a blogging break

I need a little break. It turns out that blogging can be hard work, and while I usually really enjoy it, I’m currently in a bit of a blogging funk, and that certainly doesn’t make for interesting reading. Unfortunately there can be some negative ramifications that come with putting your work online. Usually I try not to let those parts of blogging bother me, but lately it’s been getting to me. I know I’m not the first to feel this way, nor will I be the last, and I’m hoping that a little break might be just the ticket.


I can’t leave you without a photo, so here’s a shot of what I’ll be working on – trying to get all 49 of these blocks sewn together into a quilt top, without completely losing track of the order! I even went so far as to label them… we’ll see if that helps!

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96 Responses to a blogging break

  1. 1
    Kathy says:

    Do what you have to do – but I will sure miss your posts and your beautiful quilts! I am so inspired by your amazing work!

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    Kaye Prince says:

    I’m sorry if someone is sending you mean messages or doing something negative in some other way. I’ve had it happen to me in the past and it’s not a nice feeling.

    I will miss your posts, pictures, and inspiration while you’re gone! Come back whenever you feel it’s right πŸ™‚

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    anina says:

    Enjoy your break.
    I’ve found that breaks work wonders.

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    Erin D says:

    Try not to let the asshats get you down, girl. we all appreciate the time to take to share your photos and thoughts. Those who don’t – well, they can go elsewhere.

    Do what you need to do, we’ll be here when you get back. πŸ˜‰

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    LindaW says:

    Enjoy your break. Hope to see you back soon. Love seeing your quilts. They are great inspiration and I appreciate your tutorials also.

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    Tonya says:

    Enjoy your break! I will really miss your posts, and photos of your beautiful work. I have to say that I have really enjoyed your last few posts. They seemed to share a lot more details of your work. The funk was not apparent from this side. But, I completely understand.

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    jennmoles says:

    I hope the turkey’s don’t get you to down! Your blog is great, your quilts are beautiful and your photography is fantastic! I look forward to reading more when you feel better about it!!

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    angie says:

    I hope the break helps you. I don’t often comment here, but I do enjoy reading your blog. I am amazed at how many quilts you make, and they are great, too.

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    bekhy says:

    Hope you have a good break and return energized! Love your work, and enjoy your blog a lot. Have fun.

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    Pam A says:

    I too will miss you and your wonderful projects. You are one of the reasons I got back into quilting this summer. I saw your fabulous modern quilts and said “Oh MY I MUST TRY THAT” I like it so much better than the tradition stuff at this time. In fact I am doing a large version of your Fuchsia Sea quilt now for my daughter that is turning 19 in November. She fell in love with your quilt and wanted one like it in big girl size! We look forward to your return.

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    Amber Lee says:

    Have a well deserved break from blogging, hopefully it will give you even more time to sew! Thanks again for the fabric shopping tips, I’m home now and can’t wait to play with my new stash!

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    DivaQuilts says:

    Have a wonderful break! πŸ™‚

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    Shari says:

    There’s one in every crowd. I too struggle with the one and wish I had some pithy advice that you could read and realize that that one person is drowning out the hundreds who follow your blog and are enriched by the experience. The problem with our virtual communities is that the one is hard to ignore and the hundreds cannot stop over to take you out for a drink.

    We’ll be thinking of you and be ready to welcome you back when you’re ready.

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    woolcat says:

    I’ll miss you! your beautiful photos make me smile. And they inspire me, if I would just get my butt in gear and do some actual quilting! But I hope you’ll enjoy the break.

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    susan says:

    take care of yourself! you’ll be missed and we’ll be here when (if?) you feel inspired to blog again. i think your work is so wonderful!

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    Carole says:

    I’m going to miss you tremendously. Your work is beautiful and your blog is at the top of my list of those I look at daily. I hope you’ll be back soon and won’t let negative comments (if that’s the problem) bother you for too long. They’re not worth it and there are far more readers who appreciate your creativity and the time you take to write and post to your blog.

