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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Rhymes & Reasons --

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This Traveling Quilter thing is so weird and sometimes I have to make decisions that impact other people.

But this blog belongs to me, I lay it out the way I want, I write the content that I want, I choose the background that I want --- It is mine.

In the last few months I've been questioned by people who are "upset" or “disappointed” that they are not in my blog links anymore, or people asking if I would PUT them in my side bar to drive up their traffic. And then if I remove them ---they get upset.

My links in my own side bar were put there for my own use, and ease of finding who I was reading.  They have always rotated --- nothing stays the same.

If someone up the street painted their house blue and you didn’t like it --- would you send them an email, or write in a public forum demanding they “PUT IT BACK!” the way it was?  I’m amazed at what some people will send out by email. 

Just because we have the freedom TO say it --- does that mean we SHOULD send it?

I once got a complaint from a reader who was upset that my feed in google reader was a partial feed ---and she said she wanted me to put it back, explaining to me in kindergarten terms so I would understand – how to reset it.  Turns out she was following 200 quilt blogs and wanted them ALL in full format in google reader so that she didn’t have to click a link to open a new window.

200 quilt blogs --- who has time to quilt if you are reading 200 quilt blogs daily in full format?  This is all fine for her, but what is not fine is telling ME what I should do with my own blog feed.

Who I follow is my business.  Being included in my side bar, added or removed from my side bar does not mean that I don’t like you, or like someone better. Since yesterday I’ve gotten emails DEMANDING that I put things back “THE WAY THEY WERE”.

It's WEIRD!!  And creepy ---and so I made a decision to put all the people that I follow into my personal google reader and not have a "daily reads" section anymore. I can’t add EVERYONE, and I don’t like hurting people if I remove someone.

It is unreasonable for me to be the keeper of your bookmarks. That isn’t a job I signed up for.  Things change. Please be responsible for your own bookmarks.  It is better that way.

I have a lady who just un-enrolled from a class I am teaching in Florida because I couldn't give her the count number of pieces for each shape and which accuquilt die she needed to cut them. I told her that was not the focus of the class, that she was to come to class with 2.5" strips, and the rulers ---- and she lambasted me and said she is no longer a fan because I wouldn't give her what she wanted when she wanted it -- (I don't have that info for the quilt with me in my head?...I"m in California and was replying to her as quickly as I could by cell phone during class-- HELLO!??)

So that's what's going on here.If I decide to clean house and rearrange my blog, it’s for my own reasons.  If you didn’t bookmark things for yourself – I can’t be responsible for that. I need less stress not more. If there is someone you are looking for – google them. They are easy to find.

The only thing keeping me calm is being far enough away ---- and experiencing such beauty as this, walking Laguna Beach at Sunset ----

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238 comments:

  1. Amen and good for you Bonnie!

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    1. Anonymous5:02 PM EST

      Amen and well said, Jennifer!

      Flatlander (Linda)
      Canends@Hotmail.com

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  2. ...well, I'm still here.....you are still a hoot and a half....and even switching from a PC to a Mac, I can manage to build my own bookmarks...love ya, sweet pea...

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  3. Dear Bonnie - the lady who unenrolled from your class deserves a big salute from whoever got to take her place. Her hissy fit allowed a grown up to slide into the class! Aren't you glad?

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  4. The selfishness of individuals in our society is amazing. We are given the chance to enjoy the talents of others, the time of thers, the generosity of others and yet it is not good enough. Anyone of us that live in the public realm (quilter, teacher, police office, etc) must constantly deal with this. It is sad, and I often wonder if the person realizes what they said and/or did when they have had the chance to look back.... hindsight is 20/20 after all.

    Bonnie, you have nothing to apologize for, and you should be able to present your blog the way YOU wish.

    I, for one, am grateful for your generosity and your influence in my life. You helped me to grow 'outside' the pattern box.

    Wouldn't it be nice if everyone could play as nicely together as all of the scraps in our quilts?

    Love you girlfriend!!!

    Nancy

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  5. Anonymous12:25 PM EST

    Bonnie, Thank you for how you give of yourself and of your talents. You share your ideas and knowledge freely. You have changed how I quilt and I have learned much from you. Thank you for all you do! Nyla-Jean, Kingston, Ontario

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  6. Bonnie, the good thing about the internet and comments and emails, is that you can just delete and forget about them. You are way too generous as it is. Don't let the few oddballs upset you. They are not true quilters! I love what you do and always enjoy reading your blog. Keep it real and do it your way! xxx

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  7. I would like to second Patchwork Penguin. She said it far better than I could. I love your blog and you have given me courage to try things on my own. Thanks. I wish more people would follow their own path and not care.

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  8. Wow!!! Kinda makes me hope my own little blog does not grow too much ;-) I'm sorry you have to deal with such stupid stuff Bonnie! But I love that you stand up for yourself and refuse to "let the turkeys get you down" - you go girl!!! We'll be your cheering section! It's time for people to put on their big-girl panties and stop depending on others to take them where they want to go!

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  9. Anonymous12:30 PM EST

    Wow - I am continually shocked about what people think and say. You are so generous with your time, and I would suspect that 99.9% of us appreciate it! Enjoy the sunshine!
    Teresa C. in Tennessee

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  10. I am so thankful for your generous spirit. You share so much of your quilting and personal life that I feel like you are a friend (even though you don't know me). To complain about sidebar items and accuquilt instructions is beyond ridiculous (not to mention skipping the whole common decency of humanity thing!). Keep enjoying that sun and sand (we're in the midst of a blizzard, lol!) and keep doing things to make yourself happy!

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  11. ...people can be amazing at times, can't they?

    Just keep on keeping on.... this too shall pass!

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  12. Bonnie...when I got home from your AMAZING class yesterday I told my husband about the complaining lady because it annoyed me...he agreed your class will be much better without her attending. Love google reader and Pinterest but the Internet can impact your quilting time.....
    Well I'm now logging off to go assemble all four sections of the Bargello I sewers like crazy when I got home last night. Enjoy the drizzly Sunday here in SouthernCalifornia

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  13. Anonymous12:33 PM EST

    Barbara in GA....... I enjoy your blog because it is YOU!! Who is anyone to tell others what they should put on a blog?? I know of many "Quilt Police" but really now we have "Blog Police". Heaven knows some folks don't know when to zip it. Happy sewing and please excuse the crazies!!

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  15. I double posted sorry ;)

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  16. Wow Keep on doing what you're doing however you want to do it. I love it!!!!!!!

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  17. Some people didn't learn what they should have in kindergarden. Don't let them get you down.

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  18. Anonymous12:38 PM EST

    OH BONNIE - please do not let disgruntled folks disturb you in the least. I personally find your blog delightful, and so crammed with wonderful ideas - I come back several times a day.


