I have a phobia of quilting….. not a phobia as such, I’m not scared of it, but I always put off quilting a project for fear of ruining all that hard work put on piecing the quilt top. I worry that once I get the thing in my sewing machine I will somehow end up with something terrible. Which is stupid because when I do finally pull my finger out and start quilting, I love it! I am able to look past the few minor messes I make in favour of the piece as a whole….
This quilt was my version of a memory quilt made from baby clothes. The thought of quilting the 64″ square on my machine was so so scary, what if I messed up and ruined the baby clothes? What if I did a really bad job and the recipient hated it? What if I actually did a good job – yeah right!! When I finally started quilting (a good few weeks after I had finished the top) I tried to do something ‘easy’ and simple and it completely back fired on me. The unpicking began and I was freaking out! I contacted a long arm quilter to see if she would do it for me but then decided that I needed to push past the fear and have another go, and I’m SO glad I did.
I did free motion pebbles all over the quilt and not only completed it, I actually enjoyed it! I was looking forward each day to coming back and doing more! I need to remember this feeling for my future projects to remember that I CAN do it and a little imperfection is part of the charm!
I plan to share the whole baby clothes memory quilt in another post.
Do you have any quilting or crafty phobias? How to you overcome them? I’d love to know! I know a big glass of vino often helps!