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Topic: Rant: Your response when people see you quilting and say stupid things to you.  (Read 18813 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2008 10:06:47 AM »

The cutters at my local love it when i come in.  i usually grab anywhere from 10-35 bolts and usually get a half meter of each.  they know they wont have to deal with anyone else for a while when they see me.

i have actually seen bartering over who gets to cut for me.  swapping lunch times, fetching coffees just for the privilege of not having to work very hard for a while.  ;-)

and i admit.  i have a few favourites myself.  i hate hate hate it when the slooooooooooooooooo ooooooooow girl is on.


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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2008 10:33:49 AM »

Well as a cutter myself at a fabric store I totally can understand the frustration of alot of cuts BUT I actually prefer the larger orders. I like to imagine what I can use these fabrics for! I think its fun! But we have a 1yd min. at our store. Anywho thought I'd share Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2008 07:08:57 PM »

I get annoyed with people who make the "why do you bother with doing that" kind of comments. Like whatever craft I happen to be working on is beneath them and not worth their time and act like I'm an idiot for "wasting" my time. Fortunately, I don't get that too much. I like to think of them as jealous because they're to lazy to learn something new. That may be a bit snarky, but it makes me feel better, lol!

Most of the time though, people are nice and will sometimes ask what I'm working on, show a little genuine interest. I spent a lot of time in doctor's offices before and after my back surgery 5 years ago and to pass the time in the waiting rooms, I would bring a small crochet or knit project with me. Most people either didn't really pay much attention, but some would ask to see what I was working on. I was making mostly crocheted doilies at the time and got some very nice compliments, so I supposed it all evens out in the end.
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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2008 11:21:00 PM »

Most of my friends 'get it' but sometimes, say if someone I don't know at work finds out I quilt, I get the 'why bother' question.

I normally ask what they do on an evening, and when they say 'not a lot', or 'just watch tv' or something, I smile sweetly and say 'OK' really slowly, like I'm confused about why that's a better option than creating something beautiful. 
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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2008 12:08:08 AM »

Blondgirl - I wanta make a blond joke but it sounds like you're the smartest one in the bunch! Perhaps you could look up the definition of quilting and quote it to her in Webster's words. Or just say the obvious to us "The whole point of the quilting is the visible stitches on both sides. Why would one want to cover up such beautiful stitching." The Hawaiians thought cutting fabric into a bunch of small pieces and sewing them together was a silly waste of time. Their work is beautiful.
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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2008 12:27:08 AM »

i've gotten the most is the "young" commment for years now, i'm 32. but the best is "wow, i never expected someone with pink & and black hair cover in tattoos to be a quilter!" the best is that they are astounded that i *really* know what the hell i'm doing. i love to keep suprising them. about the fabric cutters, most of them know me, the hair etc is a good reminder. i think they like since i always fold my own fabric to keep the line moving, i only have had one episode at a sloanns fabrics. a asst. manager argued with me about tulle telling me it was net and not on sale. i had her take it off the ticket, i paid and finished with her, walked over to the cutting area and grabbed the bolt of tulle and deposited it at her register and said to her "see it's tulle". she won't make eye contact with me anymore. oh well.
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« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2008 04:20:18 PM »

My favorite is from my mother in law and her mother.....  Everything they come to visit they ohh and ahh over the crappiest quilt ever that is on the guest bed.  We bought it at biglots for 20 bucks or less and it came with matching shams, it was the cheapest we could get for that bed size and really wanted something we didn't care if it lasted or not.  Anyway.. it is really this terrible color combos of purple, mauve, green etc in a lone star pattern and you know the bigass stitches you gotta watch out for. 
They just always make such a big deal over how pretty it is, how talented I am and they just think the world of this quilt.  Just makes my heart cringe that this is the one thing they gush over.. not the wall hangings, the couch quilts or anything else artsy I do.  They don't get any more quilts ever, never.
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« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2008 04:25:06 PM »

Colorado Deb - too bad you can't buy a couple more and send it too them. You'll be set for life.
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« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2008 09:55:21 PM »

My daughter and I chose some really bright fabric for baby quilts, one for a boy and the other for a girl.  Our cutter informed us they didn't go together and would be too bright for a baby.  We should use black, white and red unless we were using pastels.  We just shook our heads, and shared a humor filled look.  Obviously the red/orange/yellow flames on green didn't go with the hot pink and purple.  Although I was tempted to get extra and make another to take in and show her, but we were on a limited budget.  I was also tempted to buy extra and prove they could work together for a bright eye popping baby quilt. 
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« Reply #19 on: June 08, 2008 06:31:53 PM »

As an employee of a fabric store, it disheartens me that these stories are shared. I will admit to asking 'stupid' questions ("You're not using this lime green solid with a soft pink nursery print?") to get them talking, but I recognize and know that I am not making the item and will likely never see it again (If you do choose that particular combination, more power to you).

I love cutting big orders, to the point of calculating how fast I can go on a smaller order to nab them (never forgetting that the small orders deserve my attention just as much as the big ones), especially quilters' orders and true regulars (the ones you know on sight if not by name and will bend rules to within an inch of their breaking point for). As long as they realize that it does take time to cut a lot of fabric, and that I do need direction from them, it's nice to have time to be able to really talk with them about their project, how long the've been sewing, what pattern they're using, who they're making it for, comment on the fabric, etc.
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