    It is YOUR blog. You take YOUR time to share with us your ideas, lessons etc. Who can possibily ask for more. Besides that, you are a down to earth direct lady. Nothing over of the top about you. That is why we all come to visit.

    I will take full responsibilty for this statement: Anyone who keeps up with 200 blogs needs to get offline and start living a LIFE! If anyone does not ike you set up on the blog etc, let them start a perfect blog of their own... period.

    Keep your chin up, smile on that fair face and enjoy what you do. YOU ARE GOOD AT IT.

    SINCERELY
    Julie in TN

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  19. Anonymous12:40 PM EST

    Bonnie - you already work your patootie off for your fans - you do not need to hold our hands for every little thing. THANK YOU for all that you do - most recently I appreciate your gift of Orca Bay which I am enlarging to queen size and do not expect you to do the calculations for me.... PAHLEEEZE PEOPLE! It's a lovely day - go enjoy, girl!

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  20. Good for you! More people need to learn about sharing (kindergarten skill).

    Do what you need to do with your own blog it is yours after all, it should reflect your own personality (not anyone else's)

    Keep up the great work! I love reading your blog.

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  21. You go, girl. I read your blog because you are true to yourself. If I wanted life to be perfectly cut like on an accuquilt, I would be sure to buy the "Don't Go" model. As it is, I'm doing well with my Easy Angle and my Companion Angle, and I'm doing quite fine with you, thank you!

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  22. Please don't change for us - we like you just the way you are!

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  23. P.S. What a great picture of you in Laguna Beach! Thanks for autographing my Orca Bay Mystery Quilt label at Beach Cities QG last week.

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  24. It never ceases to amaze me how inconsiderate and thoughtless people can be. I'm hoping it was only an oversight and that they really meant no harm because I WANT to believe that people are good and mean well. You are right, it is your blog and you should do with it as you wish. You are more than generous with your talent and time and I'm thinking the majority of us appreciate all that you do. I know that I do!

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  25. Bonnie I am amazed at the pure cheek and greed of people, not all people but what appears to be a growing number of people who think their demands should be met. Of course this blog is yours to do with as you choose and I for one enjoy visiting - popping in and out of your tabs and getting inspired by ideas I hadn't thought of.
    Continue to be you don't let small minded people with big ego's drag you down! Let them go I'm sure there are nicer people that will fill the spaces left behind.
    cyber hugs to you, Miche'le xx

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  26. Bonnie,
    Your post reminded me of something that cracked me up in grad school. Our professor was lamenting about "disgruntled" students. "What about the 'gruntled' one? No one talks about them!"
    As a 'gruntled' reader, I am applauding your decision. Keep your blog what you want it to be. It IS your blog and we read it for that reason.
    Loved your lecture in Chula Vista. It wasn't the first time I'd heard it and I enjoyed it as much the second time as the first! Thanks for all you give.

    Chris in So Cal
    (who invoked your name [in a good way] many times as I cut scraps for hours yesterday) :-)

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  27. Gee Whiz, I read your blog every day. Doesn't that mean we are best friends? LOL Just kidding. I guess you, being a celebrity of sorts, some folks feel that they own a piece of you. I imagine that's the kind of thing that movie stars and the like, have to deal with.

    Love your blog, Keep it yours and keep it real. Enjoy reading what you and other quilters are doing. It's inspiring.

    ttfn :) Yuki

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  28. I just want to say "ditto" to all the comments above. I love your blog.

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  29. Anonymous12:55 PM EST

    Go girl, some people have become so "me" oriented, they lose site of the big picture and common decency. Love your blog, thanks for sharing.

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  30. You rock Bonnie! I am always so grateful that you blog, and I'm amazed about your generosity with sharing patterns. I'm inspired to nurtured my own creative style by reading about your creative process...and I love the antique quilts that you share!

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  31. Anonymous12:58 PM EST

    Too weird! WAY too weird! They don't own you!

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  32. Anonymous1:00 PM EST

    I love seeing your travels and your posts. You are an inspiration and I have learned a lot. Thank you. quiltaddict1@aol.com

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  33. I like your blog. I like your quilts. That's kindergarten speak for you do what you want with what is yours. Most of us are honored that you choose to share it with us. Change it up and change it out because it keeps things fresh. I was in Dana Point last fall and keep my sunset pic as wallpaper on my computer. The beauty is stunning.

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  34. Anonymous1:01 PM EST

    First time commenter here (not even sure if I'm doing this right). I see you on facebook, and some days have time to come read on the blog. Other times I just can't, but I really DO APPRECIATE everything I've read. Blogs are indeed 'your own house', and she (they?) had no call to ask you to change it up for their covevience. Just saye a big Pbbbbtttt to the person that wanted you to save her lazy mouse-finger from having to click, and keep on doing what YOU WANT.

    (Hmmmlooks like I have to be A-nony-mouse, cuz I don't have any of those accout types they give me to choose from)

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  35. Do it your way and 'poop' on the rest of them. I truely believe that those of us who had mothers to raised them to understand 'it is not always your day', did us a great favor.

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  36. Amazing what people will do/say - I think people are even more rude in cyberspace than face-to-face. I say don't stress over it. It is their problem not yours. You are doing great! I love your blog and hope it will always be yours and not what someone else wants. ~Jeanne

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  37. Um...your blog is your journal. We are thankful that you want to share it with us. Period. End of story. Stick to your guns girl!

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  38. WELL said!!! AMEN to that, that's all I have to say!
    I'll still read :)
    Peggy in NJ

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  39. Well said, well done. You are so generous with your time and talent. I am always grateful when I write to a designer with a question or request and I get a quick reply. This wasn't so possible in the "olden days!" The idea of making demands is so rude...I can't imagine such behavior...don't tolerate it!

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  40. Well said! Thank you for giving so much of yourself to us all.

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  41. Anonymous1:08 PM EST

    This is what is wrong with this country...selfish, self centered people. Some people like to create drama, and need to suffered from a bruised ego every now and then. You wouldn't expect a butcher to tell a surgeon how to do his job, now would they!

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  42. I support your decisions! I've had a few troubles that way myself when I made my blog a wider format. Suddenly I lost some followers because they couldn't be bothered to scroll sideways to see my links. Whatever.

    You rock!!!

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  43. Anonymous1:10 PM EST

    Attagirl!

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  44. The delete button works well.

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  45. Sorry for the unkindness and demands of others. I for one enjoy seeing your sidebar of quilt blogs. I always check out the blogs of my favorite bloggers to see what they enjoy and are reading. I have found so many news ones. The change for me is sad. I am afraid I may now miss out finding some incredible and talented people out in blogland. This is just to let you know that there are people who really appreciate your talent and willingness to give. Just to let you know I am almost finished making your "Story Time Stars" from my scraps. It is a beauty!!! Thanks for making it available. Miriam in West Texas (the one who bought your vintage blocks).

