Sunday, May 18, 2014

Encourage CREATIVITY not POPULARITY...

I am disturbed, deeply disturbed actually so much so, I just had to put pen to paper  and then words to screen. Surely I am not the only one who has noticed that POPULARITY has taken over CREATIVITY in our Quilting World.

Here - at Sew We Quilt especially during our blog hops WE Encourage CREATIVITY, our top choices each day are based on CREATIVITY and WOW FACTOR- not who is the most popular that day. Do our popular contributors rise to the top - yes but not all the time? And if they do win for CREATIVITY it is because they WOWed us, not because we LIKE them. ( although many times we do- like them too :) .... In fact some POPULAR quilters have been miffed and dropped out completely if they were not chosen... some of them even made scenes.... How ludicrous actually. 





Recently there has been 2 ONLINE contests, I won't even mention them as I have concluded that the winners will be chosen because of POPULARITY not CREATIVITY. If you do not have thousands upon thousands of followers and you do not campaign endlessly your chance of winning because you have TALENT is just not enough. 

What is so evident to me is those with REAL TALENT and CREATIVITY are just not entering into these contests. They feel discouraged with the results of so many  past contests where POPULARITY is celebrated rather than talent. I do believe these co-ordinators of these events are missing something....

They are not getting the BEST, really they are not...Because the BEST are not PLAYING.

I do have a solution- though although I will be quite surprised if any of them would embrace these!

#1 Allow voters to vote only once......( we are not American Idol) What is this with voting for the same person every day...if you love someones work, does it change on the hour?????

#2 Give all entries a number, do not splash their name and blog....allow their WORK to speak for them!

#3 Allow votes to be on CREATIVITY, WOW FACTOR....( I can bet the results will be very different) 

(This is what would result from choosing TALENT -CREATIVITY over POPULARITY...we all would WIN.
We would be encouraged to keep putting our best talent  forward and even the COMPANIES would WIN as they would have even more contributors...WE would also be more inspired to keep creating which affects the bottom line time and time again...Why don't THEY see that ?)

I was very fortunate to have wonderful mentors in my career... Some of their advice still resonates with me...

"You are only as good as your next success". Which meant if I succeeded once it did not mean I was going to win the next time. I did not win awards because I was popular I won awards because I worked my buns off. 

" Be a cheerleader in life, even cheerleaders need cheerleaders" This one holds true with me, if we continue to be cheerleaders every day, the hearts of those we lift will be lifting others tomorrow....and funny enough we lift ourselves in the process. 

"YOU can never stay #1 . I loved him for this one, my most valuable lesson in life...Being number one SUCKS. The true adventure is always thriving to do better. Being #1 adds way to much pressure in ones life. I have noted many cracks in some popular quilters... what I have seen has not been pretty. 

and my very best advice was from my Nanny. She said to me, ohhh I was about 8-9 years old. 
"If there was only 1 flavour of jello, we would soon tire of it". Gosh she was sooooo kind, smart and important... I realized even then, not to like just one flavour...I learned to explore everything, from foods, to the arts.... How do you know what you are good at, till you try something new....?
( which is why we have so many varied Blog HOPS) 


If we don't stand up for what is important what does that say about US as QUILTERS.? Are we not the thread that connects us all together???...Reallllllly the PRICE Of Popularity is it really worth more STUFF?

I want to see more CREATIVITY....those who create are really what fuels us all to be better. 

WE at SEW WE QUILT will continue to ENCOURAGE creativity.... cause it takes courage 
to put your best forward. I think our Cheerleaders/Quilters are the very best...they do make our world brighter and happier. They also continue to inspire me and encourage me to continue this blog....


WE will continue to have Blog HOPS, we will encourage many to cheer for  one another and at least in this corner of the world, WE will CELEBRATE and ENCOURAGE TALENT. YOU are the reason why we are still HERE!



  





114 comments:

  1. You are a very wise woman and all the blog hops that I have participated in have encouraged me to try even more a bit, than I thought I could. I love your blog hops even if I don´t participate in everyone and I have always tried to cheer and the wow factors have been so many and the inspirations are numerous.
    I have been and I am busy with preparations for our local quilt show in September, but I will try to be part of some of the coming blog hops because these activities give me so much.
    Thanks lovely Samm for sharing your time with us.

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  2. Such a shame..I have not jumped ship but will return to hopping when. I see a theme that lights my fire! Your hops and creative participants are lots of tun. Be nice to keep it that way.

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  3. You are so right. I don't like this sort of voting either.

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  4. I couldn't agree more! I'm very new at the dance, but I noticed and felt the same way. Appreciate you sounding out.

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  5. The popularity winner happens all over the internet in every media. Its sad.

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  6. Hear, hear Samm! I was just complaining to a friend of mine about this the other day. I DID enter in the bloggers quilt festival this year, but that was mostly just to get my blog out there a bit more. I have no chance of winning. But I do enjoy looking at others beautiful work. And I sure do appreciate all the blog hops and encouragement coming from this neck of the woods ;) Keep up the good work.

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  7. You nailed it on the head Samm. But it seems like so much in life it's not what you know but who you know. I have entered some of those contests online and like you mentioned if you knew 1,000's of people and asked them to vote for your quilt then you had a shot at winning. I agree that online contests should be about creativity and skill, not popularity. If those contests ask us for our votes, then we should be voting once and the artist's name should not be mentioned so that we only chose what we as a voter like.

