To be continued…don’t you just love those words? Well, OK, maybe not always, and maybe not at the end of a suspense-filled show, but sometimes! They promise something more, something to look forward to!
So I think it is with the subject we talked about yesterday: Rules, or lack thereof. There is always more to say about it, isn’t there? And in that vein, I am thinking about Quilt Police.
The name Quilt Police keeps popping up everywhere, in nearly every discussion about quiltmaking. I use it, you probably do too. But I got thinking, do we mean the same thing?
Who are the Quilt Police? When you hear the term, who do you think of? Are they hideous, nasty people? Or are they someone whose help you could use now and then? Are they real people? Or are they just some mythical creature made up by someone who wants to rail at somebody?
I’ll start. When I use the term Quilt Police, I am thinking of those people who walk through a show criticizing every single quilt they see. They get up close and note that a point is off by two threads, or that THEY would never have put those two colors together. I envision people not really interested in providing constructive criticism or celebrating the joy or the accomplishment of the maker. I see them as people who build themselves up by denigrating others. They sound nasty, don’t they? Yeah, to my mind they are. Do they exist? Sadly, yes. I have heard some of the nastiest comments ever at quilt shows, often unwittingly made in front of a maker. I have decided in future to remind them that the maker might be nearby and that their comments would be infinitely more
helpful if they were more positive. I will say to them, “Didn’t this maker do a great job expressing joy in this?” Honest, I will. Our job is to build each other up, not tear each other down. Ever.
I’m looking forward to a discussion here. As always, speak your mind, but be nice!
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