We had a great day with the Monday sewing group. It's always a good day -- loads of laughs, show and tell, tips on many things, and a place to vent (politely) if something isn't going your way. OK -- it's mostly me that vents. Here's one of my little peeves. I must be getting old because I seem to do that a lot.
And this peeve isn't restricted to the quilt world. What I hate is that someone gets recognition for something they did. Let's say that I win a big prize at a quilt show or produce a fabric line. Those events seem to be the permission to charge HUGE sums of money for trunk shows or workshops. Why? They are still the same person. And I will say that MEN are very good at this. Someone who started quilting in 2016 thinks they have created an amazing new technique (paper piecing or teaching some's curved ruler?) and can charge big bucks for it. Seriously??? If that was a woman -- they would in no way get the same recognition.
Ladies -- we need to make sure that men do NOT take over our quilting business. They will monetize it and make it all about money -- that is making money for them!
I understand the economics of the entire thing -- don't get me wrong. But what bugs me is that the population says, "Hey -- it's OK if you want to take us to the cleaners, and we LOVE you so much that we are willing to pay these huge prices." Again, it's the women who go ga-ga over the men.
There's an instance of this in a well-known pattern designer, although she is female. To teach certain patterns of hers, you MUST take a week-long class for $1000, plus your living expenses for the week. So I can learn how to paper piece? When I already know how? And the patterns are mostly just modules that get rearranged? I don't see the point in that. Yep -- it's creating exclusivity, and the only person who wins is the designer!
And there are so many instances of this in the entertainment world, I'm not even going there. We are gullible and so willing to part with our money!
Anyway -- there you have it, my rant of the day.
If you are a member of the Canadian Quilter's Association, today we can register for the workshops and lectures for Quilt Canada. That was how one of my rants started yesterday! I doubt there will be an issue with getting into the class I want. Let's face it -- I don't need a class to learn how to paper piece, but I sure want a class on the software for my longarm! Let's hope there are enough registrations to make that happen. The cost is very reasonable for the entire day, and the instructor is the top educator from the US that will be teaching. There's a huge difference when the educator works for a company versus independent. But I digress again!
So I'm going to say this right upfront. You can totally call me crazy, and you have every right to do so. This is what happened yesterday.
After Monday sewing, I had some fabric to drop off at Diane's, and I had some quilts to pick up. I could have walked directly to her house, but it was a glorious day (cloudy but warm), so I took the very long route to get to her house. And once I did the exchange at her house, I took a long way home.
|More community project quilts from Diane|
And here are a few sites along the way. Hmm -- I know they are replacing the mailboxes in our neighborhood, and it seems to be totally random, and HEY -- I've never seen that big parcel box before. Maybe, they get a lot of parcels on that street.
|New parcel box with the new mailboxes|
|30.000 steps in one day!|
|Badges that I had NOT earned|
|What?? Almost 20 KM?|
|I did it --- 20 KM!!!!|
|Murphy in her glory!|
|Dishwasher error -- AGAIN!|