I was reading through some comments in a favorite Fb group, when I ran across an answer I gave to another member's question. I thought it was topical and to the point, especially given how much handwork I am up to these days with the crazy quilt project.
So, here is the question posed and my answer to it. I hope I don't need to clarify my position (but you know I most likely will 'enhance' some of it just to make the point a little clearer):
I suppose the best way to hear the words of someone asking 'what sort of machine do [I] use' to create my Crazy Quilt embroidery stitches is to receive it as the highest form of compliment. To interpret it instantaneously into the thought that 'such loveliness and (perceived) perfection is not possible by human hands, and that only a machine is capable of manufacturing the stitches' laying on the material in my lap - even though I am stitching it right there in front of them.
OK, from now on I will!
I will totally interpret that question as a compliment...
and I won't feel the least bit braggadocios for saying I made it,
...and then issue a completely thunderous "thank you" at their awe and praise.
I'm going to heed my own advice.
Phwew. I wanted to vent a little...and so I have. Now [deep, cleansing breath] I am heading back to my quilting - I've got some 'awe' to create.