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  46. It is amazing what people say, Bonnie you do a great job and I commend you. It is hard to do what you do with negativity like that.
    Your right , just focus on the California beauty and your quilting, that is really what life, for us quilters is all about.

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  47. It isn't just you, Bonnie--my son was talking yesterday about complaints on a gaming forum about a free expansion and update--it didn't give some people everything they wanted and some had problems with it that someone else should solve now!!! I wish you had some kind of a filter so that you didn't have to read the bad comments. I noticed with my husband's student comments when he was still teaching that a hundred positives were canceled out by one negative comment, and that was the one he remembered. (My personal favorite was "Dr. ----'s class is death.") Let it go, and enjoy the good words that come your way!

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  48. It is amazing what people say, Bonnie you do a great job and I commend you. It is hard to do what you do with negativity like that.
    Your right , just focus on the California beauty and your quilting, that is really what life, for us quilters is all about.

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  49. Love your blog...just keep blogging for us...we love your adventures and mysteries and enthusiasm for quilting. I look for you in reader and click to expand and never think twice about it. Just glad to see what is new with you!

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  50. Love your blog

    The quilter who quit was a twit.

    That said I do use the "GO" / accucut because of disabilities... loss of strength in my hands and arms... but I am smart enough to know I can cut enough to get me through a class the regular way then cut the rest at home with measurements from patches from the class.

    Love your blog
    Love a lot of what you say...about life, quilting

    Keep up the good read..

    Nonnie

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  51. Bonnie, Your right to speak up, and speak your position! Too many people want the leaders to hold their hand, and coddle them along. They need to be responsible for themselves, the things they do, and who they associate themselves with. There are a lot of teachers out there that love to hold peoples hand and babysit their students. I much more appreciate an instructor who will inspire me and be a launching pad for my own creativity ---AND BONNIE YOUR ARE THAT KIND OF TEACHER FOR ME -AND MOST OF YOUR READERS. We get it!! ONWARD YOU BRAVE TEACHER!! And keep doing what your doing - and the rest of us KNOW you will need to write blogs like this every once in a while!! SMILES XOXOX

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  52. Thanks for sharing of yourself in your blog. Oh, did something change...... some of really don't notice that stuff. ;) (wink) Ellen

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  53. People are weird and the sense of entitlement these days is unbelievable. It's a me, me, me world. Please don't let people like that get under your skin too much. If they want to quit reading your blog, or drop your class or unfriend you on Facebook they'll be the ones to lose. I just want to thank you for all the great blog posts you write, for your great books and for all the patterns and enjoyment you've provided quilters with. If a few people get irritated and say they aren't fans anymore, hey...you really don't need them.

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  54. Bonnie, good for you! And I'm sure you handled the rude comments/calls very diplomatically. You're a bigger woman than I (metaphorically speaking, of course)! Keep on being true to yourself.

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  55. Anonymous1:22 PM EST

    I love and enjoy your blogs as that's the first thing I look for each day for inspiration and more... life can't get any better and I'm grateful to have joined your blog and share your life with us. I agree with the rest of the ladies about keeping your blog real and stress-free!!! Keep up the great work!! :) p.s. the beach pics are breath-taking!
    Heather
    velvet_23@hotmail.com

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  56. Thanks for sharing of yourself in your blog. I know it must be a lot of work and I only have appreciation of that.

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  57. Illegitimi non carborundum.


    You definitely rock Bonnie, in my working years we referred to these type people as haemmroids.
    It is a relatively polite term but has connotations.

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  58. Well written Bonnie - I don't often comment on blogs, but just wanted to give you a lift up - you rock! (OMG, next they will tell you you have to show them in your patterns how to paper piece, rotary cut, accucut - do they thing you are EQ9?) Personally, I go to a class to hear the voice behind the work, enjoy fellowship and nose in other peoples color combinations and styles - it's all about learning and enjoying....you do that in your class, lecture, blog, facebook and books - carry on your good work!

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  59. CLAP*CLAP*CLAP*CLAP*CLAP*
    You go girl!

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  60. I just loved that post.....you are so right .

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  61. Anonymous1:27 PM EST

    I have learned so much about quilting since I began following your blog about a year ago. Last summer (I'm a school teacher) I completed the Roll Cotton Boll Roll quilt top and have begun on the mystery quilt Orca Bay. I have also used a couple of your free patterns to make donation quilts for my local quilt guild's auction. In my free time ... I am working on the Christmas hexie quilt. I have had so many compliments and I always credit you and ask people to check out your web. Let's see I also have to thank you for the free Kindle books you let us know about. I had the opportunity to see you at the Ft. Worth TX guild last year as well as purchase your books.

    So I can't thank you enough for all the "free" help you give us quilters.

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  62. Sorry to hear that people are making unreasonable demands of someone who is already incredibly giving of time, energy, hints, help, designs, and encouragement. Fame is a funny thing.

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  63. Love your blog! I agree with everyone above. Keep doing your thing.

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  64. I think unless they've paid you for advertising then it's your game baby! As far as a reader I come to read the blog and ignore the rest. I have a few favorites I check now (I have them bookmarked myself) but you are the one I have to read everyday. Positive energy attracts positive energy!

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  65. I guess I am not very observant, I didn't even notice the changes in your side bar. I am with you it is your blog to do with what you want and need. Some people just need to get on with their own life. You are doing a great job, love your classes and am grateful for all the sharing you do. Thanks!

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  66. Wow, Bonnie, I can't believe the way people act. You are right on the money. It's your blog, you can do whatever you want with it within FCC rules! If I had a blog and I saw that you put my "button" in your sidebar I would feel that it was a privilege, not a right. I think you should go back to your "daily reads" and not cave in to others. You can't please everyone. Stay true to yourself and your blog! We love all the insight you provide to us!!!

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  67. Standing ovation coming from this section....I agree with the comments before me! I love your blog and enjoy reading it as least once a day. I hope that someday I will get to meet you...I KNOW we would get along just "fine"! Don't let the 1% get to you and you go girl.

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  68. I wondered what had happened to you sweetie.
    Nasty world we live in.
    I so appreciate having spent time on your sidebar.
    I was honored to be considered your friend.
    And we still are friends.
    I love you totally and have no complaints!
    XOXOXOXO Subee
    http://www.subeesews.com
    I LOVE YOU BONNIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  69. I can't believe the gall of some people! What makes this woman think that YOUR blog is public domain? Honestly! I agree with a lot of what has been already said. I appreciate you, Bonnie, and all that you do, how you do it, and the attitude and grace you do it with. Thanks for being you.

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  70. Don't you just love the way that 'the public' can come to believe that they 'own' you? It's that One Bad Apple syndrome.

