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    Is it just me, or do other people find that some of the Hosts on quilting TV shows sound like they are talking to a kindergarden class? Just because I am female and interested in traditional crafts does not mean my IQ is in the single digits.
    I must say most of my viewing was some time ago but I just saw one who shall remain nameless and it was the same thing.
    I have also seen Nancy Zeman, she seems to be OK.

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    I love watching quilting shows!

    I couldn't help thinking that Eleanor Burns sounds a lot like Michelle Duggar to me, but I am weird that way.

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    Maybe some audience (Newbies) are not as advanced in sewing techniques as others who have been quilting for years and years..

    Maybe they are trying to get the 'younger' generation interested..

    Maybe they are taking it slow so us slowpokes can keep up...

    lots of maybe's out there..

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    got to love Nancy!

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    wish I had them to watch here! I have one but I would have to get up at 530 on a sat morning to watch it

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt
    Maybe some audience (Newbies) are not as advanced in sewing techniques as others who have been quilting for years and years..

    Maybe they are trying to get the 'younger' generation interested..

    Maybe they are taking it slow so us slowpokes can keep up...

    lots of maybe's out there..
    I don't mean they explain everything, it's more their tone of voice. Next time you watch one, try to picture a DIY show for guys that sounds like that.

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    I think they just have to assume you are a beginner, because it is such a big audience, you can't assume they all are on the same quilting skill level. Some have done it for years, some have yet to quilt, and some are just starting. If they just assume everyone knows basic quilting skills they might lose some of the newbies.

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    I know what you mean. I notice that EB later shows has her talking less babyish. I think she tends to have that happy voice naturally, but pushes it too much when speaking publicly. She also came from the stage (her classes) to television. She needs to tone it down for the small screen.

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    I agree with this comment! (The tone of voice). Some preesenters have a grin plastered from ear to ear for the whole show while they drip sweet honey from their lips! It really is sooooo false and reminds me of some Kindergarten/ pre-school teachers who are trying to be encouraging to inattentive toddlers! Give it to me staight and sensibly - I can understand "plain speak!" We are all well educated adults after all! I also think there is an over use of the adjectives 'darling' and 'cute'. THERE ARE MANY MORE DESCRIPTIVE TERMS FOR THE RESULTS OF OUR CREATIVE GENIUS SURELY!

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    i know what you mean ,i get turn off by marti and her daughter it,s like im back in k glass again the way they explain things in glasses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maura
    I know what you mean. I notice that EB later shows has her talking less babyish. I think she tends to have that happy voice naturally, but pushes it too much when speaking publicly. She also came from the stage (her classes) to television. She needs to tone it down for the small screen.
    She used to teach kindergarten. So, that is her teacher voice. The further away she got from that career, the "better" she got.

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    Hello--DVR? I always DVR Sewing with Nancy on Sunday mornings while am gone.

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    Don't you get tired of seeing them tell how to do something like it was ingenious and you have been doing it forever?

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    The PBS I receive on cable has the quilt shows airing at 5:30 a.m.on Saturdays...Have to get up early or tape to watch later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvhill22
    wish I had them to watch here! I have one but I would have to get up at 530 on a sat morning to watch it
    I wish I had them to watch, too. I only get one, but it comes on 1:30am Thursday mornings :cry:

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    Have you ever had someone leave their phone number on your answering machine and you had to play it 4 times and then you are still not sure.

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    I think they probably do that because they are teaching all kinds of people. There are probably a lottttttttttt of beginners out there that have no clue what they are doing so they do that to reach every one. Just consider yourself lucky that you get quilting shows. I haven't been able to find any here. Luckily threre are a lot of vidios on the net which I find even better.

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    I don't like some of the voices either: Eleanor Burns sounds like she's still in elementary school and Alex Anderson is just plain false - especially in her laugh; however, I do enjoy the shows and it's something to do since I'm retired. I love Sewing with Nancy altho' a couple of her shows didn't interest me, but that's okay - she is connecting with everyone.

    By the way - you can get the entire show on your internet, but I don't know if they are all like that or not.

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    Now that you mention it Eleanor Burns (my favorite teacher) does sound like Michele Duggar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvhill22
    wish I had them to watch here! I have one but I would have to get up at 530 on a sat morning to watch it
    Had to laugh, I do wake at 4am to watch Fons and Porter but I actually auto wake at that time a lot, wouldn't set my alarm. I like them quite a bit.

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    I 've never been bothered by their demeanor, regarding quilt show hosts. They know they're speaking to newbies, intermediates and experienced quilters alike, and like all good teachers, they mainly teach on the level of the least the experienced in the "class room", so I accept this while watching.:wink:

    But I do have to say, I just love Eleanor Burns! I know her speaking voice can be taxing for some, but it's very enjoyable to me. She seems like a genuinely happy person, and there seem to be so few of them in this world. :D I find her enjoyable because she just comes across as genuine, kind and upbeat.

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    I only get Fons and Porter and Sewing with Nancy. I really like F&P actually, and have learned a lot from their shows. I too was getting up in the middle of the night to watch them, until I realized that I could pay $20 and watch all their episodes on-line whenever I wanted. Now, I bring my laptop into my sewing room and watch an episode while I work. I am in heaven, and am getting a lot more sleep!

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    We don't get any quilting shows - I wish our PBS station still carried them :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Is it just me, or do other people find that some of the Hosts on quilting TV shows sound like they are talking to a kindergarden class? Just because I am female and interested in traditional crafts does not mean my IQ is in the single digits.
    I must say most of my viewing was some time ago but I just saw one who shall remain nameless and it was the same thing.
    I have also seen Nancy Zeman, she seems to be OK.


    Don't laugh, but one of the very famous ones was previously a kindergarten teacher. First time I saw her I had that feeling. Researched her and found this to be true.

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    I tried watching Eleanor Burns once and I couldn't stand it. It was worse than Mr. Rogers. Very disappointing since it's the only quilt show in my area.

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