There are times where I am knitting/sewing/crafting away at a project and I’ll notice a mistake: A split stitch, a crooked seam, a missed area of paint and I will sometimes let myself think that mistake ruins the whole project. Surely, if I notice it others will also. Yes, I am a perfectionist! But that’s not quite something to be proud of.
While I was making March 2012’s quilt blocks I tried to get those points and corners to line up and in the end there were a couple that just didn’t line up perfectly. Do I throw in the towel on the whole project? Do I spend more time taking it all apart to try to line it up? In this case, both of these answers should be no. One small little error does not render a whole project useless. The inherent function of the block will still be the same. As crafters/artists/workers/people we should strive to do the best we can, but not at a cost. Paying attention to detail is a great quality to have, however extreme perfectionism is limiting, inefficient, and most of the time unattainable.
In the future I hope to let my perfectionism drive my need to improve, but not so much so that it hinders my creativity and progress. I am not a machine.