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Thread: My sister is the Quilt Police....Who knew!

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    My sis seemed to be developing an interest in quilting, so I gifted her a quilt class. It was for the basics. She went, and loved it!
    She also took every word as the quilting gospel.
    I now know that:
    I use my rotary cutter improperly.
    My bobbin thread is not always the same color as the top thread.
    I incorrectly mix my fabrics in the same quilt. ( Joanns, WalMart and LQS) Oh! The horror!!
    I sometimes use a sheet for backing.
    I sometimes use dishes, lids or whatever instead of proper templates.
    I don't really NEED all the rulers I have.
    I don't always follow the pattern.
    Bless her well meaning heart, I love her dearly but if she says just ONE MORE thing about my methods or lack thereof, I will beat her to death with my stash.
    I sent her the link to this board, she will learn much more here from all of you talented folks.

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    She sounds like a new quilter. It takes a while before you give yourself permission to "color outside the lines."

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    :lol: :lol:

    Methinks you helped create a monster!

    Give her some time. It takes some of us a while to know where/when the "rules" can be bent or totally ignored.

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    Guess you should teach her to be a rebel! LOL

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    Oh, sisters...you gotta love 'em. I have one just like her; thank goodness my other sister doesn't give a hoot!

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    Just goes to show 'a little knowledge...' can be a damned annoying thing! LOL

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    just remind her- quilting is as individual as each of us- and just because one person says 'this is the right way' it does not mean it is for everyone- it's only the right way for that person...she will relax as she gets some experience (maybe) i do know quilters who have used the same everything for 25+ years- done everything the same way- and feel anyone who says they do it differently are....well- not to be listened to....there will always be those people
    it does not matter if you know a new- better- easier technique --- if it's not the way they were taught- it is wrong-period! you just have to smile- and walk away-

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    You truly have given me the highlight of the day, I am still laughing. I am soooooo glad my sister does not quilt. Her nick name is: "She Who Must Be Obeyed while Planning All Spontaneity"

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    Maybe she just realized how much she could annoy you and went for it? Kind of like those annoying Whitney commercials where she says the silent treatment doesn't work - if you want to annoy him (or your sister in this case) just keep talking?

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    Tell her to follow the rules and see if hers come out any better than yours. Maybe then she will realize, rules are meant to be broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dd
    Tell her to follow the rules and see if hers come out any better than yours. Maybe then she will realize, rules are meant to be broken.
    :thumbup:

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    I don't have a sister, just sister in laws. None of them sew or quilt. My daughter doesn't either, for which I think I'm thankful. She's not only a perfectionist, but with her there are no grey lines. Everything must be done a certain way and that's it period. I'd hate for her to be my quilt police, it would be a disaster!

    The good news for you is that your sister is now interested in quilting. With time, perhaps she will mellow.

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    I feel your pain, but it gets better. One of my sisters was that way. She was constantly telling me what and how I should put my quilt together. And informed me that I don't need to press every seam. She was the one who got me started. Now 3 out of four of us quilt. So patience is truly a virtue. Give her time she is a babe in the making. lol Enjoy her while you can, and she will learn.

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    Wait until she starts quilting

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    LOL you will have better luck beating her to death with the un-needed rulers! HAHA

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    Well good grief. Who's putting this into her head is the question I'm asking.

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    LOL, I will pray for you.

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    i hope she doesn't see this. if she does, just beat her with a FQ.

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    I've always believed that you should take classes from a bunch of different teachers(or books or online videos or whatever way you prefer to learn)to see different ways of doing things and then pick out the techniques you feel most comfortable with. There's at least three approaches to almost every part of quilting, from threading the first needle to doing the binding.

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    Just tell her this.

    "My good results speak for my methods."

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    Makes me kinda glad that my sisters don't even sew...LOL, don't think I'll get them any quilting lessons. Maybe I'll just teach them myself, my way. Then I can be quilt police!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    LOL you will have better luck beating her to death with the un-needed rulers! HAHA
    I agree, don't use the stash because you will get blood on your fabric. :) Use the rulers, the bloodstains will wash right off. Seriously though, I've found the best thing to do is say "thank you for your input" and do whatever I was going to do in the first place.

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    You and I have the same "no no" list.
    I'd add different threads on top and in the bobbin.
    Plus, I neither wash nor iron fabric before using.

    Your sister will recover eventually, we all did.

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    This is quite funny. Have patience...she will come around and realize that us women are quite creative and will think up all kinds of ways to accomplish our goals.

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    There are no rules in quilting....just guideliness!!!!

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