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Thanks for all the comments about the people that inspire you to create, it seems like we all have someone that has put us on our path to the joy of quilting (or crafting).
My motto has been, “If it can be done, it can be learned” What does that mean exactly? If someone is doing it, then you can learn it too. Everyone started somewhere, most likely at the beginning. But in blogland, it’s easy to just show the very best of what we do. In the name of transparency, I am going to show you pictures that few people have ever seen…..some of my first quilting.
When I got my quilting machine, I started with pantographs (designs that you trace from the back of the machine). This lovely heart design was one of the 4 designs that I could do. I used this picture to help promote my work…..eeek!
I soon grew tired of pantographs, boring!, and decided to go to the front of the machine. This was a big step for me, I was moving into the land of freehand quilting!
Wow, look at those swirls…….but at the time, it was my very best and I was so proud. This quilt was a charity quilt, and I am sure it made some little kids very happy. If you are wanting to hone your quilting skills, I would strongly encourage you to quilt for charity. It’s great practice and giving back, all at the same time!
Once the swirls were mastered, it was time to move on to the flower.
Looking back now, I can see that the quilting wasn’t right for the quilt, but we live and learn, right?
Once I mastered all-overs, I was pretty bored and ready for the next challenge: semi-custom quilting
Oh yeah, those are leaves! I loved them and thought that I had mastered this whole quilting thing. Through lots and lots and lots and lots of practice, I began to define a style for myself. I began to try new things and never gave up.
Fast foward almost 8 years:
My son is learning cursive right now, he is practicing all the different letters and he gets frustrated easily. I encourage him to just keep at it, over and over and he will get it. When I write in cursive, I don’t have to think about how to write the letters, I just do. I have written my name so much that I can write it big or small, sloppy or neat. Quilting is the same way. Once you “get it” you will be able to quilt the designs with out thinking about them.
So with quilting, or anything that is worth learning, keep at it! Because, “If it can be done, it can be learned”