many LQS go out of business, they don't encourage you, they often belittle and insult the customers!
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    I'm glad you put the sour-pussed, uppity, no-it-all broad in her place.

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    it's amazing how some people are so set in their ways that they can't believe anyone else would do it differently... like glueing in place of sewing (and some people do liquid stitch)... wow... I'm so glad you stood up for yourself, she needed to wake up! lol
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    Don't you just love THEM?? I went to to quilt retreat a few months ago. The project I was working on was a quilt that I was hired to make. I had done the pattern before, but in a much smaller size. I was having a problem with the piecing, but knew I had to do some frog sewing (rip it rip it) One woman came over to me and told me I would lose my points if I sewed the pieces togethers ( like tell me something, this is why I was unsewing) She then looked at me and said - "and this person is PAYING you for this??
    Well - three months later, I am finished with the King sized quilts, all the points are right where they belong and the new owner is thrilled.
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    I would never give my money to any quilt shop owner/rep that didn't know of Sharon Schamber. That's pure ignorance. I would have laughed in her face. Sharon Schamber wins every show she enters. No one has to agree with her methods but no one can argue her quilts are masterpieces. There are only 26 Master Quilters acknowledged by NQA. Sharon Schamber was given the honor in 2008.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 12-23-2011 at 02:24 PM.
    Got fabric?

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    Moderately off topic, but where do you find the glue with the metal tip...I've looked a couple places and couldn't find it. I haven't had an experience like you had but I always feel like an outsider and my quilt shop....

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    Kudos to you!! And I just started using that same turned edge technique....Works great!!
    Have an inspring day!
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    all I could do is laugh.....I use a glue stick instead of liquid glue, but it all works the same....and I spray baste too.....I use whatever technique works the best for me.....I don't have time to be incredibly fussy and most of the time you wouldn't be able to see my little oops unless you look really close .....unless it's a paid job, I let most of them go - it gives them character! LOL!!!

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