Here's the comment I left for Rachel, word for word:
There are plenty of things I think about, but don't write on my blog. For instance:
*I refuse to wade in on the modern vs traditional debate. It's all quilting (as long as it has 3 layers attached by stitching) and the ongoing mudslinging and defensiveness isn't getting anyone anywhere.
*take a few minutes to figure out how to achieve a 1/4" seam on your machine? A 1/16" seam probably won't make it through it's first washing. You've invested in that fabric, sew it together well!
*why would someone post a photo of a swap item they've made with the description "these are not your colours, or your style, but what do you think partner?" I think their partner thinks "WTF, why did you make me that?"
*It is insulting to women and their work when people sell their handmade products on Etsy for little more than the fabric costs. How will we ever achieve a living wage for handmade when we give it away?
*continuing on the point above, why do we keep giving publishers our designs for free (guilty as charged). I'm not sure the 'thrill of publication' is really worth all that time and effort. Who else is willing to work for free so a publisher can profit from their creativity?
*I hope Aneela has a thick enough skin that if she lands here she'll go on to design more fun fabric for Moda. If only Moda wouldn't start marketing a year before release, people wouldn't tire of a fabric line before they can actually buy it.
*Because many of us spend hours in blogland and on Flickr, it is easy to forget that for every 1 of us doing that, there are probably 1000 quilters who don't. Some of those 1000 others might actually enjoy batiks, Thimbleberries and brown fabric. Don't judge them; they quilt for the same reasons you do!
*aside from sew mama sew giveaway days, my blogpost that got the most comments was one in which I encouraged all my readers to book a mammogram. I was shocked at how many wouldn't, and the reasons they gave.
*at 43 it's time to forget ever having a flat stomach and embrace the fact that I LOVE quilting way more than running.
*I know I'm involved in too many things (the majority of them as a volunteer) and that it is up to me, and only me, to change that if I choose to.
I'm thinking I should just copy and paste this entire comment into a blog post - now that would really be authentic, rather than hiding my secret thoughts over here on your comment thread!
Thanks for the reality check.