Recently I added a Pro Stitcher to my HandiQuilter Avante.
I can now quilt an elephant on my quilts.
Are you impressed? Don’t be. The way I learn is by making mistakes, and yesterday I made plenty of mistakes and learned a lot. Feeling confident after watching all the instructional videos, I plunged right in and loaded a quilt to do an edge to edge quilt pattern. I chose an open and airy pattern to quilt on my Button quilt – a pattern titled Loose Threads. Sounded just right for the quilt. Unfortunately I was in too much of a hurry because I failed to measure where the pattern would end in the throat space and how it would fit together row to row. I also was not careful basting the edges and didn’t watch the batting which folded in the center. Lots of mistakes. Lots of lessons learned. I was a little discouraged, but finished it up and trimmed it, wobbly edges and all.
Can you see all my mistakes?
Here is one………..instead of a rounded edge, there was not enough throat space so the rounded edge was squared up.
Here is the backing……….can you see the mistakes here?
No, of course not. I was miserable over my mistakes, but today when I looked at the finished quilt, I realized that it is hard to find the mistakes and all in all it looks pretty good. Also, I read in one of Julia Cameron’s books her words “Here’s what I like about God: Trees are crooked, mountains are lumpy, a lot of his creatures are funny-looking, and he made it all anyway.” So my lumpy, bumpy, quilt fits nicely into this world.
All the mistakes I made mean that I have learned. When I re-watched the instructional videos today I took lots of notes and am now ready to try again. Do you also learn by making mistakes?
Here is a close-up of the backing fabric. I think it is adorable.