I need to say that my 'dumbing-down' post wasn't borne of any direct criticism of my work. In four years of blogging, I've had not one negative comment about what I do. I am very thankful for that. My post was a simple response to the debate and I took the indulgent liberty of some navel gazing!
Such was the wisdom expressed in your messages, that I've pulled together a list of helpful reminders from your comments, hitherto referred to as the 10
- Thou shalt quilt what makes you happy!
- Want simple, do simple. Prefer to be engaged in the art of precision work, then do so.
- Those starting out quilting should be encouraged and admired for their efforts, and those who can produce a pickle dish of breathtaking precision should be held up as the artisans they are.
- Do what you love, post how you want
- Your blog, your way!!!
- Be happy and supportive of one another whatever we choose to make.
- Quilt and guilt should never occur in the same thought.
- If we lose sight of the pleasure quilting is, what's the point?
- Don't ever lose the love of how seemingly disparate fabrics can come together in a dance of colours that bring joy to those who get to wrap themselves in it!
- Who cares what 'they' think, let's go quilt something!
As I read through your comments, the overwhelming sentiment seemed to be 'do what you wanna do, be what you wanna be'. This is the chorus from a 1971 The Master's Apprentices song. Yep, I'm showing my age ... awww, I was only five! I found the original film clip, and though the other lyrics have sweet nothing to do with the topic at hand, it made me happy. So here it is. I hope it makes you happy too!
I think I will go make myself a nice cup of tea, settle in to some quiet stitching and wait for the storm to pass! Bloom x