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    Quilt Cop

    I need to just whine for a bit. Today my mother and I went out with the sole intentions of showing her boss my latest quilt. Her boss collects antique quilts but loves to see what I'm sewing up. The boss loved my quilt and we hang around and talked. I Got a possible new customer, and then here she came with her magnifying glass unholstered ready to pounce, interrupting me and my customer.

    So I had to let you gals know what we are doing wrong. For one we aren't Amish, only the Amish make real quilts anymore. She knows because she just went to a Amish auction last week. And of course the quilt police owns several amish quilts. As I'm talking to my new customer she(the customer) asked how I care for my quilts because she had a few of her grandmothers old quilts . Well my antique quilts I don't wash very often. I keep them safe on guest beds and stored away, they are refold often and aired out weather permitting. Well according to the police that is wrong also. Quilts are to be used daily and rolled around on the floor with by your grandchildren, and washed when filthy. Of course her quilts can handle this abuse because they are amish. My utilty quilts get treated better than her perfect amish quilts.

    Finally I let her know that I had handle some amish quilts in my time and they too are machined pieced, not all but more than half are pieced on treadles. And the ones that I had seen in "Amish shops" in Amish country Pennsylvania were not good quality fabric like I see on the more modern quilts. I gave her credit where credit was due, because I too admire what it takes to quilt a quilt by hand. Its a talent I have but refuse to use becuase it hurts my fingers and takes to long. And I just flat like machined quilted quilts. I asked her if she had ever been to a real quilt show for the big girls with electricty. No was her reply, I let her know that one of Sharon Shambers quilt was sold to the Museum in Paducha for around $12,000. And she also got a big fat check from one of the longarm manufacutures for $10,000. Machined pieced and machine quilted, Her jaw dropped and she went back to her corner where she belonged.

    If she were a quilter or a seamstress her quilt knowlegde might have been a little more insightful and helpful to me. But this gal asked me to mend her husbands pants last year becuase she doesn't even own a needle and thread. I told her that theres a alteration shop down the street.

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    Wow, no quilt would pass the magnifying glass test. Good job putting her in her place.

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    Don't ya just love "experts" who know nothing?
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    It seems that the people who know the least about a subject, want to talk the most about it. I had to laugh when you told her there was an alteration shop down the street. haha I never considered myself as a quilter until I joined this board. Now I say it out loud sometimes and the sky doesn't fall in on me. I've gained more confidence from everyone on here. I know I don't do some things the right way, but that's okay...I'm having fun anyway!

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    Good for you , you told told her without losing your cool!!
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    Funny thing is... the ones who know the least don't know that they know the least, and still want to talk about it!! Good job.... and besides - yes, the quilts I make are meant to be used and loved, but if I had any antique quilts, you can be sure they wouldn't be rolling around on the floor with my 2-year old grandson!!
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    All the power to you! Sometimes I question my sanity when I meet people like that and for a moment my insecurities all come up but luckily so does the adrenaline as well.

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    I agree with Neesie. It seems the less they know the more they open their mouth. I have a bad habit of looking around while telling the person I'm trying to find someone who gives a crap about your opinion but I can't seem to be able to. I know I'm bad LOL

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    We have quite few Amish customers. When I was working my booth this year I brought some hand work with me and a few of my customers stopped to see what I was working on. You know ... not one of them quilted. They sewed their own clothes, but none of them quilted.

    I guess they must not be REAL Amish
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    YOU GO GIRL!! anymore I dont even bother showing my quilts to those I KNOW dont appreciate what goes into a quilt, it just makes me mad. So dumb that some feel the need to "know everything", ha!!So pooie to all the snobs!!!
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    Nice job of educating the uneducated. I hope I would do as well in a situation like that.
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    Their are lots of know it all snobs out in the big workd. Luckily I don't get around much. I too can hand quilt but, at my age 67, I want to do machine piecing and quilting. I hate to spend at the very most 3 - 4 weeks on a quilt. A week or two is even better. I just want to use up as much of my fabric as I can.
    I am not a patient person with those kind of people and always best for me to not be around them.
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    I'm ashamed this morning that I let this woman get the best of me. Quilting is what I do. I remember my first quilt made completely from scraps of other crafty projects. Made for a memory a something long gone. Made as an ending to something cherished. Its now tucked away with all its memories with another quilt. That other quilt was made by a teenage girl that wanted to impress me and my son while he was in high school. He wanted to throw it out. Momma kept it. It meant the world to me. Just squares of fabric, no fancy stitches but what was in that girls heart when she made it. It makes me smile every time I take it out. My son can't believe I still have it. Someday he'll cherish it as much as I do. I wouldn't take $10,000 for it, priceless. I wonder sometimes if she still quilts, her grandmother did, she helped her put it together. Did me and grandma inspire the quilting bug. Will she someday wonder if her quilt still lives. Will she tell her grandchildren the story of her first quilt and trying to win a young mans heart. Could she be the next Sharon Shambers. You never know what real treasures you have or what spark you might ignite. I quilt because its what I do. At 16 you could've told me that someday you'll spend your days sewing and having a love affair with fabric and I would've told you were nuts. Often I'm asked why are you making that quilt, whos that one going to, what are you going to do with that one? I don't know, I just make them. Why does a gardener plant, why does a painter paint, why does a singer sing....Why, why, why ....it's just who I am, it's what I do. And that's just what they do! There's no comparing! Tada! Now can we all just sing a song and light some candles, gives some hugs, maybe a little wine and dancing. Man we can get all uptight, can't we? Geesh....lets all go do some chain piecing and crank up the radio....."I got my toes in the water, azz in the sand,
    Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
    Life is good today, life is good today......"

