As I am sitting down to my first baby size "practice" quilt, I felt compelled to send you this email.Mary really hit the nail on the hammer - the more you practice, the more you play with these designs, the more you will like the quilting process.
You blog site is incredibly wonderful.
Before my sister shared this blog with me, I was tired of stippling and meandering. I hated the quilting part of constructing a quilt. BORING!
But, your blog opened new doors for me. It has been such a great experience for me. Your teaching skills are tops! I enjoy your honesty. Key word in your blog: PRACTICE. I understand that clearly now.
Next week, I am going to help an older lady (cripes, I'm 50-lol) with her quilting techniques. And, I am excited to share with her everything that I have learned from you. She is going to be amazed at what she can do--what she could always do-with the right tools, attitude and practice.
And, really with just a little practice there is improvement, which in turns lends itself to the desire to continue on.
I have frequented your shop because I think it's important to support what you do and what you give to me for free. Your time is worth my loyalty as a shopper.
Great job with your blog. You have inspired me to move in different directions. BTW--I love the paisley design(s). OMGosh--so fun!
I am close to being ready to quilt my "monkey" quilt and I am actually excited about quilting it! That's never happened. Quilting was always such a droning chore. Not anymore...
enjoy your day - mary
Look at it this way - if right now you're dreading the quilting process, either because you're afraid of bad looking stitches or a time consuming, labor intensive process, try to find one way to make it more fun.
You can listen to your favorite music, or find a good audio book to listen too, pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine, or turn on a good movie in the background. Doing these things will make you more comfortable and make free motion quilting seem less like torture.
Then as you relax into quilting, you'll soon start finding your rhythm, and, just like Mary, you'll start enjoying the process instead of dreading it.
Let's go quilt!