Have you ever taken a class and felt that it wasn't enough? You didn't get the confidence to do what you want to do, so you take another on the same subject? Yes, we all say (and it's often true) that we learn one more tidbit in that second class. But at what point is it enough and time to actually do something?
I find the most often repeated class is free motion quilting. It amazes me how many people sign up for this class at their local store and then perhaps with another store or a well-known quilter at a quilt show. Why? They are going to teach you the EXACT same thing that you already know.
We need to have HANDS-ON classes where you are "forced" to quilt your own quilt. The problem is that people keep taking these classes to learn more information and techniques, but what they really need is a confidence-building class.
Trust me, I've taught free motion quilting for years, and I see this over and over again! It's amazing how much one can learn by playing around and experimenting yourself. I'm not saying to NOT take classes in the future, but we MUST do!
Most of us learn better (and more) by making mistakes and falling on our faces. Yep - been there, done that many times. And even today, after everything that I've played with, I'm still learning and have so much to learn. I love writing all over my samples, acquiring samples of products and playing with them, and well, learning by making mistakes.
So imagine what is happening to our society when parents try to take that element of learning by making mistakes away from their children? The children NEVER learn to make mistakes, and they expect things to be perfect every time, or they get frustrated. It's not a good scenario. Let your kids, colleagues, friends, family MAKE mistakes. It's for their benefit and helps to improve their problem-solving skills.
Now, if you're taking a project class, while not everyone has time to get all the homework done on time, it's a good idea to experiment with the techniques so that you can ask questions and learn what you don't know. If you just monitor the class, you will learn NOTHING because you won't retain it!!!
I think that's why I consider myself a bad student. Well, not bad in a wrong way, but I know quite a bit (self-promoting!), and I'm very opinionated about how things get done (I can't stand silly or irrational ways of doing something), and I tend to not follow up with the class after the fact. However, give me an afternoon and a sewing machine and some products, and well - I can learn a ton!
And I'm super guilty of this, but I buy a LOT of books, and well, I guess I expect that since I bought the book, I'll gain the knowledge from that book, by looking at it on the shelf! Oh - what a silly concept that is! However, I've started reading software manuals to gain knowledge and making notes, and now I need to sit down in front of the computer and go over my notes. And you know what? I've already learned so much!!! That's my lunchtime entertainment!!
I find I'm spending less and less time on Social Media. I do go on very quickly (less than 10 minutes most days) to see if anything earth-shattering has happened, but I have so much stuff at my own house to entertain me that I don't need more. And click-bait? Tick-tock? Pinterest? I don't even go near them.
I had a great day yesterday. I didn't get as much done as I would have liked. You know how it is - everything takes way longer than you think it will. And I've got deadlines coming up this week and weekend, so I must get myself together and start focusing. I had a few things to tidy up, though, so I did get some of that done.
|The cutting table needs attention|
|Moved to the "to be quilted" pile|
|Customer quilt - DONE|
|Binding on M's quilt|