I've been sewing for many years. You would think by now that I've learned everything there is to learn. And you would think that I don't make mistakes. Hardly! I've barely scratched the surface of what's out there, and I make mistakes EVERY DAY.
Here's a couple of observations that drive me crazy!!
1. "Wow! Your stuff is perfect!" I get this a lot from people. My stuff is FAR FROM PERFECT. Points get chopped off, seams sometimes don't match, and colors - well, sometimes they don't work as they should. And I make stuff up as I go along.
2. "Wow! You do so much!" While this one might be true, it's because, for the last 20 years, it's been my job to make stuff. I am one of those "lucky" ones whose hobby is also their day job. Trust me, sometimes, it's not fun when there's a deadline, and you're sewing because you have to, not because you want to.
3. "Wow! You have an amazing stash!" Yes, while this is also true, that stash is also a headache. It's taken me loads of time to amass it and keep it organized. It takes a LOT of space in the house. Never mind how much money is invested there. I could have taken some great vacations with the amount of money tied up in that stash. And at some point, I have to get rid of it.
Anyway - you get the point here. The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence. I LOVE what I do, but it's a job! And as I mentioned, my stuff is far from perfect. But here's where I differ from a lot of people. I'm a pretty confident person, and I am willing to make up a story about my quilt that turns the bad parts into good. I'm willing to learn from the mistakes, although it seems that I continue to make them! And I'm good with that. Life is just too short to be roadblocked when it comes to things I want to do.
I know that I've mentioned this before, but the best advice I ever got was from my grandpa. He told me, "walk like you know where you're going, even when you're lost!" Sage advice has stuck with me for years.
The other thing about making mistakes - if you screw up, it's fabric. It's a few dollars (well, maybe more now), but we are NOT talking heart surgery where a screw-up can kill someone. This is FABRIC, and it's our hobby, and it's supposed to be FUN. If it's not fun, then you need a new hobby!!!
Why am I telling you all this? Well, I had a "fun" day yesterday. First, I dropped off a bunch of stuff with my MIL, so that'll keep her busy sewing for a LONG time, I hope! She's good, and she's fast!
Then I decided to get some sewing done. I didn't work on the magazine quilt with the impending deadline because I needed some time to do "just for me!".
This is what happened.
I was trying to get the twig row completed on my All in a Row quilt. It just wasn't happening. I don't know how many times I had to rip out these very SIMPLE blocks. What was the issue? I wanted all the seams to nest on the back. Well, that took forever, and then when I was pressing it after it was totally together? MISTAKE in the rotation of the blocks. So one half of the row was one way, and the other half was the other way. MORE RIPPING!!!
|A ripping good time|
|Bucket of fabric for the Kimberbell project|
|A block that needed to be trimmed|
|Trimming a small pineapple block|
|Trimming the large pineapple block|
|Trimming the patchwork in the hoop block|
|The fabric is shrinking!|
|The block was saved|
|Oops - the fabric really did shrink!|
|The quilt top|
|Hmm - like fabrics touching|
|The solid piece of the red check goes!|
|No contrast in the wording|
Then I realized that I still have to applique the drink straws in place.
|Drink straws need to be appliqued in place|
|More drink straws to applique|