Secret Confession

I read a post that I just can’t stop thinking about.  I read all 300+ comments, too, and I had so many things I wanted to say, but I wanted to pass the link to you guys, so I didn’t comment.  I needed more time to think about my confession.

So, here you have it… The things I wish I could openly say on my blog. 

1.  What if I’m not really a modern quilter?  I love feathers.  Feathers are romantic and traditional.  I guess I’m both, and I’m okay with it.

2.  I’m a late-bloomer to the blog world, and when I arrived, I had to google Flea Market Fancy because I had no idea what it was, but everyone was talking about it.  I never saw it in stores, and I don’t remember reading about it when it was a real life fabric line that wasn’t $20 a fat quarter.  I hadn’t even heard of Denyse Schmidt.  There, I said it.  I wasn’t born knowing who Denyse Schmidt was.  

3.  I bought Denyse Schmidt’s new line last week (every piece) even though I wasn’t sure if I was going to love it… because I’m supposed to.

4.  The quilts I make are for many reasons– to practice a skill, to showcase fabric that I adore, or to use up some of my stash.  Sometimes I use a whole line of fabric, sometimes I use a few pieces, and sometimes I start from scratch.  Sometimes I use a pattern, sometimes I use no pattern, and sometimes I modify a pattern.  Please don’t put me in a box or label me (meanwhile I’m in a modern quilt guild labeling myself.  sorry). 

5.  Please don’t ask me to make something for you that isn’t my taste and expect it to look like my work. 

6.  I’m a wanna-be artist.  I wish I had that gene, but I don’t.

7.  I’m sad when you don’t press well, even if I’m not the one quilting your quilts.  I’m also sad when you sew your points off.

8.  Mug rugs?  Really?  I just don’t get what they are and why people make them. 

9.  People who make you jump through hoops to enter giveaways lose a little bit of my respect.  People who lose personality in their blogs when they go “commercial” lose even more of my respect.

10.  I don’t like to give quilts to people who don’t sew.

11.  I’m grateful for every single reader and comment I have.  Thanks, peeps.

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8 Responses to Secret Confession

  1. suzanne mceachern says:

    After reading your entry, I feel a confession coming on too! I am that quilter that makes a long arm quilter sad…….I do not press well to meet the minmum standard and I’m not sure what “sew points off” means, but I am sure I am guilty of that too.
    I also, do not like to be dictated what to make as a quilter! I want to pick out the fabric, pattern and design myself, thank-you, or neither of us will be happy campers!
    I am so happy you are venturing in this new phase of your life and have no doubt that you will be the successful little girl you have always been! Continue to spread your diversified talents in all the arenas you described-we all think you are unique and wonderful. I wish everyone had the opportunity of being part of your life ……………Your Proud Mother and Mimi!!

  2. I’m rooting for the inner artist. It is amazing what can blossom with a little space….says the one who couldn’t do art while working a 40 hour a week job.

  3. Oh…. so you read my confession over there huh…… you are a brave woman to post yours right here. I am working up to it. I hope.

  4. Erica Mitchell says:

    I think you’re saying what most people already think and feel inside to some extent. Good for you and this rediscovery of what’s what. Remember, you decide! Be your own navigator and feel free to venture into unchartered territories….after all if you don’t do it, who will. It’s more exciting to make your own map rather than read/travel someone else’s.
    I know I ‘m constantly trying to figure out what my talents and strengths are….I too, love art, but can’t manage to emit it from my fingertips (even though I tell them too).
    I am excited for your new change….it certainly makes for good internal reflection and development. Cheers! 🙂 That’s an invite for a tall glass of wine….

  5. Ellen says:

    I haven’t read the 300+ comments yet, but glanced at a few and will go back. I did read some of the recent brouhaha over the “dumbing down” of quilting and wondered why anyone would feel the need to be critical of anyone else’s work. I’m with you on the mug rugs, but I DO like to give quilts to people who don’t sew as they are very appreciative of something they could never make for themselves. My confession – my next quilt will include some batiks which I don’t think are exactly trendy right now.

  6. Melissa says:

    Love your confessions – we all have secrets! I didn’t know who Amy Butler was until I started reading blogs and I still don’t know who your Denise is. Brand awareness does not make the quilt. Go with your sense of style!

  7. Janet says:

    I followed you on your old site and would like to continue following but I can’t see how to on your new site. I don’t want to sign up for e-mail notification, I like to keep my e-mail for personal type stuff. Is there a way to follow this site.?

  8. Donna says:

    Danielle,
    I loved your confession. Especially number 9. I too, don’t like it when people go commercial and all they do is have book tours, giveaways and do self promotion. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that sewers and quilters become successful…but keep the blog what it has always been.

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