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  8. *clap, clap, clap* well said. Keep the hops coming...how else will I continue to learn and to be wowed?! Not easy to be popular when one moves to the beat of one's own drum =)

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  9. Today's gold star award goes to Samm! You are absolutely correct - thanks for saying what so many are thinking, while keeping it positive - great post!

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  10. Totally what I was thinking. I could probably guess right on the nose the contest you were talking about and I.didn't even bother. I think I get a few more.hits and maybe a follower or two but that's about it. It's also why I.love your blog hops! The picnic one coming up will be my third. I have really seen how creativity and great photos win out and how you tend to notice the work before the blog. I can't wait for the picnic hop to see what everyone else creates!

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  11. You WOWED us today with your genuine concern for talent Vs. popularity. I really love being part of your Blog-hops. Even if I don't show up the creativity or wow factor. Reading all the comments is so encouraging. This has been my true pleasure participating and seeing all the talents and sharing my work as well. I appreciate all that you do for us.

    I totally agree with you on other competitions which are purely based on popularity is discouraging for new talents/quilters who don't have as many followers as the popular ones. I wish they take your advice on the voting process ;).

    My favorite quote of yours was: "YOU can never stay #1" keep thriving that is what is important.
    Happy Quilting!
    Hema

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  12. Very Well Said--And THANK YOU!!

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  13. Thanks for this. It's a good reminder.

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  14. Right on the nose. Mostly I enter contests like the Picnic Challenge to challenge myself, give myself a deadline, and then see how creative I can be with the challenge. Otherwise it is Project Linus and QOV which is worthwhile but not challenging. I am always looking to grow in design and color, and this challenge is my wildest creation yet. It is fun, and I'll be very interested to see what the other quilters come up with. Carole @ From My Carolina Home

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    1. If you happen to see this again...leave an email so I can answer..you likely are google plus which blocks your email to respond...

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    2. Hi Mdm Samm! I have contact info on my blog, but I'll send you an email to the picnic email. I'm not Google Plus, Google is too much a part of our lives as it is, LOL!! I comment as a Wordpress blogger.

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  15. WOW - how true. This applies for many things in our daily life. Building an image - but in the end....

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  16. Rare wisdom beautifully written! Thank you for being brave!
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  17. I couldn't agree more! Your idea of posting pictures by number without a name makes a lot of sense. Actually, I'm growinig tired of all the contests. I like to quilt what I like to quilt and not quilt to follow the rules of a contest. I don't blog because I don't have the time or interest in blogging but I do enjoy many bloggers' sites. It seems that many popular bloggers are simply trying to promote their business by 'staying out in front of people on the internet.' Great topic.

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  18. I hadn't thought about this until you mentioned it today. I don't blog but I love to see what's out there. But your right creativity should be rewarded.

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  19. Hot Damn Samm, right on the money. Good of you to sum it up so nicely. Creativity shared helps us all to grow.

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  20. Amen! You have hit the nail on the head...but on one note, if there were only 1 flavor of jello, please don't let it be lime! LOL I hate lime jello. Oh, I know it had nothing to do with what your saying... I was just sayin! LOL!!

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    1. I am so glad there will be more lime for me...it's my favorite! LOL....you can have my pineapple...ewww! hahaha

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  21. I totally agree. Well said.

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  22. Aww gee, thank you for posting that. I was just looking at the entries in the big quilting contest and thinking I would enter in one of the categories. And then I saw some of the bloggers who have entered and knew I didn't have a chance because my blog is only a fraction of the size. But i am going to enter anyway. The hops spur me to be creative, thanks so much for organizing them!

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  23. Thank you!!!!I seen thid many times intact, so me tomes I don't even enter or join in with what they are doing. The voting should be done by their work not name. Perhaps some of those contests should be shown by projects...voted...then reveal who made them. Now you got me going. I was never in any so called "Popular club" and through the years learned I don't want to be in one. Thank you for writing!! I am glad to see others feel the same.

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  24. I can never see myself entering a contest with my work but I super enjoy the creativity I see on the blog hops sponsored here and have considered joining in because this seems like a safe and caring community. Please continue your mission of support for creativity in all it's forms.

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  25. THANK YOU for saying it...I won't enter those contests because it is so frustrating to enter a popularity contest when creativity is involved...I sure hope the powers that be hear you...I truly believe some very talented people are overlooked. I also think if you have won these bigger contests before you shouldn't be eligible to again...let someone else have a chance!!!!

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  26. Well said dear lady, well said.

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  27. That is the reason why I so much enjoy your hops, it is about creativity, and nothing more! I dunno care who is doing this or that, I look at the pics, I read the post, I laugh, I smile, I sometimes even have to shed some tears, and that is what makes it so much fun here with the hops. No need to be a Lady this or Lady that, show your creations, we will applaude and cheer!
    Thanks for this wonderful and so true posting :-))

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  28. You are so right on many aspects Mdm Samm. Like Kathy said - I haven't jumped ship either just had to cut back a little financially on entering so many hops. Plus time constraints around the farm were making it really stressful. No point doing it if it stresses me out! lol. I would like to say however, that I was told by a couple of different hoppers that I must be a pet because I was always in the top picks. That really hurt because I go through ALOT of work to make my day fun and interesting. So I skipped a couple of hops hoping it would make them feel better about themselves - then my hubby told me that wasn't right. So I tried again and to no avail. Same problem. I don't want to be the reason for anyones disappointment. Things have gotten too dang busy around the farm anyway. My sewing machine has dust! I hand sew alot now. And I love to host and enter giveaways but I stay away from the Contests! I try to get around to visit as much as possible. I love getting inspiration from everyone and I love to share my projects. Sorry for rambling. :) xo jan

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    1. Ohhhh Jan a pet are you kidding-me.......?...... I was not even aware I had a pet farm lol....

