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Thread: What do you think is the most controversial subject in quilting?

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    We are not talking moral choices here, not political or even religious. We are talking what do you perceive as the most hotly debated subject in your part or in the whole of the quilting world?
    To pre wash or not to pre wash...
    do you iron or press?
    Hand vs. Machine quilting...
    Use spray starch or not?
    Join a quilt guild or not?
    Steam or not?
    Stress over imperfections or apply the 20 mile rule( if it can't be noticed when driving by at 20 miles an hour it does not count)

    I don't know what else. You think of some ideas. I am pretty casual. I like to do nice work but I run from the quilt police cause they hurt my feelings right from the very start. Once I found out the quilt police didn't gather at my local quilt guild in large numbers I joined and I have been pleasantly surprised by all the WONDERFUL Quilty ladies there. It is a wonderful place to grow and learn.

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    Probably the biggest controversial subject I've seen on here ( several times ) has been when the subject of a pattern for a concealed carry purse pattern comes up. It usually starts the big debate over guns. Sad the subject at hand can't just be answered without the BIG debate. :XD:
    I know you said not political, religious, or moral, but this seems to be the biggest I've seen on here.

    Now, I've seen some on here debate the quality they see or feel about different fabrics and thread alot also.
    I know, why did I even post on this subject, I don't know myself. :oops:

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    Hand quilt or machine quilt

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    Coyright is another controversial subject.

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    Wash or not.

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    Controversial for us or for others?

    I'd say there are a blue zillion folks out there who still do not know what machine quilting really is. They envision a $39 Walmart quilt, not the beauties created here.

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    Since this is a topic about controversail topics, I will have to say that the two topics on this board that I now avoid are:
    To pre-wash or not,

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    Fabric purchased at big box retailers or quilt shops.

    Seems like they bring out the mean-ness.

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    Around here I belong to two quilt groups and both say "we have no quilt police here".

    Can't say I've ever heard any of the two groups ever debate about what should be or not regarding wash or not wash...about fabrics....etc.

    But than again I've only been in one over a year and the other one 9 months so perhaps haven't gotten to know them well enough yet.

    As for "quilt police" I tell them around here that I live to annoy the quilt police. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    Probably the biggest controversial subject I've seen on here ( several times ) has been when the subject of a pattern for a concealed carry purse pattern comes up. It usually starts the big debate over guns. Sad the subject at hand can't just be answered without the BIG debate. :XD:
    I know you said not political, religious, or moral, but this seems to be the biggest I've seen on here.

    Now, I've seen some on here debate the quality they see or feel about different fabrics and thread alot also.
    I know, why did I even post on this subject, I don't know myself. :oops:
    No big deal. All in fun. I hear alot of argument over fabric quality too. I don't want to foster arguing. It just came to mind when I saw a pre wash debate. That is usually a big one. I love quilting minus the quilt police.

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    wash or not seems to come up a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny
    Since this is a topic about controversail topics, I will have to say that the two topics on this board that I now avoid are:
    To pre-wash or not,

    And
    Fabric purchased at big box retailers or quilt shops.

    Seems like they bring out the mean-ness.
    Oh I don't like meanness. Don't want to encourage that.

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    I can think of a few:
    Press seams open vs press to the dark side
    Cotton thread vs Polyester thread
    Stitch in the ditch is directly on the seam VS just to the side of the seam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie
    Controversial for us or for others?

    I'd say there are a blue zillion folks out there who still do not know what machine quilting really is. They envision a $39 Walmart quilt, not the beauties created here.
    Yep, machine quilting gets dumped into the foreign cheap quilting catagory. the question that gets ask is it "handmade" if it is machine quilted? I think so!

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    How much quilting on a quilt is too much usually brings out the beast in a few people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clsurz
    Around here I belong to two quilt groups and both say "we have no quilt police here".

    Can't say I've ever heard any of the two groups ever debate about what should be or not regarding wash or not wash...about fabrics....etc.

    But than again I've only been in one over a year and the other one 9 months so perhaps haven't gotten to know them well enough yet.

    As for "quilt police" I tell them around here that I live to annoy the quilt police. LOL
    I like that last line. I may need to borrow it. My motto is "my quilt. My way. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny
    Since this is a topic about controversail topics, I will have to say that the two topics on this board that I now avoid are:
    To pre-wash or not,

    And
    Fabric purchased at big box retailers or quilt shops.

    Seems like they bring out the mean-ness.
    I never see meanness! I just see opinionated people. Like me!

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    How about binding? Both steps machine or one machine and one hand.

    Of couse most of these fall into the same category as the big three:
    Mac vs pc
    Nikon vs Canon. And
    Mayonnaise vs Miracle Whip.

    Nobody can do better than to agree to disagree on those and I guess a lot of these quilting "discussions" are the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I can think of a few:
    Press seams open vs press to the dark side
    Cotton thread vs Polyester thread
    Stitch in the ditch is directly on the seam VS just to the side of the seam.
    I think pressing open is a neater look, but that puts too much strain on the stitches-------IMO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I can think of a few:
    Press seams open vs press to the dark side
    Cotton thread vs Polyester thread
    Stitch in the ditch is directly on the seam VS just to the side of the seam.
    Oh yes those are ones I have heard too. I press to the dark side unless instructions say otherwise although I have always said pressing toward the dark side doesn't seem like something a Christian should do! Ha ha. My stitch in the ditch is REALLY in the ditch and I use all kinds of threads for all kinds of things. It is
    My quilt my way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjchad
    How about binding? Both steps machine or one machine and one hand.

    Of couse most of these fall into the same category as the big three:
    Mac vs pc
    Nikon vs Canon. And
    Mayonnaise vs Miracle Whip.

    Nobody can do better than to agree to disagree on those and I guess a lot of these quilting "discussions" are the same.

    LOL, we have a two jar fridge-----------Miracle Whip for hubby, real mayo for me---------and I don't care what brand-----as long as it's real mayo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phannie1
    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie
    Controversial for us or for others?

    I'd say there are a blue zillion folks out there who still do not know what machine quilting really is. They envision a $39 Walmart quilt, not the beauties created here.
    Yep, machine quilting gets dumped into the foreign cheap quilting catagory. the question that gets ask is it "handmade" if it is machine quilted? I think so!
    Me too

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    art quilts vs. traditional quilts.

    i even heard people argue at the quilt show in PA that art quilts shouldn't be allowed into the show because they aren't really quilts.

    then the next big one is computer quilting vs machine free motion quilting.

    many people want computer quilting to be a different category so it doesn't compete against all hand guided free motion quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy
    Quote Originally Posted by clsurz
    Around here I belong to two quilt groups and both say "we have no quilt police here".

    Can't say I've ever heard any of the two groups ever debate about what should be or not regarding wash or not wash...about fabrics....etc.

    But than again I've only been in one over a year and the other one 9 months so perhaps haven't gotten to know them well enough yet.

    As for "quilt police" I tell them around here that I live to annoy the quilt police. LOL
    I like that last line. I may need to borrow it. My motto is "my quilt. My way. "
    I'm pretty much "my quilt, my rules" and if you don't like my rules or my quilts, go make your own.

    I think the hottest topic has been "wash, don't wash" for the last couple of months. Copyright rears its ugly head periodically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    How much quilting on a quilt is too much usually brings out the beast in a few people.
    And IMO, it depends on the quilt itself!

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    When I read your question, the first thing that popped into my head was the "art quilt vs traditional quilt" debate. So glad there are no quilt police so we all get to make up our own minds and have our own preferences.

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