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    greg says:

    Enjoy your time off. I find your blog very inspirational. It has made me look at color in a whole new way!

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    Erin says:

    Chiming in to say that we’ll miss you, but understand. It can be really nerve-wracking to put your work online…you never know what someone could do with it. I just want to say that you’ve been SO inspirational and a very large reason why I started quilting. Enjoy your break, and know that we’ll all be dreaming of your next quilt πŸ™‚

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    Jan says:

    I’ll tell you what they tell me at Barnes and Noble, when I take a vacation, “Don’t forget to come back”.

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    Please don’t stay away too long!! I will miss all your beautiful pictures!! You do such amazing work!!

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    Kim says:

    Take all the time you need. You know that we will all be here waiting when you get back! If we are missing you we can come and browse through all the gorgeous quilts that you have posted here. I am looking forward to seeing what projects you will dream up with all the amazing new fabric that will be coming out soon! Amy, Anna, Denyse, oh my! : ) You will be missed!

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    Anita says:

    I’m so sad to hear that you have been a victim of negative comments. I just get why people feel so compelled to be negative. I really enjoy your blog, it has provided me with loads of inspiration. I hope that you return soon!

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    Enjoy yourself, enjoy life…

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    Emily C says:

    I hope you’re not upset that I’m making my 9patch backing the same as yours. Really–it’s because your work is so beautiful!!! Imitation=flattery

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    Linda says:

    I am joining the chorus to say I’ll miss you! Like the others, I have been inspired and awed by your work, talent and energy! You know the one about “illegitmum non carborundum” (paraphrasing here 😎 “Don’t let the ba****ds wear you down”. There are far more of us who love you! I, too, will be here when you are ready to come back. xoxo

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    Bobbi says:

    Enjoy your break. Everyone deserves one! Like the others, I will miss your posts and all the beautiful work you do. Its so inspirational!!

    Hope to “see” you online again in the future!!

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    teaginny says:

    Come back soon. You’ve inspired so many with your lovely work!! I have at least two quilts I love that were inspired by yours, so thank you!

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    Dawn W. says:

    I hope your break works wonders for you – your quilts are so beautiful and inspiring. Hearing that you have had mean comments makes me sad that I haven’t posted all the wonderful things I think about your work. I don’t often post, but always love your creations – I only wish my brain was as saavy as yours.

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    qsogirl says:

    I just want you to know that I love looking at your quilts. They are so inspiring! I’m looking forward to whenever it is that you decide you’re ready to blog again. I hope that you have a great break.

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    Maddy says:

    Since I don’t really have a fabric stash to turn to, I come here every morning before work to look at your beautiful quilts and pictures. The colors brighten my days! Enjoy your break!

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    Leigh says:

    People have been getting you down for sharing your art and yourself? For shame, people! I am sad that something that can be so fun and inspiring would take some bad twists… I completely understand the need for a break! We will miss you!

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    Sandy says:

    Have a wonderful break! And, I am sorry that people haven’t been giving you credit. Your ideas are awesome, and I used your string quilt tutorial for my virtual quilting bee, but I made sure your name was all over it! Hope that everything gets better soon. Just remember the imitation is the highest form of flattery!

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    Audrie says:

    Your posts will be missed but everyone needs some time to recoup every now and again πŸ™‚ Hope to see you again real soon!

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    Ania says:

    I will miss you!

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    Holly says:

    Sorry to hear that you will be taking a blogging break! I will miss seeing all of your inspirational work (for which I am only too happy to give credit where it is due!). Here is the link to a quilt that I am working on that is completely inspired by your work (but at my MUCH slower sewing pace) http://afishinthewater.blogspot.com/2009/06/stacks-of-happiness.html
    Hope that you will be back soon, because you do have quilting groupies who are very inspired and motivated by your beautiful work and will use that inspiration appropriately.

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    Enjoy your break. You do produce a lot so I hope that the break to just sew and not worry about churning things out for the blog does you good.

