Friday, March 4, 2022

Rules for a Busy Quilter on Off the Wall Friday

With March comes not just the end of our grey days but ... National Quilting Month!!  I always thought spring was a perfect time to renew ourselves into our favorite passion.  I mean, really, it takes a special kind of person to cut up perfectly good material and then take hours and hours to sew it all back together right?!

Rules For a Busy Quilter

  • When you're "In the Zone" the sewing room is off-limits to everyone else.  How many times has a family member or a phone call gotten you off track and it's impossible to get right back to that sweet spot of production?  Don't be afraid to SHUT THE DOOR!

  • There is no such thing as perfection.  Practice does NOT make perfect but it will make for better art/quilts.  Also since there is no such thing as perfection, those pretty quilts you see online aren't perfect either.
  • Allow yourself to experiment and step out of your comfort zone even if at first it's not as good as your "usual stuff".  Your usual stuff wasn't that good, to begin with, either.

  • Spend time taking pieces to completion.  Yes, that means quilting, binding, labeling, and photographing.  Having the piece truly, completely done with gives you a sense of achievement and closure on the piece.
  • An organized clean studio is not a sign of being less productive.  It's a time saver knowing where all your tools are!
  • YES is not always the answer to every project, show, challenge, gift that crosses your path. 
      More is not always more.
  • Always have a cheering section and when you run across a critic remember that have NO hope of doing what you can do.
  • Finally, this is supposed to be fun.  Bleeding for your art is really not a thing.

(I swear I'm going to start labeling these my pep talk posts!!  No matter how many times I write them  - I think if I need to be reminded someone out there needs to be reminded!)


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Julierose said...

Thanks so much for the cheering thoughts this Friday--love that last one--scared? Afraid of failing, again? Well, just buckle up and do it anyway!! Great thoughts for this Friday thanks, and hugs, Julierose

Gwyned Trefethen said...

You come up with the best lists, Nina.

Elsie Montgomery said...

Thanks for the list! I put a link on my blog, but didn't add it to the links list because of being a bit unsure about sharing my info across those platforms.
Anyway, my page is and shows a scrap-buster in blue scraps... have concluded they multiply in the dark like rabbits as that small box has yielded several including a large twin, and some smaller lap quilts. Hope this encourages those who want to tackle their leftovers!

Quilting Gail said...

Love your rules!!! They are so good!
quilting gail

Zenia Rene said...

Thanks for these rules, Nina! I'm a firm believer in "finished is better than perfect". I definitely like the idea of completing projects and staying organized as much as possible.

The Idaho Beauty said...

I LOVED the cartoon (so true) and particularly like "those pretty quilts you see online aren't perfect either." You are right that we every now and then have to remind ourselves of these things.