I want to start by saying that I feel the more accomplished than I have in a while!
One of my co-workers asked me to make a baby quilt for her and even though I have relatively little experience with quilting, I agreed. What's nice about it is that I have a strict deadline of before Christmas break, so it has been forcing me to work a little each day in order to stay on task. I mentioned an entry or two ago that I wanted to start working an hour a week, but I've been forcing myself to work an hour a day and I must say I am enjoying this feeling.
I feel a lot more productive and seeing things come together has done wonders for my motivation. So, I am going to try and keep it going. It's also good practice for what I'm planning to do in my own work.
And that leads me to into how much of an adventure this has been.
I did some very basic quilting and piecing when I was in college. I mean very basic. And I wasn't particularly good at it. I struggle with cutting and sewing straight lines, despite my best attempts to use all kinds of rulers and cutting boards to ensure my lines are straight. So, even if the pieces were straight when they were cut out, they always ended up stitched together in all kinds of wonky ways. For most of what I do, this doesn't really matter (although I'm a little embarrassed to admit it).
But for this, it does. I spent way too much time this past weekend googling quilting, how to make sure your pieces are square, tricks of the trade, etc. It made me feel like a complete novice, researching such basic things, but it was helpful.
That, and I've been super careful when sewing and pinning: almost obnoxiously so. But, I've gotten about 3/4 the way through one block, and there is only one line that is slightly misaligned. It won't take me much to fix it either.
I am surprised and excited that things are going so well.