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    A La Mode fabric says:

    Sorry to hear your down πŸ™ I myself have had many oh’ copy cats all claiming true creative ownership, but try as they will.. they and their product are not the real deal! You and yours are! Some people just simply have no manners… so come back to us soon! πŸ™‚

    XO, Heather

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    Heather says:

    I’m so sorry people have not been giving due credit. I find that extremely frustrating as well. I love reading your blog and am inspired and amazed at your beautiful quilts. I hope you enjoy your blogging break. Enjoy, rejuvenate and relax.

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    Alison says:

    Hopefully time away will re-energise you. Such a shame that the minority spoil it for the majority.
    Thoroughly enjoy reading your blog but have never felt compelled to comment before now.

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    Mary says:

    I do not blog because I can imagine how time consuming and thought consuming it could become for me, so I understand the break. As for the copycatting…I have had this issue when I sold sculpted beads in the past and it was aggravating. If it is just one quilt then perhaps it is just coincidental and a very good idea. If it is more than one quilt then remember imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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    Diana says:

    Blogging is hard work!!! You are certainly appreciated by many. You should look at it as the saying goes “Immitation is the highest form of flattery”. While recognition is nice and credit is certaintly due, you know nobody will ever be able to copy your originality and the flair of your quits. You just can’t clone that.

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    mariarrosa says:

    Have a good break!
    I hope you come back soon.

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    Alexis says:

    I’m sorry to hear that! I’ve been following your blog for a few months now and out of all the quilting blogs..I look forward to your posts the most! You make the most beautiful quilts. I just finished my version of your bento box for baby on the way..and I’m in love with it πŸ™‚

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    Tiff says:

    πŸ™ It’s a bummer, but be sure that no has your talent even if they copy you. You have a great blog presence and great creativity. Take a break and come back!

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Take a break and come back refreshed. I love your blog and the wonderful inspiration in your quilts!

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    kerri says:

    we will sure miss you, my friend!! you have always been so inspiring, and to me it is just common courteous to mention where you get your inspiration from. unfortunately there are so many out there that for some reason are too prideful to admit that they didn’t come up with the idea on their own. i’m sure eventually karma will bite them back!

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    Julie says:

    I’ll miss you! I love coming here to see all the new things you’re working on. I feel such inspiration after visiting, but I understand that a break is needed. Have fun!

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    Lana says:

    I will miss you too!…I just love spending my lunch hour looking at my favorite blogs and your blog has been a daily treat and dose of inspiration! Just know we will be here when you make it back! Until then, I will just keep sewing with my sweet little hexagon quilt you made…(just for me) LOL!
    Smile girlie…we love your work and you!

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    Kelly O. says:

    oh what a shame to have bloggers burnout!
    I’ve decided my blog is for me and that I will post what, and when I want. I don’t like feeling pulled to the blogging world when it takes away from family time. I totally understand you need to get away for a bit.

    I’m sorry that others are “stealing” your ideas and not giving credit where credit is due. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you are immensely creative and a great inspiration to the modern quilters today.
    Thankyou for sharing a little bit of yourself with the rest of us who appreciate your work and credit you daily.

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    Faith says:

    I will miss checking your blog every few days to see what amazing thing you are creating next! I hope you will share your Block Party quilt when you finish, I know it will be simply amazing. Enjoy your break and don’t stay away too long – I’ll still be pointing my friends in the direction of your site for inspiration!

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    While imitation is considered the highest form of flattery – a little credit would do wonders! No one likes to be ripped off. Relax, take a pause and post once you feel refreshed.

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    Meg says:

    Ouch, that’s hard. A break may be just what you need. It’s hard to feel like sharing when it’s come and bitten you. Your talent and creativity inspire so many others to look at color and quilting in a different light. If they’re inspired by you in the way that they work, that’s one thing. (And not a bad thing–you inspire me all the time!) However, if they’re using your ideas and claiming ownership, that’s not so cool.

    I’ll keep an eye on you, and hope to see you back in the blog-o-sphere in the future. Take care in the meantime!

