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    You do what you do.... I want to do it all, but I'm not a perfectionist either (otherwise I couldn't stand any stage of my work!). Sierra

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    In my ignorant bliss I believe quilting is making a quilt. Who cares what it's called, just "get 'er done"
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    Don`t know what kind of quilting bunch you were in, hope not a church one. Don`t you feel sorry for people that have to pick apart every thing? I would have been in heaven just to be able to get together and sew with friends. I would also have gotten up and left, Saying " Sorry I must be in the bunch of sewers."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltbyme View Post
    Question ?? When you send your quit top to a long arm quilter do they bind the edge before you get it back or do you have to do it.
    There are some longarm quilters who you can pay to bind your quilts, but I think the majority of people bind their own quilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyR View Post
    True story (kind of unrelated): I was at a fabric shop when someone came in to pick up some quilts they had left there to have quilted. I don't know how much they cost, but it was an all over pattern, and it just didn't look great at all (seeing the quilts on this board has spoiled me!) and I happened to notice that at least one of those quilts was a cheater top!!
    Before I began quilting I purchased a cheater top and had it longarm quilted for me. I told them to just quilt it the best way they thought it would look. The longarm quilter was in an LQS at that time, and she told me when I picked it up that she had many people compliment her on the beautiful piecing in the quilt. It really does looked pieced, because she did such a good job quilting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teri D View Post
    This sort of thing is going on in just about any "hobby". I'm an amateur astronomer and we get into discussions about whether it is "cheating" to use those "new fangled" telescopes that automatically orient themselves with built-in GPS systems and then automatically move to a celestial object you select and then track it for you while you "observe" by watching a computer screen! I still like to operate my scopes manually and look through an eyepiece (sometimes while perched on a ladder since one of my scopes is taller than I am!) because I enjoy hunting for stuff -- which takes time and a knowledge of the location of celestial objects in the sky built up over many years of practice. Yes, at times I catch myself thinking that the other folks are "cheating" but then I realize that the whole point is to enjoy the beauty of the creation -- so the method you use is irrelevant. Quilting, like astronomy, reminds me a bit of the biblical passage that goes something like: "in My house there are many mansions".....
    Hey - another one. I had the motorized scopes and am now having fun with a 120ST and an alt-az mount.
    You're right about the beauty. Overhead and underground. (I like Geology, too) If it wasn't for the prism used to analyze color from starlight, we wouldn't have all these shades and stuff advanced by technology. There's beauty in every quilt - regardless of how it's done. The quilt using the ugliest fabrics and rather rough might have its beauty in the story behind it. Or the beauty of someone trying to teach themselves without any guidance. The fact that they persevered is beauty.

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    if you counted all the people here that would of gone home with you , You'll have a real crowded home. but I bet we all would have fun. LOL ..... I believe that we just use more up to date tools for this art form. But no matter what your preference is for working it it still is quilting. Here is another one I have heard people argue about:
    That embroidery isn't really embroirdery if you do it by machine. What else can it be for petes sake?

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    Seriously, I'd probably have stayed, listening and giggling at them.

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    I have to add this one...the long arm quilters who say I am not really a quilter because my long arm is computerized.
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    Some people need to know they are entitled to their opinion but the rest of the world has the option to disagree with their opinion as well. Good for you going home to quilt. We also have the right to not listen to this heated discussion and find something better to do.
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie C View Post
    what a waste of time by those cackling hens when they could have been enjoying their time together creating something beautiful and long-lasting - I suppose this is why I am happiest (alone) in my home studio
    "Cackling hens" - LOL!! Seriously, I agree with you - I do my best work and am most content at home in my own little quilting studio doing my own thing. There's noone but me in that studio and I am a quilter, even if I only piece the tops. And someone should just ask those cackling hens just what they would be doing if we didn't piece those quilt tops for them to quilt.... ho hum... life's too short for that kind of argument...
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    I'd rather quilt than fight. To each her own! Does the fact that my ancesters didn't use a rotary cutter make me a non-quilter because I do? I think not! I would have been out of the door with you!

