*waves* Hi all, I'm new here. Came across the site while Googling something or other, got lost in the finished quilts threads, decided to stay a while.
My favorite was "You're going to cut up all that fabric just so you can sew it all together again?!".
Yep, that's the idea.
This made me laugh - it's what my mum keeps saying to me. It's usually my cue to gently remark on the fact that she doesn't go around swaddled in raw fabric ripped straight off the bolt. What makes it even more bizarre is the fact that she's done a *lot* of dressmaking in her time and is the person who taught me to sew. She's also asked me to make things for her, though I don't mind too much since it's an excuse to buy MOAR fabric and do MOAR quilting, which is a boon since I'm still learning.
In fact, she was the recipient of the first quilted item
I ever completed. My best friend and his family were recipients of my second ever finished quilt. I think mum is in general quite proud of the things I've made so far but it's clear that patchwork and quilting is terra incognita to her, so I often find myself doing a bit of a show-and-tell when I'm doing a particular pattern or technique or playing with a new quilting toy - typically it'll be something I only just learned about myself! XD
A comment that annoys me but isn't directly quilting related comes from my sister: "Please send me a wishlist so I know what to get for your birthday/Christmas." Holy freaking crap woman, have you even SEEN how many hobbies and interests I have? How can you have been my sister for 30+ years and still have no apparent clue what I'm into? *facepalm*
I don't really get comments from strangers since I haven't yet done any quilting/crafting in public, but my friends are pretty cool about it - but then most of my friends are nerds themselves in one way or another.
Some of the odder conversations I've had with strangers about quilting have actually been with other quilters. Two in particular spring to mind. The first was when I'd just moved back to Wales after being abroad for a long time and was looking for a quilting/patchwork group to join for a bit of moral support and gentle guidance (online tutorials just don't quite cut it); I rang up one group and the woman was really sniffy about a self-confessed beginner joining and informed me that "they didn't teach
quilting" and that "there was no room anyhow." :s Luckily the next person I called up was wonderful and welcoming and now I go to her group twice a month. I'm the youngest person there by easily 15 years, but they're a lovely bunch and we have a great time sewing, showing off what we've done and gently teasing each other.
The other odd encounter was more recent; I was browsing magazines in WHSmiths because there was a chance I was going to be stuck in Tesco's waiting for a pick-up the next day and their magazine selection is abysmal. I'd passed over the bead mags (my usual craft-mag choice) as having nothing of interest and was casting an eye over the patchwork/quilting mags instead. I never normally buy quilting magazines because my problem is not a lack of ideas, it's an excess
. Suddenly the woman standing next to me asked me if I was a quilter, I replied that I was but that I was still learning. She proceeded to lecture me slightly on how few people quilted in the area compared with the village she came from, where apparently every
one quilted, the loads of C&G courses she'd done, the fabric shops in the area (my family have lived here for ~18 years, she's lived here for ~6 months) and did I know that you could recycle clothes to make patchwork too? (Yes, as someone who's made silk patchwork cushion covers
from charity shop finds, I do
know that.) I realised she was judging me on my age (I'm 33), my self-confessed learner status and the fact that I was buying a quilting magazine and although I can see why she might have done that, it still irked me. I'm not a great fan of being patronised. I did tell her about my quilting group, but as far as I know she hasn't contacted the lady who runs it yet and I find myself hoping she doesn't...
Edited to fix the blog links, sorry 'bout that! D: