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Date: 2/20/12 2:10 PM

I am getting quite tired of the little old lady stereotype for quilters I've seen it time and time again. Last night was watching Simpsons, I know Simpsons but I've seen it elsewhere. Where showing Marge in the future being old and quilting a pillow. My dd starting howling and pointing her finger at me as she does when anything on there relates to our family as it's her favorite show. Of course showing Marge with white hair etc. I've been quilting since I was early 30's. I'm just old now lol. And I still don't have white hair. No dye pots for me.

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Date: 2/20/12 5:55 PM

I hear ya'!

The stereotype should be: creative, detail oriented, sensual, artistic, hard-working, motivated to learn new skills, generous, loving, loves to shop for fabric, loves to sew and a bunch of other attributes I have no doubt forgotten to list. Has nothing to do with age or hair color.

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Date: 2/21/12 8:57 AM

Well put

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Date: 2/21/12 9:52 AM

Remember those Quilted Northern (toilet paper) commercials that showed cartoon ladies KNITTING the "quilted" TP? Later, they got wise and showed the ladies quilting. I had a boyfriend that used to ask how my knitting was going even after he learned the difference, just to tease me. I used to be the youngest quilter at any guild meeting. But we all age, and most don't quit quilting, right? So eventually, most quilters become the old lady stereotype. I'm so glad that there are so many male quilters and textile artists for my sons to see.

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Date: 2/21/12 10:34 AM

Well, the stereotype holds very true - you go to the QUilt Festival and what you see is snappy looking older women, some are white haired, and they are a lot of fun, great people! Better give older women more credit - I don't mind being associated with heavier older, white-haired women who sew and quilt because I want that to be an acceptable thing to be! Make people aware that having a fun and interesting and challenging hobby is not confined to any one age. My aim in life at this age is to let younger people see that I am NOT a person who has lost interest in life, nor am I one afraid of being identified as an old lady. I am an old lady, and darn it, I earned the sobriquet, as Amelia Peabody would say! I am wiser and more experienced and smarter than a whole lot of the young whipper-snappers that like to laugh....and you know what? If they are LUCKY, they too will be old someday!

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Date: 2/21/12 10:37 AM

You're right -- I'm guilty of that, too. Although I live in an area where there are a fair number of traditional Mennonite and Amish communities, so the image that pops into my mind isn't old ladies, but Mennonite and Amish ladies. Which is a nice image, but obviously doesn't tell the whole story.

Not to take away from your point, but I googled "quilters" and I really like some of the "old ladies quilting" photos that come up. THIS one, for example. They clearly love their craft and have been quilting for most of their lives.

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Date: 2/21/12 11:11 AM

Sometimes I wonder if PR thinks those of us who quilt are a sterotype. After all, we are in the Quilters Corner. I get the "corner" part, but when I first started reading this topic, it really bothered me. It still does, I guess...

Another thing, why do we not have a place other than in the QC to show off our quilt patterns and designs? For pattern sewers, there are reviews and so forth. Why do we not have some place where our quilts can be seen from anywhere on PR? I have thought about asking for a space, but do not know exactly what I am asking for.

Am I the only one here who thinks we are being overlooked?
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Date: 2/21/12 11:19 AM

Perhaps the older person comes to mind because the younger ones are working and/or raising a young family that is constantly on the go.

My first quilt (@ 40)age) was made on a whim when I saw a log cabin quilt project in Family Circle Magazine. I still have the magazine and it is amusing how basic the instructions are.

I used a wooden yard stick, pencil and scissors and cut the strips at the kitchen counter. Very primitive considering how this process has advanced. My son kept the lap sized quilt on the back of his white sofa (the quilt was dark, bright "Amish" colors) for several years.

Next time the joker or joke-tress makes a crack, ask them what have they done lately that was productive and did not involve moving the mouth.

You can take a different approach, but I grew up with five rough and tough brothers and learned quickly to not take crap from anyone or you will not survive touch football....oouch!





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Date: 2/21/12 11:56 AM

Well I'm finding more and more young quilters. Am are glad to see them so this art will continue. But I'm worried that when younger people see the stereotype they won't be interested. And also in school now they aren't exposed to fiber arts at all. It think the internet has helped a lot.

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Date: 2/21/12 12:09 PM

Look at Craftsy! It's chock full of youthful image, crafty stuff, and quite a nice techie layout - they do what they do really well, and I think they began because they could see the young demographic as a Market. The people at Craftsy are also young, vibrant and into crafts. So many young people now knit, sew, and do things with various fabric arts, with a lot of interest in recycling, re-doing and re-purposing. It's really good to see! At least where I live, the fiber arts are far from dying (lots of tie-dyeing too actually)

Because there are lots of boards out there for quilters, and quilters are the majority of sewing these days, PR has only the Quilting Corner, and that's for a good reason - here are at least two nice places where quilters congregate:

Quilting Haven

and Quilting Board

So many lovely things on each. :)

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