Does this mistake stop your quilt from being a quilt?
The answer, of course, was no. Even with this tiny mistake, my quilt will still be a quilt when it is finished. In a few days I might not even be able to see where this happened, and when the quilt is on the wall, it will likely be even more hidden in the complexity of all this stitching.
I guess this is looking at the quilt from the perspective of utility, not of decoration. If we look at mistakes from the perspective of Will My Quilt Still Work As a Quilt? then, at least for me, it's far easier to accept this little stitch-off as part of the process. It's not worth picking up the seam ripper and making a big production out of it.
I can see from this one question where all my drive and obsession from perfection comes from. My perfectionist nature comes in full force when I'm making something not to fill a need (utility mindset), but for decoration, and especially competition.
Because Duchess Reigns has been mostly designed and quilted to be a decorative, competition quilt, my drive for perfection has been overwhelming. And right now it seems really pointless. I mean, what does it matter if I pick out that one missed stitch or not? The quilt is still a QUILT and it still looks damn good!
Will a judge call me out on it? If they do, will it undermine my good feelings about my quilt? I love Duchess Reigns, but what if it's just not up to the level of perfection the show demands?
A few weeks ago I showed a picture of Duchess Reigns to a friend and expressed my frustration at the perfection drive. I was agonizing over minor thread inconsistencies that I see clearly, but probably no one else would notice.
My friend looked at the photo and said simply "But Leah, this was made by YOU, a human. You have to allow for those inconsistencies because that's where the art is."
So that is what I'm working on today. I'm leaving in the minor mistakes. I'm allowing this quilt to reflect not the skill of a obsessive compulsive stitch ripping crazy woman, but the skill of a human who is making a quilt.
That is, after all, all I am doing. I am making a quilt. There's no reason to get so bent out of shape about it!
Now what are you working on today? Hopefully not having to talk yourself off the ledge of perfectionism!
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