It’s ok to be intimidated…..to look at something and be just a little afraid. To not know what to do or where to start. It is not ok to let that intimidation stop you before you even start. Truly successful people take intimidation and turn it into inspiration. The same is so very true for machine quilting.
I don’t write a blog because I think that I am any better than anyone else, I write it because I want to encourage quilters to try free-motion quilting. Some quilters know they don’t like the quilting and I am totally fine with that, some of those people are my best customers. I am talking about the quilters that want to try it, but are scared….or the quilters that have given up because they think there is no way that they can do it.
I know that feeling, because I have felt it myself! When I was just beginning, I talked my husband into driving me to the Machine Quilter’s Showcase in Illinois. I had mastered my meanders and could even quilt a leaf….I really thought I had made it. But I walked into the show and I was shocked senseless. I didn’t know about any of the things I was seeing……beautiful, crazily quilted quilts with designs that sparkled. It was enough to depress me, I was intimidated. But once I knew it could be done, I knew I wanted to try……I was inspired.
Too often, people don’t take that leap….they stay intimidated……I say, come to the other side…be inspired….it’s takes practice, lots of practice. But any skill takes a lot of effort.
Stop comparing yourself to other quilters!
I think that the reason most people are intimidated, is that they compare themselves to other quilters way too much. What we see on blogs isn’t the whole story. I don’t show quilts that don’t look good. I don’t tell you about the customer’s quilt that I messed up and had to rip all of the quilting out of (just a few months ago). I don’t tell of the things that I have tried to do in this industry and failed. I share the fun stuff, the happy stuff.
This is my full-time job, I don’t have to do this and another job. Three days a week all my kids are in school, and all I do is quilt….well, that and get coffee! On my blog, I get to show quilts that I didn’t have to make and that I don’t have to bind. I am definitely not saying that I don’t work hard, because I do. I am just saying that comparing yourself to someone else is so unfair.
So what is the point of this rant? I want this blog to be inspiring not intimidating. Let me encourage you, not depress you. Please ask me questions! Keep asking if I don’t answer. I love what I do and I want others to love it as well!
This is one of the quilts that I quilted after I had been quilting for a year! One whole year of quilting and this is where I was…..Let this be the inspiration for your quilting journey!
Remember……if it can be done it can be learned.
Ok, enough of that! Tomorrow I will be back with a less wordy post. Happy Quilting!