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    Ellen says:

    Enjoy the break, but know that we will miss the color, inspiration and humor. Besides, no one can possibly be as speedy and productive as you πŸ™‚

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    Mokkakissa says:

    I will die. I love you work….

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    Melanie says:

    I am so bummed to hear your taking a break, but I completly understand. Hopefully your not gone to long as you are my favorite blog to nag out at and are truely inspiring. I love your work and your wonderful ideas. Have a good break but please come back to us when your ready!!

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    Megan says:

    oh my–they say imitation is the finest form of flattery, but it doesn’t always play out that way, does it? I, too, will miss your posts, but respect your need to regroup and just be with your work. Hope you find rejuvenation in the time away! Best to you!

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    cecilia says:

    just blog as much or as little as you wish. I´ll enjoy it all the same
    cecilia (from Uruguay)

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    Asiyah says:

    I’m sorry you’re having to deal with this. Intellectual property theft is why I keep my blog pretty generic but I always give props to the folks who inspire me.

    As Garrison Keillor says, “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

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    Eeva says:

    Have a nice break! And I hope you won`t totally quit blogging.

    I´m a textile handicraft teacher and always talk to my students about copying and “stealing ideas” and how to respect others hard work. It´s really difficult issue to talk about.

    Keep on quilting, Your quilts are so amazing!
    Eeva (from Finland)

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    Collette says:

    I’m sorry that people are doing that to you. Take as much time as you need and we’ll be here when you decide to come back. Hang in there.

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    I hope you can and will come back rejuvenated and continue to inspire us.

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    Angela says:

    What a bummer! I just adore your quilts and tutorials. I have followed them and have also sent others to them too! You have true talent, and I will be looking forward to many more blog posts in the future. I hope that you enjoy your break! πŸ™‚

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    suzanne says:

    i have to say, i am one of your groupies! you and your beautiful quilts are the reason why i started quilting! i have made a couple quilts that closely resemble yours, but i don’t have a blog and i don’t sell them online; i just enjoy giving them to people i love. enjoy your break, we will all miss your posts. p.s. i would be super bummed if you decided not to share your brilliant work anymore!!

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    Julie says:

    Enjoy your break and know that you will be missed. I love your Blog for its wonderful colour and inspiration.
    Relax and do plenty of sewing and wow us all when you come back.
    Thank you for sharing all your beautiful quilts, ideas and tutorials with us.

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    Debbie says:

    Oh no!! what am I going to do??? I will truly miss you.
    Please don’t be gone long. Enjoy your break. I will check back often.

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    laurad says:

    well have a nice break. in the short time i’ve been reading … weeks … i’ve been so inspired by your work! i’m even making a mostly white quilt for the first time ever! :o) … of course, I’ve only made 4 quilts, ever…but you get the idea. ;o) and it’s being made with mostly scraps and i’ve told my 3 blog readers allllll about YOUR blog, too, cuz it’s so wonderful.

    so rest up and hurry back now, ya hear?

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    Cheryl cook Hitch says:

    Breaks are good and maybe when you return you’ll have a WHOLE SLEW of projects to show us!!!! I really love all your designs and your very unique way of quilting. I hope you dont stay away too long though becuase those of us who cant come up with ideas on our own NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU!!! We really do. You inspire me.

    Happy Break-ing.

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    Lisa says:

    Don’t know specifics, but suspect that people see great inspiration in your pages, use it to get creative on their own, get excited with their results and post to places like Flickr to share something beautiful that they made. I was guilty of this when I started quilting back in May of this year, but have improved as I have appreciated the tremendous talent that it takes to develop and innovate in an art that has so much history.

    If Flickr posting is your concern (& I suspect it’s not the only one) a fun solution could be to create Flickr group for FilmintheFridge works, much the same way that the ModernQuiltAlong group does. This gives credit where it’s due and shows how truly inspirational designs can sometimes even be improved upon by others — much in the way you’ve re-defined the string quilt on line.

