You know that old saying, “Measure twice, cut once”? It should be followed. Regrettably, I did not. I’m in the process of facing down my quilting fears with this quilt. I was in a zone. I was feeling groovy. Stacks of fat quarters all over the table…color, texture, possibilities laid out before me….YES! I AM A QUILTER!! Erika gave us the option of cutting fabric or ripping fabric. I tried both. Turns out…I’m a ripper. Rip, rip, rip.
I love the little frayed edges.
Stacks of ripped fabric. Oh yes.
This is where it all went awry… I measured, incorrectly, and went on, unknowingly, happily ripping strips. Seven strips in, I realized the mistake. I panicked. I did. Every self critical comment came to mind…every harsh voice. Usually this is where I trip up, get discouraged, and stop. This time I chose differently. I quickly texted Erika my mistake and her reply set my mind at ease. I wound up needing to purchase a little more fabric. My daughter asked if we could use the mismeasured fabric to make another project together….absolutely. I finished ripping strips.
And done! Still loving the project and embracing the mistakes. Perfectly imperfect. Moving on to the next phase!
And so it begins….
Today I bought fabric to make this quilt.
I’m not completely certain of my fabric choices, but I’m thrilled I took a leap of faith. I drooled over yards and yards of options. I went in thinking yellow and came out with something completely different. When faced with a new challenge, I often find myself overwhelmed…and ultimately let it get the best of me. I procrastinate because I worry that I’ll get it wrong. I strive for perfect. Not this time around. I can do this. And so can you…..play along with us!