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    I suspect that what she means is that her quilting is not 'perfect' I use a similar expression when asked if I play the piano; my response is usually, "no, I play with the piano." Both my mom and my daughter really play the piano, I just noodle around with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan
    I met a very nice lady at Hancock fabrics today, when I asked her if she quilted she said " no, but I quilt at". What does that meen? I have been confused ever since, and I can't stop wondering what she means by this.
    By the way I was very disappointed in Hancock fabric by 1604 and 35 in SAn Antonio. They had very limited selection of fabric unless you wanted fleece and then there was a lot. At least I have a lot of places to buy fabric from around here.
    My intrepretation is that she feels she's not very good at quilting. Which I doubt.

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    I have heard phrases similar to that before. You asked her if she was a quilter and she said no, she quilts 'at it'. She was being very modest...she does not consider herself a quilter for whatever reason...maybe she does not feel she does a good job at it, maybe she does not spend that much time at it, maybe she is just learning, maybe she is implying that she does not put herself in the league of you women who are so very talented.

    I have used that phrase before...for instance...when I know I don't do a good job at something or I am just kind of trying things out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hattie Frances
    Okay, here's your answer, I quilt at, I sew at, I cross stitch at. I always start something, but never finish it. Just like Kyra is the "Closer", I am the "Starter" as a matter of fact that's what I'm known as in my office. I have it all, you name it, I bought it. I am still buying but never finishing it. The only thing I finshed was a quilt I started for my grandson and that was a year ago and if he had not bugged me until if felt like beating him to death, I would not have finished it. I am glad his sister is only 10 months and can't talk, maybe I will finish hers before she is aware that I started it. My count is about 6 different quilts in different stages and no finish in sight. Oh and my daughter asked me to please stop spending her inheritance on fabric. Says she going to have the biggest garage sale in history when I'm gone.
    Been there, done that.

    I've got a baby quilt in the works for a little lady born Sept. 25 which I'm now calling her Christmas present. Another baby girl on the way is supposed to be born in Jan. ----------so all's good. I've got the pieces cut and I've got time. THEN I GOT THE INVITE TO HER SHOWER--in two weeks. I'm chairing a dinner at church and can't get out of that anyway, so I have to miss the shower. I'm trying to decide if I want to hold out until Jan. for the quilt.

    And then at least two for my own new granddaughter. Which will be Christmas, too.

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    It means having to many projects going at the same time but never finishing any of them.

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    I think she just meant she's not a very accomplished quilter. I've heard people use that same phrase here, as a joking way to deprecate their work.

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    I think some folks say that when they don't feel like they are very good at something, I have heard a lot of old timers refer to different things in that way.

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    maybe you should go back and ask her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandjan
    I think she just meant she's not a very accomplished quilter. I've heard people use that same phrase here, as a joking way to deprecate their work.
    Ditto!

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    I think it's a play on the phrase 'I make a stab at it'.

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    My take on her statement means that she quilts but does not think her quilting would measure up to others' standards, so she denigrates her quilting so no one will make her feel bad with their comments about her long stitches, knots showing, etc.?

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    ROTFLOL, when I read the original post my first thought was "Why didn't you ask her to elaborate or clarify?" Then my husband pointed out that not everybody has worked 12 years in psychiarty and uses the same, direct techniques as I do! Was he implying I am nosey?
    Quote Originally Posted by jamie Watson
    maybe you should go back and ask her.

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    dont think he was but if I dont understand something no matter how stupid I sound I am going to ask

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    Maybe she dabbles at quilting.

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    This to me means, she is working at trying to quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan
    I met a very nice lady at Hancock fabrics today, when I asked her if she quilted she said " no, but I quilt at". What does that meen? I have been confused ever since, and I can't stop wondering what she means by this.

    It means she plays at it. At least that is what it means where I come from.

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    Must be a colloquial expression, I have never heard it before. Dangling preposition lol.

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    Llikewise our Hancock's in Bowling Green KY store - nothing but fleece!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingfan
    I met a very nice lady at Hancock fabrics today, when I asked her if she quilted she said " no, but I quilt at". What does that meen? I have been confused ever since, and I can't stop wondering what she means by this.
    By the way I was very disappointed in Hancock fabric by 1604 and 35 in SAn Antonio. They had very limited selection of fabric unless you wanted fleece and then there was a lot. At least I have a lot of places to buy fabric from around here.
    I can tell you don't yet speak Texan. If you quilt at, paint at, write at you are trying to get whatever it is you are doing right.
    In Texanese, you may be a Nobel Prize winner and still only be "working at."

    Do you know what cattycornered, whompered, thingamobob, etc, are? Google Texanisms and you will get a whole dictionary of them. My mother often said, "I feel like I've been dragged through a brush heap backward." I don't think that's one of the Texanisms, but you get the picture. Texas speech is picturesque and absolutely rich. froggy (with a west texas accent and proud of it)in texas

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    Memories By the Yard Bandera and Mainland has a huge selection as does Fabric and Friends in Castroville.

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    Maybe she meant she attemps at quilting .

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    Maybe she meant she attemps at quilting .

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    I love the Hancock Fabrics in Anderson, SC. Their wall of absolute cotton is amazing! hmmm.. not sure what she meant by that phase - maybe she means she tries but doesn't consider herself good enough to refer to herself as a quilter?
    that's what it would mean around here
    That's what it means here in AR, too......she feels it's her attempt at quilting, but doesn't feel that it's very good.

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    The phrase means, I work on it now and again but seldom actually get anything done. Or put another way, I put in a few stitches when it catches my attention, I have the intention but don't actually get much done.

    Isn't there a translation for southernisms out there?

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    That is a way of saying,
    "I quilt but do not think I am good at it".
    J J

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