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Thread: So...when do you call yourself a "Quilter"?

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    I still tie most of the quilts I make, as its easier on my back. When people ask me "Oh, you quilt?" I usually say "I'm learning" not because I haven't quilted a queen size, but because I still can't always get my star points to come out right and I haven't tried curves!

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    You don't have to get your star points perfect! Remember the the 10 foot rule.(I hate rules!!!)Don't be hard on yourself. At least you are living and learning. The fun is in the learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caspoohbear
    I still tie most of the quilts I make, as its easier on my back. When people ask me "Oh, you quilt?" I usually say "I'm learning" not because I haven't quilted a queen size, but because I still can't always get my star points to come out right and I haven't tried curves!
    We're sometimes too hard on ourselves. The definition of "quilting" is different from "piecing"; but we tend to use the term in a general way. No matter how perfect the finished product, the use of the term will surely never be penalized! We continue to learn. Whether it be an "aha" moment, a helpful friend, something we see in a magazine, a book, online or TV; we keep working at it and get more seasoned. Even the pro's get better. Curiosity is my best friend...I'm not great at it but I call myself a quilter and rejoice when I can also call something - anything - finished. If we never stop learning & jumping at every opportunity we'll get there - or grow old trying!

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    You are a quilter. Enjoy

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    I call myself a Quilter , I figure if I spend hour's on hour's
    and day's on day's collecting and washing and ironing my
    stash of fabric's and then plaining for how I want my quilt to look then set and sew for day's are month's on it and sometimes years then I call myself a Quilter..lol even though I'm always learning something new ,I still call myself a Quilter and have fun doing it. :D :D

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    I have a friend that pieces the most beautiful quilts and then sends them out to be LA machine quilter. She calles herself a "piecer". I did not start out with a long arm machine. I started by quilting my first quilt (king size) on my domestic - just pinned like crazy and stitched in the ditch. At that moment I was a quilter. I made several quilt tops after that and sent them out to be quilted and I considered myself a quilter. Now I have a HQ-16 and am just learning on it but I consider myself a quilter. There is no quilt police so you don't have to be perfect and everybody had to start somewhere. So I think you should get yourself some spray to baste with and some pins and go to town on those quilt tops. After all, it's just fabric and, so far, just a hobby. Go for it.

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    :D :D :D :D PennyJ I'm with you I alw3ays wanted to be a PHD

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    You can call yourself a quilter. If you have completed tops, your a quilter, now the next step will be putting the top, batting and back together and actually quilting it. OR as in one of my friends cases. Find a long arm quilter and have her do the quilting on her machine. My friend actually completes about 40 projects a year this way. She pieces and appliques the tops, sends them out to be quilted and then adds the bindings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I am not sure when you can consider yourself a quilter. Maybe when it becomes a obsession!!! LOL. I am sorry maybe I should have said an addiction no that's not the right word either. Oh! I know when the fabric's starts talking to you, no that's paranoia. HUM!! I think I need counseling. LOL.
    Now stop being afraid of that quilt and get busy so you can tell others you are a quilter.
    Well said cjomomma! And just remember you'd never see it from a trotting horse. :lol:

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    You could be called a "topper". I have about 16 tops ready to quilt but I freeze up when it comes to quilting. So I guess I am a topper also. I actually have three sandwiched and hope to start them this weekend.
    Nothing wrong with being a topper.

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    [quote=cjomomma]I am not sure when you can consider yourself a quilter. Maybe when it becomes a obsession!!! LOL. I am sorry maybe I should have said an addiction no that's not the right word either. Oh! I know when the fabric's starts talking to you, no that's paranoia. HUM!! I think I need counseling. LOL.
    Now stop being afraid of that quilt and get busy so you can tell others you are a quilter.

    Edited to say:
    I know what the right word is now. It is when quilting becomes a passion not just a hobby.
    I am just joking with you. You are a quilter.[/quote
    Well said Cjomomma! Oh, and how about when you think fabric looks delicious?!

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    I think you can call yourself a quilter. If there is one thing that I have learned from this forum and from some very experienced quilters who have mentored and encouraged me there are some fears to overcome. I am a very tactile person--have to touch the fabrics in the store, so I find that each phase of making a quilt is a different and pleasing experience. First I love the feel of the cotton as I start to cut and sew. Then the feel changes when you complete the sandwich and then another new feel when you are quilting and binding. Don't be afraid to jump into the next step. It is scary the first time but you will be so proud of yourself when it is done!

