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

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    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?

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    You made 3 quilt tops?? I think you are a quilter-in-progress!! :D hahaha

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    You're a quilter. You may not be the most experienced, neither am I, but you are still a quilter. We're all in progress to some extent, and I'm sure we all have a long list of things we still want to make and/or complete.

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    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.

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    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.

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    You are a quilter... you just have UFO's instead of finshed quilts :D:D:D

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    Many quilters make the patchwork tops and "quilt by cash" meaning they send it out to a longarm quilter. If you have made the top, you are a quilter in my book.

    I have a friend who is, as she calls herself, a "mental quilter." She thinks about quilting and is good with design and fabric, only she doesn't actually make the quilt. She's a great friend and goes on our quilt retreats with us.

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    Good question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattee
    You're a quilter. You may not be the most experienced, neither am I, but you are still a quilter. We're all in progress to some extent, and I'm sure we all have a long list of things we still want to make and/or complete.
    I totally agree with Mattee but wanted to add a little fun to it! :D

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    Gday, i agree with cjomomma. I am a quilter with a PHD (projects half done) LOL :)
    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.

    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.

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    Congratulations your a Quilter !!! With 3 tops made, thats the cool part of the craft so much variety, in levels and choice, that can apply. Hope you've enjoyed the process, when finished up, thats a cool feeling!! Don't let the finishing intimidate you might as well jump, remember tack and tied are also finished with out the pressure of the machine.
    Happy Quilting :)

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    I am a quilter. I figure if I have over 30 tops waiting to be quilted and 10-12 UFO's, and donate quilts to Project Linus monthly, I am a quilter. I go to quilt retreats to finsih UFO's undisturbed (except for the fun) and don't miss a day without quilting in my life or buying fabric weekly. So many definitions of a quilter.

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    @ cjomomma ~ thanks for starting my day with a giggle.
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    @ glenda5253 ~ I'm glad you put this out there. In my Mind I think of myself as a quilter - but I can't say that out loud to anyone. Not as skilled as most here, I'm just now returning to it after a 2 & 1/2-year break (life happens, sometimes). I've completed about 20 quilts in my illustrious career (lol...), and still... referring to myself as a Quilter... haven't been able to do that. So, I've enjoyed reading everyone's definitions - I've always wanted to be a quilter, and now maybe I can say I am. maybe. heh-heh...

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    It's really not that hard to put the quilts together, the binding and batting. I just started and only have done two. there are so many video out there that can help you do it. I have a few on my website that I used to learn. If I can do this anyone can. Here is my site thrifyideastoday.com if you want to view the videos. If you do not have a walking foot you may just want to use the thick thread to bind them by needle (I will get you the name of the thread later today)
    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?

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    I'm more a cut-up and piece maker! My fingers and shoulder will not allow me to do much hand stitching, but I'd be clumbsy if I did. SO I machine everything possible, limitedly. But I think of myself as a quilter.

    Blessings, Ruth

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    Some people machine stitch the binder on. Stitch in the ditch. I may try that on my next quilt.

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    Gee, I was in a fabric store yesterday, and a lady asked me if I was a quilter? I hestitated, then said "yes"! I had to think about it, am I a quilter I asked myself? I am not your traditional quilter, I have machine quilted about 8 lapquilts, one full size, about as many baby quilts. Along with a few table runners and more in progress! I have two lap quilts waiting to be finished, and just started on another full size quilt. I love scrappies and like to do my own thing with designs. I have managed to collect a sewing room full of fabric, tools and etc. I also like to sew projects for babies and other sewing things. Gee, guess that makes me some kind of quilter after all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    Gee, I was in a fabric store yesterday, and a lady asked me if I was a quilter? I hestitated, then said "yes"! I had to think about it, am I a quilter I asked myself? I am not your traditional quilter, I have machine quilted about 8 lapquilts, one full size, about as many baby quilts. Along with a few table runners and more in progress! I have two lap quilts waiting to be finished, and just started on another full size quilt. I love scrappies and like to do my own thing with designs. I have managed to collect a sewing room full of fabric, tools and etc. I also like to sew projects for babies and other sewing things. Gee, guess that makes me some kind of quilter after all!
    That sounds like me. I tell everyone I am a novice quilter because that's what I consider myself. My DDIL took me to a new quilt shop the other day and the proprietor asked me if I was a quilter. I always have to think about it because I don't always do things in the traditional way, I machine piece, machine quilt and machine embroider on many of my projects, but I am still a quilter. When I told the lady what I have made, she said I am not a novice. I still have trouble wrapping my mind around that.

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    if you have made a quilt (even a quilted pot holder) you certainly call yourself a quilter if you want to ...some quilters just piece tops, some quilters just quilt quilts, some people do both..it's all relative

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    I still hesitate to call myself a "Quilter." It's flattering to be called one but then I think of all those times I've spent more time with my seam ripper than my family (I'm thinking of naming the seam ripper-make it seem less sad, lol). Part of me just thinks that these people would be less impressed if they actually knew how many times I've had to fix things. :lol:

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    I *thought* I was a quilter, but at a weekend seminar once, my tablemate stood up, rapped on the table, and announced to the room, "I'll have it here known that my table mate, Jan -- is a fabric fondler, not a quilter!"

    She was right; I'd spent the better part of an hour pulling out, folding, and re-folding fabric because I couldn't decide!! But she didn't have to announce it to the world!~!

    So, Hi, my name is Jan and I am a fabricophile who calls herself a quilter. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    So...can I call myself a quilter or am I just a wanna-be chicken?
    bawk - backbackback! Nothing wannabe about it. lol

    Naw, you're a wannabe quilter. How else are you going to learn? What is the worst that can happen?

    I am now taking quilting classes to focus on getting better with my machine quilting. Until now, I have limited myself to Stitch-in-the-ditch straight-style quilting. Not perfect, but done!

    Comeon, chicky! You can do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    I am a quilter. I figure if I have over 30 tops waiting to be quilted and 10-12 UFO's, and donate quilts to Project Linus monthly, I am a quilter. I go to quilt retreats to finsih UFO's undisturbed (except for the fun) and don't miss a day without quilting in my life or buying fabric weekly. So many definitions of a quilter.
    Sounds like me except I haven't made it to a retreat yet. It's on my list!

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    Ladies (and gentlemen, if applicable) you have made my day! Your answers are precious...and some extremely funny. Thank all of you for your support and confidence building. I love this board!!!

    I think...I will consider myself a (whisper) quilter!?!?!

    PS: After I started this thread I read another r/t doing a rag quilt and it suddenly dawned on me I have completely finished a rag quilt. I wasn't happy with the finished project and it is stored away somewhere.

    Now I know (by following this board), I am much too critical of my work and I need to find that rag quilt for my 2-yr-old DGD. It is pink and in the shape of a cat with applique eyes, nose and mouth.

    This board is a real morale-booster!!!

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    When I take the brand new finished quilt out of the washer and hang it on the line and stand back and look at it and watch it flap in the breeze then I can say I am a quilter and know that the quilt and I have bonded for life no matter who has it! Edie

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    when I learn to do the binding right and it all looks right, then I will call myself a quilter

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