It's true. I am naturally good at things like eating chocolate and giving hugs.
I'm proficient at lying in bed and reading,
but there isn't much that I'm actually naturally talented at.
I really love practicing.
If there is something I want to be able to do,
I'm happy to practice and practice and practice.
I'm perfectly happy to make results of my practicing into things that people can use.
To be sure, I hope no one will look too closely,
and I hope they tuck their judgey spectacles away while they look,
but on the whole, all of the things I practice making get used.
I was not naturally talented at sewing, or piecing quilts
or quilting them. But I practice and practice and practice.
Just like when I started blogging in 2005,
I was terrible at writing and taking photos
but I've practiced and practiced and practiced
and now I'm ok.
It doesn't mean I always find it fun,
in fact practicing something can be as frustrating as can be,
but eventually it gets easier and the results get better
and that is very satisfying.
This is the first proper quilt I've quilted on my Juki Swiftquilter
and it's as wonky as can be. But it's a nice big snuggly quilt
and if you overlook it's quilting quirks,
it will keep you warm on a cold night.
And I'll keep practicing and practicing and gradually get better!