There are a million tutorials out there for tips and tricks on machine quilting. That’s part of what we love about this hobby – there are always new things to learn and more efficient ways to accomplish the goals we set. However, as important as knowing what to do is, it’s equally as important to know what not to do when it comes to machine quilting. Here are three things you’re probably doing that you should stop ASAP!
Don’t Compare Your Worst To Someone Else’s Best
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” How true is this when we’re quilting, or really when we’re doing anything? Whether it’s looking on social media and seeing how one person is so productive, or another one is such a great mom, etc., etc. The same is true of our hobbies, like quilting. People are only going to share their best work, but that doesn’t mean that every quilt they make is flawless, or that they don’t have a trail of mistakes on other quilts along the way! That’s how we all learn – by making mistakes. So give yourself some grace!
Don’t Point Out Your Mistakes
This cannot be said enough! How many times has someone complimented your quilt and you are quick to point out how this point didn’t quite line up, or how the top quilting is off in a certain area? Instead of being so quick to discredit the compliment, just say thank you! We tend to see perfection in other people’s work, so it’s ok to let others see the good things about your quilt! If you feel uncomfortable saying “thank you,” you can always try something like, “I had fun making it,” or, “I’m glad it’s finally finished!” Either way, just stop pointing out your mistakes and take pride in your hard work!
Don’t Forget The Purpose Of Your Quilt
It can be easy to look at the small area of the quilt you’re working on and see all of the little imperfections (see above), but instead of berating yourself, try to think of the bigger picture. In other words, why are you making this quilt? Is it for a toddler? A gift for a friend? Or maybe it’s a quilt you’re making just for yourself to have on your bed. It will help to pull you out of your own head and push through the doubts to finish your special quilt!
Watch the video below for more helpful advice from Angela Walters!