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Topic: Rant: Your response when people see you quilting and say stupid things to you.  (Read 22129 times)
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« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2008 06:51:51 PM »

i am lucky, no one has ever tried to tell me whatmy fabrics should do, but i do LOVE be asked what i am doing..i know that just bouncing an idea around can inspire awesome results, so why not put out some positive inspiration energy

the weirdest questions i get:

what do you use all the Disney fabric for?

do you sell your things (without even seeing them , they ask..and i dont sell anything currently, so i just think its weird to ask)

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« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2008 06:07:55 AM »

I've heard a couple of snarky comments lately about my quilting but the women who made them have issues so I was able to let it go, lol.

But I did have one comment that cut me to the quick when I heard it. It was a comment about having nothing better to with my time. It sounds stupid but it made me feel awful. And the worst thing about it is that I wasn't expecting it. I had only been quilting for about a year when it happened and since then I've learned that if you have a talent or skill, it sets you up for petty comments. (I had one woman tell me that if I had time to make quilts, then I must be neglecting my other responsibilities at home. OH! I even had someone tell me that sewing was a selfish thing to do because it took time away from the family. Can you believe it?) Anything to do with traditional skills seems to attract the worst of it. I learned to bake and can jams in my early 20's and then began to learn how to sew. Over the years I've heard comments about my looks, my pretty impressive husband and some of my property (people who have a problem with envy will find an excuse to cut other people over the most ordinary of things) but the meanest comments I've ever gotten is over those traditional crafts; sewing, quilting, canning, and cooking. The more skill required to master the craft, the snarkier the comments.

Want to get some real blood drawing comments? Sew an outfit that looks good on you. You'll get compliments but you'll also get the knife in the back. It's a good way to find out who to avoid and who be friends with.
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« Reply #22 on: June 13, 2008 07:03:06 AM »

Rose! You in the perfect area!! This is the place to be where you will find people who are JEALOUS of your skills, but very HAPPY that you can do them!!  :-)  I myself would love to be able to can jams, and plan on learning how to do so. 

And don't worry about those petty comments of spending to much time at the sewing machine.  Their idea of family time is probably sitting around and watching TV together and saying nothing at all..
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« Reply #23 on: June 13, 2008 10:00:38 AM »

And don't worry about those petty comments of spending to much time at the sewing machine.  Their idea of family time is probably sitting around and watching TV together and saying nothing at all..

Ha! You're right, that's the stuff that probably does pass for family time.

Canning jams is the easiest kind of canning there is. Once you can your first batch and taste how fresh and fruity the jam is, you'll find yourself doing it every year. I used a book but I recommend using youtube.com as a resource as well. Nothing beats actually SEEING it done.

Good luck! :-)
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« Reply #24 on: June 13, 2008 10:25:56 AM »

I don't like going to the fabric store Sad

There's mean people waiting in line with you using their bolts as weapons, designating their own personal space and my FAVORITE (insert sarcasm indicator here) people having loud conversations with each other.  YOU KNOW the ones, they talk loud enough to each other for everyone to hear. 
Some places are worse than others, I love quilt shops because the level of obnoxious customers is usually significantly lower but that's where I get allllll of my unwanted criticism. 
"Size 10 Needles? What are you going to do with those?? Not sew a quilt!"
One I was in a quilt store with my Grandma, she doesn't quilt but wanted some quality gingham to make a dress, so we went out toa place and the woman at the store told her she wasnt supposed to use quilting fabric for clothes and that it wouldnt work.  Tell my grandma something won't work, go ahead, just try.

There is one in every group...whether it's a customer or cutter.
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« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2008 06:48:43 PM »

Well, that's one of the few advantages of hearing loss... Not being able to understand what ppl are saying when they intend to insult you or rile you. For me they usually have to repeat it once or twice... Sometimes I still can't understand what they are saying. Then they are treat me as if I "retarded" even tho the problem is with my hearing loss they need to enunciate properly. I have trouble understanding what ppl are saying when I am looking at them and they are looking at me.
Well, if it's quality fabric why not make clothes out of it? That's ignorant.
If I need needles, etc. I ask any store that sells needles just in case I can save my self a trip to another store.

"There is one in every group...whether it's a customer or cutter." - That's true for doctors, auto mechanics, etc, etc,
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« Reply #26 on: June 22, 2008 01:26:51 PM »

The one I usually get (sounds like some of you get it, too) is:

"YOU are a quilter?!?"  with eyeballs rolling in mock surprise.

Insinuation:  Isn't quilting for old ladies?  You like modern arts...why are you quilting?  What a huge waste of time...can't you buy one?

I patiently explain that not all quilting is traditional and can actually be extremely expressive and artistic.  Ever heard of Gee's Bend???

BTW, I get a similar reaction when they find out I knit or make jam at the holidays.
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« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2008 07:18:46 AM »

Oh!  How could I forget the comment that really makes me bristle:

"Aren't YOU the little Martha Stewart!"

You better hope I don't have something sharp nearby...
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« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2008 07:22:09 AM »

Oh!  How could I forget the comment that really makes me bristle:

"Aren't YOU the little Martha Stewart!"

You better hope I don't have something sharp nearby...

oh i get that one all the time!! I hate it! just because i like to quilt and scrapbook! GRRR
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« Reply #29 on: June 24, 2008 04:20:47 PM »

People made fun of me in high school for crocheting.  I think I will have to make my outfit for the 20th high school reunion.  Or maybe the jacket or something.

I had a teacher that took my crocheting away from me in class once.  I bet he is dead now. 

Do any of you wear any of your projects?

What comments do you get?
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