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Thread: A quilt police officer in the making *sigh*

  1. #76
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    One up her. Just say, "I belong to a quilting board that has everyone from newbies, like US, to people that have been quilting for over 50 years. The group I'm in has quilters that have made quilts that are displayed in museums around the world and have won blue ribbons in world wide competitions. They've been wonderful at offering advice and helping me and the one thing that they're most adamant about is that there's no "right" or "wrong" way. It's supposed to be "whatever works" for the person doing the creating. If the instructor in your class said that there's right ways and wrong ways then he or she needs to broaden his/her horizons."

    I guess I must be pretty scary because people don't usually offer me advice unless I ask for it.
    I am with you on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    I am a newbie quilter. I only started late August 2010. I'm pretty much self taught, with the help of this board (HUGE help) and numerous hours spent surfing the web. lol. I have a friend who was inspired to start quilting after I did, which is GREAT! I actually have inspired a few of my friends to start - the more the merrier - and I always help them out where I can. Being a newbie myself, I don't always have the answers, but I try to find them. BUT, this one friend decided to take a class (more power to her) and she's decided the the things she's learned in this class are the "right" way to quilt. Now, I'm all for learning different techniques, finding what works best for you and running with it, and I always try to offer more than one alternative when a question is asked of me. But now every time we talk she'll say "the way you do "X" (insert technique) is wrong. I learned in my class that you're supposed to do it this way". Oy. :hunf:

    I always respond with "This is just what I prefer, and what works for me. There are no hard rules, just preferences." But jeepers, it just grinds me. *sigh* Ok, I'm done now. Do any of you have a quilt police officer in your midst?
    No, I don't have any friends who quilt; but have met people who have taken classes for something and that immediately makes them the expert. I am all with the "don't knock it till you try it" method. Next time she says that, just say "try it my way once and see how you like it". Maybe that will shut her up for a while. Or just say, "This works for me, thank you".

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    I've read right the way through this - what happened to the "baby chick"?? I hope all you mother hens were able to dry up the tears and give her her confidence back.

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    I hear yah, kiddo, I feel your pain. One of my best friends is a quilt cop. I'm a newbie and a non-conformist from the word "go". Now, both of us belong to a writing group. She paid a bunch of bucks to learn "the right way to write". I think she's limiting herself by sticking to the right way...writing and quilting. After all, I've learned a lot my taking the "wrong" path. As I write this, I just realized that some of us a risk takers who enjoy life's mistakes. She's not one of those. What does a good friend do? Sit patiently and wait for her to go back to tending her own affairs...without a reply unless she asks for one...then, RUN!

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