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    Have you ever....

    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

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    You did the right thing by going home. Time is too short to be arguing over such silliness.

    : )

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    Annie68 is absolutely right. Why argue about what a word means? Was there some underlying hostility that just found an opportunity to come out?

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    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 agree also, you did the right thing by going home. Comming from a long line of quilters,
    who have either hand pieced decorative quilts, machine sewed decorative quilts, and both hand quilted small and large quilts as well as sent out to have machined quilted quilts, it's the art of putting together with your hands and heart a beautiful hand made top whether hand quilted or machine quilted that makes you a quilter in my book.

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    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.
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    SusieQ, some people will argue about anything I'd have gone home with you

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    The first quilters did everything entirely by hand because they used the only tools available at the time. Taking advantage of new technology and tools doesn't make us any less of a quilter nor does it diminish the value of our finished projects. It's my opinion the colonial, civil war and pioneer quilters would have taken advantage of any "new" or "modern" tools available to get the job done. Just look at how quickly these busy women adopted the sewing machine. I'm sure it made their lives much easier. My great-grandmother, who was also a quilter, sewed all the shirts for her husband and five sons. Bet she appreciated her sewing machine.

    Off my soap box now. I get so tired of this argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merry View Post
    SusieQ, some people will argue about anything I'd have gone home with you
    I'm down with this response! How nuts is this, not worthy of debate.
    "Never approach a bull from the front,a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction"

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    builders pay contractors to do the actual work, so why can't a quilter pay someone to finish their top. its still their quilt. i would have left too though, and not gotten involved, LOL! Much more fun to be sewing!

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    I don't blame you, I would have left too. I have had a lot of people tell me that my art quilts aren't quilts either but I just ignore them and go ahead and do my thing. I enjoy it and don't care what it is called.

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    I've even heard about people arguing that if it isn't big enough for a bed it isn't a quilt!!!
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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
    Oh . . . my . . . gosh! These were adults? Maybe you should have thrown in (just for fun) that real quilters ONLY use 100% cotton batting, and ONLY used re-cycled fabrics. Oh! And also that real quilters NEVER use rulers or any other modern help! With the right attitude, that could've been a very entertaining debate!

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    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.
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    I guess the man in the cockpit that "drove" me home a few weeks ago is not *really* a pilot because he used an Auto-Pilot.

    I agree with the others. Going home to quilt - in whatever fashion you did it, was the right thing
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    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
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    One of my friends says that she quilts by checkbook.

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    I don't like when people start judging people. That's when people feel less than and other people feel better than. I never judge...I sympathize a lot.
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    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.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 05-23-2012 at 02:03 PM.
    Got fabric?

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    Even the great artists of the past did not put every single brushstroke on every painting themselves. And yet their work is still valuable.

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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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    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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    People are getting stranger and stranger the older I get. You did the right thing by walking away.

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    I would let them argue by themselves, it isn't worth my effort.
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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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