      You came in our top pics because you are that good and fun and-you took great photos.....
      I look forward if and when you return......and if you are that good stilll....you will be chosen for our top WOW and Creativity....
      I am sad some would think any of YOU are considered PETS of mine...To clarify I only have 2 pets...Sumatra and T-cup...

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    2. Jan, I'm sorry you have been told you must be a pet. I love seeing your creations and look forward to your return! You hit the nail on the head about entering hops. If it becomes stressful, it's not fun. Even if I'm not playing along, I sure love to view all the creations. :-)

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    3. Jan, please don't let a few ignorant hoppers EVER discourage you from entering Madame Samm's blog hops. The top picks are chosen because of creativity and not popularity, which is just one of the reasons I love Madame Samm's blog hops. I'm flabbergasted that someone actually had the balls (yes I said balls) to even say/write that about you being a pet. Must be people who obviously are jealous of your beautiful projects.

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    4. Jan, please don't let a few people discourage you from entering. Like your husband said, it is not fair. You know, every now and then, although very rarely, men have some great advise. LOL

      I never felt like you won anything here on this blog because you were a favorite or a pet. If you were in fact a pet, we would see you in alot more pictures on here like we do Sumatra, T-Cup, and the birds. LOL

      YOU have LOADS of talent and that is what takes you to the top! I enjoy seeing your work and it is something to be proud of. It is something the world SHOULD see. It is a GREAT example of creativity and it inspires us all to do better.

      In the words of Lord Voldermort "Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies." from Book 6, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. YOUR work is GREAT which makes people envious of you. They are so jealous they want to hurt you to discredit you. They say lies about you because that is all they have. The truth is, your work is GREAT, so they can't insult it. So instead, they create lies about you to try to justify themselves.

      Please don't stop entering contests and hops. It is not fair to YOU or to US. Your work should be shown off and we should get to see it. You can't let a few bad people sweep you under the rug. STAND UP PROUD on that rug showing off your talent and skills.

      I have never felt this blog played favorites, so at least share here. You want proof this blog never plays favorites? I won a VERY NICE contest on this blog. ME. A nobody to MOST people in the quilting community. Someone who doesn't even have a BLOG. That WONDERFUL prize could have gone to a friend, but it didn't, it came to my house instead. But here, I DON'T FEEL like a NOBODY! I have received emails when I ask questions and things like that too. HERE I AM SOMEBODY! HERE WE ARE LOVED! HERE WE ARE EQUALS!

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    5. Oh, dear Jan. Jealousy is a hideous monster. They are crazy jealous about you creative talent, your amazing humor, and bringing creativity to everything you do. From a little photo bombing monkey to all the gorgeous photos you take. You make me try harder to be more creative. Don't make other rule you! ;). You are loved. <3

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    6. Well that stinks! Sometimes I really don't like people. I am typing nice LOL. I would like to write bad words to those people. I have really enjoyed seeing all of your talent. You are an inspiration to me. Everything you have made has been beautiful and jealous people will always be jealous. When people have an attitude like that you know they are miserable so as long as you continue doing and sharing what you love you will always be happier than they are. If they had any talent and won anything they would still be miserable. Please don't stop sharing : )

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    7. Amy hit that right on the nail head, jealously rears it's ugly head and poof, you are the one who ends up feeling bad. Don't give in to what people say about you. For me, I know I'm not the best and brightest at quilting, but for me, I know I don't have to be perfect either. If I'm happy with it, that's all that really counts in the end. Creativity is a gift, sometimes we have some and sometimes we don't.. don't let a few who are negative bring the positive down. Hugs!!

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  29. Well stated and I know that many quilters feel the same. I just skip over those kinds of contests - the ego doesn't need the stroking. I have enjoyed the SewWeQuilt hops - haven't joined in the last few as I was recovering and now involved with commissions and local guilds quilt shows (shows that don't give out awards - just to enjoy the creativity).

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  30. Ditto to every comment above (including not having lime as the only Jello!) I like the rules you suggested and think they should be used by people running those contests. Great post!

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  31. Oh Samm you have written my thoughts for me. :) A similar situation has arisen in my local guild's quilt show. They have judges and give out ribbons but not critiques. Up until this year they had many categories which gave lots of quilters the chance to win something. This year they decided to combine many of the categories. I'm sure they have a good reason though I don't know what it was - I don't have all the information. But I do know that in this guild we have several phenomenal quilters who always win. And they deserve to. But with many categories the rest of us also got to win - and what inspiration it is to be given a ribbon! blessings, marlene

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  32. Well said Mdm. Samm. I feel like all we see these days are people just throwing somethings together and putting a name on it and it just catches on and everyone follows. We have truly lost the art of quilting and creativity. I see the same thing going on with papercrafting too. It's always how many followers you have that gets you invited to be on a design team. I so appreciate the hops you put on, although I don't get to participate as much but it really helps me to discover new blogs and the time that everyone puts in to share with others their projects.

