Saturday, February 19, 2011

Grateful for....Learning

I've always been a reckless kinda crafter. Actually..more like a reckless kinda gal in general. On the positive side this allows for creative juices to flow like sparkly streams and results in crafty adventures of the most delicious kind.

On the other hand... my haphazard approach to sewing often ends with a crumpled heap of fabric in the corner scowling rudely at me as I hurl expletives at it! Oh so many a project has befallen this dreadful fate.

I know the old adage, "measure twice, cut once" but in my land of "what's the worst that could happen?!" I tend to cut before I look. And hence far too many beautiful fabrics have been butchered under my rather unskilled hands. Expletives aplenty!!!

So when it was time on this crafting adventure to give quilting a whirl (actually, the big girl bed is screaming for one!) I simply knew this wasn't one I was going to be able to wing. Enter the most perfect local quilt shop ,their bevvy of brilliant teachers and two and a half hours on a Wednesday night of me time sans the poppet!


So this week joining in with Maxabella Loves, I am ever so grateful for learning! From learning how to use a rotary cutter to cut fabric as opposed to giving myself an impromptu manicure....to learning to sew slower than a grand prix driver in order to actually make seams even (who woulda thought!!!). But most importantly...learning that I am perfectly flawed, just like every other wonderful human being out there. I will stuff things up...I will be useless at others....I will throw fabric...and expletives. But that's who I am! And I'm still learning just who that is.

And you know what I've learned so far? I kinda like me!!


10 comments:

willywagtail said...

All sounds good. Those squares are divine. What a beautiful colour combination! I love a happy blend. Cherrie

Maxabella said...

I'm a reckless gal through and through as well. I lack the patience and precision to be a quilter... but you have kinda given me hope. I doubt I'll ever make a quilt, but at least I no longer have the assumption that just 'cos I'm haphazard, I can't be a great crafter! You are right - creativity comes along with the wildness and at least I have that in spades!! x

Claireabell said...

Love your approach, it's the same as mine! Those blocks are divine, they'll look beautiful with the new bed. Can't wait to see the finished product. Oh, and hurrah for getting some 'me time'!

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

I love that last line - more of us need to be happy with who we are flaws and all!

Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt - looks great so far!

Cate said...

oh that sounds like bliss! one of my friends floated the idea last year of starting up a crafting group for us, but nothing has come of it...must chase her up :-)
And yes, my seams always end up wonk if I try to quilt too!!
have a great weekend
xxxCate

Heidi said...

Maybe I could take up sewing it's the machines that scare me.
you are appear to me to be at the top of sewing talent.

Alice Becomes said...

learning is a gift to be cherished!

good on you for getting help...i think i need to arrange a course or two to help me in my life at the moment too - just little things, like learning to play the guitar properly finally

lovely post

Gill xo

Tracey said...

look at your squares! Love your fabric and colour choices, yay for learning new things

Trish said...

hi there Steph, love those colours and patterns together - your sewing looks fine ;) i signed up to follow your beautiful blog, maybe you'd like to follow me back? ;) cheers Trish

Kylie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it - but you already know that:)

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