7 Oct

Today I was reminiscing in my mind how far I have come with quilting.  When I was in junior high school, my home-economics teacher told me I would never be good at sewing.  The reason being I could not follow simple directions.  The very first project we had in sewing was to make a skirt, with exactly one inch pleats.(Not simple instructions)  I ripped that sucker out so many times, the fabric was see through.  I finally threw it in the garbage, and got a F in the class,my mother did go  to bat for me, got the grade changed to a D, so I did not have to take her class again.  But this teacher made me not want to ever touch a sewing machine again.

When I was in my early 30’s I got interested in doing crafts, and  baby blankets.  I found a 1949 Kenmore sewing machine in an old barn on some property my parents bought.  I took it to Sears, asked them if it was fixable.  They cleaned it up, serviced it. It cost me $25., I took it home and started messing around with it.  I loved that sewing machine.  It had the best stitches on it.  It  was a perfect machine for me to get my feet wet  to try sewing again.   I found I was pretty good at sewing things that were flat.  No inset seams, no pleats, and no teacher barking at me.

I went to work full-time, and between working, raising kids, and taking care of property, I lost interest again in sewing.  Mostly for the lack of time. I finally got rid of the sewing machine.  It was just collecting dust.

Seven years ago we retired.  I found myself with too much time on my hands.  I was telling my neighbor I was tempted to buy a sewing machine and learn how to quilt.  She informed me she had taught quilting for 20 some years, and would be honored to teach me.  Guess what, I bought a sewing machine, she taught me how to quilt, and I have not looked back.  (This teacher was nice)

Anyone who has ever had people in their lives that have made them feel like a failure,  you are not the failure,  I have come to the realization, those people are the bigger failure.    Don’t let anyone tell you,  you are not good at something.  If it is something you want to do, find people who will help you, encourage you, and help you laugh at yourself when you screw up.  I am so glad I did, I have found a passion, that has turned into an addiction, and I have actually had the privilege to teach my granddaughter, my best friend, and now another friend wants me to teach her how to quilt.

If  there is something you really want to try, don’t derail yourself, and above all don’t let others derail you.  Your biggest regret will be not trying.

Have a wonderful day!

3 Responses to “Encouragement”

  1. jgp60 October 8, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Yes, this is encouraging, thanks! I also struggled with sewing during my school years. I’m a beginner at quilting, having started to make my first one in May this year. I look forward to browsing some more of your blog. 🙂

  2. karen stribling October 10, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    I realy like what you have done, it’s very helpful. GREAT JOB. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME. Quilting make’s everything better. Your the BEST. THANK YOU


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