Thursday, July 21, 2011

i'm blue, too

After coming home from the retreat last week I was going to write a blog post about how much I need to regroup, as far as my blog is concerned. I wrote several versions in my head but none of them made it to the page. When it comes down to it, blogging is a whole lot of work, and to be honest, I'm burnt out. Again. The difference this time is that I'm not (quite) ready to give it all up yet. I have so many ideas, so much I still want to do and so much that I want to share with you.

This week, after several comments surrounding my current quilt along, I feel like I just got kicked while I was down. Let me tell you, it feels horrible. Don't people realize that I am here to share my love of quilting with others? That's why I started blogging in the first place. I draw no salary from my blog. When people are demanding of "their" free stuff (who don't even bother to say thank you), and when people feel free to criticize my approach, it makes me think, "why on earth am I doing this anyway?!?" It makes me feel foolish for sharing so freely.

I've lost way too much sleep over this. I've shed some tears over it, too. I know people say you need to have a thick skin, but I don't buy into that. I think that is just giving other people permission to be mean and rude.

I've been debating all week whether or not I should blog about this. I've never written one of "these" type of posts before. I could have written plenty of posts throughout the years concerning people using my photos without permission, rude (and a few downright mean) comments. I could have ranted about people using my patterns to teach classes or lead quilt alongs without asking permission, or about people stealing complete tutorials and reposting them on their blog. I could go on and on. I've bottled it all up until this week. I feel if I don't write something at this point, I'm just being a doormat. I realize that compared to some other friends, I have it easy. But still, I needed to lay this all out here before it ate away at me any further.

I've had some great friends and a neighbor check up on me and see if I was ok--they were very concerned for me. (Which also gave a lot of validity to my feelings.) One friend was downright outraged for me. I can not tell you just how much that means to me. So, if you are one of those kind people who offered concern and encouragement throughout this, thank you. You know who you are. I am so thankful that I have you in my life. It gives me a glimmer of hope that there is still some worth to blogging.

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Sara said...

Just another voice adding to the many . . . Keep up your terrific blog. Try not to allow the toxic people win!

Bonnie said...

It seems like it is always a few thoughtless, rude, selfish people that spoil it for all the others. Don't let the few rule. See all the hundreds of good comments? Most people are kind and thoughtful. Please don't let the bad guys win.

FrancisMoore said...

I just posted and want to leave out two words, but I don't know how to fix a posted comment. The comment should read "hurtful comments should not be posted on your blog." The first "should be" should be ommitted. I must reread before hitting the publish your comment button

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that you have been harrassed by people who obviously are not worthy of even reading your blog. I don't have a blog myself so I just admire you quietly from the sidelines.
I have been following your blog for a long time and feel like I have a friend who inspires and teaches me every time I stop in to see what you're up to.
You are understandbly upset and you have every right to vent. I'm close to your 200th comment all in support.
Please continue your blog; do what you love You're probably too good a person to name the nasties, but know that people world wide support you.
Jo Ann

Elena said...

As usual, I'm completely oblivious as to what's going on, but whatever you do, don't listen to meanies!
To stop blogging would mean depriving the rest of us of your quilty genious! I hope you feel better about what's been going on, and stick around to teach us some more fabulousness!
I'm following your 36 patch along to make my Dream On checkerboard quilt...so all Dream On and white solid. Pretty!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

I have read half the comments and must add my cheering voice to the masses. No one who is civil and caring would say ugly and mean things, so please continue for those of us who appreciate you and try to ignore the nasty ones.

Cossett said...

I am so thankful for your blog, I always come back and look at your beautiful quilts and check out what you have been up to. God has blessed you with such beautiful talent and a giving heart. Please don't forget that you have lots and lots of freinds that like you and have never met that enjoy your blog remember there is nothing wrong with you, it's the people who think less of themselves that feel the need to do and say unkind things.
Keep your head up and know we are out here and love you.

Unknown said...

I have not read the hurtful blogs, but I have read the "blue" blog posts. Please know that there are so many of us that appreciate your generosity and creativity immensely! Interestingly enough, my third quilt (I am a newbie) is my favorite, and I used your tutorial for, A Sweet Baby Quilt, with Aneela Hoey's Sherbet Pips charm packs. It is on my blog if you want to see it:
http://piecepeacenc.blogspot.com/2011/05/thepips.html
I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

I am sorry that these terrible things have happen, many times I wish (any many aspects of life) people could just do the right thing & be nice...life would be much more pleasant & it would help some of our government issues too.

Sadly, some are like children... they will do what you allow them to do and to a certain extent might need to be disciplined.

Might I suggest a little sign/link on the sidebar that indicates a copyright and links to a post on terms of usuage. Make it black & white, cause obviously there are some out there that you need to be specific for.

HUGS!
Karen

Mama Urchin said...

Love you lady and you inspire me all the time.

Chez Roo said...

AmandaJean, I have been following you for about six months, and I have a beautiful zig zag quilt that I wouldn't have bothered making without your tutorial...I don't know the comments in question, but I for one appreciate all the work and time that you put into sharing your quilting knowledge, skill and enthusiasm with the rest of us. (And I rarely comment on blogs, so I must really mean it!)

Nanci said...

Amanda Jean you are followed and loved by so so many people try really hard not to concentrate on the few that are bringing you down. Yours was the first blog I stumbled onto back in 2009 when I first started quilting and sewing again and you taught me so much in your quilt alongs and post that I will be eternally grateful for your help and love and support. Whether you continue to blog or not has to be a personal decision but we would miss you so much and miss seeing all the talent you have to show the world.

Thank you for all you've given us freely from your heart and soul.

luv2quilt2 said...

The more I read of your post, and the linked post, the worse I felt for you. I've never understood how people feel the need to say and do hurtful things. I don't commenet often, but I love your blog. You are so creative and your work can be so inspirational to those of us who struggle. I hope that you can 'consider the source' of the negative remarks and remember how many of us really love your work.
A big hug to you!!

SoSarahSews said...

I love your blog! And think it's great that you're a crazy mom, it makes me fell normal. And I'm so sorry that people are rude like that. Thanks for all your inspiration!

Anna said...

I just wanted to thank you for the tutorials. I'm just getting ready to quilt my no triangle zigzag quilt and love it!

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Angela O. said...

I don't know you, but I've been following your blog for quite some time and LOVE it! But if it's more stressful for you to continue than it is to take a break, you should do what's best for you. I had to leave a great book club with some great friends because a situation there was too stressful for me. I'm much better now and have reconnected with those old BC friends in a new club. Anyhow, my point is that you should do what's best for you, but know that for every negative comment you might get, I'm sure there are at least 100+ other people who would rant and rage against that negativity and tell you how great you are, how much we enjoy and look forward to your blog and projects and SOOOOO appreciate that creative people like you are willing to share their ideas with us. I'm not brave enough or creative enough or willing to dedicate the time to a blog, so I thrive and live vicariously through blogs like yours. All of us in my MQG know who you are and talk positively about your blog quite often. Take a break if you want, know that you have TONS of supporters, both vocal and lurkers like me, and above all, be creative and make what YOU like! Who cares what other people think, as long as you're happy! One last thing: THANK YOU for all your great work and ideas! In general, I think people don't say thank you enough! Sending my love!

Unknown said...

I'm brand new to your blog but I already don't know what I would do without it. Seriously. I just began sewing and I'm still working my way along on my first quilt. If it wasn't for people like you who take the time to generously share your talent, I'd be lost. I subscribe to several sewing blogs via rss to my work email so in the midst of chaotic days, I can click over and tune it to the creative & positive voices. Your blog is a highlight in my day. Sometimes the crappy feedback of a few crappy individuals can leave us feeling hurt & overwhelmed. I'm glad you had the courage to say what was weighing on your heart & mind because just look at the amazing response! Your blog is clearly valuable to many! Creeps will always be creeps, I hope you can let the love of your followers overpower & heal the hurt.

tink's mom said...

I am sorry I can't use the "blue" words that describe the idiots out there on blogger. Are they jealous, do they need a life or are the plain old stupid. I send a hug your way. Your contributions to the quilt world are tremendous and very, very generous. Do what you need to do for you. we, your fans and followers will support your choice.

Sarah Craig said...

I do hope you continue to blog, Amanda - I discovered your blog back when I first started reading blogs, and was just devastated to find that this perfect teaching blog was no longer active. You had stopped blogging just a few weeks before. Imagine my joy when you started up again! And it was well-deserved joy - you've never failed to satisfy my expectations. I've made several of your quilt designs to give away in our quilt ministry (and hopefully I've credited you properly for the design!) and hope to keep doing so for a long time to come. But if you feel you need to stop blogging for your own peace of mind, please do - your happiness is more important than our need for your instruction! Just know that you are loved and appreciated very much!!

AnnieO said...

Witches and thieves, oh my! No one, especially you, who has done so much for spreading quilty love, should be treated so poorly. Sending you virtual quilty hugs and positive vibes. I hope your breaking point will heal and you'll stay.

Vickie said...

