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A very kind friend suggested I share this with all of you ... so here it is.

Apart from the more material aspects of patchwork, such as collecting a stash or producing beautiful quilts, I now know there is another part I love about all this … and its the wonderful fraternity and generosity among quilters. Of course, my quilts are far from perfect, but every time I’ve shown one, comments have always been sooooo kind. A patchwork colleague will always praise your work. There will always be something nice she can point out about your quilt, and if you show a corner that doesn’t match perfectly or a fabric choice that didn’t work out to be as great as you thought it would, she will always tell you it’s all right. Maybe feeling so easily contented sounds stupid, but in such a competitive and aggressive world as we find ourselves in sometimes … I just love this. Who needs a psychiatrist when you can spend time cutting and sewing and then show the result to a friend and receive the nicest comments on earth?? Ladies, we could spend ten times more on patchwork supplies, and still be saving money compared to visiting a doctor. My husband confesses he feels envy of this comradeship. He also has a hobby … he makes model airplanes, ships and tanks … He surfs the web and shows pictures of his beautiful works in discussion forums and … he receives so many trivial criticisms … it must be testosterone! Comments like “That shade of green you painted your tank with wasn’t used until Spring of 1944 and the battle you are recreating took place in the winter of 1943”, and I can assure you it’s the most beautiful model you’ve ever seen! I pat him on the back and tell him its all right and that his models are beautiful and that I love him … and I smile to myself and know how lucky I am to have such nice friends from patchwork.
So, my deepest gratitude and admiration go out for all of you. You are not only warming our naps with your extraordinary quilts … you also warm our hearts with your unpayable kindness. Thank you for making this world more colorful and warm.

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Comment by Trevi in Texas on April 16, 2009 at 5:02pm
We all know Quilters Rule! In so many ways big & small.
Comment by Connecting Threads on April 16, 2009 at 12:08pm
Thank you for reminding us all how lucky we are to share this camaraderie!
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on April 16, 2009 at 8:56am
Carmen, you nailed it. My sentiments, exactly. I just never had the right words to express it. Thanks for yours. :-) Lana
Comment by Barbara Graham on April 16, 2009 at 8:39am
Well said Carmen! If everyone quilted, there would be no wars.
Comment by Horsefeathers on April 16, 2009 at 7:17am
What a wonderful post... we quilters are indeed lucky. The friendship of quilters is always a joy, as is the picking out the fabric and pattern, the joy of putting it together, all the way to the joy of knowing or watching someone snuggling under it for the first time..

There are few things in life that can do that..
Comment by Cheryl / NC on April 16, 2009 at 6:37am
Carmen, you said it beautifully! I think it's wonderful that the contentment we get from our quilting is such a simple thing in today's crazy world and that the friendship we all share because of it is uplifting! Blessed are the peacemakers! (piecemakers)
Comment by Kim in MN on April 16, 2009 at 6:22am
We are truly blessed - and thanks for pointing it out so beautifully!

Have a great Thursday!

Kim in MN
Comment by Susan B on April 16, 2009 at 6:07am
Wise women of the world unite, with thread and needle sew for peace and understanding, giving and sharing.
Comment by Jennifer on April 16, 2009 at 6:03am
We we go to a show...my husband will joke about maybe seeing some cut-throat action....it sure is a guy thing.
So many ways to match things up - you really can't go wrong. Plus remember when we were little; the one we might of loved and used the most was according to the maker the ugliest and worst things she ever done. lol Must be why they say quilts come from the heart.
Comment by Nancy McCormick on April 16, 2009 at 6:03am
Oh, so very true! How rewarding to receive affirmation for our efforts! And how great it is to give it, to see the amazing things other quilters create, and know what they went through to create it. And don't forget how generous quilters are with their creations. How many quilts are given to those less fortunate, or simply as gifts to cheer a friend or to cherish as a family heirloom. We, ourselves, are a Stumulus Package. Hurray for quilting!

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