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    When our grandmothers and great grandmothers made quilts, they made them to be used on the bed for warmth in the winter. They didn't consider making a quilt that was to be hung on the wall and admired and critiqued. When I hand piece/hand quilt a quilt, I mean for it be used as a quilt and not as a decorative addition to a room.

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    You go girl!!!
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    I think after the tears had subsided I would have hauled off and punched her.....
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    I got my toes in the water, azz in the sand,
    Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand
    Life is good today, life is good today......"[/QUOTE]


    You can come quilt with me anytime! LOL......

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddysmom View Post
    When our grandmothers and great grandmothers made quilts, they made them to be used on the bed for warmth in the winter. They didn't consider making a quilt that was to be hung on the wall and admired and critiqued. When I hand piece/hand quilt a quilt, I mean for it be used as a quilt and not as a decorative addition to a room.
    Isn't it wonderful to keep up the tradition, hand quilting is piecing is a gift that many of us just don't have the patience for but can fully appreciate! My grandmother did everything by hand also, they were so beautiful on her beds. We now use them as decorative room additions and tuck them away as treasures.

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    Good job! I have a lot of quilts(to me) and the ones I make to be used I want used and abused and used up. But the ones I spend time on I want taken care of. I have learned that now I quilt for myself. Not one person in my family gives a flip about my quilts and just looks and says yeah , nice .. an hour later they couldn't tell you what color it was. I have been giving away/selling off my quilts.
    I wonder what a lot of women from the past would say to the "q cop" when they found out their quilts weren't real..

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    leatheflea and kimbrennan - you both can come quilt with me anytime!

    A quilter knows the time and committment we put in a quilt - and regardless of the outcome - they are true quilts!

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    What the know it all doesn't know is that a lot of the Amish quilts are not sewn by Amish women. I was reading an article in an old quilting magazine (given to me in a stack of quilt magazines given to me by a wonderful woman that lives a couple of miles away that I met on the board). The Amish women have been farming out a lot of their work to women that came over from Hmong. The Amish churches, and Mennonite churches sponsored Hmong families, and found that they did beautiful work.

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    Just as a side note regarding "Amish" quilts. Recently my sister and I did our own little shop hop in Amish country visiting every quilt shop we could. We had so much fun! We stopped at a restaurant that had BEAUTIFUL quilts hanging up for purchase. Almost every one had a sign attached saying it was not done locally!

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    I'm glad you were able to hold your cool. When I talk to the experts, I just listen to them and let them talk. If they say someting I don't know about, I take the conversation there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker View Post
    I'm glad you were able to hold your cool. When I talk to the experts, I just listen to them and let them talk. If they say someting I don't know about, I take the conversation there.
    Great advice! I usually just try to change the subject. I think its the hotflashes getting to me..I'm new to them

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    That's a "bless her heart" moment! LOL LOL BTW -- I went to the "Amish country" last year. I was amazed how many quilts were "Amish" and for sale. I finally asked the local shop owner how many Amish were in the area........that it amazed me they could HAND piece and HAND quilt so many quilts! She admitted they use treadle sewing machines....AND that they are not all done by the Amish! She said ANYONE that will piece or quilt by hand or treadle can have their quilts labeled "Amish".....SO -- though I thought their quilts were gorgeous, and I'd love to have one, I'm not quite as enamored when someone says they have an Amish quilt.
    As for that Quilt Cop ---- Bless her heart.....she must be lonely and needed to yak...........though she's wrong on so many levels!!!
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