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    We email instead of using the post office, we do on-line banking instead of going to the bank. I do not know of many men that do wood working with "hand" tools when they have power tools. Is your house any less clean if you use a vacum cleaner over a broom? Why do those think it is not quilting if we make it with our sewing machines. We all quilt the way we want too.

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    I wear quilts! I learned to make pieced, traditional quilt type fabric and cut a sweatshirt pattern out of it. The batting happens to be flannel for wearability. People go nuts if I happen to wear one of these to a quilt show.

    I think the Chinese and other older cultures used to make padded clothing for warmth. Houses weren't heated.

    Some people simply don't have the room for a FMQ machine, some have no desire to use one.
    I can do quite a bit of quilting with feed dogs up, Pfaff IDT down, and the foot lifter pedal on the machine.
    The actual pattern I might be using is drawn and marked FREEHAND. Since it's usually small stuff, it isn't too bad. If the blocks are small enough - say a certain sized raggie, I'll use the embroidery machine and the bean stitch.

    People need to lighten up.

    BTW with those sweatshirts, I had quilted an oval pattern down the arm. I used a template, but used the triple straight stitch on the machine. Since it was red on black it was still vivid after 5 years. A couple of quilters wanted to know how I got that effect. The triple straight stitch is on most machines. even basic ones. You just have to count to know where your needle is when you need to pivot. Not much different than using a blanket stitch. You have to know where you are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Annie68 is absolutely right. Why argue about what a word means? Was there some underlying hostility that just found an opportunity to come out?
    I think it is called jea-lousy
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ2 View Post
    got in the middle of a heated debate with quilters...never encountered anything like it. I've been quilting 30+ yrs, started by hand went on to machine and now longarm. Still do it all 3 ways.

    The debate was on "are you really a quilter if you, "only sew the top" meaning that the top is sent out to be quilted by someone else.

    Never heard this debated before, and it was heated!

    Any thought on this ladies?

    PS... I left and went home to quilt
    I piece tops. I have no interest in the hand quilting to attack layers together. I don't care what I get called.

    I do know that you can get into some ugly discussions when machine quilting/long arm quilting enters the mix. One of the women at church insists that the only true quilting is piecing by hand and quilting by hand. LIKE HER MOTHER DID. But she can't do it, she just expects us to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewflower View Post
    Here is the definition of quilting and quilter: Quilting is a sewing method done to join two or more layers of material together to make a thicker padded material. A quilter is the name given to someone who works at quilting. Quilting can be done by hand, by sewingmachine, or by a specialist longarm quilting system.
    It really is a silly agrument. You did the right thing and went home
    the way I read your post is that those of us who piece are left out of the equation?
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    Gwyn, you're absolutely right. Now I'm a contractor. Thank you.

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    Does she still beat her rugs instead of vacuuming them, too?

    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    My EX daughter-in-law told me one time that her mother did not think that "anybody" (meaning me) was not a quilter unless they cut out fabric with a scissors and had hand pieced and hand quilted a quilt - as she did. Actually she had to go to her church sewing group once a week and use their tables to cut out her fabric because she could not find a square inch in her house clean enough to lay a piece of fabric - HMMMMM
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarLeClair View Post
    I was at an Int'l Quilt Show and a saleswoman wanted to show me a long arm. I told her I did not enjoy that part of the process and I can't remember her exact words but she insinuated that I buy my quilts. I was insulted to say the when I walked away but it has stuck in my head. I REALLY don't enjoy getting the quilts together. I REALLY enjoy making the tops. Why would I do something I don't enjoy! By the way, I love doing binding.
    I am with you...I just the process up the QUILTING...not my thing...and I love binding..

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    People are interesting for sure. Men and ladies both come into my work and make the comment when they see the longarm machines and remark "That is cheating." I find the statement interesting. I guess it is all in ones perspective. Is a builder "cheating" when he or she uses a power drill, or hammer or backhoe? Is it "cheating" to use a microwave or programable coffemaker, or blender, or foodprosser? Is it "cheating" to use power windows in your car, well hey, why drive? Why can't you walk if for no other reason to avoid "cheating". You were wise to leave, I for one would have left with you.

