Practice, Practice, Practice

They say practice makes perfect – not so sure about that! 

I can’t believe how intimidated I’ve been by this machine 😉 I’ve been practicing on muslin, old fabric, you name it. I know that I’m getting better but boy, what a long way to go yet! Here’s a few things I’ve learned so far.

1. Breath.
Sounds silly but you’ll find that you may hold your breath. I always stretch my shoulders and take a deep breath before I start. 
2. Patience
. You will NOT be perfect. Expect to make mistakes and learn from them. Don’t be surprised if you make the same mistake more than once, this is a big learning curve. 
3. Relax
. Before you’ve gone half way across the first pass you’ll find that you’re shoulders are tense and you’re holding your breath! 
4. Acceptance.
I find that I am being much too hard on myself. I don’t want to show any of my friends what I’ve done because I don’t think it is good enough. I’m slowly getting away from these thoughts and I’m finding that I am getting somewhat better. 
5. Practice.
And then practice some more and then practice again. It is so true. Using a quilting machine means re-training your eye-hand co-ordination and using muscles in your shoulders and arms that you may not be used to using. 

I belong to a small quilting group called the 4Q’s (four quilters) and we did a round robin. All tops were absolutely stunning when they were completed. My centre block was an appliqued pansy in burn oranges on a muslin background. I had originally said that I wanted it to be a wall hanging for my kitchen. When it came back it was almost 48″ square! Well, it’s been waiting to be quilted for many months now. I think I owe it to these gals to finish it.

Am I good enough? Not sure. We’ll find out.


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