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    1. Interesting how their method of self-promotion actually minimizes the efforts of their followers. And how many times is the same pattern going to be introduced by another designer under yet another name? Crazy.
      Me? I just like to create a little beauty, share what I create, and help fabric fulfill its destiny!
      Who wants to go back to silly high school drama? We are all getting hip to the rigged quilt contests and that realization will be just the self-limiting cure the egos need to realize the non-nurturing nature of their behavior. If not, I simply unfollow and find other creative inspiration in the many delightful quilting blogs out there.

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  33. Well said Samm! I too have noticed the vote as many times as you'd like, but just once a day. The same thing has been happening in other activities that I enjoy. I love baseball and noticed that voting for the All Star Game has gone to this format, so it doesn't really matter if you're a wonderful ball player. It's sad this happening and I would love to see it reverse itself.

    In the mean time, I love the blog hops here and am so glad I'm not the one making the decision about the Most Creative and WOW! I'm sure it's a tough decision for you and think you do a terrific job with it. It never ceases to amaze me at the awesome job that the hoppers do with each blog hop. I love the challenge of participating, but love the eye candy even more. :-)

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  34. Oh yes. In my guild here, the same two or three people win everything. It is very discouraging. Even though the entries have numbers on them and not names, all their friends know who they are and which one is theirs. I participate because I want to do the challenge even though I know I will never be honored with a ribbon. But it is very frustrating.

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  35. It is so funny you should bring up this topic. I have felt the same way. I find it amazing how many times certain people win contests, and it seems it have become a popularity vote. Creativity is what gets my juices flowing. The challenge of what I can create us what I like. I have stopped entering some quilt shows, blog contests, and swaps because I feel again it is all about popularity, not about creativity or having the correct answer.
    Thank you for bringing forth a topic that a lot of people would not.

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  36. Very well said! I know I'm always reminding myself of the true reason I started blogging - to document my work! (I just want to make sure I don't forget about anything I've made. That's really all it is.) It's nice to have friends to share my work with, but the goal is not to have a million followers (that would be really intimidating, actually). And it is so important to create what we feel like creating, rather than doing whatever is "popular" at the time.
    I must say, though - I noticed that the Amy (host of the Blogger's Quilt Festival - which may or may not be one of the contests you are referring to) seems to be thinking along the same lines as you. She has all of the links randomized, so that a different person is at the top of the list every time you go to the page. She has also taken off ALL names and numbers, so that all you see is the WORK! I love it. I get the feeling she's doing everything she can to make this a celebration of everyone, rather than a popularity contest, and I hope others will do the same. I'll still be voting this year, but I will make sure to vote for the quilts that I truly love and am inspired by, rather than just the ones that are "popular."
    Thanks again, Samm!

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    1. Exactly! I blog to document my creations, also. And I am very inspired by the normal quilt blogs (not marketing their latest lines), every day creativity. Quilting allows such diversity to be created, things I would never think of are right before my eyes and I marvel. I may never do it myself but I recognize in their work a spark of joy for the maker and the viewer.
      Happily, I have never needed to be popular to be fulfilled. Creating a bit of beauty is so soothing and at the same time invigorating! Press on!

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  37. Dearest Madam Samm ... and you wonderful followers ... I too have noticed the epidemic about which you write. It saddens me to the point of not only not participating in many of the "giveaways" but also shying away from the popular if only because encouragement and creativity seem to end up lacking. I know this does not apply to every big time blog, but when I spend my precious time visiting and reading blogs, I want to see inspiring creations ... I'm not visiting a blog just for the "prizes" offered. I would not participate in SWQ blog hops if I did not feel that I am challenging myself and learning from all of those participating. I once again am inspired by your strength to speak up for those who can't/won't, and for the tireless cheering you do for so very many!! Thank you and bless you :)

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  38. I am so far out of the loop that I don't have a clue what you are referring to but that's okay. Stick to your guns here, Mdm Samm. That is what makes the hops so fun and varied. I know that there are a few popular quilters I refuse to follow because of the shameless self promotion. I get that it is how they make a living but sheesh, dial it back a bit. Not naming names.

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  39. Hi!!!!! You are so right!!!! I think your statement about cheerleaders will be my motto!!!!! It is so true!!!! And it is the way I feel about life, when your help someone else up it in turn also helps you!!!!! I also agree with creativity over popularity!!!!! It is not fun to see the less creative projects win over really creative beautiful projects!!!! Wow Matters!!!!! Thanks so much Madame Samm!!!!! hugs

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  40. Kudos to you Madame Samm for putting it out there. We can only hope that the powers that be who run these "contests" will see this post and follow your advice.

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  41. As always, no truer words expressed by a great wordsmith. Love the fact that you are such a wonderful cheerleader and that you share your creativity and superb organizational skills for you blog hops. I've been truly inspired by the participants works. I've said this before and I'll say this again, I may drop some blogs from my reader but I'll never drop Sew We Quilt!!

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  42. back again!!!!! I have been looking through the quilts in a contest this weekend and I kept wondering why I hadn't seen quilts from these hops, thinking oh that one would have been wonderful in this category or that one could have won this category!!!!! I need a light bulb sometimes!!!!