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    I think I'd have left too. Closed minded people are just that...closed! Part of quilting is the creativity! To be creative, we have open minds!

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    My only comment is some quilt tops are not even pretty until the quilter gets through with them. I takes both to make the quilt in any way they have to do it.

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    Going home was the nicest thing you could have done for yourself. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your day.

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    Here, Here Annie 68. It is silly and a waste of good quilting time! We are all beautiful independent ladies who have opinions, prefered ways of doing things and courage to try new things. Let's not argue about a right or wrong, just enjoy the process and the glorious results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    you did the right thing, some people just have closed minds. Is a seamstress not a seamstress today because she uses computerized sewing machines, seam tape, maybe computers for designs and electric cutters? The product is still something created by being sewn together.
    well said!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    You did the right thing, some people just have closed minds. Is a seamstress not a seamstress today because she uses computerized sewing machines, seam tape, maybe computers for designs and electric cutters? The product is still something created by being sewn together.
    By coincidence I got into a conversation with a lady at the bus stop the other day and mentioned I did a lot of sewing. She said "I used to be a seamstress". I had never thought of myself as a "seamstress" before, so I am now a quilter and a seamstress.

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    I for years only made the tops. I was driven by the cost of the quilting and inability to find someone to quilt for me to buy a midarm. I have considered myself a quilter ever since I first started trying to sew my first nine patch. Being a quilter is in your heart. If it brings you joy no matter how you accomplish it, you're a quilter. I wouldn't have wasted my time listening to the argument either. Good for you.

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    Just had a woman at church tell me, after seeing a quilt that I had donated to local American Legion, that it wasn't "really a quilt unless it was hand quilted". By the way, she does not quilt at all. Another example of how you have to be really tough to belong to a church!

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    Every one's entitled to and usually has an opinion. I'd have left too. Life's too short and I have too many quilts to make.

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    It's funny you should ask. I had the most amazing winter with a quilt group this winter UNTIL the quilt show. Some of these ladies turned into know-it-all, "I'm better than you", rude people. I was shocked and may not recover for a long time, maybe ever. I can't go into any more detail. Very sad.
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    In the olden days, was a young girl who had to have 13 quilts before marriage less than a quilter if the whole village of ladies sat around the frame quilting her quilts for her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarLeClair View Post
    I was at an Int'l Quilt Show and a saleswoman wanted to show me a long arm. I told her I did not enjoy that part of the process and I can't remember her exact words but she insinuated that I buy my quilts. I was insulted to say the when I walked away but it has stuck in my head. I REALLY don't enjoy getting the quilts together. I REALLY enjoy making the tops. Why would I do something I don't enjoy! By the way, I love doing binding.
    Actually, my favorite part is deciding on patterns, colors, fabrics. But I do enjoy making the top and the binding. The in-between is someone else's job.
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    You're only a real quilter if you hand quilt using a needle you whittled out of a whale bone using thread you spun from your own cotton plants.....while breast feeding a 5 year old ....LOL

    Looks like you had a bad encounter with the quilt police!

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    I can relate LOL!!
    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    My EX daughter-in-law told me one time that her mother did not think that "anybody" (meaning me) was not a quilter unless they cut out fabric with a scissors and had hand pieced and hand quilted a quilt - as she did. Actually she had to go to her church sewing group once a week and use their tables to cut out her fabric because she could not find a square inch in her house clean enough to lay a piece of fabric - HMMMMM
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    I learned a long time ago not to debate things that are irrelevant. I do what I do because I love giving them to family and friends. Even after all this time I am still not as good as many younger people on here but I am a quilter no matter how I cut my fabric or sew it together
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    I am whatever I say I am.Don't listen to those old quilt biddies.

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