Monday, April 25, 2016

3 Lessons I've Learned From Quilting

I talk about quilting a lot when I blog - maybe a little too much, but I learn a lot from sewing and quilting, and I'm a chatterbox, and I like to share what I know. So...yeah, here we go. Another post from Kristina about sewing (and also about writing).

I'm finishing up a new project and I can't tell you about it because the person it's for might be reading this blog, but let me tell you it is CUTE! I can't wait to share pics (pinkie-swear, pictures will be shared!). During this project, as well as a few others, I've learned a few lessons:

3. Sometimes you have to start over. I can't count the number of times I've 'faced' the front of one fabric with the back of another (normally it's front-facing-front, back-facing-back before you sew)...and not realized it until it's all sewn up. And then I have to get the seam ripper out. Even with our books, sometimes we have to start over. Yeah, it blows...but a fresh start means a second chance to get those details right.

2. A new project is like cotton candy - irresistible. Our job is to resist. I currently have 5 projects going and patterns for...oh, 10 more. And that's with the sewing. New projects are irresistible - I find a new pattern or see some really great fabric and I just have to start. But then the older projects don't get finished. Same with writing - my rule is: finish 1 draft and then start another. I may edit older drafts as I'm writing fresh stories or make notes about future projects...but no starting multiple first drafts. I don't have enough room on my harddrive...

1. Details matter. This picture is a checkerboard baby-pink-and-white. The ribbon is pale pink satin and the thread is a variegated pink. That's a lot of pink. When I first started
this particular project, I had a darker pink ribbon. It looked bad. Like, baby vomit bad. As I laid everything out, that ribbon did not work. It should have, but it didn't. The same is true with writing: sometimes the perfect motivation is just...wrong. Sometimes the Mr. Right we have picked out for our heroines is...wrong. When we pay attention to the details, we see those little things. And we can fix them.

What about you? Do you craft? What lessons have you learned?

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dstoutholcomb said...

I got stuck on a quilt I've never finished. I'm better with paper crafting.


Mary Preston said...

I have never tried quilting but I love to knit. Sometimes I follow a pattern strictly and other times I just wing it. Winging it can often be a disaster, but I find I can learn a great deal from experimenting.

Kristina Knight said...

I've never been great with paper crafting, Denise, but I've seen some beautiful things!

Mary, totally get that winging it thing! lolol

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