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    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.

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    Go to Joann's....it is huge!

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    she probably means she pieces- but does not *quilt* them.
    or she may make quilted items- like placemats, table runners- totes...but not actual bed quilts.

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    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?

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    Maybe she isn't very confindent in her quilting abiity. Just a thought...

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    Maybe she tries AT quilting but as mentioned before, maybe she is not very confident in her abilities.

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    I love the Hancock's store in our area, but I wish the powers that be would provide more quilting fabric.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    that's what it would mean around here
    Around here, too. Like if someone asks you if you play the piano, you could say, "No, but I play AT it," to indicate that you just dink around with it. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Maybe she isn't very confindent in her quilting abiity. Just a thought...
    My guess, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dphelps
    Maybe she tries AT quilting but as mentioned before, maybe she is not very confident in her abilities.
    Ditto ^^^

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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 the lingo I grew up with, and what it meant. Very commonly used.

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    strange...never heard that before..

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    she meant she "dabbles at it".
    just something she picks at

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    Lol - she must be one of them there hillbillys from these here parts!

    No, I am not making fun of her. Just sounds like something folks around here would say.

    She probably meant just that , she tries to but is not very good at it.

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    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.

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    I bet the lady does better work than she is giving herself credit for. We are our own worst critic.

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    Thanks everyone, that makes sense that she works at something. -

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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.
    I'm in this group too! Recently DH & I were at a shop in the mountains & the shopkeeper was painting a gourd. She said,"I'm an artist. Are you?" My reply was, "No, but I like to dabble at it occasionally"
    When we got in the car DH said,"Why'd you tell her No? Your paintings are 1000 times better than hers"
    So I'm an "At-er" too
    :lol:

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    Around here, too. Like if someone asks you if you play the piano, you could say, "No, but I play AT it," to indicate that you just dink around with it. :)[/quote]

    An expression I grew up with in Wisconsin.

    Just made a trip to our Hancocks last week. They have cut back on quilt fabric. It is not on the wall now but on floor racks. The wall display made it so easy to step back and look at colors.

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    To me, it means she wants to turn out those beautiful original design masterpieces, but has not mastered the skills necessary to do what she sees in her mind as the best one ever. That being said, she pieces and maybe even quilts as much as possible. I understand that statement all too well.

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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 think she abreavated meaning she quilts all the time

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    I know when I take photos, I am trying to take good photos> I would say I try "At Photography" not saying that I am a photographer. I think I could say the same for my quilting come to think of 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.
    IT MEANS SHE TRIES BUT IS NOT VERY GOOD AT IT.

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    Our Hancock is the same way...Tons of fleece, year-round, fabric that would only be appropriate for a belly dancer costume. Their cotton, while a reasonable selection, has routinely disappointed me in quality. I only shop for sale patterns or notions, and then half the time they are out of what I want...And I go back there why??? I shop online...

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