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Old 05-23-2012, 02:17 PM
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I figure if you slap two pieces of fabric together, put something in between them (optional), and then all the layers are stitched together, then you have created a quilt and are a quilter. You created it, who cares who "quilted" it.

I would have jumped ship when the discussion got heated as well.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:23 PM
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So...I infer from this posting that the Quilt Police are alive and well (somewhere) in this country?? Ignore them and do what you want to. I would've gone home, too! Life is too short!
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:21 PM
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People are getting stranger and stranger the older I get. You did the right thing by walking away.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:27 PM
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I would let them argue by themselves, it isn't worth my effort.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:28 PM
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People call those who only make quilt tops "Toppers" and I don't see it as negative, just a way to label. But, are labels really necessary, is the question.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:42 PM
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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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Old 05-23-2012, 03:46 PM
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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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Old 05-23-2012, 03:49 PM
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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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Old 05-23-2012, 03:49 PM
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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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Old 05-23-2012, 03:52 PM
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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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