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  71. Anonymous1:36 PM EST

    Bonnie.....I love that you include me in your life by having your blog .I have been to Quiltville so many times(((HUGS))) .I love how you work .Your patterns are awesome .That you share SO much I am honoured and Thankful . You Rock.

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  72. Way to go Bonnie! I totally understand your pain - so many readers and so many opinions and so much pressure to be and do and say and link to everything that will make everyone happy.

    You simply MUST set limits. It won't make everyone happy, but that isn't your job, and as for the chick that dropped out of your class - would you really want to meet her in person, or have to teach her for 6 hours in class?!

    Relax and enjoy that beautiful beach. You've done nothing wrong and have nothing to feel bad about. Just keep making quilts and the quilters will keep coming.

    Leah

    P.S - Will you put me in your side bar??? (LOL! Just kidding!)

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  73. I LOVE your blog and your honesty! After all, I choose where I click on this wonderful internet! Keep up the good work and i can't wait to meet you some day!

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  74. I have had simmilar in Bookcrossing, people telling me what to post or how to run my rings and rays-in PUBLIC, mind, not in a private message! Take it or leave it!! I am happy with whatever you are happy with!! xx You should never feel pressured to post this or that, do your own thing.

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      Thank you for all you say and do for so many. I so look forward to these blogs daily. You make me smile more and laugh out loud.

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  75. It never ceases to amaze me how self-centered some people can be. You are so generous that I can't imagine why anyone would expect more. The person that dropped out of a class just hurt herself. I hope someone more appreciative got to take her place. I was fortunate to be able to take one of your classes last year and I couldn't have enjoyed it more!

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  76. Wonderful pictures Bonnie! and ditto to what everyone else said!

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  77. Bonnie, I read your blog every day, and am constantly amazed by your creative energy and your continual generosity. Making Orca Bay is helping me get through a difficult family situation at present, so I hope you realise that for every moaner there are THOUSANDS who appreciate you!

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  78. Love your Blog just like it is! Some people have nerve telling you what and how to manage your Blog! You couldn't please some people if you hung them with a new rope! LOL

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  79. Anonymous1:55 PM EST

    I don'nt understand people that are so rude, it 's best to ignore them. You please so may people but you can't please them all. Do not bother, I love the things you are doing for us.
    Greetings from THE Netherlands, Henny

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  80. Love you. Love your blog however you want it.

    Enjoy the beach!

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  81. Anonymous1:57 PM EST

    Bonnie, I read your blog every day, and love to see what you're doing and where you're going/been. What you have, or don't have, on your blog is totally and completely up to you. If someone doesn't like it then they should set up their own blog, or favourites or what ever! Keep on stitching sweetie!

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  82. Wow I hope this is not a refection of most of your visitors! Cheeky to the extreme! There will always be some and I guess the more popular you are the more cranky people you attract ! Carry on doing what you do Bonnie the rest of us love it and would never ask for this sort of service!

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  83. You tell 'em! LOVE that shot of you on the beach!!

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  84. Anonymous2:05 PM EST

    You ROCK! - Don't sweat the small stuff. Keep your sites looking up!!!!

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  85. Well said!!!! I couldn't agree with your more!!! As Frank Sinatra sang years ago "My Way". Keep doing it your way....

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  87. So glad you don't let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch!
    Love you & your blog just the way you are!

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  88. On the Planet " (fill in the name of the complainer)" she can dictate how things are run. Here on Earth, she needs to learn to play well with others, appreciate what is freely given, adapt it herself to fit her needs, and quit being so self centered and critical! Keep doing what you do, the way you want to do it, because those who truly enjoy your creativity, personality, and everything you share with us, out number the ones who can't think for themselves.

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  89. Anonymous2:13 PM EST

    Wahahahahahahaha!!! The gall of some people!
    I agree with all the above comments. However, I do have a couple questions:
    1. Will you paint my house Blue? hehehe
    2. Will you give me the e-mail address of this culprit and allow me to send in a virus to her computer and destroy her "Bookmarks"? hehehe
    I would love to see the look on her face when she goes to find them and all 200 are gone!!!! hahaha
    Don't ya just love me?
    Faye in Maine

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  90. Thank you Bonnie for being you! - I really enjoy your blogs - don't have one myself but reading yours make it seam like you are one of my friends! Keep up the great work and keep it up the way you wanna - it's YOU! ;>)

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  91. Wow! Maybe these are the same people who threatened to sue my parents' neighbors because they didn't like their choice of roofing material? (Which they had the legal right to use, but decided not to to avoid the stress and expense of dealing with a lawsuit.) Some people are just amazing.

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  92. Anonymous2:26 PM EST

    You go girl and please don't change! We love you just the way you are.
    Maryella

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  93. Go, girl....it's not like you owe someone anything. Bloggers are giving people, and I bet the takers aren't bloggers!

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  94. Good for you Bonnie. I love reading about your travels and quilting adventures. I have been reading other blogs and several have had the same issues with comments, and it seems that people think they have the right to be rude to others, and have things the way they think it should be. Didn't anyone ever teach them life isn't that way? People are individuals, and have different ideas, and ways of doing things. I always learn from each different technique I see, etc. Keep up the good work! And have fun! That lady in Florida has no idea what she is going to be missing!

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  95. Bonnie.... you CAN NOT and WILL NOT please 'em all!

    But... you certainly CAN please yourself, right? *grin*

    Good for you... to stand up on your own two feet and say, "Enough is enough!"

    Rosa
    From cold, COLD... REAL COLD... Canada....

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  96. Oh Bonnie! I just don't understand how people can presume to be so self important that you will design YOUR BLOG around them. That is just unreasonable. I am so glad you have made your feelings known. I'm with Faye in Maine. It would be a nasty trick but dang! I happen to be one of the people who love your blog just the way it is. DON'T CHANGE A THING FOR ANYONE. My user name is Granny Stitch but a friend of mine calles me Granny Itch to get my goat. I feel like Granny Itch right now......itching to put some of those emailing idiots in their place! Love you just the way you are girl!

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  97. I will miss your blog reading list though. Had you not had them posted, I wouldn't have gotten to know some really great blogs. You have to do what is right for you and I support that. I know you have been told this before, but thank you for so unselfishly sharing your art with the rest of us! Have fun in sunny Caly

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  98. Ha ha ha some women:0) ya just gotta laugh..
    You give them more free stuff than anyone could possible make
    and still they want more!
    Just be Bonnie and don't let the turkeys get you down!

    Happy Sewing and safe travels.......