I had no idea any of this was going on and am so sorry it has happened to you and to others. I have had you in my google reader as long as I have had a google reader! :) When I began quilting a couple of years ago, your blog and a couple others were my "teachers". Thank you. Thank you for your generosity and willingness to help others grow in this wonderfully rewarding craft. I, for one, value you and the work you do. And if you want to see one little bitty, bit of what you have inspired, go visit any of the blogs of the people who have commented here. You have obviously influenced many, many people in a highly positive way. Praying for you!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Only you can let these nasty people get to you. If you are doing what you love, creating and talking with other like minded people be happy. Too often we ( ME!)focus on the negative. Look how many responses you got from people who love you! Take those good wishes and run with them!
I very much enjoy your blog and hope you will continue to inspire me.

Eden said...

I am always amazed by you. I don't comment often but I always read your posts. I love the tutorials and your style is second to none.

I don't understand people who could be critical of anything that is shared freely.

Rhonda said...

I'm a newcomer to reading your blog, but I enjoy it very much. I sure hope you will continue. :) I really enjoy seeing others' creativity. That's too bad if other people are being difficult or upsetting. I figure when you read a blog, you are almost like a guest in a way. Be kind! If you don't like the person's post, stop reading. That simple. If you don't post what you want to on your blog, then it ceases to be "you" and "yours." Hang in there, and just be yourself! I have really enjoyed your posts.

Anonymous said...

Hi AJ - just left you a comment under your 36 patch entry. I will say again - I am a lurker of a couple of years. I have never commented on your blog, entered into a contest of yours - but JUST ADMIRED your work - LOVE your tutorials,,, step by step instructions are wonderful!! I am amazed at the fact that you find time to quilt with your small children - I have 3 boys and would love to do more than I do.... I fully understand your approach to controlling the 1/4" as I do not and believe me - I will never win a prize b/c pf it! HA. I thoroughly enjoy your color selections and wish I had a girl to join in on some of those pretties! :) As I said in your 36 Patch entry - yours is the only blog I check daily - I love your entries and all your sharing! I know it must be hard at times - but please know there are plenty of lurkers like me who look to see what you are working on ... so if you cut back to weekly - or biweekly-not any less, please :) We all would understand - and still we would be able to relish your talents. Wish I had more of yours! Quilt on Girl - blog when you can! - a CrazyMomQuilts FAN!!!

Terriaw said...

Wow, look at all these beautiful comments in support of you and your fabulous creations! I have said this to you before - you have something unique to offer this world. Stand tall, girl! (And sell your work as patterns, not as free tutes. That way you can protect yourself.) You know I think you're the best thing since sliced bread, so it would be a huge loss to our blogging/quilting community to lose you and that amazing voice. I think you rock!

Marian said...

Please don't stop blogging. I read all your posts and enjoy them so much. I don't comment often (it took me a few minutes to figure out how to do this one!) There are lots of others like me out there in blogland - and only a few of those mean people. Let's all get together and ignore them! ;o)

Anonymous said...

I'm enthused to see all the comments. I'll be brief.
1. You have permission to ignore (delete!) any comment or email message that is not respectful.
2. You have permission to say no to any request.
3. You have permission to post as much or as little as you want.

Say to yourself "I've got the power!" (can you hear C & C Music Factory?) and use your delete key!

KristaKay said...

I hope that you read each of these comments! I have only read a few and had to skip to the comment form... YOU are amazing!
I happened upon your blog 2 weeks ago at work (over lunch hour) and was excited to see your post on the upcoming quilt along. Anyway, without going too much into my excitement and jumping up and down, I put your blog in my favorites bar, on my work computer (no worries of me getting in trouble, this is allowed). You are 1 of 2 blogs that I follow every day.
I did read a few comments when you posted your tutorial on Monday and am so sad to admit that I didn't follow my instincts to post a reply to those people fussing. This is supposed to be fun, if they don't like it, don't do it.
I am so sorry that your feelings were/are hurt! I apolgize on behalf of those people who were not taught manners.
If you continue to blog, I will read. If anyone says anything not nice again, I promise to follow my gut and comment on your behalf.
Sincere 'follower'
Krista E.

Nancy Near Philadelphia said...

I'm sorry to read that some folks have been unkind to you, Amandajean. As my late mother would have said, "Consider the source!" Your blog is a joy and you seem to be just a lovely person. I'd miss your blog if you stopped.

Mandalin said...

oh, now I'm sorry I didn't email you. I saw some comments on your last post and thought to myself 'huh, you want to do it differently then go ahead, but why do you have to leave comments like that, and have a conversation in total disregard to the person who's blog this is'. I don't get it when people do that. Yes, we are staring at machines when we write comments, but we are flesh and blood writing and reading them, do people really forget that fact?
Okay, I've had a little rant, I'll get off the soapbox now.
I'm really sorry I didn't email you, so glad your friends got in touch.
I love being part of a quilt-a-long, most especially one of yours, truly.

Anonymous said...

people can be so awful online... they forget that the person on the other end of a blog is just another person, making quilts in their house...
people get so jealous of people with blogs and think gosh i can do things better than that- can they? maybe, but honestly who cares... people don't come here to read their opinions... they come here to read yours, because of the care, the time and effort that YOU put into this blog...
i don't come here to read from self proclaimed "experts" in your comments... i come here to read what you think, because i love the work that you do and i love that you are so generous and giving with your knowledge.
please don't stop blogging.

Katie Bishop said...

I am so sorry to hear this! You are so talented and gracious to share your talents and creativity with us. You tutorials are so easy to follow for me, as a beginning quilter and your work inspires me to become better. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself with us!

Peace, Katie
Brunswick, MD

Caroline said...

Oh my gosh, I'm so so sorry! I'm afraid I am one of those horrible people that abused you and your wonderful talents without realizing it. A couple years ago I led a free beginner's quilt class for some young girls at church that featured a lot of the same squares on your first two quilt-alongs. I used techniques I had learned other places or discovered myself to create a pattern for the students, but I found many of the squares here. They were so basic and simple, I knew that the girls that had asked me to teach them could handle their straightforward instructions. On each handout I gave to the class I listed you as an invaluable asset to the quilting community and encouraged each of my little 12-year-old girls to go to your website and look at your quilts for inspiration. I am so sorry I borrowed ideas from your site without asking, I didn't even think. I feel absolutely terrible and hope you will forgive me. I made no profit whatsoever (as I said, it was a free class offered to several youth at church), and I have been a faithful follower of your blog and actually did a happy jig when I saw you were coming back. Now I feel terrible that I am one of the ones driving you away. :( Yours is always the first blog I turn to when I have questions about a quilt I am making. I'm so, so sorry. I wish I could say that a million more times. Please don't stop blogging. We would lose a gem in the quilter's blog world. :(

Mic said...

I love your blog and know you are of value to so many more than a few with loose lips. Love your work...blogging and sharing and thank you for both. Take care, feel the love, the others...let it go...let it go. Hugs.

Lavenderfeather said...

I rarely leave comments on blogs, (I'm a bit of an introvert, even on the internet), but I commented on Aneela's blog a couple of days ago, and now I feel the need to comment here.

I last discovered your blog on THE DAY that you decided to stop! Aaaarggghh! What bad luck for me. I just satisfied myself with reading through, like, the entire thing, and then jumped for joy when you decided to return.

I'm sorry that some folks are a little lacking in manners, and that your feelings got hurt.

I started quilting in earnest about 2 years ago. I spend hours and hours of my life going through blogs like yours, and most of us really do appreciate the time and effort. How wonderful for us all to have to the beautiful pictures, and ideas, and I could go on, and on.


I truly hope that the positive comments you receive will outweigh the negative. This is one girl who would really miss what you share with us (again!!)

By the way, I totally wanted to join this QAL, but I have sooooo much on my plate, that I had to hold myself back. I may still do it, but I just won't actually be 'quilting along' with anyone else...hee hee.

Pretty please, don't leave again....

jodi said...

Oh, boy! I might not comment too often, but I love your blog and appreciate all the hard work you put into tutorials and being friendly and helpful! So, thank you, very much!

Anita D. said...

Amanda, you are a child of the Father. Your worth is measured by Him. Not by how many people love you (or don't).

Ironically, the worth of your "enemies" is also measured by Him. And you know what He has to say on this subject. (just sayin')

With love,
'nitas

Samantha said...

I love looking at your blog everyday and gaining insight and knowledge and just inspiration...don't stop!!!

Karee said...

1) you are loved;
2) your blog is loved;
3) you are a great teacher;
4) your sharing your creative ideas has inspired me, challenged me, helped me to QUILT. To sit at my machine and DO IT;
5) in Jan 2011 I looked at my fabric stash and decided its days were numbered. I was going to sew right through the stash. And give away everything I created. I googled quilt tutorials and voila: Crazy Mom popped up and you have guided me each day;
6) then you guided me to the 365 Project and now I FMQ my quilts;
7) you are a marvel, thank you.

Thank you.

Princess T said...

I hope these 200+ lovely comments surround you with bloggy love! All the people that admire your talents and your wonderful blog are your 'shield' against all the dumb-assery that is out there.... Just imagine us all standing round you with our awls and most pointy embroidery scissors at the ready! We love you Amanda Jean!

Thimbleanna said...

