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.
In an earlier post I mentioned my visit to a Babylock sewing club. Three quarters of the way through the class there was “Show and Tell” segment where everyone in the room got a chance to show off something that they made. One woman showed a bunch of quilt blocks she put together from the free Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month class. The fabrics, the colors, and the stitching were beautiful and it inspired me to give it a try. I’ve never quilted before and don’t have the interest now to call myself a quilter, but I’m going to have fun making the blocks! I may not even bind it after all the blocks are done.
The first two blocks employed the slash and sew technique: sew in a strip between two pieces, slash through your square, and sew in another strip between the two new pieces. Very easy. Except when things don’t line up. I had to redo the seams on the Wonky Pound Sign block because my strips didn’t line up. The very first block I did (Asterisk) isn’t centered and I’m fighting the urge to completely redo the thing.
I falling in love all over again with my rotary cutter!
Check it out! R. finally finished her quilt! I love the pink and brown. Now she just needs to hook me up with an adult sized one. 😉