This is Quiltmaker‘s
Year of Machine Quilting!
I want to share something inspiring with you today—a bit of encouragement on your journey to becoming an excellent machine quilter.
As I’ve started interacting with readers learning to machine quilt, I have noticed that they’re not cutting themselves any slack as beginners.
I hear them say, “I tried machine quilting but it didn’t look very good.”
“I can’t keep the curves smooth. I go all over the place.”
“I machine quilted a wall hanging but it looked sloppy.”
“It looks awful—I hate machine quilting!”
All this self-deprecation started me thinking. I have a good friend named Diane Weston who is an accomplished pianist. She has an impressive resume of piano performance. On the spur of the moment, I asked if she’d do something for me, and she agreed.
Have a listen to this 21 seconds of my friend DW.
Now let me ask you: If a person you knew was a beginning piano student, and she played Row Row Row Your Boat for you, would you criticize her? Would you ask her why she can’t yet play a masterpiece? Would you point out that it’s hopeless and that she should just give up now?
Of course you wouldn’t. You’d say, “That’s terrific! Way to go! Good job!” You would understand that it takes a lot of practice, and a lot of learning, and a lot of experience, and much more practice to become better, to become really good, to become a master. Right? Makes complete sense, doesn’t it?
Now listen to Diane Weston play again. After the first 25 seconds, keep listening, but go ahead and scroll down and read the rest of the post.
How do you think she got from the first video to the second? Do you think it happened overnight?
By now you have gotten my point. Learning to machine quilt is a lot like playing piano. You start out as a beginner and things are rough. It’s the same for everyone.
It takes practice and a lot of it to become really good. Beautiful flowing curves don’t happen overnight, just as Diane Weston didn’t become an accomplished pianist overnight. She practiced her heart out, and you’ll need to do the same with machine quilting.
So please cut your beginner self some slack. Pat yourself on the back for getting started. Embrace your first efforts as the Row Row Row Your Boat of machine quilting. Know that it will take some time but that you will get it. And keep on practicing.
Practice, practice, practice.