What makes a quilter a VETERAN quilter?

A while ago I published a post on what makes a teacher a veteran teacher. The word veteran has been on my mind since then. I recently attended a workshop where the teacher had us declare how long we had been quilting. Some of the participants labelled themselves as new quilters but that seemed to be the only adjective anyone placed in front of the word quilter. It seems to me that some of us are veteran quilters, we've been doing this for a while and we've had some varied experiences along the way.

You might be thinking, well, maybe. But what makes a quilter a veteran quilter? I have some ideas about that!

I think veteran quilters have had most of these events happen in their career.

1.They have fabric they no longer remember buying in their stash.

2. They've done something while quilting or sewing which produced pain and blood. (Blame needles, scissors or blades NOT the quilter!)vet-quilter

3. They have a UFO or two in their sewing collection.

4. If the grid were to go down, they could hand sew and quilt.

5. They've sewn something with polyester at one point in their lives.

6. They have had to buy a new seam ripper to replace the first one.

7. They've had outrageous requests made of them to make things.

8. Super veteran quilters have learned to say NO to #7.

9. They've suffered through the closing of a favorite quilt store.

10. It's not a question of if they will sew, it's when and for how long.

11. Threads on their clothes just don't bother them anymore.

12. Many of their quilts are not in their home but rather with friends and family.

vet-quilter-213. They've seen a trend from the past reappear under a new name.

14. They've had a disappointment in their sewing career.

15. They've had a lot of joy in their sewing career.

16. They've woken up the middle of the night to jot a quilt idea down.

17. They've visited a quilt store or seventeen that is far from their home.

18. They have a quilt hero. The lucky ones have met that hero.

19. They have quilts on the beds and the walls.1st

20. They wish the phrase "this isn't my first rodeo" would be replaced by "this isn't my first quilt show."

What do you think? What else should I have included? Should we use this term? I'll start.

I'm a veteran quilter and proud of it!

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