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Thread: How many of our tools/toys do we really need?

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    Some of the antique quilts are so incredible!

    And to think that they were done with such simple tools.

    I do wonder how they achieved their accuracy.

    Anyone know?

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    I wish I did know -- maybe then my blocks, using all the newfangled stuff we now have, would be much more accurate :oops: :oops:

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    they weren't rushing thru their projects.

    most of the women back then stayed at home.

    today we have the same responsibilities at home but we also have to work a full time job and now that the life expectancy is longer some of us are caring for our parents.

    so today's woman has to raise children, work full time, care for the home, and care for our parents.

    some where in between all of this we have to find time to quilt.

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    I think that's the key.... a lot of our toys are time saving devices.

    And there was no tv back then... they had to do something to keep entertained! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Also, a lot of women quilted together-whether it was piecing blocks or actual quilting. And they got together often- we don't have that social network anymore. Everyone just seems too busy!
    You are so right. We are all so busy it is hard to find time to quilt. When we find the time we need all the time saving tools we can find.

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    Y'know, this is probably going to sound sacrilegious, but I think we're a lot more obsessed by accuracy now than the average quilter was in the past. I mean, there were people who did magnificent work then, just as now, but most quilts were more utilitarian.

    Re: the original question...argh...it's guilt-producing to look around and see all the tools/toys I was so *sure I needed and are just sitting there...

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    I guess I need lots of them ... I love them. They make quilting so much more fun and accurate. Those women also had the family to teach them the ins and outs of quilting. I have had to learn on my own. Well mostly.
    I am dutch and I use everything I buy. I don't feel one ounce of remorse over it.

    My name is Redgarnet and I am a quiltaholic and toolaholic too. It's my only hobby besides gardening that costs me a little something.

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    my name is quiltncrazy and I am a quiltaholic and a toolaholic, and a bookaholic, and a pictureaholic, and a grandbabyaholic, LOL...not in that order.
    I don't feel any remorse, whatsoever, about my tools, bc I use them. I may not use each one a lot, but I have a lot and I use them.
    I do not buy expensive clothes or shoes, not a lot of makeup, gave up special hair coloring, tinting to make more room in budget, for the things I really want.
    I don't go anywhere, except grocery store, and hubby volunteers to do a lot of that, so, hey...I let him. I go see grandbaby's, and once or twice a month we go visit his dad.
    We do go to church, but it is not far from here, and I go to the doctor, when I need to get new prescriptions.
    I am a homebody, I keep a clean house, I keep my hubby fed and in clean clothes, and I am a fairly generous person. I feel that I earned my toys :D
    guilt is for the guilty. I say I feel guilty sometimes, and then it passes, lol. :XD:

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    Good attitude quiltncrazy. I can dig it.

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    I cannot resist buying gadgets that I may use someday.
    I have gadgets stashed away that I have forgotten I had. I just bought yoyo makers and have no idea when I will find the interest to use them.
    I blame Joanns coupons, just have to use them on something.

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    Rose marie, I know what you mean in regards to Joann's coupons. I have a love/hate relationship with them. Ha Ha.

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    I don't want to lose this thread, so I will be back, but right now, hubby and dogs want us to go out and feed cattle before dinner.
    This is a GREAT topic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    they weren't rushing thru their projects.

    most of the women back then stayed at home.

    today we have the same responsibilities at home but we also have to work a full time job and now that the life expectancy is longer some of us are caring for our parents.

    so today's woman has to raise children, work full time, care for the home, and care for our parents.

    some where in between all of this we have to find time to quilt.
    The only thing we've added is working outside the home - they had to raise children, care for home and OFTEN care for parents - I'm all for staying home!!! Especially if it means more quilting time! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewjoyce
    I wish I did know -- maybe then my blocks, using all the newfangled stuff we now have, would be much more accurate :oops: :oops:
    I think sewing and other handiwork was a task that they had to learn in the "olden days." Handicrafts were made to be utilitarian, and as such they had to fit a certain sensibility or they were made for show, and then they had to be just so.

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    The old days when sewing was a necessity. You made all the family clothes and quilts. You knited and crochet. Store bought did not exist.
    Now it is a hobby and we have all the easiest ways of doing it.

