I found my place online where you can easily overlook a rude or inconsiderate comment (if you so choose) but offline it can be really hard to remain calm and kind in the face of someone who is downright mean. I admit, more than once I've lost my cool - and looking back I regret it. Most ladies upon meeting me assume I'm just beginning my quilting journey because of my age and that's ok - you don't know what you don't know and how could they know where I am in my quilting life without knowing me. I could write a small book about the off color things that have been said or insinuated over the years. One woman I remember during a sewing session proceeded to take a rotary cutter right out of my hand and show me "the correct way to cut". Another quilter whom I had highly respected at the time basically ripped apart my work (with words) pointing out each flaw and after looking over my quilt threw it back at me and it was clear at that moment I was no longer worthy of her attention or friendship. At a recent trip to the fabric store with a friend the lady at the counter completely impeded herself into our conversation and pushed me out, as if to prove she knew more than I ever would, insulted the advice I gave...and when I attempted to overlook her rude comments and I agreed with some of her tips she told me, "isn't that what I just said?" Grr. (Sticks tongue out at snotty fabric cutting lady...)
I don't know it all nor do I claim to. Anyone who proclaims to know it all about quilting or puts other people down for their place in their quilting journey just really makes me sad. I think we all have experienced it. I don't know how much has to do with age or how much just has to do with arrogance or the so called pecking order women impose on each other. But I implore those of you who are seasoned quilters...keep your head about you when in the presence of your newbie friends. You never know, someday they might teach you a thing or two...and nothing turns a new and insecure quilter OFF like insulting their work, their fabric choices, or treating them as if their work is insignificant because it doesn't measure up to your standards. Remember, there was a time once that each and every one of us had to ask, "what is a fat quarter?" ;)
That being said, the majority of the women (and men!) I have met through quilting have been wonderful and eager to share their work with someone excited to see it. I can be overly enthusiastic at times but sometimes I see that enthusiasm help others to get excited about what they are creating too. I love that during difficult times quilters band together and do what they know and love to bring comfort to others. I love being a part of this amazing quilting community - on and off of the internet!
Moving on to other ramblings...
Oh my. Last evening was one of those that I wanted to pull my hair out, scream, cry, yell, and stomp all at the same time. My precious little munchkins are my world, and no amount of quilting could bring me the joy that they do...or probably the frustration either. It was just one of those evenings the Husband and I both were exhausted, our annual spring leak began by the bay windows so I spent every hour of the day changing towels attempting to preserve the dark wood molding that I love. The girls are still adjusting to going back to school as I let them pretty much run rampant over Christmas break - and I'm attempting to whittle bedtime back down to a reasonable hour instead of letting them stay up all night...of course that is resulting in lovely temper tantrums of epic proportions. The littlest girl's night time routine is all sorts of backwards after a bout with the flu...she just never got back on schedule. So by midnight all the children were finally sleeping...and I stayed up for an additional hour or two just to enjoy the silence. I have no idea how I managed to squeeze any sewing in...although if you saw my laundry heap right now you might have a sneaking suspicion that I sacrificed a few chores to preserve my sanity...
Plugging right along with McKenzie's quilt. I had cut a bunch of stripey petals but they just were too light...I picked a creamy neutral background for these with fun flowers on them and the stripes just seemed to get lost against it. So I went back and cut 100 more petals in purples and greens to finish out my flowers. I used the thread shown below - I'm trying to use up my Essential thread stash, and it's going to take a while because I probably have 35 spools of it. This is a dark honey that seemed to blend in with most of the fabrics. I might have been better off with a medium plum as there is so much purple in this it would have hidden any pulled stitches better but I didn't have it on hand.
I used a small stitch to see if it hides the thread better...a tip I read online somewhere. Seems to work well as this is a very chunky thread and a lot of my fabrics are pretty thin. These fabrics are pretty much all from Walmart - I bought one of those Creative Cuts fat quarter bundles and a charm pack of bright colors. The purple fabric with the circles on it was yardage...it's much better quality ($8 a yard - OUCH!) but I don't think that will matter - I just loved it and want to use it somehow in the backing.
Do you see the seams? Me neither! I don't know how this will look when quilted but for now I'm happy. This is going to be a bang around quilt so it doesn't really matter, but I am trying to instill good habits for the quilts that DO matter.
The template I used for these Dresden's is the 4" spoke/petal whatever you like to call it from Eleanor Burn's Egg Money Quilts book. I just wanted something quick and ready to go so I didn't have to do any figuring in EQ6. These will make 12" blocks...if I ever get time to complete them. The roofing guy is coming to de-ice the gutter in a few hours and give us an estimate on the roof (eeep! First comes roof - then comes the long arm!) and my house is a DISASTER. A friend is also stopping by to pick up the hoard of clothes I've been keeping in the kids rooms to free up some space for the Christmas clothes they received. So sewing may or may not happen until later.