Monday, February 22, 2016

Perfectly imperfect ...!

Last summer, I bought a cute train/road panel just because. You really never know when you'll need to quilt one for myself a child. Who wouldn't want to play with theses road and train tracks?!

Well, last Sunday that kid came to mind. I took the panel out and began pinning it so that I could use my DSM to machine quilt it. I reasoned, "I'm much better at controlling the quilting with my DSM, as opposed to my longarm."

What that really meant was "I'm such a perfectionist chicken, so I better use my DSM". Now don't get me wrong, I do not produce perfect quilts, I try, but I don't succeed. It's really a matter of what I am willing to live with and, as I get older, I seem to be more and more tolerant of my imperfections work.

As I started to safety pin the top, this voice in the back of my head said "Come on Carole, when are you going to be daring and just do it using Penelope?".  Hum ..... so I took the safety pins out and began loading it on my longarm.

First attempt:

I nearly had a cardiac arrest! "Oh no, this isn't good". But, I decided to take this as a learning experience and did not take it out. I continued machine quilting the quilt.

Yes, there are some spots where I'm not following the line but, in the grand scheme of things, it's really not noticeable unless I point it out. Sometimes you just gotta do it, let it go and get it over with!

No roads are perfect, and I'm sure once my the child has the trains, cars and whatever on the panel, it really will not be noticeable!

There you have it, the quilted panel! Notice any mistakes? lol

I learned a lot from this simple panel. Let it go Carole .... and just do it!

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor" Anne Lammott, from Bird by Bird (p.93)

Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!


Chookyblue...... said...

glad you had a go.........keep practising.......

Needled Mom said...

I think we are all afraid that we might "ruin" our quilt with imperfect quilting, but until we get the errors under our belt we will never believe in ourselves. We always learn so much by our mistakes.

WoolenSails said...

I know, I have the same problem, lol.
I need to make the baby quilt in two weeks and still not sure what to do.
I have cute fabric I won years ago, and one is a panel, but afraid I will ruin it, lol.


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