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  99. Anonymous2:37 PM EST

    Bonnie....I've been following you for about three years now and am so grateful for your patterns, your wisdom and your ability to uncomplicate the most difficult quilt patterns. Yes, I miss your blog sidebar but if I want to follow another quilter, I just do a search. Nasty, greedy people will always be around...you are a wonderful person and these idiots are missing out on a great teacher.
    By the way it was great meeting you in person at the Beach City Quilters Guild. I loved your presentation and viewing the quilts, up close and personal. Keep up the good work. You are tops in my world.
    Miss Marti

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  100. I noticed the changes in your blog and figured you must have done it for a reason. I enjoyed following some of your "favorites" but have included them in my own blog so I can find them when I want to. It NEVER occurred to me that you had suddenly "lost interest" in people. Just thought you were making changes....it's your blog, babe, and you do OWN it.

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  101. You are right, it is your blog and you can blog about what ever you want and set it up any way you want. I am so glad to be able to read what you write, I enjoy your trips and the side things you do that are not quilt related. I put quilty things on my blog but also include other things like what is going on at the time on our farm, etc. and if my readers don't like that it is just too bad because like you said IT IS YOUR BLOG! Keep up the good blogging!

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  102. Good for you Bonnie, stay true to yourself and your style!

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  103. Haaaa Haaaa Haaaa Haaaa ROFL Not laughing at you Bonnie but at how some people love to turn around and show their fanny to everyone in public. I am glad you vented and now let it roll of your back and let the rest of us go on enjoying how you want to do things.

    I am with Marj -- I did not even notice anything had changed and I have you linked in 'my own blog' and in my favorites so that I can click and read. I guess I am just a control freak because I hate to depend on someone else be responsible for me.

    I will leave you with this, the Wikipedia definition of a blog.

    A blog (a blend of the term web log)[1]
    is a personal journal published on the
    World Wide Web

    Cheers.

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  104. Go Bonnie! I love blog no matter what you post. People who get their knockers in a twist over such trivia need to get a life. You have one & it seems pretty great to me! Hoping to take a class/adventrue with you someday!

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      Sharon-- you meant " knickers" right? Drat auto correct! Though it is a pretty funny mental ;-)

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  105. Oops meant "your" blog.

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  106. Bonnie, I agree with all the comments above. I rarely write a comment but this just got to me. It is YOUR blog to do whatever you want with. I have found you to be the most incredibly generous person with your patterns and freebies, as well as your wonderful tutorials and mysteries. I ready your blog a few times a week and love it. Thank you so much for all you do for the quilting world.

    I will be doing a little mystery based on one of your free patterns in March for our guild's children's charity. Your patterns are fun and easy for all levels. Thank you again.

    Anne

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  107. Good for you! The others need to grow up and think before they type. Too bad you can't block certain people from reading your blog all together to stop the nastiness in some people.

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  108. marie mc callion3:00 PM EST

    God for u Bonnie and well said ( Be true to thine-self)

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  109. I love a woman who speaks her mind and acts like a grown-up about sticking to her decisions! The twit who quit (great one, Nonnie!) just made room for a real quilter in your class. As we say in Texas, "bless her heart". (and no - that's not a good thing to hear in Texas)

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  110. Hi Bonnie,
    don't waste your time in reacting to such nonsence of this blog reader you mentioned.
    I am happy you share your nice ideas and pictures with us! I am blogging, too and I know how much time it takes, just to post a little something. So I say: you are right! It's your world!
    Ans THANK YOU for sharing it with me.
    :o) Doris

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  111. Bonnie, The biggest reason I love your blog so much is because it is so personal. You're the only one I read daily. Your continued generosity in sharing your life and your work with us (for the most part total strangers) is truly heartwarming. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  112. Anonymous3:02 PM EST

    One of the beauties of your blog is the fact that it is YOURS. I enjoy every aspect and greatly appreciate your honesty, energy and positive generous attitude. I believe that a definition of a blog is that it is a personal computer journal, with emphasis on the personal, that is shared publicly. That means you make all the decision and choices. Too much of our lives involve things that we have no choice about. Bravo Bonnie for sticking up for yourself and politely but firmly putting pushy people in their place. I am one of your continuing fans who will continue to enjoy your blog while I live my own life...Thank you for adding to my life in a positive way...Ursula

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  113. Anonymous3:02 PM EST

    Miss Bonnie,
    I like you and your blog just the way you and it are...did that make any sense at all? Just keep doing your thing that way you want to do it...I've been very blessed by your generous spirit and I'm sorry that other people aren't being as nice as they should. Hang in there and keep doing things your own way...it's working great as far as I can see!
    Best wishes,
    Beth

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  114. Our blogs belong to us. When I started blogging I didn't even tell anyone. Then one friend from a teachers forum found out and I became more public. I've been blogging for nearly five years now and I have followers and readers, but not in huge numbers.I am a TC at Blogger Help Forums and it drives me crazy sometimes when people ask why their blog, which is two days old and has one post is not in the top of Google search.

    What we write or read is for us to say. If others benefit, then good. If they don't, then tough--they do anyway because we have had the opportunity to get it out of our system.

    You go girl!!!!

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  115. There are lots of weird, greedy and just plain stupid people out there. If you weed them out though, you'll find the vast majority are people who love you and are easy to love right back! Try to ignore the former and dwell on those thousands of us who LOVE what you do, what you say and how you say it.

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  116. bonnie, you are a good person and shouldn't have to deal with people like that. don't let them get you down. i work with the public and between them and my coworkers, sometimes it's all i can do to remind myself that their lives must really be sad that they have to be so mean to others. love your patterns, mysteries, upbeat personality, and your blog! keep up the good work!

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  117. I am blown away almost daily by how entitled many people seem to have become. Give them a little, and they feel entitled to so much more. And if we don't tell them (nicely, mind you), where to get off, their sense of entitlement will continue to expand. What to put your foot down, Bonnie!

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  118. I believe you are the most generous blogger in existance today. It is too bad that people begin to think all that you have shared somehow belongs to them. I agree with all that you have said in this post and cheer you on!

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  119. Bonnie - it's always been a privilege to be allowed into your world...thank you.

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  120. Anonymous3:21 PM EST

    Bonnie, This is YOUR blog to DO WITH AS YOU WISH. I'm amazed and appalled that people react this way. We need to remember to be courteous and kind to one another. If what we're about to type in an email or blog response is not something we would SPEAK to the person directly, then we shouldn't hit the keys and press "send". Hopefully the need won't be there again, but if it is: STAND STRONG. As my dad says, "Good on you, girl!"
    Thanks for sharing what you do. I feel totally blessed by you. :-) Sandi B

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  121. I think my comment may be #122 in support of you. I am so happy to see so many people have responded to this post - because you truly deserve the support! You have a great blog, I have loved reading it for years now! You can make as many changes as you want and I will still be reading (and loving) your blog. Thank you for all the years of fun! Cheers! Evelyn

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  123. I agree with the previous comments and just wanted to add that I have found so much inspiration and help in your free patterns and also all the lovely pictures you post from your classes. I just love to see what you can do with those 'ugly' fabrics all have but can't bare to throw away. Keep up your good work and keep your blog as you like it. I found several of my blog reads through your blogroll, but I bookmarked them for my own knowing things change, such is life and some people would be much better off to learn that. :)

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  125. Aren't people just amazing? You've managed just fine to this point, making your own choices, so just keep doing it your way! Hugs!

