Once upon a time there was a craft gallery with an entire floor dedicated to quilts. The quilters who gathered daily were a diverse group. Some worked in very traditional patterns. Some liked abstract or symbolic freestyle patterns. A few had more experience in quilting, or more quilts to share, and the other quilters would gather at those tables to admire their wares, and to share quilting tips with one another.
In this gallery there was one quilter who only crafted Double Wedding Ring quilts. When the other quilters would gather to discuss new and exciting quilting patterns, this quilter would soon arrive to tell them their new patterns were wrong, that were an abomination to quilting, and anybody who quilted using those patterns should have her fabric taken from her.
Why? Perhaps her daily dose of lemon juice was laced with LSD and she received a visit from the great quilting gods, instructing her to rid the world of the scourge of non-Double Wedding Quilts. Perhaps the swelling of her ego occluded the flow of blood to the part of her brain controlling tact and manners.
Do the other quilters shun her? Do they tell her she’s welcome to the other tables to debate the merits of quilting patterns if she can refrain from speculating that any but Double Wedding Ring quilts aren’t fit to wipe puppy urine from one’s kitchen floor?
No. The quilters put signs on their tables, directing quilt shoppers to the DWR quilt lady’s table so they can hear first-hand her diatribe on their quilting sins—while browsing through her own, very acceptable quilts, of course. With so many tables displaying signs pointing to the quarrelsome quilter’s table, she invariably enjoys a steady flow of traffic to her table.
Is it any wonder that the quarrelsome quilter expends so much energy expounding on the evils of non-Double Wedding Ring quilts?