After reading the comments left yesterday .. I love comments by the way but don’t ever feel like you have to leave a comment.
Vicki mentioned that sometimes the fear of imperfection paralyzes us. That’s so true. I’m going to tell a story . . can’t be from Louisiana and not have a long story for everything! My goals are always to have perfect points, perfect seam intersections . . it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes I rip it out and sometimes I just leave it. From the pictures I share on the blog, you probably don’t see any glaring errors but if you were looking nose to nose at my quilts, you’d see lots of imperfections. Here’s the story . . In about 2002 or 2003 I was in Paducah when it wasn’t quilt show time and I went to the museum. Perfect, award winning quilts were hanging there. I could get up to them and look without the crowds between the quilts and me. Don’t get me wrong . . every one of those quilts was way more perfect than anything I’ll ever make but . . I saw some imperfections! I saw some machine quilting that had smaller stitches than some of the other stitches. I saw a few points that weren’t totally perfect! That hit me like a ton of bricks . . my quilts do not have to be perfect! That one realization made such an impact on my quilting.
Not everyone is going to like everything we do. I got hit really hard with that lesson yesterday! If you’re trying to please everyone, you’re never going to please yourself. Ask me if Vince loves his new quilt! 🙂 Don’t stress over choosing the perfect pattern, and the perfect fabric in the perfect color. Do your best and have fun! There’s enough stress in the world that we have to deal with (I’m working on tax stuff today!) that every aspect of quilting should be fun for us. When I find myself stressing over quilting and not having fun, it’s no longer a hobby and I’m finding myself another hobby. Where’s my sock yarn? 🙂
We all have choices with almost everything . . we can spend weeks or months making a perfect quilt or we can enjoy the process and make quilts to be loved by our family and whomever we choose to share our quilts with. You have to know what’s right for you. Some are happy to spend a year or two making one quilt for show that wins awards and ribbons. Some are happy to make dozens of quilts to donate or share with family and friends . . some are in between the two.
Don’t ever compete or compare your work with someone else. If making one quilt a month is good for you, that’s great. If making one quilt a year is good for you, that’s great too.
If you’re wanting to quilt and not having the time because of work, family . . legitimate reasons, don’t worry . . there will be time when you can quilt, hopefully soon. If you’re not quilting because . . well, you’re sitting at the computer wishing you were quilting or you just can’t get motivated and have no reasons why you can’t get motivated . . that’s not ok! Go quilt! 🙂