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  126. Aren't people just amazing? You've managed just fine to this point, making your own choices, so just keep doing it your way! Hugs!

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  127. Bonnie-
    I am so glad you are enjoying the scenery in California...it looks absolutely beautiful. I especially enjoyed the aerial pictures that you posted showing the Rocky Mountains/Arizona as you flew over...absolutely breathtaking.

    Do not be dismayed at the negative comments that some people make, it is unfortunate that there are individuals that cannot mind their own business and feel like they have to boss others around. Please know that there are many more of us out there who love you and appreciate you.

    Your generosity in sharing of your time and talents is remarkable. There isn't a week that goes by that I don't check your website/blog numerous times just to see what you are up to and to enjoy your company.

    Keep up the good work...you have a tremendous fan club!

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  128. Burger King is to blame.......... yes, Burger King... remember, if you are old enough, the first "have it your way"??? Up til then, hamburgers came with mustard, ketchup, pickle. PERIOD. Burger King started catering to each customer, and look where we are today... and I am only a little bit teasing!!

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  129. I am still a new traveler among blogs, having just begun my own a few months ago. I LOVE your blog and think you are super generous with your time, patterns and creative ideas. Ignore those spoiled brats--that's what they are..("No whining allowed" sure fits this to a tee!)Keep on telling it like it is...Julierose

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  130. Your blog is my favourite blog. I think it was the first blog I ever read and you inspired me to start blogging too. (Can you tell I love your blog lol) Please don't let the few idiots out there get to you. I think most bloggers get silly requests, it's just your readership is so large you get heaps more!
    Here's some of the things I have been asked to do.

    I have some of my fav merchants listed on my blog. These are merchants that I know personally and I know they go the 'extra mile'. They also support my Quilt Club. But because of this I get requests from other shops (that I have never visited) to add them on the list. I just reply saying these are personal friends, and leave it there.

    The funniest thing I have been asked to put on my blog is puppies for sale! (It is a quilt related blog, not a dog blog!)

    I had a request from one blogger asking me how she could add her blog to my sidebar (she thought she could do it from her end!) I had to email back and say she couldn't do that, that only the blog writer could add things to their own blog ;-)

    Sometimes I suggest that they start their own blog. I have offered to help them get started too, that usually stops them in their tracks ;-)

    I love your blog because it is your blog, I did use the side bar to go to a couple of other blogs, but it is no problem for me to just go there direct.
    I'm glad you posted your feelings about this, and I hope you feel better getting it off your chest.

    PS that beach is gorgeous !

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  131. Anonymous3:57 PM EST

    I believe everyone above me has put it nicely. I love your blog and thank you for taking the time to post it! ((hugs))

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  132. When I worked at a fabric shop people would come in DAILY to buy fabic and want us to calculate exactly how much they needed to buy for their quilt. They would get angry if I told them I couldn't -it was up to them. I did not want the blame if they felt they had too much or too little...just let it all roll off your back and keep up the good work!

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  133. Bonnie, there are so many blogs now, it's unbelievable. What used to be simple has become complicated. It's amazing to me that someone would demand this from you. You are right, it is YOUR blog and we have enjoyed taking the ride with you. You are not required to tell us about your quilting experience, but it's fun to read about it. Let's keep it that way :-)
    p.s. I love the pictures!

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  134. Good for you. Thank you for allowing all of us to follow your life of quilting and share in your travels. I for one has learned alot from your blog, patterns, and downloaded some intereting books. Thanks for sharing yourself with us. Look forward to meeting you in March..

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  135. Did writing your post help with your irritation/anger/frustration?? It read as a breath of fresh, bracing air. I enjoy reading your blog, learning from you, marveling at your industriousness and generosity, wishing we lived closer so we might cross paths now and again. Many of the posters have commented about how self-centered, entitled, and demanding "the public" has become, and I have to agree with them all, especially as I remember a time when things weren't like they are now.

    Do carry on with the same, unique spirit I have come to know as "Bonnie Hunter!"

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  136. Anonymous4:04 PM EST

    You have so many fans out here in "blog reader land"!!!! I read yours every day, I've taken 2 classes from you, we all love you, Bonnie!! You are so kind to everyone, and so very generous with your time and talents. We appreciate you!!! THANK YOU for all that you do for the quilting world. You are the BEST!! Just delete those negative emails and comments. Focus on all the quilters who really like you and really like your work :)

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  137. You are so right! I choose which blogs I want to read, I choose what I want on my own blog and if I change something, it is my choice. If someone does not like what you are doing on your blog, they can choose to stop reading it. This is your blog so you put whatever you want on there. I enjoy seeing what you are doing and where you are traveling and I hate to miss a day of reading your blog. I appreciate all you put into it! Thanks! ! !

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  138. Anonymous4:06 PM EST

    Holy Cow! Good for you, speaking your mind and sticking to your convictions in a friendly, civil way. Kudos. Happy New year!
    Rose

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  139. You have gotten so many awesome comments, I just have to say "I second that!" Good for you for standing up for yourself and doing what you need to do. Try to relax and enjoy the gorgeous weather where you are. ((hugs))

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  140. Anonymous4:08 PM EST

    Love your blog. If you have links or not. I get inspired by hearing from other quilters and visiting quilt sites. I am not a too Internet savvy but have looked enough to know it is personal choice. As it should be.
    Thanks for sharing photos and personnal views on all sorts of things. Love the pictures from cal. Trip. I just missed Road to Cal. Show due to illness so I am really enjoying yours
    Thanks again
    Donna

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  141. Ditto to all the comments above. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your blog and your wonderful patterns. I have made several of your patterns and have enjoyed every minute of it.

    Like Lynda, I worked at a fabric store and had people want to know how much fabric they needed. Often times, those people were shocked to realize that a yard was in fact, only 36 inches long. Guess math kills us all. :)

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  142. Bonnie, I'm new to your blog but I want to applaud you! I have been quilting for a several years - I only ever done basic quilting because I was too afraid to try anything else but after looking at absolutely everything on your blog I've learned so much!! And to think, most of it was relatively simple to begin with! LOL Thank you for sharing so much of you wisdom and knowledge! *hugs*

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  143. Not much to add here. Everbody has already said everything I had in mind. Love your blog even without your 'daily reads' section. Just keep doing what you like.