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    Well since I don't make our clothes or really anything else except quilts or quilt related things I would say that I don't actually "need" any of it...however it all makes me happy. That in turn makes my DH happy, which makes us both easy to live with..so there ya' go. Hmmmm, on second thought, I guess I DO "need" all of it! :wink:

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    I was interested in the comment about our foremothers.
    We forget the luxuries we enjoy as necessities that my great grandmother didn't have access to - - washing machine, dryer, sewing machine, vacuum cleaner ... to mention a few.
    Not only did they not have our every day luxuries, I would venture to say they were better housekeepers and homemakers than we are.
    As far as there being more socializing "back then" .... we communicate so easily with persons thousands of miles away, living more online than we do in our real time world, sometimes. My great grandmother didn't pop in to town on a whim. It was a planned trip and took a long time to get ten miles ... ever tried riding in a wagon? Forget those shaking machines we use for muscle toning, etc.
    And, if I want to make a quilt, I pick up a magazine, pick out one of up to 25 patterns, and pop into the car to buy all the yardage I need for the project .... and, probably more yardage for projects I may want to do fifteen years from now!
    My great grandmother, would save scraps from other projects, PLANNING ... blocks she may have seen from a quilt in another community ... AND, figure the measurements .... Look at the Dear Jane quilt and think about the planning and creativity a woman did in her own heart and mind ....
    My great grandmother didn't pop into her freezer to pick out a couple of tv dinners for supper so she could go do something else ... every movement, every day, every activity, everything was about surviving and MAYBE thriving ... and, the fact that she could see and seek beauty ... in the midst of a barren prairie ... the little things .... I don't see that her life was simpler, but I do see that she was more intelligent and capable than I am (and, dare I say - - most of the women of my time?) ... and definitely a better planner of time and user of resources, wasting little, utilizing everything, all the while grateful for every day that her children were fed.

    Having said all of that ... the tools I have (I have too many) are they toys? Only because I may never even take them out of their packages. Our lavish lifestyle, even the poorest among us, would cause my great grandmother to rejoice that her simple contribution to society could take her offspring so far.
    I used to watch quilting shows and enjoy them thoroughly, thinking about maybe one day doing something like that .... even a four patch can be an adventure when you have never done anything like it. However, I could just never decide that quilting was a practical industry for my time, energy, and $$$ .... and, then I watched a Quilt in a Day program and Elenor Burns introduced the rotary cutter .... and, FINALLY, I could see the practicality that has brought me to today.
    Last year, a member of the Auxiliary brought me a find from a thrift store ... fabric and the pattern - - a 1976 Family Circle magazine with the red, white, and blue theme. She wanted me to cut the pieces for her, and I most certainly did.
    I want to commend ALL of the quilters who started quilting twenty plus years or more ago.
    Had that magazine and pattern been the first introduction to quilting for me, it would have been the LAST! With my rotary cutter and shape cutter, I could cut the blocks pdq ... the instructions were HORRIBLE! For a beginner, it would have been a disaster! And, the extra work that the pattern called for was heartbreaking. Those of you who have endured cardboard templates and scissors to cut every thread ... who never owned a sewing machine before you started quilting .... you are my HEROES!
    I am grateful for all the creative, productive minds that made quilting feasible for someone like me.
    I apologize for everything I have purchased that I thought I HAD to have, only to find out .... I really don't want to cut out Marti Michell templates, when I can strip cut! LOL
    Thank you to the thinkers who made quilting fast, easy, and fun!
    And, thank you to the communities, such as this quilting board who has made my community a bit larger than it would have been had I never got online. The community I move and work in daily is made better because of my ability to chat with friends at odd times of night, to get answers to my questions almost as fast as I can think of them.
    My great grandmother never had it so good. She could have never imagined that the thing she did for practicality reasons ... would go further than her quarter section of homestead out somewhere in the prairie. But, she did give us something that we can pass on to those who come behind us - - she faithfully carried out the most mundane tasks so that her family could grow to be good citizens of her nation, and she taught them to follow in her footsteps.
    My prayer is that we continue to do that for those who meet us daily, especially those in the community right where we live.
    Is there a word limit here?

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    Very good thread and I know that a lot of the tools that are for sale were designed by quilters for quilters. I am grateful to live in a modern world. Otherwise I wouldn't know all of you LOL
    Darlene

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