Friday, October 14, 2011

Quilters Say the Darnedest Things #2

Quilters are wonderful people.
The threads that bind our quilts together,
bind people, especially women, together as well.
We think of quilters, like the women in this picture, 
working together, sharing their thoughts and ideas,
and enjoying friendships.

But sometimes, we, I've included myself as well,
can be a little goofy in the questions we might ask
at a quilt store.
(I do use the definition of quilter loosely for some of these comments.)

A customer came in the store and said she had seen
a bedspread in a catalog
and wanted to recreate it.
"What fabrics do you think I should use?"
(Note: no picture or description)

A young woman came in and asked for an application.
She wanted to know if you needed a degree to work in a quilt shop.
We told her no, that you just needed to know about quilting.
" Oh, I know about quilting, she said with a huge smile, "I crochet big time."

"Oh, look, a quilt with bears on it.  I made that, but
mine was prettier."

"Don't you have to buy a bunch of stuff and 
put it together somehow, and then 
add stuffing to make a quilt?"
(Well, sort of)

"Do you ever buy back fabric to cut up
to make it into remnants?'

" I made a circle block and it wasn't 
perfect, so I was going to put it around my dog's neck
like a collar and bring her down here for you to see 
what I did wrong."

"You know, a fat quarter, is a third of a yard."

"Do you happen to have shears?"
"Yes, do you mean regular weight ones?"
"Well, we have Ginghers and ..."
"No, no!" "Sheers!" "Like fabric that's sheer!"
"Oh,... no, sorry, I thought you meant shears."
"I did."
(It's all in the spelling)

"Why do you always run out of the fabrics
that I want?"

" I need one of those pigmy pens."
(I guess, Pigma pens are slender.)

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Until Next Time-


  1. aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh! Do I have to come to work today?

  2. I'm just glad to know that when I buy a fat quarter I'm really getting a bargain!

  3. Oh, how funny! When I first started shopping at a quilt shop, it took me a while to figure out what a fat quarter is.

    Years and years ago, I worked in a fabric department of a department store. Double knits for pants was popular at the time. A lady brought a bolt to the counter and asked for a yard. When I cut the yard, she said, "You didn't give me enough. I am making a pair of pants and I need a yard and one-eighth." I told her that I cut a yard as she asked for. She said, "I know I asked for a yard but most stores give you at least a yard and an eighth when you ask for that."

  4. That's great, Karen. I know exactly what you mean.

  5. Seriously? You made my day with these!