Open Line Friday–Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert?

Vintage Sewing NotionsHello Readers!

Today is Friday…Open Line Friday here at The Inbox Jaunt.  Does anyone have any questions?  We’re open for business…

I really enjoyed everyone’s comments from Monday’s post on pareidolia!   Seems we all exhibit some symptoms of it—some more than others!

I wonder if quilters are more likely to see faces in inanimate objects?

Vintage Sewing NotionsI also wonder if quilters are more likely to be introverts or extroverts?

Vintage Sewing NotionsI always considered myself an extrovert until I heard this Ted Talk by Susan Cain:  The Power of Introverts.

If you prefer, you can READ the transcript Susan Cain:  The Power of Introverts.


We’re open to ANY question…

Or…Are YOU an Introvert or an Extrovert?

We’d love to hear!

Or…If you’d rather be stitching…the background quilt is from the tutorial:  The Downward Curl–A Free Motion Quilt tutorial.


Hiding in my sewing room,


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43 thoughts on “Open Line Friday–Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert?

  1. Introvert for sure. I had a professional career that required an extrovert and I always said that when the weekends came I was like a car battery and I needed to recharge in order to face the extrovert I needed to be on Monday. My husband is an extrovert so we balance each other out. Very much enjoyed the transcript.

  2. I had never thought about being an introvert or extrovert but now I can proudly say I am an introvert with short bursts of being extrovert! I can only go so long without feeding my soul and mind with my introverted thoughts which usually is quilting or researching for knowledge through reading about quilting or other sewing related projects! Thank goodness for Susan Cain at last making me feel good about my need to fulfill my creative side! Her talk is inspiring and inspiring!

  3. That was awesome to watch!! I love people and children especially but my world of creating in solitude I’ve just recently given myself permission to guard the time for it and in the same sense I need to watch myself or I don’t want to leave that “place”. The internet is a something that will feed this because we tend to replace it with real human contact to a point. Last week I had a person from our small town that normally doesn’t really talk to me or notice…walk through a crowd of people just to ask me if I had moved away and was home visiting cuz she hadn’t seen me…um…maybe I do need to get out more. But will never stop guarding my “space”. 🙂 I need it!
    So guess I’m somewhere in the middle but can lean towards introvert! I’m ok with that! LOL!

  4. Lori – Your articles absolutely change my life! Yes, I like the tutorials and I do use them, but the things you shared recently about the space between your imagination and the actual result of a finished project (especially if it is not what you expected!) as your space for creativity was just what I needed to get me out of a deep funk. I missed Susan Cairn’s TED talk, but you included it today (!!!) and it also is crucial to my survival (Ha!).
    Thank you!

  5. So glad it’s Open Line Friday! I am working on a large table runner made up of a collection of black and gold 5inch squares with small white and gold squares joining the corners (almost looks like oriental lanterns). I am baffled as to how to quilt it. Any pattern suggestions would be most appreciated!

    • Could you create arc connecting some of the corners to make it appear more lantern like to carry out your theme? Allison in Plano, TX

      • I’m not sure; I have only done all-over patterns in the past and was considering quilting each square if it didn’t look too busy. I will take a picture and post.

  6. I guess I am kinda both…. depends on the mood and what I am doing. Beautiful quilt… kept looking at the scissors and didn’t notice the quilt. … is there a smiling face in there somewhere?

  7. What a great video.. Interesting I am called an extrovert but love time alone to create.. My hubby is a real introvert for sure. Thanks for your interesting Blog love all your tutorial and the quiet times you make me think.

  8. Introvert!!! I just left a job because my boss insisted I take an extroverted role in the business. I was very happy and productive in my position, which was perfect for my personality. I did not mind helping out when needed but reallized that all the stimuli exhausted me. Doing a job well does not mean you have to make it a career. My boss explained to me that I had no choice and he needed my to do that job – no discussion. Needless to say, I am now happily unemployed and searching for another position that I will be happy and productive in. Thanks for the article! I read her book and it’s such a joy to hear that quiet people are important and needed!

  9. Wow! Thank you for sharing that link. I’m an introvert and have been ‘apologizing’ for that for years, as I’m always made to feel somehow lacking. I LOVE how she explained that we need both extroverts and introverts. I am a very creative person, at least that is what others tell me–I just never linked that to my introversion. So now I will embrace being an introvert and continue to use that to help me be even more creative–in my painting and in my quilting!

  10. I am an introvert with extroverted tendencies. In a group setting I feel really comfortable in, I am extremely outgoing and friendly. But afterwards I go home and crash mentally. Luckily my husband understands this and gives me the peace and quiet I need to recharge.

    If I let myself, I could easily go a week (or more) without talking to anyone, happy in my own little world quilting away.

  11. Love this article, thank you for sharing! I have always mostly been an introvert & love it! Hate public speaking & all that kind of stuff. Not really shy, just don’t like being in the spotlight, lol…

  12. That was SO excellent. I am a life long introvert with occasional bursts of being an extrovert. Glad you shared this.

