Sometimes all it takes is a change of perspective…
I started this half square triangle quilt for my bed in August or September of last year. I’m not sure what genius thought a queen sized quilt was a good idea for me but quilt market had come and gone and there it stagnated on the design wall glaring contemptuously at me every time I walked into the room. The funny
thing about me is that I like to create more than I like to make. So in my head, as soon as I found a layout I liked, it was done being designed and then no longer held my interest enough for me to finish. The thought of sewing all of those blocks seemed so tedious and mind numbing. Today I decided to work on it a bit. Instead of monotonous piecing, it became quilt aerobics. My design wall is in a room adjacent to my sewing room since I don’t have enough wall space in there. I put a chair near my design wall and grabbed each block one by one. Sewed, squatted, and stair stepped for an hour and stitched them all in pairs. That is all I am doing today but there will be more quilt aerobics another day and I can view it as making progress while moving around at the same time. One day soon this quilt will be on my bed because of my viewpoint shift.
I did that last month too. My Modern Quilt Guild asked me to speak at a meeting. I am not a good public speaker and found it horrifying to think about. I joked with our president that she must have placed a Craigslist ad about the meeting because there were way more people in attendance than usual. When I got up there, the first thing I said is that I wasn’t doing a formal presentation, I was going to have a conversation with them about my journey. Presentations are scary, yes? Conversations are easy; we have them every day. Although it was still intimidating, I eventually got as comfortable as I could up there and it turned out pretty well.
I try to change my perspective on things regularly and finding new ways to examine things can make you more empathetic to others. It is not always easy and sometimes I get stuck in a rut until someone kicks me in the behind. Luckily, I do love challenging myself with new ideas since I believe learning and pushing your limits equals growth.
I’m going to need to practice this a lot this week as it is going to be a doozie with a full and crazy work schedule. Wish me luck!