Haha -- well, all this bloggy love should help a little Ms. Crazy! People are odd, aren't they? I often get requests that require me to go spend time looking stuff up. I think people just don't realize that we have busy lives. Weird. Ignore. Them. Life's too short and TONS of us are CRAZY about you and that's all that counts! ;-) XOXO

Mary Jo said...

Please, you have no idea how great it is to be able to read your blog and feel inspired--visiting my blog list is like visiting friends./
And, i am even coming to term with not wining the go baby cutter. : >

Chris said...

You are the reason I started reading quilting blogs. Please don't stop.

Dara said...

I have been following your blog since 2008 and you were my first introduction to blogs. I have always been inspired by your blog. Even when you took your blogging break I went back to your blog all the time. I have been very nervous about putting myself out there in the blogesphere for this very reason- I had a traumatic facebook experience that still makes a pit in my stomach whenever I think about it.
I agree with you about the 'tough' skin thing- I think that we all deserve to being treated with compassion and respect. I admire your courage to bring this out.
There are so many things to say (here are a few) I respect your ability and your talent. I admire your creativity and your courage. You are an inspiration and a quilting genious because you try and aren't afraid of failure. You are not fancy and worried about presentation i.e. with your blog) you are real and I love that. You are the first blog I check every morning . Thank-you thank-you thank-you. I know it is hard to keep things in perspective, but please keep going as you really help me and many others in the joy of the quilt journey.
All the best- and here is my virtual shoulder to cry on, or to lean on. You really are the best.
By the way, the quilt along is going well and I am enjoying the process.

Anonymous said...

I have to say I really missed your blog when you quit before and now I savor each of your posts like there's not going to be another. I did join up with you on Flickr though just to keep in close proximity to what you were still creating. You've inspired me in regards to quilting so much, I can't even explain it. I'm sorry you are feeling blue. Take some time for yourself and when you feel like it again, come back. :)

Please please please come back...even if all you showed were pictures of your quilts and no tutorials, I could live with that. :)

Take care.

colleencl said...

Amanda Jean -- I have only been reading your blog a short time but it is one of my favorites! You pour yourself into it, and I love the quilts that you share and show. There are just mean people out there, and there is nothing you can do about it. Just tick them off even more by continuing to do what you do and make yourself happy doing what you love. I can certainly see how blogging would get to you, and maybe you need to take a break at times. It seems like you have a lot of people that love you and your work and are grateful for what you share. So here's my chance to say a great big THANK YOU! Just remember that most quilters are really great people. Be true to yourself and don't change who you are because of some grumpy people!

Anonymous said...

Your blog is one of the main blogs that I follow. I love your approach and the way you see quilting. Don't let people destroy you over ridiculous comments. Those of us who follow you are hurt for you. You are loved in the quilting community. Look at all the positive comments and it will far outway the negative of a few simple minds.
YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! Keep up the good work.

Karen H said...

I love your blog - your ideas are amazing. Don't let those stupid naysayers (or whatever else you might want to call them!) get you down!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry that people are being so awful to you. I thank you for your blog... I'm trying to get up the courage to try quilting myself and your style has given me such hope that it is something that I can do and love. Hang in there...and thank you for all that you do.

A Family Deal said...

I am a new quilter and only found your bolg in the last month but I so appreciate the time and effort that you must put into this. Just in reading I have learned so much from you and hope to keep learning. My understanding is that there are many different ways to "do" quilting, so is there ever a "right or wrong" way to quilt? Please don't listen to those negative comments and remember that there are those of us who really enjoy your blog.
Thank you for all that you share so willingly.

Joanne said...

I'm sorry for your pain! I have to apologize to you because I've been a "taker" from you for quite awhile. I take your posts and enjoy them, learn from them and even make things from them (like the 36 patch block). I've been a taker and never once said thank you. Well, I hope they're right when they say "better late than never." THANK YOU!

Perhaps a break from blogging is needed, but hopefully it'll be just a break and not a full departure. Thank you again, and because of you, I'm going to thank people more often, starting now!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your blog! I too have a soft side, so I can understand how you feel. A few rotten apples always spoil it for those of us who enjoy something. It helps to have caring friends....don't give up your blog...it is great! Very easy to understand and a great inspiration to those of us, like me, who need a push to get going, or seeing lovely work like yours that make us want to create something beautiful. Those "stinkers" only wish they could do what you do. All the best....keep up the good work. Cynthia

Unknown said...

OMGoodness! I don't know what that idiot said, but don't listen to the naysayers....SHUN the NAYSAYERS!!! I just found your blog and love all that you've shared; enjoyed reading your blog entries. There seems to be people in the world who are just plain NASTY, EVIL, and MEAN. They know they are UGLY and this what they do....they spread UGLINESS. We who are loving, sharing, and kind must put them in place by setting up comment approval on our blogs and hit delete and spam buttons on these folks. Don't think about these crazy cyberstalkers! If they really get threatening, make a report with the proper authority!!! Otherwise, you shouldn't spend any time mourning their MEANESS! Just think, they are stuck with themselves...we can DELETE them.
Whatever you decide, I want you to know that blog world would be losing a wonderful contributing blog! Dang it!!!!

hugzzzz

Heather Maun said...

After stumbling upon your blog some time ago, I have delighted in being witness to your artistry and the joy you bring to your quilting. I am grateful for all you share with a largely anonymous crowd. Thank you :)

donna said...

AmandaJean, I don't know what was said or by whom but I would like to take the letters off their keyboards! I love that you share your quilts with us. I am grateful for all of the time that you dedicate to your blog and amazed at the quilts that you produce. Rest if you need to. Everyone benefits from a vacation. Donnag

Nell said...

Oh that is just plain mean! Don't let the few nasty pasties get you down! I love your blog and your willingness to share!

Lindsay said...

Your blog was the first quilting blog I ever saw and it truly inspired me to start quilting. You have provided me with so much inspiration since then and I owe you many thanks. Please don't let a few negative people get you down, they aren't worth it.

Sharon said...

Your blog was one of the first I discovered when I started quilting. I learned so much from you and I was sad when you stopped blogging before but I understood. I still find it amazing the amount of free patterns, free tutorials, and free information the quilting bloggers give to us. I would never be the quilter I am without all the support and help I have recieved along the way. I have always admired your work, infact I bought a JUKI last year because that is the machine you use! Please hang in there and know that you have many more supporters than critics. I appreciate all you have done for us.

Emcung said...

I enjoy reading your blog Amanda Jean. You are the reason why I'm still trying so hard to quilt. I have many of your tutorials and very thankful for all the information. I'm a mother of three kids and your blog gives me inspirations to doing something just for myself. Keep doing what you do best and what makes you happy. Smile and Breathe!

Suzanne said...

I love your blog please don't give up! I appreciate everything you do and share -- you are a great inspiration to many!!

merrily row said...

I am blue too now.

I am an introvert so I feel so much admiration for those of you who can blog.

YOU ARE ONE OF THE HANDFUL (I CAN COUNT THEM ON ONE HAND) of bloggers I would be crushed to lose.

Please don't stop, You don't have to blog everyday, you don't even have to blog every week. Please take care of yourself first. And when you are recovered, please don't stop.

Keeley said...

I just found your blog a couple months ago but I LOVE it and you seem like such a sweet lady and what you do is awe inspiring! I simply can't imagine what anyone would have to say to you that would be negative! I can only say that people can be downright rude on the internet because they think they can get away with it. I would say don't give it a second thought but I know that is hard to do. Instead I'll say I hope that you can quickly move past such hurtful things and remember how many people adore what you do and who you are.

Sandra said...

Just wanted to let you know how much I look forward to reading your blog each day. The simplicity of your quilts are a visual delight and inspiration. Blessings to you...and shame to those who have discouraged you.

Heather said...

Oh, I am so sorry for those meanies out there! I LOVE your blog! You are an amazing quilter and as a new quilter, I am very grateful for your tutorials and patterns. I admire the fact that you're out there writing without any financial sponsorship, and doing what you do with love. You do what you need to do, take care, but know that we love and appreciate you!

paige13d said...

I'm so sorry if you've received negative or hurtful comments. I've followed your blog for years and missed you terribly when you took your break. You have always seemed like such a warm and kind person to me. It makes me so sad to think that people can be so mean, especially to someone so nice. A lot of people feel so much more comfortable saying things online which they would never say to someone in person because they can hide behind some of the anonymity provided by the Internet. I believe that these same people become complacent and their rude behavior creeps out into the "real world". It's unfortunate that people in general have become so disrespectful. I wish I could do or say something to make it all better. I will miss you again if you choose to go but I also understand that your happiness is being affected and I would never want you to associate the negativity with the beautiful work you do.

Candy said...

My dear Amanda Jean, My heart just breaks to hear that you, of all people, have been hurt by ANYONE. I want to punch them in the nose, and that's just for starters! If I knew who it was... Nevertheless, let me say, and I've written this before: when I go online, yours is the first page I read! (For at least 3 years.) You have always inspired me with your blog, and you do it in such a delightful way! I was waiting for my husband at (minor) surgery today and I decided to start reading your 2006 beginnings. It's all good. I might look at some of your friends' blogs at times, and they are informative, but crazymomquilts is my mainstay.
God bless you dear one. I understand your feelings; they are valid and I am so sorry you've gotten picked on and have been so abused by unethical quilters. Who wouldn't be discouraged?
I hope you don't quit. There are so many of us that have been inspired by your efforts, not just in quilting, but the parts of you that get posted regarding your parenting and homemaking, too. It is definitely a beautiful example of a really gracious family.
Hugs xoxoxo,
Candice

Anonymous said...

