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Thread: Quilt Police

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    Are you your own worst quilt police? I was - but am truly trying to love my own work more and more.

    Cindy

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    I've decided the quilt police are a myth and I don't need to worry about them anymore...If it's made with love, what else matters?

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    They are not in Alaska!

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    I'm the quilt police for myself. The secret is, I never tell anyone where the mistakes are!!!!!

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    I am my quilting police. I'm always surprised when people really seem to love my quilts.

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    My sister is my quilt police. I often don't tell her what I'm doing or show her anything. She always has a "suggestion". I'm doing the Farmer's Wife Sampler with the group on this board and I finally had to show her my blocks. Even though I said "no suggestions" please, she would have had a stroke from not talking, so I let her give me the advice.

    Personally, I love the creating/designing and when things work just right. But, when I'm not perfect, I remember that the day that I have nothing left to learn, God will take me home! Quilting is one of those easy places to make my "mistake a day". :D

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    I think sometimes we get so involved in being critical of our own work that projects never get started or finished. Need to loosen up. Yeah, like that'll happen!

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    I don't worry so much about the quilt police, but we have several women in our guild who ALWAYS ask if something was hand quilted and sigh when the maker says no it was machine quilted. Another ALWAYS asks to see the back and comments on the quilting (not always nicely). I find it very annoying because I like machine quilting, understand that a number of quilts were machine quilted in the late 1800s to show that you had the money to buy a machine, and find it inappropriate that they always have to imply that hand quilting is somehow seen as "better" than machine quilting. I finally got so annoyed at the woman who asks to see the back of every quilt that I said no to her at the last guild meeting. I said I wanted people to focus on the front of the quilt (after all people don't turn the painting around to look at the back).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    If it's made with love, what else matters?
    Love this!! :wink: It will be my new mantra! 8-)

    BTW: My ex-husband was my quilt police!! :evil: He never said anything good, or nice, or encouraging about ANY of my projects! :thumbdown: My soon-to-be DH is absolutely wonderful about telling me what he likes about my quilts. He absolutely LOVES a log cabin quilt I made for him for his B-day two years ago. :D If I ask him for advice, he will give it, but has never said anything mean or hurtful about any of my projects. He will give constructive criticism but always with love. :thumbup:

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    There are no quilt police around my house. They know better than to come around me.

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    Well said. I try not to police myself to much but always find myself doing it. :thumbup:

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    Just me and my Hubby at home. He never says anything negative about anything I do. As far as myself, I try and do the best I can and leave it at that. :lol:

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    I lost the quilt police years ago...although I AM my own worst critic at times if the mistake is big enough. I remind myself only to learn from it. When I first started quilting I tried to do it "by the book". I could never get it "just right" and I almost quit. I can NOT imagine my life without quilting and sewing. Better done and Loved than Perfect. How many of your quilts are going to be loved? Or Judged?? Asking myself that keeps me going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    If it's made with love, what else matters?
    Love this!! :wink: It will be my new mantra! 8-)

    BTW: My ex-husband was my quilt police!! :evil: He never said anything good, or nice, or encouraging about ANY of my projects! :thumbdown: My soon-to-be DH is absolutely wonderful about telling me what he likes about my quilts. He absolutely LOVES a log cabin quilt I made for him for his B-day two years ago. :D If I ask him for advice, he will give it, but has never said anything mean or hurtful about any of my projects. He will give constructive criticism but always with love. :thumbup:
    Sometimes you have to experience the pain of a bad relationship to appreciate a good one! I've been there, done that. My Beloved and I have been together for over 30 years.
    He makes my heart sing!

    I wish you and your future husband as much love and joy as my husband and I have had for so many years.

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    Share most with one sister, and sometimes will hear a suggestion, but nothing too critical, Brother in law likes all, have been assured by other family members any would work fine for them. QP Not allowed in the sewing room, but sometimes need a boost in the correct direction.
    "Quilting is like a Journey down a road not taken, some potholes, some smooth, and you never know whats around the next corner, many seasons to be enjoyed"

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    most of my quilts are gifts to friends that can't even sew a button on a shirt so they think my quilts are perfect - gotta love those non-sewers!

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    I guess it takes a while to realize You are your own quilt police. I "fired" myself and now just call it "creative designing" LOL

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    I am my own quilt police, but I try not to let things bother me.If it is noticeable I rip it out, if I am the only one who knows something wrong I don't let it bother me.

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    not anymore...now a have a hubby who takes the job seriously.

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    The quilt police are just a myth....lol.... I don't need them anyway. I am perfectly capable of criticizing my own work. :mrgreen:

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    Quilters,myself included, are notorious for pointing out their mistakes. We need to overcome that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvquilts
    Are you your own worst quilt police? I was - but am truly trying to love my own work more and more.

    Cindy
    I subscribe to the Japanese philosophy (at least as it was explained to me). "Nothing is perfect. We strive for perfection but ALWAYS include one flaw in everything we do to show humility."

    Sometimes I even include more than one just to make everyone feel better and show how truly humble I can be.

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    I am my own Quilt Police... but I'm on the Take!
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    Sorcha

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    When one of them plays quilt police, the way to quiet her down is to reply "maybe when I'm your age,I'll have time to hand quilt".I'm already her age & believe me, the QP are everywhere.
    My "mistakes" are places where I put a non perfect block to keep me humble.That's my story :-D


    Quote Originally Posted by e4
    I don't worry so much about the quilt police, but we have several women in our guild who ALWAYS ask if something was hand quilted and sigh when the maker says no it was machine quilted. Another ALWAYS asks to see the back and comments on the quilting (not always nicely). I find it very annoying because I like machine quilting, understand that a number of quilts were machine quilted in the late 1800s to show that you had the money to buy a machine, and find it inappropriate that they always have to imply that hand quilting is somehow seen as "better" than machine quilting. I finally got so annoyed at the woman who asks to see the back of every quilt that I said no to her at the last guild meeting. I said I wanted people to focus on the front of the quilt (after all people don't turn the painting around to look at the back).

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    Theres only one Person that has made a beautiful quilt(tapestry) and there is no mistakes! anyone know who?

    I would love to get that story again, its worth reading again.

    Yeah I am my own "quilt police" but since I have been reading all of your mails and so on, you have had me learn the ten foot rule, and that one about riding a fast horse, still makes me laugh. but I am learning not to be hard on myself.
    If the Amish do those beautiful quilts and purposely make mistakes, so what better are we? I am getting better at making the quilts, but the mistake, well anyway!!!

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