Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Has This Ever Happened To You?

You’re excited about starting a new class, or pattern, or project, but after careful sewing, trimming, cutting your end product looks nothing like the sample. You wonder: What happened? In a recent post we discussed how different teachers may teach differently and that you need to find the one who really “speaks” to you. Maybe the teacher isn’t the problem. Maybe you are like this fly-head (your editor) who thought she heard all the instructions and eagerly delved into her new project only to discover that the end product looked more like a pizza instead of the new Wheelie so many are showing on their blogs. What happened? Sometimes we are so excited about starting the new project that we become overwhelmed, get information overload. Our mind gets a little pixilated and misses a few steps in the instructions. Compare this sample (pictured) to the Wheelies on Get Down Kitty’s blog About the only thing similar is that they are both round. Maybe (only maybe) this change in pattern was intended (did you get the maybe). New mantra: It’s not Ugly; it’s Original. When something different/unintended happens in your quilt, you are including a part of yourself, and that makes it special. Don’t give up. Don’t be afraid. Hop on over to Mary Lou and Cherries Too and see all her wonky designs. They are so free and inspiring. So, what does all this mean? It means that you should never give up. Take classes, take lots of classes from different teachers, learn new techniques, and gain confidence. Stop worrying (and I’m whispering here) there are no Quilt Police. Enjoy and create!

Changes – It was just discovered that the reason it took so long for things to download on the blog was because the files were too large. That has been fixed, so you should be able to download items much quicker now.

Happy Quilting!


Lisa said...

Oh, no! It was my fault! I am a bad teacher! :-( I never said to cut the end of the pie shape off, but I like your results anyway!

The whole reason I cut the tips of mine off was that I didn't think I could make nice little points like you did. You have mad skills!

Lurline said...

Oh, wow - you have a quiltshop? Get your Happy Houses going and keep all your friends and customers happy, too!
Hugs - Lurline♥
PS - lovely blog - will link it to mine!

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.

Quilting for Kids With Cancer

Quilting for Kids With Cancer
Generosity has no bounds. Above are the women in the Quilts For Kids group at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Left to right, Henrietta, Phyllis, Nancy, Carol, Karen. These women donate their time, fabric, money once a month to make quilts for kids who have cancer.