Does Your Quilt HAVE to be Perfect?
I suppose the answer to that question lies in what you’re making the quilt for.
Contests and Selling your work – demand skilled work.
Otherwise? Does it demand perfection. I am answering that with a resounding NO.
I do believe that Perfection is Overrated.
Don’t use that as an excuse to be a sloppy or lazy quilter!
That isn’t what I’m talkin’ about.
I think most quilters strive for accuracy, and some unfortunately strive for perfection.
I don’t want to see the novice quilter give up fearing they might not measure up.
The first time you try quilting, it might not be perfect.
- Your seams may not match
- Your quilting may be awkward
- It might have puckers or a few lumps and bumps
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Perfection is overrated.
Perfection is also in the eyes of the beholder.
When your quilt doesn’t come out “perfect”.
What will you do? Hide it? Give up?
Would you hide your child’s drawings? My guess is that you’ll treasure them.
I hope you would do the same with your quilts.
Pictured below is an example of my first quilting attempt.
I didn’t use the “correct type of fabrics”.
The seams don’t all match and my hand quilting was very clumsy.
But…It was much loved.
Your quilt may be keeping someone warm and cozy.
It may give your child a sense of security.
It doesn’t have to be perfect to do that.
The Ten Year Quilt
I love the quilt pictured below.
It is probably the most elaborate quilt I’ve ever made.
- It has over 2,000 pieces that were hand appliqued.
- It was hand quilted.
- The layout, created as I went along.
It doesn’t meet the definition of perfection.
The Mitered borders aren’t quilt right. But you know what?
I adore this quilt and it is handled with love and care each day.
No, I don’t think your quilts need to be perfect to be beautiful.
I do believe, the more you venture into the ART of Quilting:
- You will discover tools that will help you
- Your accuracy will improve
- You will challenge yourself with more complex and intricate projects (and they probably won’t won’t come out perfect the first time around)
- When you stop stressing out over perfection – skill and accuracy will be achieved
My Humble advice to my fellow quilters 🙂
- Aim for enjoyment.
- Work on your skills
- Perfection is overrated.
- Do your best and forget the rest 🙂
- Create with all your heart!
Adele, Creative Domestic Engineer
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