I had my final class last night to learn how to create my Metro Rings and
accomplished my goal of completing one ring: (Phew!)
|These blocks are 10" squares.|
With that said, it's been a few years since I have taken a class, thus I learned a little bit about myself and what this quilt is going to teach me:
- A new patience: Seriously, Val, S L O W D O W N! (LOL!) This quilt is not going to be done this weekend, nor this month. I will enjoy the process. I may even pull out my featherweight and set this project up in it's only special place as it will take focus and soft, slow sewing. (Are you reading between the lines that I may have a heavy foot on the pedal!!! LOL!!) I'm looking forward to this. I want my seams to be better.
- Use the right tools: I had the wrong foot on my machine (What! I shouldn't take night classes!) Well, atleast I know why my seams were beginning to be a "slant" bigger than the desired 1/4".
- Be confident: I'm so right brained (Creative) and always find myself unconsiously comparing myself to others when I take a class. Especially when the ladies on my right AND left side had perfectly curved seams. So, as my inadequacy started to creep in, I confidently asked the teacher to review my 24 strip sets I had prepared and to give me constructive input. (That's why I was taking a class....right!?)She was wonderfully reassuring and I realized I was just being too hard on myself as I only have to redo 5 of the 24. I felt great!
- Remember: Once the the top is quilted and washed, most of my errors I see under the magnified view of our sewing machine will disappear. (LOL!) I do think like that!!
- Learn: Enjoy the process. This is going to be a WIP. Thus the post title: Metro Rings:__________ as I'm sure I'm going to need more therapeutic posts like today! But that's okay...I like the challenge.
Quite honestly though, I'm looking forward to this process with the goal of slowing down and improving my seams. Besides, I have some long-arm projects, hand stitching, spring yard work and probably an easy piecing project to balance things out. Oh And Spring Break!