Hooray for Thursday! It’s nearly the end of the week and it’s time to link up your quilty goodness. This week I have been quilting without a plan, I know lots of people sketch out their designs or even draw them on clear plastic and then lay it on top of their quilt. For some reason my brain doesn’t get beyond vague ideas before I start stitching.
The quilt that I’m working on is one of my entries for the Canberra Quilters exhibition. The biggest lesson I’ve learnt this week is not to quilt after a quilt has been accepted into a show! I’ve been putting so much pressure on myself to be perfect and every mistake is a rude shock. And trust me, there are a lot of mistakes, I’m terrible at stitching in the ditch and this quilt has a lot of that!
I mentioned last week that going to the quilt show in Sydney was somewhat intimidating, the quilts were amazing, I thought I was pretty awesome, but I felt completely dwarfed. I wish I had the time to talk to some of the quilters about their quilts, to ask how they developed the skills that they have. To hear that they are human too.
As it is I have come to the realisation that I have a long way to go in my quilting career. I have been watching a tonne of youtube videos this week and am thinking about going to the Australian Machine Quilters Festival in Adelaide later in the year. I also hope that I’ll learn a lot at QuiltCon (I have two classes booked with Lisa Sipes). I guess that longarming can be somewhat solitary and I like to talk about process and brainstorm with others!
At the end of the day (or mid quilt) I am happy with where this quilt is going. It isn’t perfect but it is very me and I am using it as an opportunity to learn new skills and push my quilting just that little bit further. I’m also reminding myself that I’ve only been longarming for 6 months!
So now it’s your turn to link up your quilty process. Have you ever made a quilt for a show? Do you plan your quilting or just jump in and see where you end up?
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P.S. Just to keep it real, I’m typing this post in the dark in my kids bedroom. We have two extras sleeping over tonight and there have been tears (the youngest is 3) but as I type this, it has just hit 10.15pm and I think everyone is finally asleep. My life is very hectic right now and my blog is not getting the love from me that I’d like to give it. Thank you for your continuing support and for linking up every week xxx