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  43. This is an epidemic in many areas. From sports programs that dominate our southern schools, you are an athlete or a nobody, to local livestock fairs where the kids of the local bigwigs win and the kids from the "unknown" families never win. Hard work, creativity, passion for whatever area of interest you have, sometimes it feels like it is all for nothing if you are not one the "popular" people. It is such a shame to see it creeping into more and more areas.
    I don't blog, I don't Facebook, just not my thing. I am very unknown so would never dream of trying to join one of your hops. But sometimes I play along at home. I have fun and I challenge myself and create for me and my family. I follow along with the hops and am always so impressed by the talent I see. For fun, I never look at the Wow or Creativity picks until I am done with the hop of the day. Sometimes I don't agree with the Wow or Creativity winners and then I go back and look again and I find the Wow and the Creativity. Helps me keep a more open mind. I am not as good a cheerleader as I should be. I'll try to do better but don't always have the time.
    So thank you Madam Samm, all the cheerleaders, and all the ladies who share their talent and creativity so willingly. You all have the Wow factor to me.

    Oops, so sorry I rambled.

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  44. I agree wholeheartedly! We need to make it Talent and Creativity! Love your insights and support them 100%.

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  45. Very well said and thanks for putting it out there!!!

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  46. I applaud you and give you a standing ovation! Very well said and oh so true. Not that I'm the most creative person in the world, but I purposely didn't participate in one of those recent contests. I was never popular in school and am sure not popular in the quilting world. I only have less than 150 followers! But I cherish each and every one of my followers and thank them from the bottom of my heart! When I don't make the top pick of the day, it's because of my constraints, not because I wasn't the most popular. And it makes me strive harder the next time! I'm sticking with the creative/talent blog hops! :)

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  47. I agree with you wholeheartedly!!! I've become very cynical about some of these blog activities,......... it just seem some individuals are trying to promote a business, rather than the praise for individual creativity. I love visiting blogs for motivation and hopefully, one day, be as good as some of these talented people!!!. Right now though, I'm seeing "marketing"and networking to be the motivating factor. Oh well, that's me off of my soapbox.!! Thank you again, I thought I was just being difficult to get along with!!!!!!

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  48. Well said. I love our blog hops and love to participate when I know I have time. Still shaking my head in wonder that people really get in a snit because they are not chosen for a top spot? Like I always tell my girls put your big girl panties on and deal with it. You are not always going to be the best, but it is important that you give your best.

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  49. Such a Wonderful Post!! I know I have personally shared with you my reasons for not being able to participate and join in the past 18 months. But I do have to say, I created a Flag for my daughter in a Blog Hop here just a month after finishing Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy. It took all of me to do it at the time but it was important to ME to join in and do it, and I loved every minute of it!!, and will again. Now, I am in a contest currently, and OMG the ones with the top votes are not even attempted finished pieces. Some are mere drawings on Paper with Crayons for coloring in, and the Top Prizes are worth Thousands of $$$. How is this company going to look for handing over 9 Grand to a popularity Vote of a Crayon drawn design, and there are so many Gorgeous Enteries with so little votes, it's so sad. Thank~You for bringing this topic to light and allowing me to vent my current frustration with a Contest from a Major I will never enter again~

    Huggs, Nancy

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  50. Wow, Samm, you really hit the nail on the head! I am not a blogger or a facebooker, or whatever. I enjoy following your wonderful hops and how you help others, even allowing those who do not have blogs, to enter. Now that is something those others sure don't do.

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  51. I think I know which contest you are talking about. I was in another one a few years ago and the competition was fierce and having a fellow contestant in my Town was NOT FUN! I HATED Begging for Votes! I dislike having to go and enter my info or Vote once a Day! It's worse than Gambling.

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  52. I am currently involved in one of those online contests and was struggling with this very thing -- there are designs on there non original and not in line wiht the guidelines but because of the popularity of the individuals they shot to the top WAY above everyone else, the person in about 6th is the one that should win because it's original and creative.

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  53. Great insight! Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Samm. Ditto times one hundred! That's why I don't enter those dang things. Personally, what I've seen here on your hops just blows me away with creativity! Many of the blog hoppers in your themed hops are so amazing and those who win the top spots DESERVE IT due to talent and not due to votes (cause you never have us vote, anyway - smart lady). I join and participate here and almost nowhere else because everyone is EQUAL. I walk in that professional quilt world (just returned from the "famous" Quilt Market) and the "famous" people sometimes are desperate in their attempt to stay on top. I'm not that hungry - I design and sew and quilt to enjoy myself first; making money is secondary. And I get a lot of pink slips and it doesn't get my panties in a wad - just keep going. Thanks!

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  55. Your post gave me pause. I agree. At first, I thought you were talking about the STYLE of quilting. I am having a struggle with that in my quilt guilds. There are factions of quilters who are so excited to churn out quilt tops for charity and these phrases are tossed around, "It won't matter, it is for charity," talking about points on stars, machine or hand done binding, general points of craftsmanship. MANY, many are made with those patterns which have you do artless chunk piecing (not to be confused with the Modern Quilt Movement which I adore, I just didn't want to name any pattern names and distress anyone who might be connected with those patterns) so you can crank out 3 or 4 quilt tops a day. I object. I resent being asked to participate. I guess that is pretty fair off the mark for the topic you brought up. You were talking about the "Vote Every Day" "contests". Might as well use a random number generator if that is all it takes. I don't enter those. I don't know enough people and I just couldn't make myself ask for votes. When I enter the local shop competition, I don't even vote for my OWN entry if I see one I think deserves it better. You can have your soap box back now!

