Monday, October 5, 2009
I made this pin cushion months ago and I did a terrible job on it. I've had this thing sitting on my sewing table all this time and have yet to really use it. In fact, I still have all the instructions sitting on my kitchen counter. (Note to self...forgot to mail that to Helen) When I first made this pin cushion, I had decided that I totally messed it up and that it must be corrected. As the months have passed, I've found that I'm not as gungho on the idea. I strive on perfection. I look at the pictures in the magazines and books and think, "Wow, if they can do it, so can I!" Then I make the project and find that nine times out of ten, I can make it, yes, but it never looks like what the picture in the magazine shows. I find myself disappointed and a lot of times, end up either chucking the project, or letting it slowly drift into my UFO pile. (For those not familiar with quilt talk, UFO means "Unfinished Object") So as I sit here, in October, with this pin cushion being the only real project I've done this year (In my defense,we had a baby in March...I've been busy) I think to myself that it's time to quit being so anal about everything I do. Mistakes happen. And if anything, it's going to be my mistakes that set my work aside from everyone else who read the same magazine that I did. In a hundred years when people are sifting through thousands of "Quilt in a Day" patterned quilts, it's going to be my messed up, ran out of fabric, put the wrong stitch in, missing stuffing work that stand out. I think I'm okay with that.