Welcome to my Dr. Quiltlove series, where I'm
Day 1: 10 minutes
Day 2: Getting to know you
Day 3: Finding courage
Day 4: It gets easier
Like I mentioned the other day, when I first started machine quilting, I essentially quilted in a pseudo-vacuum. I wasn't following blogs, I wasn't really going to any guild meetings, I didn't have the time or money to go to quilt shows (grad school, anyone?), and the only other machine quilter I knew was my mother, who loved everything I did and encouraged me like crazy, no matter how ugly and uneven my stitches actually were. So I didn't have the opportunity to compare my first machine quilted piece to an expert longarmer's most recent masterpiece.
Quilt blogs are great. I love them and can't imagine my crafty life without them now. I know that sounds cheesetastic, but it's true. They're a great source of inspiration and information, but they can also be dangerous if you're insecure about your abilities. Take the pictures and text with a grain of salt. Don't let the pictures of the perfect stitches and smooth arcs paralyze you with doubt and insecurity. Most bloggers, quilters and otherwise, aren't going to divulge the ugliest bits of their lives. I'm not criticizing them for it - I get that, and I'm the same way. But I have to remind myself of it sometimes when I catch myself feeling inadequate or small when I read other quilt blogs.
With that, I am stepping down off my blogger soapbox and bringing my Dr Quiltlove series to a close (for now). I hope it's been useful! It's certainly felt good to get all that off my chest.