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.

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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.)

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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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