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These were not originally my own words of wisdom. They were spoken to me by a friend years ago. And I can't remember now what it was I couldn't do, but I can tell you that with the help of this friend I am sure I saw it through. And, I adopted that mantra. They are great and cursed words to remember when I find myself taking apart a quilt I have been working on for months only to find it looks really wacky when it's hanging! Just about the time I start to think "I can't do this..." I hear a little voice in my head that tells me I can. You're joking! And, even through some tears of frustration and lots of cursing, eventually I do find a way to do what I thought was impossible.
But,I could not have done it without lots of help!
It started with a small sewing machine my mother sent to me 4 years ago and it continues now on the Viking Designer 1 my husband bought me 4 years ago. I have logged in over 1000 stitching hours in the 4 years I have had it! It hardly ever gets a day off!
And, when I find myself without the skills to do what I want to do, I find myself surfing the internet in search of someone who has a How-To page! I have discovered a wealth of information and numerous resources for supplies and materials and many people just wanting to share their knowledge.
I have always loved picture books and I have a library of sewing, quilting and embroidery books that I flip through from time to time always finding something new. Inspiration and instruction can come from almost anywhere and it seems that the more skills I acquire, the more I am able to comprehend. Despite having all of these resources at my fingertips, I learn best by actually doing! It's not enough for me to read something, I have to try it for myself.
If someone were to ask what is the most valuable tool or skill for a pictorial quilter to have, I would say, flexibility! No matter what the idea, how well it's planned or how much skill and talent I may have,the end product rarely resembles the original idea! During the course of a quilts construction, 1 step will influence another, 1 idea will spawn another and 1 ooops can change the direction of the entire piece. So often I waste hours trying to get a piece to do just what I think it sould be doing only to find out it works much better if I just let it happen.
Hours of sketching designs, digitizing borders and trying new techniques has led to a room full of boxes of what I call my practice stuff. All of this trial-and-error is what it takes for me to get from A to Z. Hopefully these pages will enspire and encourage those who are sure they can't do that!
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