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  56. What a great post Madame Samm!! I am involved with one of these contests and I'm just not into asking my family and friends to vote every day so....popularity doesn't work for me.Your hops always have such beautiful projects!

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  57. It looks like you really hit a chord with this one and I couldn't agree more! I have noticed the same thing.

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  58. The few times I vote online, I try to NOT look at names, just the entries. When I've been entered, I mention that I'm in this contest, and, provide the link. I don't ask them to vote for me. Since I've only won once, I surely didn't win because I was popular. I usually enter, just because I like what I made, and want to show it off. I'm not worried, or surprised that someone else makes something that totally wows me and others. It just makes me want to learn to think out of the box more often, and stretch myself. To me, the contests are for FUN! I've only entered one of your blog hops (Wicked a few years ago), but, I had a blast, learned lots as I was making my items, and am still enjoying and giving away my items from that hop. One of these days, if I ever find some time, I'll do it again. And if I win something, then it's just icing on the cake.

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  59. PERFECTLY SAID!!!! I feel the same way. It is a SHAME things happen this way. HOPEFULLY this will turn into one of your most popular posts because I think it is something that EVERYONE should read!!! HOPEFULLY the people having these contest will read this post and a light bulb will light up! HOPEFULLY everyone who reads this post and votes in contests like these will remember to vote for the person who DESERVES to win, and not for the popular people. Remember people, it is all up to YOU to CHANGE things. One small voice can speak volumes when what it is saying is the truth.

    I was reading the newspaper one day and I spotted an ad for a Children's Beauty Contest seeking entries. It was sponsored by a woman's group in our city. I have 2 very BEAUTIFUL and TALENTED daughters, so I decided to go to the meeting they were having. My girls have never done anything like this, so they thought it would be fun to enter. I got all the requirements for competing handed to me on a piece of paper. (shoes, dresses, talent options and requirements, etc.) Not a problem. Then we get closer to the end of the meeting when we find out there will actually not be ANY judging. The winner will be determined by who raises the most MONEY for the group! We were supposed to go around to local businesses BEGGING for money for this GROUP!!!! Let THEM do THEIR OWN begging! Don't mask behind a bunch of pretty little girls and have them do all the work for you. To top it all off, there was even a minimum amount you had to raise just to be able to participate in the activities for the contest! Luckily, there was a Girl Scout Leader in the crowd and she agreed with me, this is SO WRONG on SO MANY LEVELS! She put together a pageant which didn't require ANY money or ANY level of popularity. ALL the girls who entered were winners and the girls who participated had so much FUN! The emphasis of this contest was the talent section and how beautiful you carried yourself, not how pretty your skin, hair, and dress was. See, there are more people out there like you who agree with what you are saying here. Contests should NOT be about popularity! They SHOULD be about wining because you DESERVE it, because you WORKED for it, and because you are GREAT at what you do!!!!

    THANK YOU MADAME SAMM for putting this out there!!!! THANK YOU for never caving into this type of behavior here on this blog!!!! THANK YOU for making us all feel EQUAL!!!! THANK YOU for always being FAIR!!!!

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  60. well said, yeah I think I know which 2 and haven't even thought about entering the current one (quilt market?) #2 I'm involved with the company in a way, so I had to enter but I got maybe 15 votes and I don't advertise myself well, so I don't care, I'm still very Blessed to get sponsors and free quilty things, so I certainly can't complain :)

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  61. for KIM.....not sure why it did not post for you...

    Exactly! I blog to document my creations, also. And I am very inspired by the normal quilt blogs (not marketing their latest lines), every day creativity. Quilting allows such diversity to be created, things I would never think of are right before my eyes and I marvel. I may never do it myself but I recognize in their work a spark of joy for the maker and the viewer. Happily, I have never needed to be popular to be fulfilled. Creating a bit of beauty is so soothing and at the same time invigorating! Press on! on Encourage CREATIVITY not POPULARITY...
    in response to Very well said! I know I'm always reminding myself of the true reason I started blogging - to document my work! (I just want to make sure I don't forget about anything I've made. That's really all it is.) It's nice to have friends to share my work with, but the goal is not to have a million followers (that would be really intimidating, actually). And it is so important to create what we feel like creating, rather than doing whatever is "popular" at the time. I must say, though - I noticed that the Amy (host of the Blogger's Quilt Festival - which may or may not be one of the contests you are referring to) seems to be thinking along the same lines as you. She has all of the links randomized, so that a different person is at the top of the list every time you go to the page. She has also taken off ALL names and numbers, so that all you see is the WORK! I love it. I get the feeling she's doing everything she can to make this a celebration of everyone, rather than a popularity , by Tiffany.
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    Interesting how their method of self-promotion actually minimizes the efforts of their followers. And how many times is the same pattern going to be introduced by another designer under yet another name? Crazy. Me? I just like to create a little beauty, share what I create, and help fabric fulfill its destiny! Who wants to go back to silly high school drama? We are all getting hip to the rigged quilt contests and that realization will be just the self-limiting cure the egos need to realize the non-nurturing nature of their behavior. If not, I simply unfollow and find other creative inspiration in the many delightful quilting blogs out there. on Encourage CREATIVITY not POPULARITY...
    in response to Well said Mdm. Samm. I feel like all we see these days are people just throwing somethings together and putting a name on it and it just catches on and everyone follows. We have truly lost the art of quilting and creativity. I see the same thing going on with papercrafting too. It's always how many followers you have that gets you invited to be on a design team. I so appreciate the hops you put on, although I don't get to participate as much but it really helps me to discover new blogs and the time that everyone puts in to share with others their projects., by Kim.

