Sunday, 3 April 2011

Oo-oo-ooh ... do what you wanna do, be what you wanna be, yeah!

Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comments on my last post. I really enjoyed reading every one of them!

I need to say that my 'dumbing-down' post wasn't borne of any direct criticism of my work. In four years of blogging, I've had not one negative comment about what I do. I am very thankful for that. My post was a simple response to the debate and I took the indulgent liberty of some navel gazing!

Such was the wisdom expressed in your messages, that I've pulled together a list of helpful reminders from your comments, hitherto referred to as the 10 Commandments Things to Try Hard to Remember:
  1. Thou shalt quilt what makes you happy!
  2. Want simple, do simple. Prefer to be engaged in the art of precision work, then do so. 
  3. Those starting out quilting should be encouraged and admired for their efforts, and those who can produce a pickle dish of breathtaking precision should be held up as the artisans they are.
  4. Do what you love, post how you want 
  5. Your blog, your way!!!
  6. Be happy and supportive of one another whatever we choose to make.
  7. Quilt and guilt should never occur in the same thought.
  8. If we lose sight of the pleasure quilting is, what's the point?
  9. Don't ever lose the love of how seemingly disparate fabrics can come together in a dance of colours that bring joy to those who get to wrap themselves in it!
  10. Who cares what 'they' think, let's go quilt something!
As I read through your comments, the overwhelming sentiment seemed to be 'do what you wanna do, be what you wanna be'. This is the chorus from a 1971 The Master's Apprentices song. Yep, I'm showing my age ... awww, I was only five! I found the original film clip, and though the other lyrics have sweet nothing to do with the topic at hand, it made me happy. So here it is. I hope it makes you happy too! 

I think I will go make myself a nice cup of tea, settle in to some quiet stitching and wait for the storm to pass! Bloom x

24 comments:

  1. Excellently said! and this is the first comment I have made on this topic, but I have to tell you I love the way you have put it...thank you!

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  2. amen from 1 to 10!
    Happy stitching!

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  3. Oh wow! Thanks for the walk down memory lane! I was a young teenager when this was a hit but it has always been a favourite song! And so well said... do what you wanna do!

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  4. You go girl - in total agreement here :0)

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  5. I am having A cup of tea with you Enjoy.
    Hugs Mary.

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  6. Well said. There is a place for all types of quilts and all types of quilters. Once we are pressured to be one particular thing the fun is taken out of it. Now I'll sit back and sing along to the clip.

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  7. until I read yesterday's comments I innocently presumed tht colour wheels were for the poor peope with no colour sense. so sorry everyone. cherrie

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  8. You summed up VERY WELL, the sun is shining over here and I've been sewing ALL day.

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  9. And that said, let's get busy!!

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  10. I think that is a great summary for all crafting and blogging.

    Ace music choice as well.

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  11. Great list of 10 "Things... nicely sums it all up.

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  12. Well said I had a look at all the dumbing down quilting stuff and feel that quilting is much more than how good your triangles are it is about "sew yourself happy" and make what pleases you otherwise there is no point.
    Have a great weekend!

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  13. Also the first time I have commented on the subject. I totally agree with you!!! Thank you!

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  14. Good work in writing that summary...I'm in full agreement!

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  15. I love the comment here that says "sew yourself happy". That's my aim!

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  16. Well put....well done!
    Am loving connecting with like minded women through blogging too. Happy stitching dear lady!

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  17. Exactly! I agree whole-heartedly. Especially point no. 8. If we lose sight of the pleasure, then what's the point? I always say, it's a hobby, not brain surgery. It's supposed to be fun!

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  18. Oh, and BTW... I am also a lover of 70's music. Rock on!

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  19. Amen, girl, amen! Love you blog and quilts!

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  20. I totally agree with you and I have been following the "heated" debate online for weeks now without commenting and it was all sort of depressing but you brought us all back together and reminded us why we do what we do and love it. Thanks for your never ending encouragement and support of a craft we all love in our own way.

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  21. In 1971 I wasn't even a twinkle in my daddy's eye... but I love the masters apprentices as well. Instead of the "modern" 80s music my parents were still playing the classic 70s through my childhood and I'm quite proud to be Led Zep girl.

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