Need a pick me up? Let me help you.

you are AWESOME

You know how you tell yourself “you should be better at quilting by now.” When you’ve been at this hobby for a while, and you believe that every other quilter is doing it better than you, it can be hard to find the motivation to carry on.

I get it. I still tell myself the same thing when I see the beautiful quilts on Facebook, or at the quilt guild’s show and tell.

I am super critical of myself, and have very high expectations of everything that I do (even when it comes to breaking the rules – it’s got to be done really well!). Here is my own motivation process – or close enough to it.

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Archie loves my quilting – here he is lying on the back of Wishes, complete with the binding and edge treatment that turned into a royal mess.

Go stand in front of a mirror, and repeat after me:

You are AWESOME. (You better be standing in front of the mirror and pointing straight at your face, I mean it!)

Right now, right here, YOU are truly AWESOME.

It takes a lot of courage to stand here and tell you that you are AWESOME, so YOU also have a lot of courage to be so honest with yourself.

Everything gets better with practice. Everything worth the work is simply worth it.

YOU are worth the time and effort and quilting is worth the practice.

Your family and friends will thank you for the time that you put into quilting, because that’s more time that you get to spend with your favourite fabric, favourite machine, favourite thread and favourite pattern. All that time allows you to be AWESOME when you spend time with your family and friends.

And, let’s be honest here, the kitchen doesn’t miss you at all.

Okay, so maybe the garden does.

But, let’s focus on the quilting.

Sometimes, when a quilter has been quilting for many years, even turning professional and stitching lots and lots of pieces of fabric together, she does also make big boo-boos like cutting right through a newly printed quilt panel that was next to go onto the longarm and she just quickly wanted to trim this bit of fabric ears off. You know what I mean? You don’t? What about adding inktense to chenille-it because it isn’t the right colour?

Well the point is still…

This little hiccup is just that. A hiccup. Your sewing machine is missing you, and wants to give you some love.

Loads of quilty love


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