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  144. Anonymous4:28 PM EST

    Bonnie, Do what YOU want when YOU want to do it! I read ONE blog a day- yours. Occasionally will catch up with two younger friends of mine who teach in remote spots of the world. I am inspired by reading your blog and enjoy all the posts. During the past 15 months as I am recovering from a life changing back injury it has been YOUR blog and patterns that have kept me semi sane. Many nights I am up at oh dark thirty sewing. Thanks for ALL you do for ALL of us. And if someone doesn't like what you are doing on your blog- they can go suck eggs! Joy in AK (posted as anonymous cause I have yet to figure out any other way to post!).

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  146. Bonnie, I look forward everyday to following your blogs. The inspiration you share with everyone is fantastic. You can tell by everyone else's comments that you have plenty of people who enjoy your blogs and site. As the saying goes "You win a few, you lose a few." You have so many positive followers you can afford to lose any negatives that come along. If you ever need a pick-me-up or a boost let us know.
    sher_henry@sbcglobal.net

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  147. Bonnie I support your decision 100%. This is your blog and you are kind enough to share things with us and I appreciate that. People who expect you to do it all for them need to wake up and realize the world does not revolve around them. I love your blog and it is one of the ones that I read daily. I follow several and peruse them off and on, but yours is at the top of my daily list. I appreciate all you do and thank you.

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  148. I wouldn't follow YOU anymore if you changed. You are who you are, and that's why I am a "Bonnie Hunter Fan". Please don't change unless it suits you, and remember- Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

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  149. I too sometimes marvel at the rudeness and ignorance of people at times.
    I would just figure that their loss is...their loss! LOL
    Thanks for all your share and however you decide to share it now or in the future

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  150. Bonnie, I am so sorry that a few people make this hard for you. I hope you know that most of us really really REALLY appreciate everything you do for us. I hope you can delete the bad stuff... shake it off.... and enjoy your walk!
    hm

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  151. love your blog. learnd a lot.i vil folov.english it not may best.

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  152. Bonnie, when you talk to these kinds of people, send them to this website: http://psychcentral.com/quizzes/narcissistic.htm. Maybe then they can see how narcissistic and self-centered they seem to others. Ha! I just started making your Chunky Churndash pattern today...looks good so far. Thanks for the patterns and ideas!

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  153. I love your Blog and from all the comments looks like a pretty positive following. Thanks for sharing.

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  155. Bonnie,

    Bless your heart!! I love your blog and will continue reading regardless what you put or don't put on your sidebar. Keep your chin up and move forward.

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  156. Beach! How boring things would be if they always stayed the same!!

    I've always known that your blog reading list changed from time to time... and I'll never forget how just after you had quilted my first quilt for me that one day I looked over at the side bar and saw my OWN blog listed there!! It was as if I had a hit single in the weekly top 40! lol I don't even remember how long it stayed there, but just the fact that it had been there was great with me.

    I also would have never found Patty in Texas' blog http://morningramble.blogspot.com/ if it hadn't been for your list of blogs. I've been following her now as long as I have you - almost 7 years!

    Love you Bonnie and how you do your thing!
    Bonnie

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  157. Oh my. People can be so self-centered. There's nothing to be done about it, unfortunately.

    On a happier note, I love the colors in your first photo. It would make a lovely inspiration for a quilt!

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  158. Anonymous5:31 PM EST

    I think the replies to your blog entry say it all...THERE ARE MORE OF US (who love you and your blog) THAN THERE ARE OF "them -unhappy people in life" Keep doing what you do the way that you do it!!!

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  159. Isn't weird how one BAD comment can ruin everything - here's hoping all these good ones will help you forget about it. We all appreciate you so much! Peggy - IL

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  160. You just can't please all the people all the time. And you do a fabulous job of sharing so much with us. Yes, I'll miss the blogs listed on the side of your blog - I've gotten to read a lot of neat blogs that I might not have run across otherwise - but I can search them out myself. Thanks again for all your posts and great inspiration.

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  161. I know everyone above me has already said it too but just need to add my two cents worth. Bonnie has changed my life with her blog and quilting. I have learned more from her than from all the previous teachers, quilt books etc put together. I never even noticed your sidebar was gone! The people who don't appreciate you and what you do don't deserve you!

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  162. Anonymous5:51 PM EST

    Bonnie: Thanks for all you do for all of us. Please don't get discouraged by the "high maintenance" demanding people. I look forward to your blog--however you want to do it is FINE with me. Who am I to ask anything of you? I've changed my quilting because of your amazing system of scrap quilting. You are awesome...I hope I can take your class someday!

    Terri
    tgeesey@charter.net

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  163. Oh my! People can be so rude, can't they? Do what you like on your blog, I do!

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  164. Anonymous6:08 PM EST

    Hi Bonnie, Really, they don't matter - but we are sorry that you have been hurt/hassled by such selfish individuals. I don't have a blog (and therefore have to post as 'anonymous') but I read yours daily, or catch up if life has got in the way.
    You are an exceedingly generous, talented, funny, hard-working (yes, we admit that your work is not easy) woman, and you seem like a personal friend to me, and so many of us who have never met you.
    The blog is YOURS and we are so privileged to be ALLOWED to benefit from your work and wisdom.
    Keep on keeping on, and get that delete button working fast for the few selfish individuals who feel you owe them something.
    You have so many appreciative fans who love you 'just the way you are'. from Jan in Australia

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  165. Let me tell you what you do do that I like! I love the free patterns and have made several. I love your incite and your tutorials and your generous sharing. I REALLY love on each of your patterns you have a "PRINTER FRIENDLY." So many other blogs don't bother with this. I love the way you share your family and your pets. I love being able to visit your class projects, they inspire me. If it weren't for you and your quips and blogs, I probably wouldn't be quilting. Poo poo on the selfish, rude person who wanted you to change things for her convenience. Don't let her get you down, she's a spoiled, nuisance minority who hasn't taken the time to learn her computer. I sure hope you read this and it makes you feel loved.
    Pauline

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  166. Bonnie - I would like to say "I second that", but I think it is about "I hundred forty two second that!".

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  167. I enjoy everything that you share Bonnie, enjoy yourself and do it YOUR way!

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  168. Sorry, I mis-spelled in my previous comment. I do wish you would reconsider listing your changing blogs you follow. I've found so many interesting places by folloing them.
    Please?
    Thanks

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  169. Just a very heart felt thank you for all you do.

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  170. Bonnie I love you and your blog!!!! I so admire you for all that you have accomplished. All those wonderful quilt patterns. Keep on Keepin on girl!!!!

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  171. AMEN Bonnie and bless you! I too deal with public on a daily basis and I am amazed everyday how callus people can be.
    It is your blog and WE LOVE IT! and if someone doesn't like it there are millions of other blogs out there for them to read daily.
    Keep up the great work and I'll still read what ever you put up daily.
    Loving you in SC,
    Shelia

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  172. I love your blog. Any way you want to do it is great. It is yours and it is you and that is what I love. Keep up the good work. Remember you can never please them all so just please yourself!

