A couple of Saturdays I went to Sharyn and Simona's house and we did some sewing together with a couple of other of our friends. I'd had quite a few people ask me if I would run a group, but as I'm far from an expert I had not wanted to set myself up as one. But our Saturday Stitching group, which we plan to meet once a month is perfect. Its about the women working on their own projects and me helping out where I can (like hold the baby and pour another Coke Zero).
You see my method is practice practice practice and when I look at the pile of old quilts that my family love, I can see that I am getting better. My quilts are getting more square, the joins are tidier and likewise the binding. It's time I feel to do some more complicated stuff.
The Quilting bee I'm part of is really good for me. Every single block has been a challenge to my confidence, although once I get started I can usually produce something like what the person wants. I stress a lot about it though and leave and leave the blocks (currently I have three to do I think) because they terrify me so much. I've decided I love to make things for us and our friends, but struggle with a critic. To be fair, these girls and guys don't seem at all critical, its just the voices in my head I'm fighting with. (you mean you don't have them? it's just me??? oh no)
One of the good things about the Bee is that I get lots of other projects I don't want to do done, while I procrastinate doing what I should be doing!
So currently, I must apologise to Kritta, Kvinta! and Karla, your blocks are coming, really. I'm practicing! [shame]
I've been looking at the Material Obsessions books, have you seen them? I found Sarah's blog while I was hunting for a picture of this quilt., so I borrowed if off her blog. I'm really going to do this quilt...
Isn't it amazing! The only hitches in my plan are:
- I don't think I can get the fancy ruler in New Zealand that it uses.
- I can't get red spot on white fabric anywhere here, and it needs about 6 1/2 metres.
I'm frankly terrified of it! But it would be awesome.