The pursuit of excellence…

chevron mug rug resizedIt’s always worthwhile, wouldn’t you agree? Practice makes perfect — we’ve heard it and said it all our lives. Because it’s true!  If you want to be expert at something, if you want your skill to show, if you want to be (reasonably!) proud of your work, then it’s worthwhile to pursue excellence.  My good friend, Trudy, says that working with small blocks is a good way to perfect piecing skills.  To that end — here’s a chevron “mug rug” made from 1 3/4″ half square triangles — which were the “excess” trimmed from “real” quilt blocks!  I plan to quilt it and bind it next week.

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Headed in the right direction…

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Moving forward — it’s always a good place to be. Learning something. Improving a skill. Understanding the ‘why’ in a problem or a process or an idea. I’m working hard on the skill of ‘precision’ in my quilting these days. A friendly competition with myself. Very satisfying to see the results improve day by day.

Don’t waste time…

I spent about a year and a half writing my first novel, about a year and a half editing it, and about 30 years thinking, “Oh no! What if I can’t really do it?”  I can tell you, that 30 years was a big waste of time!  What are you hesitating to do? If it’s longarm quilting — quit wasting time!  At Seldom Seen Quilting it’s affordable and painless to learn — and I promise you will be able to do it!

Learning from each other…

I have decided it is impossible to visit with another quilter for more than five minutes without learning something!  How much fun is that?  Yesterday, for instance, I learned there is a book by Leah Day with 365 different free-motion quilting patterns, you can use a carpenter’s tape measure to make a snap closure for a quilted handbag, and practicing a pattern on the longarm in “silent” (not sewing) mode helps you relax! 

Shining eyes…

Today, a small boy with shining eyes and a winning smile bounced into the studio and announced, “It’s awesome up here!” with a voice as loud as all adventure!  We pulled a chair up to the railing to allow him the full effect of our mezzanine view, and then I just soaked up his wonder. It fueled my creativity for the rest of the afternoon!