    Much success to you …

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    BirthdayGinny says:

    Today is my birthday and I am old. Old enough. I am new to quilting although I’ve been sewing for fifty years. Other friends got into quilting a year ago and I went along for the ride, but nothing really “spoke” to me until I stumbled on your blog and found your delightful use of white and those dandy “signatures” on the backs of your quilts.
    Although you’ve not heard from me before (this is my very first blog comment), I’ve been checking the blog often because I love the buzz of seeing your slant on color and design. As a “mature” adult (ugh), I am often puzzled by the ease with which things are shared on blogs and the lack of attribution which is rampant. I don’t like being accused of being miserly or a prude, but often am when I express those concerns. It’s long been common for creative ideas to be stolen and it’s painful to be the victim. It may be flattery to be copied, but it’s also wrong not to credit the source. I’m a stickler for it and I sympathize with your disappointment.
    You’ll rally and regroup. I’ll miss the visuals, but your words will work, too. Take care of yourself and don’t let the thieves intrude on your creative gifts.

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    Enjoy your time away! The copy cats will get there’s eventually πŸ™‚

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    joey says:

    i will miss your blogging. i check every day first thing to see what amazing things you have added today. i adore your creations, they are so bright and happy. i am also amazed that you havent been quilting that long. i only started at christmas 08 too, but i dont think i have come as far as you in such a short time. i hope you come back soon, your blogging encourages me to keep quilting and sewing! take care.

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    Leigh says:

    I will truly miss your creativity, artist talents and spunk!! Your work has inspired me in my quilting journey. Thank-you for sharing and my hope is that you can refuel.

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    Claire says:

    Well, I think I speak for everyone following your blog, we’re going to miss seeing what you have been working on, completed projects, etc. I truly enjoy looking forward to see what new quilt you are working on.

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    Lisa M says:

    Enjoy your break but i’ll miss your bright, colorful and inspiring blog posts!! I wish I had time to accomplish all you do and could follow some of your designs….and definitely give credit…..but I just don’t know how you get it all done!!!! I look forward to seeing what you have done during your break when you get back!

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    Kate says:

    Enjoy your break Ashley and I hope to “see” you back soon! You have been such an inspiration to me, I love seeing what you create and think it is a real shame that when people re-create your works…they don’t credit. I just read through some of your other comments and I think the idea of a FilmInTheFridge Flickr group is a great idea.
    Looking forward to seeing you back online soon x K

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    Barbara says:

    I just launched my blog (being inspired by yours!) Its called PiecefulDays.Squarespace.com and I put in a link to yours, because yours happens to be one of the best quilting blogs out there. I hope you can relax and come back refreshed. The reason people copy you is that your work is so awesome and they want to make great quilts, too. They are idiots for not giving you credit, though. Here’s a big hug from me. Take care.

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    Jackie says:

    Sometimes you just need a break! Don’t let what people do get you down though. You just need to keep plugging along. We will miss you, but will be here when you return.

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    cathy says:

    Ah bah. Don’t take it personally. I used to sell art on ebay and got copied at lot – even by art mills in China. The copies are never as good and they can’t copy the next awesome idea in your head.

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    Sophia says:

    I love your quilts and pictures. I found your blog just as I was getting back into quilting after a long break, you have given me SO much inspiration Ashley! I hope you have a nice break!

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    Jane says:

    You will be missed. I love coming here so I will just mosey through all your past posts and patiently be inspired until you come back.

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    Nicky says:

    Just found your site a few days ago and check first thing in the morning what interesting quilting you have come up yet again. please don’t stay away long, your work is an inspiration to me

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    Debbie says:

    Enjoy your blogging break. We all look forward to your return. Just remember, the copiers don’t have as much creativity in their whole body as you do in your little finger!

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    mary says:

    I enjoy your blog and pictures – I have been quilting for over 20 yrs. I come from a family of quilters and was supported early on by a wonderful community of quilters. Quilts are inspired by nature, by events, by moments in time as well as the folks around us. My favorite quilts are inspired or are true reproductions of traditional quilts. Just as your version of the bento box was inspired by the traditional pattern – and what a wonderful inspiration it is!!! Enjoy the fact that you inspire others in a solid traditional art form – what a testimony!