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  173. Here here to all the positive comments above. Bonnie, I would like to thank you for your generosity, humour and outlook. Jane in Australia, madly working on Orca Bay!

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  174. Sheesh, and I thought I had a lot going on.

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  175. The audacity of people never ceases to amaze me. You don't owe any of them an explanation (though it is kind of you to offer one) and I for one like you for calling it like it is! Here's to more quilting...oh btw today I taught a friend to sew and her first quilt was your "Streak of Sunshine" think I got you another fan (lol!)

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  176. I feel your pain. I think we've probably all had some pretty insensitive things said once or twice. The anonymous reader ones are the ones that get me most. Keep your blog the way you like it and forget about everyone else. Those of us who enjoy reading are just happy that you keep blogging!
    Cindy

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  177. Hear, hear! I will confess I missed the links for a brief moment yesterday, simply because I go to your blog first and run through your blog list, but I have my favourites listed on my blog, so now I won't be so lazy. I will continue to discover new blogs through your website by visiting some of your commenters websites (certainly not the trolls though).

    I have to thank you for your generosity and creativity. I tried my hand at my first mystery quilt by you, and just finished laying out my Orca Bay top. It is so much larger than I have ever done (nor imagined), and thanks to you I have emptied my red, pink, blue, aqua, black and neutral scrappy bins! And thank you for sharing your life through your blog: the good, the bad, the kudoos, the venting and all those wonderful photos - I enjoy you so much and hope to meet you one day.

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  178. Anonymous8:33 PM EST

    You rock girlfriend! Keep up the good work, throw out the garbage, and continue on your adventerous journey.
    We all love you just the way you are.
    Www.quiltcrazie@msn.com

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  179. Way to go, Bonnie. I read you for you and you are the only blog I read. I love your quilts and adventures and pictures, please don't change that.
    judy85748@gmail.com

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  180. Dear Heart,

    I am replying without reading the other 'replies'. It seems to me that you are discovering the "downside" of "celebrity". You are beginning to see how "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God".

    BE who you ARE; whom you are called to be.

    Ignore the rest, no matter how hard it may be to do so.

    Hugs!

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  181. Some people need to get a life.... You are a beautiful person and it is YOUR BLOG that you writing. If they don't like it, it is their problem, not yours. Keep on writing and sending YOUR blogs, look how many people you make happy?

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  182. Hi Bonnie!
    I am # 185 to comment. For Crumb's sake...
    some people need to grow up, get a life, think about other people besides themselves.
    Your eagerness to answer quickly to some people could be seen as being an others pleaser, or an caring for other's type of person! I think it speaks to the true, honest, caring person you are. You desire to share unselfishly with others speaks for the type of person you are.
    For me, I don't think you have the time or compassion for people who cannot pull up their "big girl pants"!
    Tomorrow is a new day and it is all good from here!
    Here's a hug!
    Take care, Leslie

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  183. You Go Girl! I follow this blog because of who you are and I enjoy learning about you. Keep up the good work!

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  184. Some people just do not understand what taking a class means. She had a preconcieved idea of how the quilt was going together and would have been a terrible student anyway! I taught beginning classes at a quilt shop I worked at a few years ago. A stripped pieced Trip Around the World is one of my favorite classes to teach. I had one student who didn't want to sew her stips in class, then the next week when the rest of the class was sub-cutting all of their panels, she pulled out a sheet with all of her squares pinned to it an ask me what she should do next. I told her I didn't know, that wasn't the class I was teaching. Your class is better off without her... But can I fill her spot?

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  185. Wow. People are sew crazy. Love you Bonnie for being you. Enjoy your time in California..... Mary

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  186. Bonnie,
    I think your blog is as awesome as you are! Please don't let these people bother you - keep on doing exactly what you want on your blog! You make it unique and special for readers who really appreciate you! Remember, don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff!
    Barbara

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  187. oh for Pete's sake! Your blog is the most amazing gift- YOU are my quilt teacher even though I've never met you. I hope you never get tired of all the hoo hah and give up. The only thing you could do to your blog that would make me email and beg you to put it back is to shut it down.

    Now, I will beg for a Norther CA quilt class. And a pony. A white one, with a white main and tail!

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  188. It's your page - you own it, so do what you want. Some people just do not like change. This is the first time on your page and I have enjoyed poking around. Keep being you!

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  189. Oh Bonnie...I'm always so sorry when this junk happens to great bloggers. Write on!

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  190. You are the best (quilting) blooger out there! Love reading what you have to say everyday. Just keep it coming. We all have our "big girl panties" on and can keep up our own bookmarks and follow directions for your classes. You rock!

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  191. Anonymous10:58 PM EST

    What is the old saying?
    You can please some people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time!
    As everyone else has said -- It is your blog, you do with it whatever you like! I enjoy reading it when I can and go back to read the ones I missed. You have a talent that is an inspiration to many. Keep on doing what you are doing!
    Happy Quilting!

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  192. Maria in Tucson11:02 PM EST

    We read your blog because we love you!!! We check out things that you post and links that you link because if you found them interesting, so will we. I don't want to read the same thing all the time, and you find interesting people that I don't know about. If I wanted to organize a blog, and determine what it says all the time - I would write my own!!! As it is, I LOVE that you change things up - this is part of who you are and part of why you are loved; you constantly evolve and grow and encourage all of us to do the same. You are always an inspiration. Sure there are some cranky-pants people who can't handle it. Too bad for them. I agree that it is weird, but if they are too small-minded to see what you have to offer, that is their loss and they will never it recognize it. I am sad for them, and GLAD that you are not going to let them change you from who you are!!!!!!

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  193. AMEN to Maria in Tucson AND to Diane in Sunny FL!!! Love you, Bonnie!!

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  194. Some people! Ignore them. . . Not EVERYONE gets EVERYTHING just EXACTLY like they WANT it, by golly. They need to be flexible, go with the flow, don't stress over little stuff for goodness sakes.

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  195. We all love you and wish you were here with us. Pieceful Hearts Quilt guild at our annual Hickory Knob retreat this weekend.

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  196. I've tried to follow the motto- "just because you can doesn't mean you should"- professionally as a Nurse and personally for many years. At times that has included reminding myself there's no point in wasting my time and energy on some folks. You can't talk sense into a crazy person or a closed mind. Your blog is yours, and you very generously share so much of yourself, your friends and travels, and your designs. There shouldn't be any expectation by followers that you will or should continue to do so, though I am delighted you plan to. I hope you can easily recharge your spirit with the beauty of Nature- and maybe a dose or two of wine or spirits! Laughter in large doses and fabric acquisition therapy should also help. Don't forget the chocolate!

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