I have really enjoyed reading your blog and I hope you will remember that there are a lot of people out here who are lurkers like me who really appreciate what you do. I'm sorry you have to put up with rudeness and even outright theft. It's unfortunate but some people seem to think that "it's only the internet" and then behave their worst. I will have respect for whatever you decide to do concerning your great blog. I encourage any other lurkers reading this to post their support for you. You may have no idea how numerous we are. Thank you for all the happiness and quilting enjoyment you have brought to me and others.

Vicki Boschman said...

Don't blame you for being down, crying, feeling angry - all of what you are feeling - would feel the same if it happened to me. I am quite a new blogger and so far have only had a few supportive comments but your blog hit home with me - never thought anyone would have made a negative comment. Certainly looks like you have had some positive, supportive ones today though!!! I am pumped about this quilt-along, my very first and am very grateful to you for hosting it! Yeah! So dry those tears, pat yourself on the back, feel loved and have a good sleep. Vicki from Vancouver Island, BC Canada

quiltnlady said...

I'm so grateful to you and all the other quilt bloggers. I can't afford to take quilt classes all the time. I learn so much from the blogs. Seeing your completed quilts is so inspiring! I have to believe they are way more people out there that appreciate your efforts then those that don't.

Please continue to share your wisdom and your beautiful creations with us.

Anonymous said...

Please keep posting. I just found your blog a month ago and I check it every single evening before I go to bed. Don't let a few bad apples spoil your (and our) fun. Thanks for all the inspiration. Lily

Aim said...

I just found your blog last week, I love to sew but I have been too scared to try a quilt. I love looking at your quilts and I am getting a little braver to try a baby quilt for baby #5 that is due in Oct. I'm sorry that you have had some rude comments and I just don't get it when people steal other people's work. I hope you keep on blogging, your quilts do inspire me. Someday I will make a quilt!

Linda said...

I am so sorry my friend. :( You know what I think of you, at least I hope so. :) You are amazingly talented and I know that you have put much of your heart and soul into this blog and have been able to bless many others through it as a result. Myself included. Blogland or not, I will always hold you as one of the best friends I have ever had. So sorry you have been hurt.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Hugs Amanda Jean.

Esch House Quilts said...

My thoughts here probably aren't unique but I want to add them anyway. I'm so sorry you've been having a bad time of it. The love and care you put into everything on your blog is so obvious to anyone with half a brain!

I know the joy you get from creating and sharing will come back to you soon.

Stacy said...

Thank you for your blog, quilts and time. It is loved by many. Stacy

Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration to me - I don't have nearly as much going in my life as you - I don't have any children - and I've only done a total of 3 quilts. You were one of the first blogs I started reading last year when I picked up quilting after 12 years of pushing it aside. If anyone has anything negative to say its because they are unhappy and what to bring others down with them. PLEASE don't stop your blogging - I'm a fan of yours and use your blog for reference when I have a quilting issue. Hang in there! Thank you. A big fan in North Carolina.

Jennifer said...

AmandaJean, I honestly think people were curious and trying to be helpful. That's still hard, because you put yourself out there, and--honestly-- when we do that, what we really want is a pat on the back and a thank you. I hope my comment wasn't bothersome; I truly am inspired by your cute little 36 patches, though we may differ in our preferred methods of construction. :)

Gretchen said...

Know that I appreciate you and all your efforts. As a new quilter, your blog became an excellent resource for me. Thank you so much!

Lisa said...

I am so sorry!! Just remember that there are people out there (like me) who never really comment, but LOVE your post, your blogs and all the love you give to those of us out there who are learning to quilt or who love to quilt. You were the reason that I developed a love of quilting. I (and many others) appreciate you SO much and we could never put into words how we feel. I hope that you feel better. And I am sure all of us will understand if you need to cut back, take a break or whatever you need to do!!

Kari V. said...

So sorry you are feeling discouraged. That's no fun at all. I love reading your blog and tutorials. I've been following you since before your last break. And a big THANK YOU to all the work you put into your tutorials. Judging from the responses to this post, almost 300 others agree that you're awesome!

Kristine Hanson said...

It just amazes me how rude, mean, immature, did I say RUDE people can be in their own homes, libraries, laptops...no one can see them, talk to them face to face or even make a phone call just to make themeselves feel bette and bring others down, REALLY people? Good for you speaking out, try not to let the little people get you down. You have a great blog, great ideas and great quilts. I say what comes around goes around...did I say RUDE people? uhg! hang in there!

TheFamousStacie said...

I've never commented on your blog, just read, but I empathize with your feelings completely.

I'm a YouTube Partner, among other endeavors, and when my channel and viewership began to grow fast it seemed that the mean folks and haters inevitably followed. A small audience is a kind audience. I have walked away from a blog that grew extremely large, (and got mean followers) and I started a new one just to get back to the small friendly group that I enjoy.

I hope you will ignore those who are hateful and carry on because so many people love you. Do it because you love it, not because you feel you owe it to anyone. It has to be for you AND for FUN!

btw- Adsense can be a nice bonus.

Cathy said...

Honestly, I love your blog and your blog was the first one I paid attention too. You have inspired me to start quilting again and I check your blog each day for updates. Your down to earth style and your lack of commercialism is just awesome. The quilting world needs you. : ) Big hugs across the interweb!!!!!

Ps. I just referred to your dolly bedding tutorial and made a pillow with your instructions (but a little bigger) just yesterday. Your blog is great!!!!

tudorc said...

Your 9-patch a day quilt is still one of my very favorites - I nap under it every day and I'm so looking forward to the 36 patch becoming as well-loved. It doesn't matter what you do - there's always someone who won't like it so you just have to be true to yourself - and journey on in spite of them. Thanks so much for all you've shared.....

Brooke said...

Amanda Jean,
If you hang up your blogging, I'll have to hang up my thread. I don't know where I'd be without sitting down at my computer every day and checking in to see what cute and inspirational thing you've done.

You're right. It's a thankless job. So, for all the mannnnny times I've lurked here without saying thanks.....THANKS!!!

I think you're the quilting bomb, :-) and I hope you will shake the dust from your flip flops and keep on keeping on.

Sqwakers? Thieves? Complainers?? Pfffft. They can be toxic if you let 'em.

I'm just a girl with a rotary cutter and a desire to learn. I know there's a bunch of us out there. Stay with us. WE LOVE YA!!! :-)

Jessica said...

You are a PILLAR of the quilting community, don't ever let anyone knock you down.

The JOY I see through your quilts and your blog encourage me on my path as a quilter.

Thank you.
xo

susan said...

just wanted to say I LOVE your blog, I find it very inspirational!THANK YOU for all your time and effort it really is appreciated. Its too bad that some bad apples have made you feel badly. I'm only one person but you have inspired me so much! Thank you

Annette said...

I love your blog and it's been on my favorite list for a long time. I have been thoroughly intrigued with your latest quilt along and been thinking about trying it. I'm sorry you have been hurt. You surely didn't deserve it. Don't pay any attention to whoever it was. You are a very generous blogger and so sweet.

Shayleen Lunt said...

Love your blog! I can't wait until I have time to quilt again...there are so many tutorials on here that I'm going to use! Yes, that does mean that I totally follow your blog and haven't quilted in over a year!

Anonymous said...

I have just returned to quilting and recently discovered your blog.......you can't leave me now......I'm hooked on your inspiration!

~ Val @ PinkPlease! ~ said...

Amanda Jean,
I am so so sorry to hear about this. You were one of the first blogs that I was ever introduced to (even before I really knew what a "blog" was) and you have been inspiration to me ever since.
One of my favorite quilts I've ever made was based on your ticker tape technique and I rave that the style it was originated by "the one-and-only crazy-mom-quilt!"
Keep that chin up, girl!

JaneRH said...

I was intreged by your comment about nasty remarks about your current quiltalong, so I looked at the comments that are on your last 2 postings. Other than comments from people that thought of another way to make the block,the comments seem incredibly positive to me...did you delete the negative ones, or were you hurt by the ones that thought of another way to make the block? I'm not trying to be judgemental here...I just would like to know, since you get so many positive comments from people...more that I've seen on other blogs. You seem to have TONS of fans of your blog...my meager suggestion is to ignore the nasties and look to the positive...lots of fodder there!!

Shelly said...

Wow, Amanda . . . Not quite sure what to say, but you already know what I think. Most people say those kinds of things out of jealousy or their own feelings of insecurity. A wise boss I had once told me "If they anger you, they conquer you," so don't let the haters win. I'm so happy and honored and proud that I know you and can call you my friend. Sending hugs . . .

Marg M said...

I'd like to say thank you too. I love to look, don't ever say anything, but I have learnt a lot from you. So Thank you

ohiomom said...

