I’m really liking that quilting course GC and I are taking. We’re five weeks in, with three to go.
I need to pick up the pace of production, though, since I’ve only finished four of the twelve blocks.
But I have to say this: quilting is hard, slow work for me.
I have to think about everything before I do it. I mentally work through and double check and triple check every little thing, because if I don’t, my pieces will be upside down or backwards or sideways, and then I’ll have to unsew them. Even after all that thinking and triple-checking, I still end up with wonky bits that have to be unsewn.
I think it’s a spatial reasoning thing. You know that part of the IQ test where you’re shown pictures of pieces of flat cardboard and you have to mentally manipulate them and identify what shape box they’ll fold into? I had to guess on all of them, because my brain can’t do that.
Quilting uses that part of the brain.
Even though quilting is hard for me, I like it. It’s full of surprises. I’m delighted when something works. I follow the instructions and cut and sew and fold and cut and unfold and voila! It’s a real pinwheel!
I also like seeing the whole thing coming together, bit by bit. Not just mine, either – it’s fun to watch GC’s quilt taking shape, as well as all my other classmates’. Even though we’re all making the same sampler quilt, our fabrics are completely different, which makes them all unique.
I’m very happy with the course. It’s a good group of people, and the teacher is excellent. I don’t think I could have taught myself how to quilt from books, which is how I learn most stuff. As an added bonus, I’m learning how to sew at the same time*. (I’m learning how to iron, too. I used to think you just went swish swish swish, back and forth all over the fabric until the wrinkles were gone. But no. Ironing is an art.)
*I love the sewing machine, Connie. Thank you so much.