When one the pious designers disagreed with me and then proceeded to describe her 22 years in the patchwork industry I should've just said:
Anyway, the Australian designer who doesn't provide metric measures for her patterns disagreed with me vehemently and even got snotty enough to say "it's not a textbook" I mean how childish is that response!
Oh gosh let's unpack that childish thought for a moment:
But that designer, is part of the ignorant, lazy and culturally insensitive quilt industry that believes adult Australians should have to relearn the mathematics of measurement just to be a quilter.
Australian quilters should be able to quilt using the metric measurement system which is the standard for their country!
Metric rulers are made, here's one:
So why are many Australian designers not embracing the philosophy of using both types of measurement or even just metric?
I truly believe for many it's either ignorance of their cultural insensitivity or just plain greed because America is a bigger market and uses inches. I hope eventually the Australian quilt industry acknowledges that's it's doing an injustice to quilters by not adequately addressing the fact that metric measurement is a part of the Australian culture.
I will continue to add metric conversions in my quilt books to ensure I am inclusive of all quilters and their measurement choices.
So if you are an American that's bought my books and wondered why I include metric measures, hopefully this blog post gave you some insight into the complex issue of quilting measurement!