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  62. Oh, yes, you are so right. I love to enter these silly little contests, but I am not one to continually ask for votes and I have such a small little blog that it wouldn't reallly help to ask. I like to participate.
    I've been blessed wtih your friendship and I love that you can say outloud what everyone else is quietly thinking.
    If my mom could have her way, I would be using social media to bump up votes, but is it worth it? no. I'm more about making connections with like minded people.
    I guess in the end, it's about putting it out there and seeing where it goes.
    Giveaways seem to build a blog better than interesting posts. Funny. The more you giveaway the more popular you become.
    I'll stick to participation and finding new friends. I only have me to give.... :)

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  63. Bravo! Standing ovation! EVERYTHING you said is so "spot-on". Thank you for having the courage to speak up and say what so many of us think. Your hops have challenged me several times to step out of my comfort zone. I wouldn't have done so if not for the hops. Whether I'm a "winner" or not, learning something new IS a win-win for me. Thank you for all you do! xoxo

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  64. Samm, I agree wholeheartedly! It's probably why I didn't participate in a couple of the latest contests - I have a lot of ideas for designs, and worked hard to come up with something for a recent contest, until I realized that I would have to be vigilant in soliciting votes on a daily basis - not for me. I think I would rather concentrate on new designs, new elements of my quiltmaking world, and share what I like on my own terms. I want to keep that same passion I usually wake up with - just can't wait to get creating, and to see what incredible things others are creating. I don't like to feel like I'm in a race every day, I just want to make things, and to share the joy that the process of creation gives me. Thank you for organizing these fantastic blog hops - I'm always inspired by people's creativity, I participate when I can, and just love the friends I've made through sharing in this manner. It's true, this is the thread that ties us together! Especially the encouragement, the kudos, the cheers... Thanks for all you do to make this possible. You're a bright spot in the quilting world.

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  65. Loved your post, you are right on. I shared in on our Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/SunFlower-Quilts/96826583179

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  66. Thank you so much for having the courage to do a blog post on this. I entered a contest that is running right now and do not even vote for my own entry. I just don't have the time to spend an hour hunting for it or anyones entry. I have entered this contest three or four time before and was looking forward to it this year, but I'm sooo disappointed in how it's run that I haven't mentioned it on my blog. How can I ask others to vote when it's just so darned hard to find an entry. I won't be entering next year if the contest is still run this way. I would far rather have my work judged by a group of qualified judges. Thanks for you blog hops. I've been to busy trying to get settled in a new home to participate in any so far this year, but things are settling down and I hope to share in one soon!

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  67. Oh, Samm, I love that you said this and you said it so nicely. I think that is why you are a Madame and I am not. I would not have said it so nicely. I sometimes try to enter these contests and I do enjoy coming up with whatever my creation is. I know I won't win, but it is the fun of the creative process I like. I can usually tell who the winner will be, based on who they are. I have much more fun here, coming up with projects. If a particular hop doesn't call out to me, I don't participate, but I still tune in every day to see what the others have created. We have some very talented people here. You have taught me to be a cheerleader and to be gracious and to find something positive to say about each creation, even if it's not my cup of tea. The creators put their hearts into it and deserve to be applauded for that. Thank you, as always, from my heart.

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  68. I feel like Linda J above...'totally out of the loop'...tho if I'm reading between the lines with any accuracy...I think just maybe I have entered one of 'those' contests for the very first time (ignorance is such bliss...and I am an extremely Blissful little mouse). Like many, I blog to keep a record of the things I make....of course we all enjoy sharing our passion with like-minded friends...and I bless the day I discovered you dear Madam...I love the creativity you awaken in all of us with your hops. I'm not in this for popularity....I just like to share because I so enjoy what others share too! As far as 'contests' go...I rarely join in those that require voting (been there, done that, had some surprising results...but also had my hand slapped because a friend promoted my offering which was actually made for them...I didn't ask but I was told to 'refrain from doing that again' (some people take power so seriously, Bless their hearts...) so no more of that silliness! The 'festival' I just entered has voting...and I even mentioned at the end of my blog post for my entry...I could care less...I just wanted to share my piece because I'm dang thrilled with it....maybe it will be seen...maybe it won't....really hoping that there are more like "me" - Blissfully Ignorant just wanting to enjoy the quilted eye candy...or in my case....the 'cheese' >"<

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  69. I completely agree with Creativity over Popularity, and I also agree there are a lot of amazingly creative people who don't participate in contests for these reasons. In my quilt guild, we have tons of amazing talent. As the guild leader, I am always encouraging them no matter if it is a big event, contests, or just to participate more in Show & Tell. It really is all about being a cheerleader.

