Tag Archives: Conservative Quilters

May 31st, 2017 – More Leaked Screenshots!

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Today, is a sad day. Quiltgate is getting deep, and I have fallen down the rabbit hole… I have more screenshots from the secret quilters group, now renamed “Conservative With Common Interest”. The Hate in these is ridiculous. One person even tells others to report quilters they don’t like to the IRS, and for what reason, other than to stick them with an audit to tie up their time. (This is literally accusing someone of a felony offense.) Other topics include Threads of Resistance, MQX, and Jinny Beyer. You know, a valuable lesson could be learned, and even should be learned. What you do in darkness always comes to the light! Once again, this is classified as bullying. Just bullying, plain and simple. I cannot stress enough how the activity outline in the follow posts is unacceptable. The longer this goes on, without any of these big named quilters standing up to hate, I become more jaded about the quilting community.

If you would like to see them, there are 18. 18 pages of group conversation. 18 pages of trying to harm people’s careers. Continue reading

Another Response

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It’s 7am. I’m getting ready for work. I was thinking about a response I got yesterday evening… I must say, it’s a heck of a lot better than the last one! This one actually sounds thought out. The last one was vulgar. Vulgar in it’s simplicity. Vulgar in its message. This one is not vulgar. I’m glad she wrote apologies to the people involved. I’m glad she actively tried to do something. Continue reading

Screenshots From This Morning

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It’s a beautiful Sunday, or at least it was… As I posted earlier about Linda Thielfoldt teaching at AQS, I had no idea the comment section was becoming quite the battleground. I did get called, “Eric the what’s his face“, because ‘The Quilter’ is just too much to remember. I’m not going to lie, that did make me giggle. We know there was a hate group, and we have their screenshots. Today we have a couple more items of debauchery to share with you. Continue reading

AQS Sure Doesn’t Seem To Mind

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Yesterday evening I reached out to AQS for a comment on the issues in the quilting community. They have not responded as of Sunday mid-day. Clearly they do not seem to mind. The image above is on the American Quilter’s Society facebook page. The caption above the photo reads…

Linda Thielfoldt—an award winning quilter and owner of The Quilted Goose in Troy, Michigan—has been quilting for over 40 years. She loves to share quilting knowledge as a teacher of quiltmaking and machine quilting. Linda’s classes are taught in a no-rules, fun, and lively style that provides inspiration and new ideas. She offers a wide variety of classes including quilting, piecing, appliqué, and everything in between.

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I Reached Out…

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I did some soul searching over the past couple of days.

You see, at first I was upset many of these big name quilters and quilting companies were not saying anything on the topic. As I pondered what must be going through the heads of these titans in the quilting industry, I figured… Just ask them. Just ask them, what could it hurt to ask as to why they have been silent. Ask them if they will take a stand against bullying. So I was up late yesterday getting a list together of companies and people to email. I did hear back from a few, but I’ll give it until Tuesday to hear back from more.

I also took the time to reach out to the bullies themselves and ask them about what they did. I heard back from a few, but with the holiday not much is going on. I couldn’t even find a few of the people from the list, but I contacted the ones I could. In order to heal, there is a conversation that must happen, but it’s very hard to have a conversation when everyone is silent… I’ll wait until Tuesday.

Sexism In Quilting – The Conversation Worth Having

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Today is a another special occasion. I have an interview with a blogger and quilter. I just met Stephanie in a Fiber Artist group online…. No, it was not secret. As we all know, I’m working on a set of 4 interviews with people who have been victims of Homophobia, Racism, Sexism, and Ignorance, as these are the themes for a quilt I’m working on for the Human Rights Campaign Dinner. This is our second interview. Her name is

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It’s Been A Week

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It’s been a week since ‘Quilt-gate 2017’, and I’m still pretty pissed. I don’t know about you, but when I hear a response along the lines of, ‘We should just all get along and get back to quilting.’, it makes my blood boil. Really, we should just all move past this? Quilters were attacked, quilters were hurt, people are receiving death threats, and you just want to move on??? You have to be kidding me. Mark Lipinski pointed out on his blog that silence is the worst response. He also pointed out that many quilters aren’t nice.

When I tried to explain this whole debacle to a friend of mine, he couldn’t believe the craft of the American heartland was a dangerous place. Continue reading

People Are Finally Talking About It

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Finally, after several days, people have begun to speak out. I am thankful people are finally talking about the issue. We have to take a stand against bullying, and the only way to do so is acknowledge that this attack on people was bullying. The group of people who wrote these hateful and hurtful comments are now trying to say they are the victims and outing them as bullies, in itself, was bullying… Gaslighting much?

The only way to deal with bullies, is to stand up and say something! Silence is not the answer! I’ve seen quite a few posts about how quilters need to come together and move past this. Almost as if certain bloggers want to hurry up and brush it under the rug. One even said we need to move past this and get back to quilting, as if ignoring the problem makes it go away. No, sorry, but we need to talk about it. In fact, I’ve seen a few posts about how people telling their story of bullying in the quilt community. I thank them for sharing! Quilting should a safe space to express yourself, not somewhere you feel the need to hide!

Here’s a list of people in the quilt community talking about it! I’ll update it as more people come out and take a stand! Continue reading

Homophobia In Quilting – Let’s Talk About It

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Today is a special occasion. I have an interview with the man who posted the screen shots from, the now infamous, Conservative Quilters group. I have been following Frank as an artist for quite a while, but have only recently started to interact with him personally. I’m working on a set of 4 interviews with people who have been victims of Homophobia, Racism, Sexism, and Ignorance, as these are the themes for a quilt I’m working on for the Human Rights Campaign Dinner. This is our first interview. His name is Frank Palmer, a quilter from Dultuh, and let’s get to know him…

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