Monday, January 21, 2008

A revelation - Goodbye B problems

This morning - I woke up and looked for a while at the 2 finished wallhangings in my room. I realized that progress has been made. Life sometimes goes by so quickly - we don't have time to applaud the little episodes of progress and growth. But there it is, My Little Quilt Sampler - made from scraps of garments from my then little girl (now 21) and it is finished.

Actually I see now that it has been hanging long enough to start to stretch, it needs to come down for a while I suppose. So today - I have to say - It is so nice to finally be beyond some of the b problems that plagued me in my first few years of quilting. I took this class to make a sampler for my first quilt. It had a pieced border. I was new to quilting. The border had thousands of little squares. It did not fit when I got to the point of attaching it. I was out of matching fabric. It is still in a box somewhere in storage land of my sister's house or my aunt's house in another state. I need to relocate it....cause I have finally gotten beyond the border -itis. I think. For many quilts after that - I never could get the border on - or finish the quilt. It was a b block. I would get that far and it wasn't quilter ADD (attention deficit disorder- and the continuous distraction of a new pattern - new fabric - new idea) that drove me away from finishing it and on to another problem - it was fear of not finishing it Right. Once a wise man asked me - why do you think it is that you don't finish things. I responded - because I am afraid it isn't going to be done right. And he then asked - How many right ways are there to do something. To which I wrongly replied - ONE. It has taken me years to learn how many right ways there are and to start to let go of always trying to do it some ONE RIGHT Way. This perfectionist attitude would amaze my highly organized extremely productive sister who always described me as a creative slob. Then came another sampler quilt - that had bowtie blocks in the last border. oh oh - - I couldn't get those bowties constructed for the life of me. I was just too afraid I didn't know the RIGHT way to do them. I researched the many different ways to create them until I never did. Well, almost never did, cause on the way across from my bed, hangs the finished sampler - bowties and all. Now bindings - I must admit are the last b challenge still hanging around in my life. I recently finished a quilt that had been waiting for Backing (oh yes, another b problem.....what is the right backing - should it match - should it not. etc and etc. More worrying - less finishing) and finished it in a hurry to try and get it into our quilt guild's show. I did not. The binding at the corners was so uncooperative. So fellow bloggers.....seeing posts from others who manage to get beyond their fears - whether it be of b things or something else - is so encouraging to me - and so I say - thank you!!! Thank you for sharing your photos and ideas and gently guiding me into feeling it is ok to not quite know if it is RIGHT, but finish it anyway.


NanaK said...

Neat little quilt sampler! Is that from the book "Little Quilts"? I got that book years ago, although never made one of these. Regarding your b problem.... you're not alone....many of us have UFO's. In my earlier quilting days when I ran into trouble, the project was put aside (several of these). Guess I need to work on these!

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starrynightquilter said...

This Sampler if from the Little Quilts Book. The class was taken at an excellent quilt shop in Pennsylvania called Quilter's Corner

I guess I need to start a list of great shops and links and sites.

Chookyblue said...

hey from the dashboard go to edit profile on the right and tick the box to show email then we can reply to you when you leave a comment.....
....oh and do what you want not what you think others want you to do but there is so much to see and if you want to try it all you can someone will be able to asist you if you can't work it

Stephanie said...

I love how you used scraps of garments. Very special!!

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