  13. Rosemary B here:
    Like the others, I am an introvert, but I push my self many times, and it is easy, to be extroverted.
    I failed my first clinical in nursing school because I was not outwardly assertive enough. That was a good lesson. I learned to model myself after other nurses that were extroverts. I think that is how I learned to be forthright and confident as a young nurse.
    I am not a pushy person. I do not like bossing people around, but as a nurse, I was quite good at teaching patients and giving them confidence.
    I also do not like public speaking, I turn all read and my heart pounds. I was once instructed at church in the morning as I arrived that I would be reading a passage from the bible. I wanted to refuse, but it was not an option. It was terrible for me.
    I like the old scissors.
    Happy Friday Lori. we finally got the oldsters moved in and I am glad we have the hard part over. The 91 year old twins are fenced in hahaha

  14. I love your free motion designs. I quilt with a church group, making prayer quilts — 40, 8inch squares. I like to do a little free motion quilting, but because of time constraints, I need simple designs. Often, I do some kind of swirl diagonally across the squares. Do you have any suggestions for some quick free motions designs?

  15. There’s a joke here in rural Wisconsin about classically reserved Norwegian-Americans:
    Q: “How can you tell when you are talking to an extroverted Norwegian?”
    A: “An extroverted Norwegian looks at YOUR feet when he talks to you.”

    Wisconsin (and Minnesotan) Norwegian descendants do tend to be a reserved people. Reserved and reticent, but not necessarily un-funny. The region abounds with Ole-and-Lena jokes and Sven-and-Ole jokes that poke fun at ourselves. Wikipedia has some fine examples of the genre. Just look up Ole and Lena.

      • Dat vuz a good von…yah! My Dad told us many jokes and I can still hear his Swedish brogue (sp?). Love it!! betcha! Dad loved to laugh. I wish his Mom, my Grandma Helga would of lived longer for me to know her…guess she had quite the brogue and came to America at the age of 19 by herself. Mom said when she thought something was funny she would say it made her full of laugh! I try to be full of laugh all the time and think of her. FOL!!! 🙂

  16. Thanks for the link to the TED talk. I have always considered myself an extrovert, but have found (when I paid attention), when I come home from a lively group setting, I feel drained and need time to recharge. And when I spend the day, alone in my sewing room, I am happier and calmer. (and sometimes irritated when I have come out and fix dinner! HA!) I think my friends and family would be very surprised to think I have a introverted streak!

  17. My name is Lin and I’m an introvert. I wouldn’t have it any other way; it’s not an affliction, but a gift . I am proud of who I am – intellectual, reflective, analytical, and creative. During my working life, I thrived in my career of information technology, which was one of the few areas that treated women AND introverts with much more respect and also was more financially rewarding than most opportunities available to women. It was okay to be quiet and geeky without any judgment, as long as one had a good work ethic and could perform the job. Outside of that work environment, people would criticize my behavior in many ways, so I became active in fine art and organic gardening, and spent more time with my wonderful pets rather than participate in more social events. I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.

  18. Eye opening article. Thank you for sharing it. I am an introvert. There, I’ve said it! I am an introvert and it’s finally OK. Always thought something was amiss with my enjoyment of alone time and silence. I can get out there but my happy time is right here reading, quilting,knitting and recently soap making. I always felt guilty about how much I loved being away from the crowd. Thank you Lori for such a special blog.

  19. I just finished listening/watching that video and have shared it on my Fb site. So many challenges put forth. The biggest is, perhaps, is to be true to “who I am” in the face of what a society might describe or, even worse, demand. Thanks so much for sharing. From one who is an “Introverted Extrovert”!!!!! Hugs……………..

  20. My husband is an introvert and I am an extrovert. I’ll never forget how he described this discovery when we first met. He said, “you really don’t like to play in your sandbox by yourself, do you?” I thought that would be miserable, but he has shown me, people are quite content being alone in their creative play….and I have learned I can enjoy it, too.

  21. Thoroughly enjoyed this – I have always been an introvert and felt guilty about it. Now I know it’s OK. I can see it in my grandson and I can tell him its OK too.


  22. I enjoyed the video. I had never thought of it before…..but yes I am an Introvert. I like being with people but I also enjoy being alone. I don’t have to have someone constantly entertaining me or in my space. I don’t need to be talking or interacting with someone 24/7.There’s a difference between being alone at times and being lonely!

  23. I guess I am going to be the unusual one on this column today. I am a serious over the top extrovert, with a few introverted tendencies. Since I do so much art and have for years, I need my time for my creating therapy. The most important one is quilting! the extrovert in me taught many classes so that I could share my art with many people and teach them to tap in to the creativity God has given. So even though I am a serious extrovert I love my time using my creativity and quilting or . Isn’t it wonderful how we are also different but share the same love of creativity in quilting? I love your column, Lori, and it has taught me so much!

  24. I’m more of an introvert, but with age..I can be an extrovert, but it does take me out of my comfort zone. I enjoyed reading this and I shared it with the professors at our law school. I thought they would enjoy it as well.

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