Please don't stop blogging. Because of you I had the courage to try quilting and my daughter really loves her quilt :) You made everything seems attainable. I always thought quilting had to be perfect and you showed me otherwise because you have such wonderful, out of the box ideas. I love your quilts. You are an inspiration to me and many, many others. You aren't afraid to share the good and the bad; or to encourage others to just try; that not every quilt is perfect, but every quilt is made with love and dedication. Some people just have to learn to think outside of the box and when they can't they throw stones, per se. I can't thank you enough for giving me the courage to try quilting. I'm no longer afraid of my sewing machine and i have you to thank for that :D

sclangs said...

Please know that your talent for quilting is an inspiration for many quilters. Your work that you do is wonderful. Especially how you take the time to photograph your steps along the way and share them with us. I hope that you won't stop blogging as do many people (as I see from the comments above), but we will understand if you do and we will miss you wholeheartedly. Hugs!!

Skipper said...

The problem I have always had with written communication is that I can NEVER completely understand the meaning behind the words...the voice inflection, the facial features (I mean, really, is the person smiling or rolling their eyes as the words come out their fingertips?!?), it all makes it hard to understand the true meaning.

I check this little old blog of yours daily. Don't start reading into what was (or wasn't) ment by each comment. You are cyber loved.

Candy said...

I have never commented on your blog before and now feel like I should have thanked you long ago. Thanks in huge part to you, I have learned how to quilt and for the past year it has been a passion for me. I check your blog on an almost daily basis to see what projects you are working on. Your tutorials are amazing and clear to understand and I have gone from someone who barely understood how to run a sewing machine, to being able to create a quilt from start to finish. Thank you so much. You have really been an inspiration to me.

Pat V. said...

I think it's great that you share your love of quilting and your ideas with all of us "out here." Don't know what nasty comments you've received, but those people are jerks! When I was a kid my aunt used to admonish us "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." I haven't heard anyone espouse that philosophy lately, but it still makes a lot of sense to me!

Sara Weisweaver said...

There's not much I can add to what's been said above, except another Thank you, thank you. Each day that I check quilting blogs, yours is the first I read. Do what is best for you, and know that you have hundreds of people loving and supporting you :)

Mary Jo said...

I read the other "blue" post and felt so bad for the hurt, people are experiencing. I am doing your quilt along and wondered why anyone would tell someone hosting a quilt along how to do it. Hey, don't people realize that artists FEEL deeply? I do not have a blog but I am quite aware of what a time consuming project blogging must be in itself. I was just thinking about when you stopped blogging a while back and how glad I am to be joining in on my first quilt along with you since I now have a Flicker account. I really think most people don't think about what might hurt someone elses feelings when using the internet, Its so easy to just type and click and Done.
I think its great that you and A let the rest of us realize that
you have suffered over these kind of comments that aren't necessary so that maybe people will be more supportive or just keep quiet.I really would miss you and your generous sharing of talent.

Patti said...

Please know that for every person out there who makes you question yourself, there are hundreds more of US who appreciate you. I subscribe to your blog and always look forward to reading what you have planned next! Maybe my part in this is of omission for not commenting sooner on how much I truly enjoy your work. I promise to do better in the future! Please don't leave!

Kathleen said...

I have been reading these blogs for a short while but your's is at the top of my list. I would miss it so much. So instructful and inspirational! The heck with the negative folk. Life's too short.

Natalie said...

I am guilty of not saying thank you so let me say it now...Thank you for your time in blogging and sharing your beautiful works of art with us. I've shared your blog with my mom and she's shared it with my aunt. I'm in awe of how much you get done each week and that you share it all with us. I love seeing all the color combinations and patterns you come up with. While some may not be my own personal favorites, most are ones I want to try someday and everyone of them makes me stop and study them. You have inspired me to save my scraps and try the paper piecing triangle one sometime. It is your blog and your decision but for many of us, we would miss the regular doses of inspiration your blog gives to us.

Connie said...

Your blog and quilting inspire me. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

i read your blog from one month..i took time (pleasant time) to read it from the first post until now and ...i love your blog and i love your quilts!
i'm an absolute beginner, and my english is really not very good too(sorry),but i've learnt so much from you!
Hanady
(from egypt)

Chateaudepaixinn said...

I'm not sure who was mean to you but you should take their comments replay them on your blog and identify them. Maybe give everyone their blog address. Those who love you will take care of the rest.
You're probably to nice to do that.

Melanie said...

I'm so sorry people have left rude comments...I don't understand why people choose to be mean.

I absolutely love your blog and it inspires me to try quilting with a more modern and fun look!

I'm just about to start your easy zig zag quilt with my new Denise Schmidt fabrics.

I might even try stippling again after your tutorial.

Thank you for all of your fabulous ideas!

eva said...

Amanda, YOU are amazing!!! i had just discovered the world of blogging just before you "left" the blog world, and it was as though someone had cut an arm of mine off.

you have an amazing 'down to earth' approach in how you write/speak in your blog. your work and creations are no less than marvelous.

unfortunately humans are humans. i'm not sure why God allows some of the humans he created to behave like and become such assholes in this world. it seems, anything to do with the public has its challenges... you can have 98 wonderful people and 2 assholes..... and....its the 2 that have the strength to ruin the day..

i'm not sure what has happened to make you so blue... if it's bad/nasty/rude comments, may i make a suggestion, that you have a section in your side bar to "store" all those comments..... call it "file 13" along with the links to who they are. they will get sorted out all by themselves...

don't let them get you down....
you are amazing, and you are one of the most charitable teachers in the quilting blogland.

i thank you!!!
xoxoxo
eva

QuiltKelly said...

Thank you for sharing so much of your time and yourself. Kelly

Lexi said...

Hi Amanda Jean,

You don't know me but I know you a little bit and I am very sorry you have had your feelings hurt. I feel, like you, that if you share something people should either say thanks or keep their mouths shut.

I love your blog, you got me really started in the beginning to branch out a bit and not be dictated to by the run of the mill patterns.

I love all your work and I have a sewing room floor full of material bits that I am trying to audition so my quilt will look as good as everything you make.

Thanks for everything, a very proud supporter of what you do (which should make up for anyones poo-pooing)

Lexi

Janice said...

I totally enjoy your blog. Don't let the rude people get to you.

Tracey said...

Hi AmandaJean, on a brighter note, I love yuor blog and have never left a comment as I am a blog and quilting novice - your post has moved me to share... my sister, who quilts beautifully, has been nagging me to quilt for ages. Finally I found a pattern that I thought I could follow - your tipsy turvy quilt (I think you call it)- the perfect one for me to start with because all the squares are wonky, I have done 10 blocks with 20 to go and using all orientals. It's for my husband and I am thoroughly enjoying it - I would never have done this without yours and my sister's inspiration. So hang in there, keep on posting, and hopefully I can share some pictures with you when it's finished, regards and many thanks for your help, Tracey from Narraweena NSW Aus.

Think Outside the Box said...

Amandajean,

Sorry to hear that you're having problems in blogland, there seems to be a lot of that going around right now, I just don't get what's wrong with people that they have to be mean and unkind. Speaking for myself I look forward to your blog every day and I love your work. So please don't give up, just remember that those who appreciate you far, far outnumber those who don't. The problem is with them- not with you. Keep up the good work.

Edith said...

I am so sorry to hear this! Can't imagine how tough this must be for you. It is so unfair, your blog is is to me like the home of a sweet friend. Through you, I learned the merits of modern quilting and discovered my love of using white in a quilt.
It would be great if you could block the nasty commenters.

Sue said...

Oh my goodness me I adore your blog and would miss it and you if you left. I have bookmarked so many of your patterns and done your quilt along, just a lurker who rarely writes comments but reads everything you write, who loves what you do.
Please stay and whats the say "Keep calm and quilt on"
All my love

felicity said...

AmandaJean, yours is one of the first blogs I subscribed to when I discovered the online quilting community. Unfortunately (for me), you took your first blog break not long after that! I missed you and your projects. You're appreciated and you are an inspiration. Please do what's right for you, but know that many, MANY people love and admire you.

amy smart said...

AmandaJean,

One of my favorite things about your blog is that you always keep it real. Real you, real thoughts, real generosity. Thank you so much for all the work you put into inspiring and sharing. You're one of my favorites.

Amy

patsy said...

what in the world?
I have NO idea how people can be so mean??
IDIOTS, seriously!
I too LOVE your blog!
I just want to say thanks~
thanks so much from someone who is trying to learn to quilt & REALLY appreciates all you do!!

Jan said...

AmandaJean I love your blogging and can see that you are a kind and generous person. Those that choose to live small and behave in an unacceptable manner are all on their own.
We love and respect you and I wish to send my thanks for the sharing.

Take care

Jan

Kylie B said...

You inspire me to create and enjoy creating. I lost the passion a few years back but since keeping track of your blog I now have it back. Keep up the fabulous work and look forward to following you in the future. From all the way from Australia I thank you.

bunbear said...

oh, how awful that people would make you feel so bad like this! don't know what happened, but please know that a LOT of people enjoy your blog and appreciate all the effort you put into things. i've got you listed as one of my favorite blogs to read, linking you from my blog, and currently have been talking about your 36 patch project. gave you credit for it, so i hope that's okay. please feel better about things and don't let this get to you. life's too short!

