Fabric Buying Stories

While at the LQS I was accosted by a couple who decided I looked like
a quilter and before I knew it I was enlisted in helping them figure
out what batting was, how to use it, how much to buy and all the rest.
The entire time the woman's husband was going on about the quilting
his grandmother did, telling me how they didn't have all the latest
gadgets and how it took her 5 years to make a quilt. I understood
he was paying his grandmother a compliment so just nodded and smiled
but I started thinking about that and for some reason he thought like
many do, that the only quilting that counts is that which is done with
a hand needle and thread. ( It's not the first time I've run into
such a stance.)
*I* started thinking about that and while searching online tonight
found a wonderful site with a lot of quilting history on it.
In particular the site owner, a retired school teacher, has done
an awful lot of research into a great number of quilting areas
including a section on quilting myths that I found fairly entertaining
and very interesting so I thought I'd share it with ya'll.
Here is the entire site:
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this is the section of myths that happened to coincide with myrecent experience. By no means do I personally think either wayis superior but after reading this I realized what she says heremakes a lot of sense and gives me a better idea of when that ideaof one way over the other took root.
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"When the sewing machine became available the possession of one was quite a
status symbol. Piecing was often done by sewing machine and a few women
even machine stitched their quilting or appliqué. Considering how much
harder it must have been to do this compared to using modern sewing
machines it certainly wasn't out of laziness but because of a desire to use
the sewing machine. These visible stitches advertised that the quilter was
a proud owner of a sewing machine. Sewing the binding by machine was
another way to show off machine stitching.
During the Colonial Revival around the turn of the last century hand
quilting was valued more but this was a part of a movement toward going
back to fine handcrafts. During the earlier years when the sewing machine
was first available we do not find that most people considered hand piecing
and quilting to be the superior method."
At any rate I hope some of you find the site interesting!
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Good site! Thanks! I also think there's a natural tendency to value something more if it took a very long time to accomplish. Even though we've all seen (or made) quilts that are simply too awful to contemplate :-), no matter that they were made entirely by hand. Sloppy stitching is sloppy by hand or by machine. Roberta in D
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Roberta Zollner
I've run into that kind of thinking, too. And I have to say, you were a LOT nicer about that than I'd be! :)
The most irritating was the family member who asked for a quilt - specifically a quilt that would be worth a great deal of money if she ever chose to sell it (her EXACT words). She asked for a trapunto'ed, appliqued, Mariner's Compass king-size quilt and that it MUST be done by hand - the entire thing. All quilting, piecing, etc.
You can more than likely imagine how torqued off I was - I couldn't BELIEVE that a family member (whose mother did, in fact, quilt quite a bit) would ask for such a thing! But that does seem to be the prevailing attitude - at least to those who just have no idea of what goes into making a quilt, by hand, fusible, or machine ...
Sorry about the rant ... your story just kind of reminded me about that. :/
I did! Thank you! :)
Think I'll send those links to a certain relative of mine - not that it'll do any good! LOL! :)
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Connie wrote in news:040820071211253987% snipped-for-privacy@knologyDOT.net:
He had a pretty good anti-personnel weapon in addition to his obnoxious personality; he absolutely _reeked_ of stale cigarette smoke so all I wanted to do get the heck away from him as quickly as possible.
Hah! And here I thought Spock was the only one who could raise his eyebrows this high! I have formulated the perfect response though, that's when you hand her a needle, thread and fabric and tell her to get started because if you make it you're going to sell it for yourself. I believe Ms. Manners would approve!
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"Roberta Zollner" wrote in news:f91r5v$r94$ snipped-for-privacy@online.de:
You'rea Welcome!
Too true. Oddly enough today I was re-organizing the closet and ran across a few of my first quilts. Oh.My.Thud. I shuddered in horror and folded them back up again. I don't think I found one single matching point. They took me forever to do, too. Heh.
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"Kate G." wrote in news:n6Kdna0-3Mw8SCnbnZ2dnUVZ snipped-for-privacy@comcast.com:
Well that's weird but now I can't access it either here at 9:13pm MDT.
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LOL! that's a better reaction than the one I had! I told her (and I shudder to say this - it's so awful) - that if I DID make it for her and she DID sell it, she wouldn't live long enough to spend the money! :)
BTW, it was my MIL - and my hubby, who was standing there, absolutely aghast, backed me up 100%!
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