Thursday, May 20, 2010
365-103 Giving Quilting Another Try
So far, despite having cut a half billion rectangles the wrong size, I have not cried yet. I just went to the Hobby Lobby and paid the whopping $2.77 for another yard of fabric.
My first foray into quilting resulted in a wall hanging and table runner for my mother in law, a wall hanging for my mother (that I still cringe when I see hanging in her house - the color value choices were that horrid), and a set of placemats for myself that are still in use. That sounds pretty good, for the few months I spent on it, but none of it was fun. Tears were shed in frustration many times. So why try again?
I love the idea of quilting....the history, the thrift, the venue for self expression. I don't love the perfectionism involved - the criticism of imperfect seams or, yeah, that's it, it's the perfectionism. I've been reading the blog of kotkarankki for the past year, and she quilts. She quilts like I wanted quilting to be, but it wasn't: thriftily, creatively, generously, and without obsessing over every seam. Her quilts are not perfect, but they are all made to be used, not hung on display. She inspired me to give quilting another try. Thank you, Ulla!