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    Wow I think I would have just laughed and walked away. There is so much more in this world to worry about especially where on earth am I going to store all the fabric I keep buying for all those quilt ideas in my head!! Happy quilting

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    Life is short. You left and that is the right decision. We are all quilters of either fabric or life. We put fabric together either by piecing, applique or putting layers together. We also put our and others lives together. Quilters we all are and appreciate everyone of them.

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    I am so sick of some people thinking they are better than others. You are a quilter if you make a quilt, period. The top is the quilt. If you send it to someone to longarm, so be it. That is your choice, no better no less. Your choice, at least the quilt gets quilted.
    I was told by a guild leader that the quilt I was working on wasn't a real quilt because it was a quilt as you go and I sewed it together on my serger. I don't belong to the guild any longer.
    Glad you left.

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    this reminds of a certain president who had a certain word discussion.......

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    How sad that others have to put folks down for doing things differently than they do. I appreciate all forms of quilting, and truly appreciate the advances made that have made parts of quilting easier and safer, especially as I get older. Good for you for just leaving -- why allow those negative folks to taint what is a truly a happy, creative and giving art such as ours?

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    The wonderful lady who does long-arm work for me is my partner in quilting. I do hand piece as well as machine piece. I also hand quilt and use my domestic machine for some quilting. I have been know to work with other people on designing and piecing tops. We are all quilters! My grandmother, who taught me to quilt 55 years ago, learned to hand piece. She taught me on a treadle machine! She would have loved the beautiful work my long arm quilter does! She would never had said that what I did was any less a quilt than what she did all by hand as a young woman. Some people think they know everything, but in reality know very little!!!!!!1

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    Quote Originally Posted by spokanequilter View Post
    "Cackling hens" - LOL!! Seriously, I agree with you - I do my best work and am most content at home in my own little quilting studio doing my own thing. There's noone but me in that studio and I am a quilter, even if I only piece the tops. And someone should just ask those cackling hens just what they would be doing if we didn't piece those quilt tops for them to quilt.... ho hum... life's too short for that kind of argument...
    I also piece the tops only. I know a lot of long armers who are backed up with so many quilts to quilt so that means I'm not the only one who sends out their quilts to be quilted. If we all quilted our own tops, all the LAQ would be out of business.
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I would have had a ball making that group mad as wet hens. LOL. There would be no end to the comments I could have made, the more absurd the better! I would have laughed my butt off just hearing the debate out loud. I'd say you do it your way I'll do it my way and we'll let God sort it out, in the mean time pass me the cheater cloth.
    I think we are kindred spirits; I would have had a lot of fun with this group as well! I would have started by telling them that they wouldn't be good long-arm quilters because their arms were too short! ROFL! Illustrate their absurdity by being absurd!

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    SuzyQ2-remember it's what you do with your hands, and your heart that counts, many people are just stubborn headed, and enjoy their way of doing things-Just think of yourself as a "Modern" Girl-who goes with the flow-Enjoy your Art no matter what way you do it-at least you get things done faster than the OLD Fuddy duddies-haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmau View Post
    I love to design and piece tops. I can't quilt to save my soul!-Binding is okay. My main problem is I can't afford to pay up to $300 to have the tops quilted as I won't keep them but donate them.

    I need to find a solution to this before I am smothered in tops! LOL
    I cannot afford it either. I have to save if I want one done. I hand do small ones for kids. when all else is done................Tie it!!! I love tied ones. smile

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltbyme View Post
    Question ?? When you send your quit top to a long arm quilter do they bind the edge before you get it back or do you have to do it.
    I believe you can pay to have them bind it for you, but a lot of us en joy the process. I do...to me it is the icing on the lovely cake I made... smile....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steady Stiching View Post
    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!
    Could some body please do a tutorial on how to whittle a whale bone needle. LOL

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    There are many steps in the process of making a quilt. Piecing the top, basting the top, batting and backing together, quilting the layers, and applying the binding. Who is to say that you must do every step of the process yourself or it isn't a quilt? I machine piece because it is fun to sew on my little Brother machine. I can't sew well enough to do anything else but straight lines, but that's all I need to piece a quilt top. I hand quilt because I enjoy the slow steady rhythm of each stitch and it gives me time alone to just be. Besides, I don't have the skill to machine quilt. It's all good.

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