    Yet, there is also something worth mentioning. There are some Popular Bloggers that are popular and win contest because they ARE honestly really talented, and deserve to win. We cannot forget that many of them have put in the time and effort to get where they are in life, writing books, blogging, etc. and we shouldn't punish them for putting in the hard work. I am not saying that they "deserve to win" because they are popular; but if their work is equally as creative, why shouldn't they win.

    I am a nobody in the grand scheme of the quilting world, and started my blog strictly to keep track of my work; but over the years I have been putting in the hours blogging, writing patterns, participating in blog hops, contests, etc. It is not about being popular for me, it is about making my mark (as any Artist would) in this creative passion that I adore.

    So long as we cheer on our fellow quilter and inspire them, that's all that matters. Labels don't matter.

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  70. I have had this pet peeve for awhile now. I have stopped following a few famous and few not/as/famous quilter businesses for their tactics in soliciting and bribing votes. It is nauseating. I refuse to play and I refuse to vote.

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  71. Wonderful post and very well said! Thank you !

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  72. When I enter these things, it's to show off a project I'm happy with and to drool over other people's creations. If I vote, it's when I see something that speaks to me, not because anyone encouraged me to. Anonymity might even the playing field, but I'd hate to miss the opportunity to follow links and see more projects by a quilter who made something I really like.

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  75. No one could have said it better! ;)

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  76. Wow, I think I needed you to write this today. I started a very small blog last year. I have only been quilting for a couple of years. One quick story. I joined a linky party and one of the rules/suggestions was that we visit other sites and comment/encourage each other. Well, I commented on everyones blog and I got one comment in return :( whaaaa I felt as though I didn't "belong" I linked up for a couple more weeks and nothing. I feel as though I am blogging to myself LOL. I know some people will post things everywhere fb, pinterest, etc..."please read my blog today" ...then I do, I comment and get nothing in return. Oh well, I won't let that stop me. I will continue blogging when I have the time. It is like my diary to see/remember where I started and how I am progressing and learning new things. I like to see everyone's creations. It inspires me to try harder and want to learn to do what they can do. I participated in the hexie hop last year and hope to participate in one this year too. I have really enjoyed your blog and all of the cheerleaders here.

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  77. Samm, great post... we all love to quilt and many of us like to blog about it. There is enough stress in our daily lives and crafts help us relax, refocus, and enjoy the now. Why turn it into an anxiety-filled pursuit? Contests and blog hops are welcome challenges, but only when they are fairly organized... Your blog hops are the best, so I will continue to stay away from contests.

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  78. You already know how I feel...IHP
    But I Love You!!
    Gmama Jane

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  79. Amen! Thank you for writing this post. So important for all the little people that work so hard. I stopped buying some very expensive popular magazines for exactly these reasons of "popularity". After being ignored so many times that I submitted my work I just gave up. Made me very sad and I almost gave up being CREATIVE...now I create for ME and my family and friends who appreciate what I do and the time it takes. A labor of love...not popularity. Thank you Madamm Samm...Creative Bliss Dear

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  80. I found myself nodding my head as I read, Samm. Well said!

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  81. I couldn't agree more! I helped with judging at 2 quilt shows last month; one local and one regional/national. The judges had no idea whose quilt was whose. They judged on the WOW factor, the piecing/applique, quilting binding. We can't do that online; obviously the photo is what we see. But I'd rather not know the maker until the "awards ceremony". Why don't more sites do it this way? Money. At the end of it all, it comes down to the money. Sad but true.

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  82. Thank you for a very thoughtful handling of this situation. I agree completely with you and have found myself in the past just passing by on these other venues. I thank you for a wonderful opportunity to stretch my creativity and to encourage others.

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  83. I'm late to getting to this post, but I just had to thank you for bringing this up. I have felt the same way and wondered if I was the only one! It just seems so many blogs have become so self-promoting rather than creativity promoting. And the contests are a big part of that! All the constant go and vote posts are exhausting!

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  84. Just a small comment by a wee voice (who in her heart of hearts agrees with you) ... Popularity is the thing that allows the ordinary person to participate in an otherwise elite activity. With TV shows and books that don't turn me on, I can switch channels or choose another book. By surfing the "popularity" sites, I can sometimes find real creative gems. There are platforms for that, too, but they are fewer. Don't give up yet. There's a place for popular culture, and then there is that other, smaller place for creative genius.

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  85. So well said and so true. It is sad but it unfortunately happens all the time.

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  86. First, I've missed you, I love visiting this blog and I love your picks. I have never questioned a single one of them as sometimes I agree and sometimes I may not and it's all in the matter of personal preference. However, that said, this is your blog, your "contest" even tho I don't think of blog hops as contests and you can choose whichever ones you think give that WOW factor. Even when I don't agree with some of the chosen ones, I still look at it as something you saw in it that intrigued and fascinated you and that's why all of us are different, we are interested in different techniques, and types of quilting, sewing, embroidery and whatever else we do with our quilting. I would also never question what you picked, it's your choice after all. Life is way to short to be so petty that someone would disagree with your top picks of the day.

    On the subject of vote for me contests... Hmmm I couldn't do this type of contest, it's just not in me to run around asking people to vote for me, Shouldn't we all be honest and vote for what we liked and not because it was begged for anyway? It's to hard to keep up with lies, and I personally while I have some ghosts, would just prefer to be honest.

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