|Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits...|
And then, when my heirs are dealing with my estate, they will think "why on earth did mother hang onto this all these years and never use it"?
I see this frequently in workshops, people will use the cheapest fabric. And I will say "why? when you have this beautiful bit of burnt orange in your stash, that would be perfect".
But, they say, I would hate to waste it! I'm saving my good stuff."
And yet they have spent a lot of money coming to the workshop! And Will probably be going out to dinner that night, maybe even having a couple of glasses of water to recover!
Something else I see: a design blocked out on the wall..but the pieces aren't cut out rather they are folded up bits of fabric, sometimes the whole yard folded it up into lumpy wodge... and we're trying to decide if it looks right! I don't know about you, but I don't really like lumpy wodges in my quilts!
How do I know all of this?? I've done it myself, a thousand times!
|Do not disturb: I'm fixing to think about learning.....|
Another situation that happens: you have a design - it is not quite right but you plough on any way, and you try a lot of different fabrics. You sew it all together, and then pull it apart again, you rearrange every section, you're cut out a big big chunk, you add a great deal of black in the hopes that somehow that will put it altogether ...and still its not working. Now many designs can be fixed and improved and this is usually best done at the design stage. But there are some that are just hopeless from the beginning..... so have you wasted your time? No! Not if you think about it in terms of learning. You probably learned more from from that unfixable piece then you ever did from the one that went smoothly from start to finish. It's a case of altering our mindset so that we're not product orientated but rather learning oriented. It's better to think it's not about what I can fix, rather it's about what I can learn.
Learning new skills is one of the most wonderful things that we can do-but it does come at a cost. We must use some of those precious pieces of fabric, we must use our time and our energy - but aren't they worth it. Isn't it the amount of time and money and effort expended worth the new skill and the new knowledge that we have required?
|There are times when I feel I'm looking at things the wrong way...|
Think about it which would you rather have?
A pile of the dozen quilts Nice but not special - they that all went together very easily without much effort on your part… or, perhaps only a few samples, but the knowledge of how to manipulate colours and shapes and pieces of fabric in the way that creates something new and wonderful and allows you to express how you feel about some special experience? And, of course, what not to do!
|Waiting...for it all to come together.....|
It's important to look at things a little differently, and consider what is really important. Material goods, or personal growth. It really is all about the learning.
If you have been, thanks for reading! and do please write in the Comments and tell me your learning stories.....