Anonymous said...

I haven't commented on your blog before but I look at it every day and I love it. You are very creative and your quilts are lovely. Sorry that you are having a hard time. Ann

Anonymous said...

Please don't quit. I don't blog so I can't begin to imagine the politics involved but I have to say that yours is one of the first blogs I started following and I love it. I appreciate what you do. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that the haters are getting you down, Amanda Jean. I'm a brand new quilter and I've found your blog and tutorials so helpful and inspiring. Seems like there are a ton of people who have a lot of appreciation for what you do and who you are.
xo

Unknown said...

I am so sorry this happened to you. It reminds me long long ago (15+years or so) when the internet was newer and we wrote html and posted rants and raves on our websites. Long before blogs. I used to write a little website and although it was just an online diary of some silly teenage girl. I got stupid emails often. One that I will never forget is one stupid one who made nasty comments about my content and spelling and grammar. I almost stopped writing, but it was my outlet and I really loved it. So I just got it off my chest like you just did. All I have to stay is ignore the bad ones (unless they are stilling your stuff, that is just horrible wrong), enjoy the good ones and remember you are doing this for you! If anyone else benefits from it great, if not oh well. If they don't like it they don't have to read it. Take care and realize that this is at least the 324 comment/person out there who feels your pain and wishes you only the best. What you do is great! Keep doing it.

Teresa F. said...

It's unbelievable that anyone could ever been so mean.But that's life, there are people in this world that don't respect anything or anyone. Don't let those kind of people affect you. I love your blog, your tutorials and everything you share with us. I would be very sad to "loose" all your talent and advice. Keep up the good work!

Martha Kronberg said...

Was so excited when you started up your blog again after taking a break. Check every day to see what you are creating. Please don't get discouraged.

Heleen Groot said...

Don't let them get you! I've seen a lot of great comments above, so I am not the only one thinking that you are a wonderful blogger. Love your patterns and enjoy your blog every day! The people that disagree should just look elsewhere. Whatever happened to common courtesy? For all those nasty people: If you can't say something nice about someone, it is best to say nothing at all!

ChitterChatterDesigns said...

Dear Crazy Mom...Not sure if this will get to you with all of these comments, but I was thinking about your post, and could not get you out of my head. I think that it is time to take off your training wheels. You have such a huge following...., and it's sad but true that people don't truly value things that are given freely. Infact, they come to expect the hand out. It's that socialist mentality that is so prevelant in our world today. It's high time you abandoned this handout style blog and create an online magazine, or blog that people can subscribe to...and it should cost money to join!! I am sure you could easily weed out the bad ones who are making you feel down. It is quite obvious that you are becoming resentful, as you should be; because of those who continually take advantage of you. There is a reason that this style of blogging is making you discouraged... take a look around you.... aren't the things you treasure most the things that you have sacrificed for? There is a reason this world is set up the way it is, and a reason why America is the most successful country of all time, and believe me, it's not because of freebies. People here get information for free and then freely distribute it. How are they to know it has a value? They didn't put time or effort into creating it. I am sure you will come to feel more valued if you approached this in a different way. You have so much to offer the quilting world, and it's high time you started benefiting from it! I say take it to the next level and start making this blog do something for you for a change! -Cori

Timi said...

I am so sorry!!!
I love your blog because you share so great ideas about quilting so generously ♥!
So please don't give up!!! I know it's easier to say than do...but you can see from all these comments how many people like your blog and You :o)! (including me...♥ :o))
Love,
Timi
(a little follower from a little country..:o) )

Trudi said...

Well, I'm a little late to the party, but all I can say is that I for one, love, love , love your blog, your approach to it, the tutes you give so freely, the individuality you bring to all you do. I think you'll find there are more of us out here that follow quietly appreciating how enriched the quilting world is with you in it. I was saddened the last time you made the right choice for you with blogging, and will equally respect your choices should you go down that route again. Please know I'll still be here hoping to see you again soon - with love and appreciation x

Skaapie said...

I don't comment often, but thought you needed a few extra cyber hugs! I'm not much of a quilter - yours is the only quilt blog in my reader. But I've bookmarked every tutorial and sewalong because the inspiration is amazing.

Many hugs,
Frances

Ati said...

Hi Amanda,
I can understand that you are upset about some people who take your photos and ideas without asking.
But believe me , there are much more people who learn from you and you are such a great inspiration to us quilters.
I quilt for 20 years now and are sometimes out of ideas and your blog brings new life in my classic quilt patterns :)
Right now I have started with "running in circles". When it is ready I give you a message!!
Please keep on blogging and ignore those bad people who don't say thank you.
I DO !!!!
Hug, Ati in Norway.

Anonymous said...

love you aj!
please don't leave - my days were navy when you were gone the last time. you are an inspiration but if you're feeling tired maybe just blog one day a week. just please don't disappear. i really need you
in my crazy little life :)

janine in oz

Dorothee said...

Granted, this quilt-along is not for me, I can't believe that people are complaining and dissing your efforts. It is rude and inconsiderate!

I do hope that you will not stop blogging, I really missed you when you were gone .... your quilts are inspirational and the work you do is so "accessible". I feel I can learn from it (yet never attain your level of craft(wo)manship).

Don't let the uglies win! Please!

Stephanie said...

Hi Amanda,
I hope you give yourself time to read all your comments, because I'm sure it will lift your spirits. I check your blog weekly, it provides me with so much inspiration and encouragement. I love your designs, I use them here in my own home, nowhere else. I absolutely love quilting and I'm sure you do too so forget about all those negative comments and people, just surround yourself with all the positive ones. Lifes too short so just enjoy each day as it comes.

crlwilkie said...

I just want to say that i love your blog. I have quilted for years but i am not involved in a community of quilters. Your blog has revitalised my love of quiliting. The ideas you have and the colours you use are inspiring. I too check your blog every day. I am hoping to get my 36 patch started as soon as i come back from holidays. I could not see how it would work until you put your blocks on your wall. I can see now. Thank you very much

Arkona Baby said...

Dear Amanda
I'm sitting on my bed in Berlin, Germany with my three week old daughter squirming at my side (on a mini quilt so she can spit and leak in style). Six months ago I had never (ever!) made a quilt or done patchwork. When looking for fabric inspiration for making baby clothes I stumbled upon this entire quilt blogging universe. Since then I've been hooked. I so enjoy learning this new craft and I'm still in awe of all of you who so generously share your knowledge. Since giving birth I haven't touched my sewing machine but I still read your blog with great interest looking foreward to try my first quilt-along.
Thank you for sharing your craft and your passion!

Claire said...

I think sometimes people forget their manners on the internet. Maybe it's the anonymity of the web that makes they say things that they probably would never say in person.
Just ignore the nasty comments and rise above it, think of the positives about the blog - the nice people you've been in contact with. I check your blog occasionally and think it's great. Just delurked to wish you all the best.

Betty said...

So I'm number 343 to comment.
That should tell you something ...
Why is it always that the negative hits you most when you're vulnerable?
If you need time to stop blogging: JUST DO IT.
The world will not stop turning: take your time, need be!!!
Take care of yourself

sonia said...

343 comments so far! Not much more to be said... I live in Spain, I check your blog every week. You are a great inspiration, I've used your tutorials and I love your work.
Thanks so much for your work and your time.

Elisabeth said...

Like all the others I love your blog. I don't quilt yet but am going to a workshop in September to take my first tentative steps into quilting. Your blog is one of the ones that has inspired me to try it.
Having said that, though, I think you need to do what is right for you. Yes, we all love your blog but we love it because you (hopefully) enjoy writing it. If you feel you have to do it it won't be the same, will it?
Take your time, think about it and then decide. You know you're loved by many in blogland and you will be sorely missed if you decide to stop blogging but do what is right for you.
Sending you good thoughts and a big hug!

charlotte said...

I am sorry for your pain. There are so many of us out here who understand and appreciate what you do. I work in retail and I can tell you people are sometimes nasty and selfish for no apparent reason. I love your blog. You are my first quilt along and I am loving it. I respect what you do. Know that you are cared about out here. :)

Shari said...

I think the number of comments speaks for themselves. I hope you feel yourself wrapped in love and appreciation. I can only add my own heartfelt and sincere appreciation for all you share so freely. You teach me. You help push my quilting forward. You inspire me. Thank you, thank you,thank you!

DIDI said...

oh Amanda! I haven't left comments for some while 'cause I don't want to bother, but perhaps it's time to remember you that without your blog some people like me wouldn't be doing patch right now!
I have learnt ever so much from your blog if I had to do a list it would be way too long to fit in a comment space.
For me (and some other friends) your blog is like a reference book. When I open my laptop it's one of the first blogs I look up. I hope I haven't bothered you in any way, sometimes when I'm new to something I am so eager to learn that perhaps I make too many questions, so if it's been my case, please forgive me for not saying THANK YOU enough!

THANK YOU.

Angella P said...

Hi AmandaJean

I am one of many of your followers who hope that you don't give up your blog. You are one of my most favourite bloggers.

I know it's hard but try not to let the "trolls" get you down. After all jealousy is a curse and I bet they couldn't even produce a fraction of the wonderful work you do.