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    Is there s church group that does quilting in your area? Perhaps you could join them. Undoubtedly they would help you get started either hand or machine. Another place is to check the Senior Center. If you have made 3 tops, I would say your a quilter. Good Luck!

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    I think we compare ourselves to the great quilters, the ones who enter their quilts into contests and quilt shows! At least I do, I have come a very long way but in comparision not even to close to being a great quilter. Having said that, I realize that my quilts are loved and appreciated, therefore, I am happy to be whatever kind of quilter I am at this stage of the game! I must say though, I do quilt mine own quilts, just something I feel I need to do at this stage of the game anyway!

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    I think that after you complete your first project, it initiates you into the world of a quilter. After that comes stash, ufo's, notions, and more patterns than you will ever use LOL.

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    With all the symptoms of yourself that you described???? Yup you are a quilter! Congrats & welcome!

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    I call you a quilter! I have two sisters who I call quilters but they both have different names for themselves. The one in Vermont calls her self a topper and the one in Illinois calls herself a piecer. Both of them send their quilts to a long armer. That's why they make so many quilts to my so few! I call myself a quilter but actually my Bernina does all the work! I am just the hand that rocks the cradle!

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    cjomomma wrote:
    "I am not sure when you can consider yourself a quilter. Maybe when it becomes a obsession!!! LOL. I am sorry maybe I should have said an addiction no that's not the right word either. Oh! I know when the fabric's starts talking to you, no that's paranoia. HUM!! I think I need counseling. LOL.
    Now stop being afraid of that quilt and get busy so you can tell others you are a quilter."

    There is an addition to this obsession, addiction, paranoia and it is insomnia. When the quilting overtakes your sleep and you start dreamning, it awakens you (if not awake sleep walk) to go to the machine and start sewing. OMG it has overtaken my mind, i need a holiday, hmmm a quilting retreat sounds good. LOL.

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    Are you thinking about quilting when you are... doing the dishes, watching TV, working, driving, shopping... you wake up at 6 in the morning and go to your sewing room instead of trying to go back to sleep. You also love, fabrics, notions, patterns, rulers, threads and.... you are hooked to the quilting board!!! If more than one applies to you, I vote that you are a quilter!

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    I fully agree, quilters we unite. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    I have just been reading the thread on bad habits of quilters and it got me to thinking.

    I love fabrics, notions, patterns, everything related to quilting. My mom was a life-long quilter and in the past few years I have had a 'longing' to be a quilter.
    I've made three quilt tops and have quilt fabric, kits, patterns out the wazoo(sp?) but I've never thought of myself as a quilter because I haven't completed a quilt. I am scared to death to make that sandwich and start quilting - either machine or hand.
    So...can I call myself a quilter or am I just a wanna-be chicken?
    Technically, I think you may be a quilter when you sew those sandwiches together(no matter what design). Up until then, you are probably a 'piecer'. (Mind you, I was a 'piecer' for 3 years for fear of 'ruining' the tops). A friend of mine got me involved in quilting some sandwiches for charity - she had more than 500 donated to her to quilt. After I helped her with half of them, I don't worry any more. I got better with every quilt and thank my clever friend. Be brave and surprise yourself!

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    Yes, you are a quilter. Also do not be too hard on yourself putting the sandwhich together. Maybe tie one and with another one use a walking foot and stitch in the ditch. Step by step. It was very empowering for me to actually finnish my first quilt. I quilted it by stitching in the ditch with a walking foot. My daughter still sleeps under that quilt every night and has never complainted that one of her other sisters has gorgeous feathers quilted on it.

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    Went to WM today to pic up my perscriptions. Had to wait for one. Decided to brouse in the fabrics while they still have them. Didn't plan to buy anything cause I'm leaving Sat. on a nine day bus tour to Chicago and want to have some spending money.

    The gals had been unloading a new shipment since Monday. "Look at all those black and whites. Just what I've been looking for. That leaf pattern is just what I want for my stack and whack. In green AND red? Can't resist. Oh, there's that super shade of tourquoise I've been looking for and I've still got the swath in my bag for matching. Yep! That's it." I went home $ 76.00 poorer but fabric richer. Oh, the perscription? That was $10.00. Am I a quilter? You'd better believe it! (In my best John Wayne imitation)

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    A quilter on her way when she is ready.

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    I've only done a few quilts, but grew up with my mom quilting so I feel like I'm a quilter and I inherited mine. So anything having to do with quilts and piecing fabric together should be considered quilting and yes you are a Quilter....

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