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Not All Dirt and Rocks

The quilting community is priceless–I see it on blogs, on Instagram, in quilt shops, and in smaller groups that gather together.  And in my case, this week, the comments I received about my frustration with my quilting buoyed me up and gave me lots to think about.

quilting tools

The first thing I did was buy a couple of more tools to help me.  Both Amie and Pip, in their comments, steered me back to Leah Day’s FMQ site, and then to Diane Gaudynski’s blog, where I learned tons of things by reading through all of her posts (loved the one about *batting*).  One of the things I learned was continuing education is invaluable, as new tools (above), ideas and techniques are always evolving and I Need To Keep Up.  Practice is mandatory, other commenters reminded me, and to not despair that my quilting is not like that of the long-armers. I loved the quote that Dot sent over, and also this one by Ursula La Guin:

If you see a whole thing, it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives… But up close a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.

And I guess I should add that quilting seems to be best looked at as a “whole thing.”  I am thankful for those who read my blog, reminding me not to focus on the dirt and rocks, but to keep the vision–to not lose the pattern.

Lollypop Class

One of the little miracles this week was teaching my Lollypop Treat class at Bluebird Quilts & Gallery.  I had six great and enthusiastic students (one was camera shy), shown here the second week, bringing back in their own Lollypop Treat blocks.  Each is so different and so wonderful, and I had such a great time.  A couple of them became readers of this blog, so to them I say–thanks for joining in the adventure!

New tote bag fabrics

The owner, Janet, saw my Tote and thought it would make a great class, so she picked out some fall-themed fabrics, with a fun pop of Halloween for the lining.  It’s an evening class, just one day, on October 22, from 6-8:30 p.m. if you’d care to join us. (You can reach the shop by calling (909) 514-0333.)


This is the tote that I made–I’ve been using it as my purse and I’m really liking it, even though it’s probably not what you’d see in the fashion magazines.  But I need a purse that I can throw stuff in, and that has pockets, and that I can set on the floor if needed.  I also love my higher-end leather purses, but in truth, that’s not always the kind of life I lead.  And this suits me.

May you have a good week, working on the Dirt and Rocks, but keeping an eye on the bigger whole.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Lee’s Freshly Pieced blog.

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9 thoughts on “Not All Dirt and Rocks

  1. I do like the dirt and rocks parallel. It suits the situation perfectly. Practice, practice, practice. How many times have we all heard that? Yet, we want it to be perfect from the start.

    I just love that new bag!

  2. looks like a very successful class!! Stop throwing rocks at yourself….and go dig in the dirt!! Enjoy the process….and nobody will examine quite the same way. Be sure to let the recipient know what a hard job it was for you to make though~~!!~~

  3. Great post! I love the rocks and dirt analogy! It is very apt! In teaching I tend to remind students about how a poor grade fits into the whole scheme of things! Love the Lollipop Trees! And your new bag is great too!

  4. I use a mat called a super slider, I think it is similar to the one you bought and gloves to fmq, did not realize you might not, I just assumed everyone did because Leah Day recommends them. I am so glad your class went well, and that you are teaching more. I bet it is different from your regular teaching.

  5. Thank you for the Ursula LeGuin quote! I’ve added it to my quote collection. (Some day, I’ll make a quote quilt.)

    I’ll step back from the dirt and rocks in my daily life, and look for things like tonight’s beautiful moon.

  6. Love the dirts and rocks analogy . . . will need to keep that in mind when I work on quilting too. I know I need lots and lots and lots of FMQ practice. I think it’s so cool that you are teaching. Your LollyPops were just so beautiful. I thought of you today when I saw a LollyPop quilt shown on Canon Village Quilt Works blog. There’s the link if you want to see

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