Regards

Angella from Australia

Becky said...

I know blogs are a lot of work. I have a hard time keeping up with just mine. But I have to say to you....I so love your kindness to share and your blog. I am a new quilter and I have learned so much from you!

Anonymous said...

Hello amandajean,

I am so sorry you have been hurt by comments left on your blog. I have been checking your posts for the past 18 months but have never left a comment. I love your chatty, informative style and your generosity of spirit. There must be many people like me who read and love your blog but aren't brave enough to comment. I hope that you don't let the negative minority outweigh the positive majority. But you must do what is right for you!
Sending love and support from Altrincham, UK, Tracy

Cindi said...

Peggi & I went through this same thing on our blog, and, luckily, we had each other to bounce our frustrations on. We don't have nearly the readership you have, but that's okay. We decided, long ago, that we are writing our blog for US. Not for anyone else. If they choose to read it, fine. If not, that's okay too. We were upset one day when we got over 1200 hits on one post and not one. single. comment. Our feelings were hurt that so many felt it was interesting enough to read, but not good enough to comment on.

That was the moment we decided we don't CARE about that. We write what we want to write, and comment if you want. We love it when you do. If it's negative, it runs off our shoulders now. It's really taken the stress out of writing. We're not posting every day, as we tried in the beginning. We post when we FEEL like posting. No pressure for perfect anymore. I'm blessed to have Peggi in my life, who has taught me that I don't have to be popular in Blogland. It's not about numbers, or nasty comments. It's about having FUN.

So post because you WANT to post, without fear of who is reading, what they think, or what they say. Be kind, be gentle, and be honest. We'll love reading it.

Anonymous said...

Blogging is so time consuming that I don't do it, even though I wish I did. I SO appreciate the effort you put in - and what's more, you are always so upbeat... We fellow busy-with-our-lives quilters appreciate all that you do SO MUCH. Hugs and blessings to you.

Shawn said...

Wish I could give you a hug Amanda, you have been my inspiration for modern quilting.

Chris said...

I too want to endorse the spirit of previous comments. I always consider conflict as having 4 outcomes: WIN WIN, LOSE LOSE, WIN LOSE OR LOSE WIN. WIN WIN is always the best outcome - but in your case I reckon there's a better one - WIN, WIN, LOSE. You win because you get to keep doing something you are passionate about (blogging), we all win because we get to share your passions and 'they' get to lose because they didn't stop you. Don't let the turkeys get you down.....

Coffeebean's Dailies said...

Wow to all of this! I also found you when I entered blogland from a friend whom encouraged me to start looking at blogs. I went ahead and started one! You were my first person that I followed and have learned so much from your enthusiasm and efforts! I have written to you and you always answer me in the sweetest way so I just wanna throw coconuts at these meanies. I just had a run in with a meanie in person and let me tell you, it is so hard to deal with. I feel your pain and will feel so many other's pain if you leave us again. Having said this, you have to do what is best for yourself but as you mentioned, you have so much more to give on your blog and so many people whom admire you and follow you loyally. I wish you all the best and will still check your blog every single day! Chin up, you did not do anything bad; which should give you the orgullo, um, the pride to carry on and forget these fools! By the way, I have no idea of what exactly went down and don't need to know really. You are my favorite!!

Cindi said...

Peggi & I went through this same thing on our blog, and, luckily, we had each other to bounce our frustrations on. We don't have nearly the readership you have, but that's okay. We decided, long ago, that we are writing our blog for US. Not for anyone else. If they choose to read it, fine. If not, that's okay too. We were upset one day when we got over 1200 hits on one post and not one. single. comment. Our feelings were hurt that so many felt it was interesting enough to read, but not good enough to comment on.

That was the moment we decided we don't CARE about that. We write what we want to write, and comment if you want. We love it when you do. If it's negative, it runs off our shoulders now. It's really taken the stress out of writing. We're not posting every day, as we tried in the beginning. We post when we FEEL like posting. No pressure for perfect anymore. I'm blessed to have Peggi in my life, who has taught me that I don't have to be popular in Blogland. It's not about numbers, or nasty comments. It's about having FUN.

So post because you WANT to post, without fear of who is reading, what they think, or what they say. Be kind, be gentle, and be honest. We'll love reading it.

Karri said...

I'm sorry that some people need to be so mean and rude. Please don't listen to those people as I would say they are jealous! Most of us love your blog and look forward to your blog each time. I love when you share your projects, patterns, thoughts, etc., so please don't stop because of mean people. They should keep their comments to themselves Keep up the GREAT work! Thanks for everything you do. I appreciate it!

Valerie said...

Gosh I don't know what's going on but I'm sending virtual hugs and telling you that I enjoy each and every snippet you share here.

In fact - you are the reason that I took up quilting: http://revesenpapier.blogspot.com/2008/12/scratch-one-off-bucket-list.html

Your writings gave me the confidence to try something I'd long wanted to try but was intimidated by all of the 'rules'. You made quilting seem doable, and fun. Thank you for that, and for all that you put 'out there' (almost) every day.

Anonymous said...

I don't know exactly what has happened, but I wanted to say that you're in my thoughts and prayers. I know all too well the hurt and stress others can cause in your life...it really does effect you...and I myself am still struggling to learn how to deal with it...after being physically ill. I don't want you to be in the same boat...but do know that you're being thought of. I hope you have some rest for your soul today and lots of sunshine! (((HUGS)))

LJ said...

You are one of the sweetest bloggers I "know". I love everything about your posts. I glean great inspiration from you! Don't stop. Don't change.
A pox on the meanies who had nothing better to do than to criticize a well loved and respected quilter/blogger. Shame shame on them. I guess they were not in school when it was taught that if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all. I think that has to apply to the internet world as well.

Suzanne said...

I'm in your corner. Always have been. I'm glad you spoke up and hope that your post reminds others to mind their manners and allows you to see how many others are behind you.

I am loving the 36 block QAL. I made one--just one--yesterday but I felt so happy! I started pulling more combos out and one led to another and now my office is a mess. But don't worry. I'm not blaming you for fabric chaos. :-) Happy day!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that I can't add anything that's different from the comments above. I obsessively check your blog every day (smile) and even checked it when you weren't blogging, just to see if you were back!! I don't know what happened, but I hope you decide to keep going and just ignore the mean people (and they are everywhere, unfortunately). I am thoroughly enjoying the current quilt-along and hope you decide to continue. -Donna-

Karen said...

Your blog inspired me to make my first quilt. from piecing to binding i used your blog and i still read every day to see what i can do next..

But there is no blog with out you, so take care of yourself first

Austin1100 said...

Don't let the meanies get to you. They simply don't matter. It is clear from the hundreds of posts that WE love you Amanda. Your blog was the first quilt blog I found and followed when I started quilting a year and a half ago. And still the best!

awyoung said...

Amanda Jean, You are an inspiration to so many people. I check your blog everyday. I'm fairly new to quilting and you have explained things to where a newbie like me can understand. I will pray that God will give you peace and that He will help you through this time. Just know that you have got a whole lot of people supporting you!

Kristin said...

I am so sorry. Please know that the mean people are just the ones more likely to express themselves. We forget to say thank you but remember to complain. So, let me say thank you.

I am not a quilter, yet. I want to be a quilter but don't really trust myself. By reading your blog I have made it to the sewing machine. It's not perfect but through your encouragement I know that's okay. Your blog makes me happy and makes me believe I can do it.

I selfishly hope you'll stick with us. I love the 36-patch block!
Kristin

Living Lavallee said...

I am sad and surprised that people are leaving mean comments. Unfortunately with the anonymity of the internet, people sometimes forget that a real person is behind a blog, with feelings and everything. Also, a lot of people are ignorant of intellectual property and maybe even lacking in common sense. For their benefit you might post on your tutorials and such that you need to be credited. I do see that on other blogs. Also, you could disallow anonymous comments.

That said, thank you for doing this blog! I am wanting to learn to quilt, and stumbled across your blog, and am working up the courage to quilt along with you. I love to buy fabric, but sadly that's as far as it has come so far, so thank you for having such a fun blog with do-able tutorials that I am hopefully going to start soon!

Candace said...

I see there are literally hundreds of comments already and all that I read were very supportive. Like so many others, I follow your blog religiously and did 3 quilts from your 9 patch quilt along. I had such a good time with that one that when I saw this, even though I already had other things going on, I knew that I wanted to do it. I very much appreciate your generosity with your patterns, your skills and your time. So sorry that some thoughtless remarks by unthinking folks took the joy away from your sharing loving spirit, I hope that all this feedback has helped to bring it back.

Princess Martha said...

Hi there, I am so glad you decided to post about this. It happens way too often than it should, and I think the amount of positive comments on this post compared to the negative ones on the last post attest to how much your blog is appreciated. I do notice the people who are responsible have failed to comment here with any apology....I do hope they have emailed you direct? Keep up the good work Amanda! PS I haven't started mine yet, I am behind on this quilt-a-long, just like the last one, lol. :-)

Little Penpen said...