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    Tex Montana says:

    As a musician and quilter, I can tell you that nothing is completely original. I’ve heard sobngs and secretly thought, “Hmmm. That sounds FAMILIAR!” only to find out that the song is 5 or 10 years preceding my song I thought had been copied. It’s the same with all arts. I have certainly been inspired by your work, but ironicaly I was drawn to your blog because your work looks similar to mine.Just do your art for your own enjoyment- not for recognition of who you may have inspired. Best wishes!

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    I, too, get it. I getting blogger’s burnout from time to time. Sorry to hear people are flat out copying you. I know I definitely get some inspiration from you…so I hope you’re not gone for good. I was kinda hoping we might collaborate on a project sometime soon.

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    Nicole Gendy says:

    I understand why you would want to take a break. Its really frustrating that people wouldn’t have enough integrity to copy an idea and not give credit to the one who inspired them. hopefully you won’t be gone for too long and will be back inspiring us to be more creative and think outside the box. That’s what you’ve done for me. I was getting bored of “traditional” quilts and was thinking about making art quilts, but then I realized I can still make something bigger that is interesting and modern. and when I post my quilts, I will make sure that I always link back to those who have inspired me.

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    Jody says:

    Please take some time for you…but know that we all support you and absolutely love your blog! I can only imagine how exhausting it can be – and then have others copy you! Not cool! You have inspired us all and we look forward to your return!

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    Ginger says:

    I hope you enjoy your break and come back refreshed!

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    Liz says:

    I hope you know (from all these comments) just how many people think you and your work is amazing and inspiring. And your productivity is insane and causes serious jealousy from this house with a toddler. I made my first block for my first REAL quilt last night after going back through your photos. I’ll send you some when it starts coming together. Hope to see you back soon!

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    Lindsey says:

    I can understand your need for a break but I will miss you. You blog was the first quilting blog I discovered and I love looking at your photos, your fabirc choices and your beautiful work – what an inspiration! Take time to refresh and recharge but don’t stay away too long!!

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    amandajean says:

    blogging is a lot of hard work. enjoy your break!

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    Nan says:

    All I can tell you is this….copying someone is the ultimate form of flattery…even if it doesn’t feel like it. I just returned from the quilt market in Houston and really, everything old is new again. I was surprised to see how many “new” quilts aren’t new at all – just redone with a twist…maybe rick-rack or new trendy fabrics. There really are no “new” ideas – just new versions of them. If you decide to take a break then I say good for you – you probably need it. But when you come back to blogging – and I hope you do – I hope you’ll realize that your posting pictures of your work is a way of sharing – and encouraging other quilters to do what you do…even if they do it exactly the same and don’t give you credit. You quilt because it gives you pleasure…not because you want credit, right? I love your blog – so please don’t be gone for long. xo, Nan

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    Sarah says:

    I’ll miss you. Your creativity, your shot cuts and your aesthetics have inspired me no end, though most of the ideas your work has engendered are still in my head — there’s no way I could be so productive. I never knew quilts could be so cool nor that it could be possible without being miserly and nitpicky — thanks, and please come back soon!

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    Helen says:

    I wonder how close these quilts are to yours. I am sure that is annoying but a lot of young quilters are doing similar quilts via Denyse Schmidt etc etc. Unless they are doing same exact color scheme, size, etc. Even then, isn’t blogging all about sharing ideas?

    With that said, I love reading your blog and seeing how your work grows. hope you won’t take too long of a break!

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    chadbelle says:

    Seriously, you need to link to the copies you have found, so everyone can see who they are. Hey! you could even make positive comments on the fabulous work they have created and where the inspiration came from! No repercussions there… The web might be huge, but really it is very small if we are in the know. They won’t last long if everyone knows who they are… Love this blog, don’t be gone long…

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