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

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    Great story! Love it!

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    oh that is a really great story!!
    I tell my class, "that in quilting nothing is written in stone" there are several to do every thing, and find the way the best suits you! Then I show them the way that I find best for me. If any one in the class has another way of doing it I ask them to show it. Then each can try different ways out and find the one they like best for them.

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    Just ask for her badge number and report her to the local guild :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    Yes, you may go to the bathroom now.
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    I'd smile sweetly and say OH, thats interesting, I may try it next time I do X. Then do what works for you. You might want to tell her, Oh thats interesting, the "professional quilters" on the board suggest we do X this way. ha.

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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?
    I don't but one of my favorite sayings is: There is more than one way to skin a cat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homespun
    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?
    I don't but one of my favorite sayings is: There is more than one way to skin a cat!
    I was going to say that but thought the cat lovers would have a fit so I am glad you did and not I. I owned a yarn shop at one time and taught many people to knit and crochet, when I got one of those know-it-alls and they brought me their problem to solve, I would say, let's try it this way, not my way, but this way, and showed them another option.
    Quilting is half following the pattern and the rest is creativity. The seams should match but the rest is up to you.

    Carol J.

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    There are so many techniques out there in quiltland that before long, HER way will be wrong and SHE will have to adapt. You keep doing things as you have been and learn along the way. Good for you.

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    I look at it like this: there are as many ways to do things as there are people. Being mostly self taught, if someone tells me they took a class and learned to do something another way I ask them how that way was taught. If it shows me its easier/cheaper then I figure I've learned something. If it shows me its harder/ more expensive I figured I learned something on my own, lol. Either way, someone noticed the work I put into my quilt. people only insult you if you take what they say as an insult, lol! Just hear an interested comment and you will smile more thru the day - share t

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    I would gently tell her that I appreciate her advise but I wish she would reconsider saying my way is wrong because there is more than one way of doing things. Maybe you should direct her to this board so that she learns that lesson. On the other hand, LOL LOL, maybe that is not a good idea because then you would have to watch what you say. LOL

    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?

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    Who's to say the teacher taught her "the right way"? She only taught her 'a way' of doing something. I used to tell my students that I would show them 'my way' and if they were not comfortable with doing it that way then they could do it 'their way'. Quilting is supposed to be fun, not stressful. The only thing that I did stress is the 1/4" rule. If you do not try to get the best 1/4" it can throw off your piecing quite alot. The same goes with accurate cutting. It all depends on how much of a perfectionist you are and if you are happy, that's all that counts.
    In the art world the first rule is: There are no rules! If you consider quilting to be an art and I do, then do what you want. It brings to mind the Gee's Bend quilts. They are considered art and those ladies broke all the "rules" of quilting.

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    Assistance is always available in our guild when requested. Other than that the most used comment is "It's your quilt ...!"

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    Tell your friend to take a class from a different store and a different teacher and she'll learn all different techniques. Do you realize how many different ways there are to make half-square triangles? One person will swear by one way and another by another way. It's all in what you were first taught or first did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    Our new quilter immediately went to tears and sobbing. .
    Well, what happened to the Baby Chick?

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    I'm with you on this!! everyone has their own way of doing things....Classes are great to get the basics but please..... lol

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    That is why I don't take classes. There is always going to be someone who "knows" more than you do, and probably does. But taking a class "does not a quilter make." Do what you are happy with, and you will be the one to win the blue ribbon.

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    I know some of those quilt police, the perfectionist and some not so! That curl up their nose and look down it at you! Been there as I have only done this now 3 yrs myself, bottom line is I DON'T LIKE THEM! It is a form of being a bully if you let them. I have decided that I am a "free spirit" of quilters. I do what I want or feel or have time for even. That is just my style! It works for me!Don't see it changing. One thing I learned it do what works for you! I would let her know, "I will do what works for me and when I give my quilts away they are loved just like they are"

    Did I mention "the free spirit quilters" just drive the quilt police nuts?

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    YES, I have the quilt police at my sewing group....they tell me that I am being to hard on myself! That my sewing is OK and not to be so nitpicking about it. They have done shows so I guess they know what they are doing. And yes, they do bring home lots of ribbons. One has taken home two Best in Show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovingmama
    Here is what I do, I ask people how many different they can find to make the sum of 10. (5+5, 4+6 etc.)

    Than I ask them, which one is right, which one is wrong?

    More than once, there are different ways of doing things, with the same good result. So it comes down to what you prefer.

    Sorry, but there will be always someone in our lives who knows it all and especially better.

    Look at her as you would at a child, still needs to learn a lot.
    Love this response!

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    What is the saying? "Don't should on your friends."

    You can tell your friend that she only learned ONE method of many and while you appreciate her sharing the knowledge, that you will keep an open mind and try different techniques. I mean - jeepers, if there were only one way, what's the point of ALL those magazines and books out there.

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    Crashnquilt - great story!! And good for you sticking up for the newbie....hopefully you "saved" her from quitting this wonderful hobby altogether after a nasty and public comment like the Old Crow made.
    :thumbup:

    Tanesha

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    The quilt police can chase off new quilters, if one lets them! Lucky for me, I am hardheaded!

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    No rules, just preferences

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    I found out many years ago there is more than one way of doing anything. Good for you that you said you do it this way because it works for you.

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    One of my biggest grips is to have a teacher who says her way is the only right way. Bull you know what. As you said there are various techniques and you use the one that best suits what you are doing. I do think it is beneficial to take classes, but beware of the "my way only" teacher. Always give their way a try you might find it helps. I am an appliqurer and there must be 101 different way to do the same thing. Good luck and keep on quilting.

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