Yours is one of the best quilting blogs out there! So easy to use and perfect for beginners, like me! I guess those negative comments must be coming from those quilters who think they have "arrived'. Please don't let those people discourage you. You are such an inspiration for the rest of us. Also, I have been looking for a quilt along to do by myself and I am hoping to start one of yours soon. So please, please don't let the snooty ones ruin it for the rest of us. :o)

Heather said...

I'm just going to reiterate what so many others have said … I love your blog, you are inspiring. I agree that you don't have to have thick skin … the problem is theirs, not yours. Be blessed!!!

Debbie said...

I have not been following you for that long, but wanted to let you know that I for one, APPRECIATE your blog and all that you do offer! You're doing a GREAT job! Please don't let the few 'grumpy' folk get you down! Chin up and have a great weekend!!!

Anonymous said...

Please don't stop. It looks like you have more support than critics. Just delete their comments. Your doing a great thing with your sew alongs.

Mitzi said...

You are the first blog I read every day. Seriously. You set the standard as far as I'm concerned and you are continually raising the bar. Your work is so inspiring. Thank you for all you do! I would love to have you come to our quilt guild in GA. Wouldn't that be a hoot?

Alice R. said...

I'm so sorry this has happened to you, and left you feeling this way.
Your blog is my escape from those type of feelings in my life due to a heavy load of caregiving. I cannot participate in the quilt-a-long right now because of that, but I have tucked away the directions because I love it.
There are so many who enjoy your blog, and are just the type of people you wish to share with...I hope you will feel their caring concern and ignore the others. I'm afraid this is the world we live in now; I see it on the roads, at the stores I frequent, at parks, playgrounds, and even once at my parents nursing home! It gets me down sometimes, too. I grump, then try to fight back by spreading kindness to those I can. It really does help. Hang in there.

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

The problem with the internet is that people feel free to make horrible comments that they would never do if you knew who they were.
For every bad comment there are hundreds of people who draw inspiration from your site, but never leave comments. Don't let a few bad apples take the enjoyment out of your blogging. Delete the comments ... ignore ... carry on!

Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of yours and have learned so much from your blog. Your love of quilting and sweet spirit is obvious. As much as I would hate to see an end to your blog, you do not owe me or anyone else an explanation if you decide not to continue. I have noticed that your work seems to appear elsewhere, those who take credit need to hang their heads in shame. Thank you for all you have given to me. Namaste.

Teri said...

I don't know what is going on but I love reading your blog. You are at the top of my list of blogs to check each day.

quilthexle said...

I'm not a regular visitor at your blog, but I do like to visit you once in a while. And yes, I do understand your friend who is outraged for you! In my opinion, you are a wonderful voice among all us quilters, and I would be very disappointed if "they" would silence you. "They" are not the majority but only some "not-so-nice" people. Take care - and please, blog on !

Anonymous said...

Clearly I missed the ugly bits. I just wanted to say, I have LOVE reading your blog, have done a few of your quilt alongs, and really admired your work. I think there are loads more people that "lurk" and appriciate the good, but dont take the time to say so. So this is me, taking the time to say Thank You for your blog, your patterns, and the inspiration your beautiful quilts have given me.
--Sarah Beth--

Janet said...

You are one of the main reasons that I caught the quilting bug. You and your quilts have inspired me. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Please don't stop blogging! I have just found your blog and find it fun and informative.

Angie said...

You are such a kind, generous, AWESOME tutorial writer, and AWESOME sew-along leader. What would I do without you there to nudge me along with your fabulous patterns, ideas, and tips? There are a lot more of us out here who look to you to 'lead' us than you know.... :D Thank you many times over. Sending hugs of gratitude.

Di~ said...

Hey AJ, you are still my very favorite!:), but then you prolly already know that, I hope! I made a 36 patch block and totally enjoyed it. It's for a block swap at quilt group. This gal wants Christmas blocks. It turned out superb. Thank you.

tarabu said...

WTH? Seriously? You write some of the best tutes out there. I may be a little biased, since your video tute is the one that gave me the confidence to try free motion stippling (without a net!), but I think you're the bees knees.

I also think you need to put yourself first and if the cataloging and archiving and photo editing and writing becomes too much then you should grab a picnic quilt and go out to the play park with your young'uns and call it a day. Those of us who are so grateful for the talents you share will still be here when you stop back in.

Anonymous said...

Don't let mean and hateful people break your spirit! Your quilting is beautiful and inspiring! If you need a break from blogging, make it your choice, don't let someone else force you into it!
Diane

Patricia said...

Dear Amanda,
I'll just say that I love your work and everything about your blog. It's very inspiring to follow your adventures in quilting... all the way from Brazil... I learn a lot over here and feel inspired to share with others what I know, just like you do. Hope you find a way of letting whatever made you feel sad, go. Take care.

Terri said...

I get that way all the time to, I understand how you feel. I love the sharing part of blogging but it does seem sometimes that when giveaways are dont the greediness comes out in some. I usually get email after email about when is my prize coming kinda thing usually when its coming from another company. I hope that you decide to stay and that the commetns here help you get through it.

Impera Magna said...

I'm so sorry you've experienced negativity in relation to your wonderful blog. My grad school adviser told me once: No good deed goes unpunished. It seems you've been on the receiving end...

Please don't let the negativity wear you down. There are so many good people in Blog-land but it only takes one or two not so nice people to spoil the fun.

Hang in there! Continue to vent and share your vent with us! Know that you are greatly appreciated and your blog inspires so very many of us each and every day!

Anonymous said...

please don't stop blogging. there are so many of us who love what you write and share, we would miss you! the world is full of all kinds of people, some good, some bad, some confused! I think maybe we, as your followers, have let you down but not saying often enough how much we love and appreciate what you do! here's a great big hug from me.

keep on quiltin'

Anonymous said...

I ABSOLUTELY love your blog. I am always looking at your blog and using it for ideas, inspiration, and just the education alone is fantastic! Thank you so much for blogging and please DON'T leave!!!
Traci :)

Luisa said...

Once in a while a post like this needs to be written because it's not ok to be rude to each other in blogland. A friend referred me to your blog when you were shutting it down and then when you came back I was I was thrilled. I'm getting into quilting but haven't done it so I'm not sure where to begin with this quilt along. I think I left a comment in the first post of this quilt along that I didn't have a sewing machine. I may not join but it got me moving and grooving to buy a machine, cut fabric and let the juices in my head flow. Keep going because I'm really enjoying your blog :))

Amy Gordon-Pruden said...

Hasn't anyone heard the saying, 'if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?' Many people don't realize how one negative comment can suck the life out of someone. We all need to be conscious of or actions, directly or indirectly. Compliment people and if you must criticize, consider doing it with the dog so that no ones feelings are hurt. Lots of people read blogs to get inspiration and not to get free stuff. Bugger off to all the haters.

Unknown said...

I'm one who reads your blog but never comments. I'm sorry to hear that others don't know when to keep their thoughts or opinions to themselves. My mum always taught me if you can't say anything nice then don't speak. I think this open opinion is one of this era. I would never think of putting down anyone else's work publicly or in private, but the women of today think it's their God given right to embarrass, harass and criticize anyone and anything. Personally I feel it's a lack of breeding, upbring and good manners.

dorothy scales said...

don't ever stop doing what u love no matter what anyone else says. your blog is wonderful and i love checking it as much as i can. you are an inspiration to many of us and would be greatly missed if u went away. keep up the awesome and inspiring work.

Josie McRazie said...

You have to do what is in your heart!I find it so difficult that human kindness has gone out the window! I am new to quilting and love all the advice, tutorials, patterns, and encouragement I can get! It would be a shame if you decided to no longer blog, but in the end you have to be true to yourself! Just know that there are still some good people out there who are truely kind and good!

Anonymous said...

It's sad that it needs to be said to a bunch of adult quilters, but it does need to be said..."people use your manners!!"
*ask permission
*be nice
*say please and thank you

I'm glad you posted your thoughts, maybe it will remind the few silly, rude, thoughtless people to put a lid on it if they don't have kind things to say. Maybe it will remind the "idea thiefs" that they should be honest about where things are coming from.

That being said, you said yourself you blog for the pure love of quilting and sharing that love. There will ALWAYS be bad apples out there to trample on your joy though, that's just a fact of life.

So...

Take a moment to reflect on why the "bad apples" are "bad apples" to begin with (they must have awful lives, and no creativity of their own.) Delete those comments and feelings, then just go back to rejoicing in how much of your readership loves you and what you do for them, how fun it is to share what you love doing, how proud you feel to share that newest awesome quilt!

Keep doing it for the all the fabulous reasons because YOU want to.
The great majority of us know that it is voluntary to press "post" and we so much appreciate when you, and all of our other favorite bloggers do! =)

laura said...

I'm sorry to hear the nastiness has affected you. You have been such an inspiration and encouragement to continue to create and create beautifully at that! Thanks for your willingness to inspire!

Franziska said...

The blogging world is something that can bring joy but also it can bring tears. I don't understand what people are thinking sometimes and why they react the way they do.
For me it would be sad if you stop blogging but I would understand if you do. It's a lot of work to make nice photos and write posts. Sometimes I feel like thinking that I could do something else instead of it. I hope you decide what's best for you. I don't like to see you sick because of this...
Many greetings from Germany and thank you for all your inspiration, tutorials and ideas you gave to me.

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