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Thread: Longarm quilting is not cheating

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    Longarm quilting is not cheating

    I rent a longarm at my LQS and was quilting today (I.e. with headphones and tuned out to the world). A customer comes into the classroom where the longarms are and gets my attention and proclaims that what I am doing "is cheating, and defiling my quilt". I literally stood there speechless. She was in her 80's (I'm guessing) and has probably only ever hand quilted, but her total lack of filter just baffled me.

    I had to get that off my chest I am so glad we all do our own thing on the Board and respect each other's amazing work!

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    hehehehe....at 80, she probably no longer has a filter. I'm sure she truly didn't understand how quilt policey she sounded!

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    I'm with you, different strokes for different folks. Everyone should do what they want without hearing someones' opinions. You handled much better than I would have. No quilt police, just rude people.
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    Amazing...and I truly believe that those who bash other's method choice, quite frankly are jealous. Ive seen that alot. Its too bad really, but dont sweat the small stuff..QUILT ON!!!
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    I probably would have just laughed....little old "lady" indeed. LOL.

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    I am sorry she was so rude to you....you kept your cool and said nothing, which is way more than I could have done....people (in general) have a hard time with change and will resist until they absolutely have to change.....complaining the entire way....I would guess that were she to ever try quilting with a LA, she would be thrilled and amazed at what she could do, quickly becoming an advocate of machine quilting....I love what can be done on a LA and am very jealous of those who do.....one of these years I will find the room and $$$ for a LA.

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    Be proud of yourself for saying nothing!!!!

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    If she would like to quilt all of my tops, I will let her.
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    I bet she thinks using a rotary cutter is cheating as well. If not... then its always interesting what "new" gadgets some will use but still claim to be "pure".
    If it is indeed cheating just throw me in with the rest , as I will have lots of great company!

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    Yikes. I think I would have had to tell her to get back on her meds pronto. I hear Lithium is great for quilting police disorder.

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    My jaw would have dropped, I think. How long did it take you to get over the shock? Sometimes people just are very vocal when they shouldn't be.
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    I'm with you, different kinds of methods for each of us. Everyone should do what they want without hearing someones' opinions. You handled it much better than I would have. Happy quilting!
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    I guess I'm a BIG cheater !!

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    Eighty year olds with no verbal filters. You just have to chuckle to yourself.

    After all did you machine piece or hand piece? huh cheating. Did you rotary cut or use scissors ? Huh cheating. Did you drive your car to the shop or take your horse ? huh cheating.

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    Seriously, who says that to a complete stranger. It still blows mind my that people think that they can say what ever they want with out regard to what their comment could mean to someone. I am assuming that since she is in her 80's she is stuck in her ways and not embracing new technology. in 50 years someone will say the "future method" is cheating b/c the long arm is the only way. Sorry you had this experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by Painiacs View Post
    I guess I'm a BIG cheater !!
    And loving it

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    My first thought was that the "little old lady" was totally jealous! I'm willing to bet that she would also be jealous of this board - using the internet to talk a out quilting? Cheating for sure!

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    They are two totally different skill sets, both requiring practice and talent. It's like comparing apples to oranges. JMHO.
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    My motto = "Just because you THINK something, doesn't mean you have to SAY it."

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    You handled the "quilt police" with grace and dignity. At 80 years, she probably doesn't have a filter any more, and answering her with a sharp reply probably wouldn't have made any difference. I hope when I'm 80 that I will still be going to quilt stores and buying fabric to add to my stash. I believe that the elderly have the right to say anything that is on their mind even without a filter, and we just need to listen. We can chuckle about the comments after they leave. JMHO
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeriP View Post
    They are two totally different skill sets, both requiring practice and talent. It's like comparing apples to oranges. JMHO.
    EXACTLY!! As someone who does both hand quilting and Longarm I know of what I speak. I think I would have been left speechless as well, for about a nano second. I just don't get why some folks think this.

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    I agree, my jaw would have dropped to the ground, how dare a perfect stranger give her opinion when not asked, but I also agree w/Susie, because I am truely looking forward to the day when I am 80 (if I'm that fortunate), and have earned the right to say, freely, whatever is on my mind (within reason, of course). She could probably share a lot of experience and knowledge within all those opinions of hers. Bless her heart.

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    I don't think that 80 year olds have the right to be rude. No one does. Anyone, however, is certainly entitled to his/her opinion about any given matter.

    Glad you had grace in the situation. I'll bet she's never tried it (as neither have I and would LOVE to!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin View Post
    I don't think that 80 year olds have the right to be rude. No one does. Anyone, however, is certainly entitled to his/her opinion about any given matter.

    Glad you had grace in the situation. I'll bet she's never tried it (as neither have I and would LOVE to!).
    Yes, you are correct... but I was taught to respect my elders, not necessarily agree with them, but respect them.

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    Hmmm- my head wonders whether she was really a quilter or just a wannabe quilter. Thanks for being the true lady in this situation I have just talked to the Quilting Police and they said longarming a quilt was absolutely fine. So she can just go away now and be happy (after she had a drink or her meds!!).

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