|A beautiful customer quilt that I just finished for Kathy. I have quilted several of these butterflies. This one is|
my favorite. Kathy has inspired to really take the challenge and make one of these beauties for myself!
The only area in my life where I dare to get out of my comfort zone, a little bit, is in the area of quilting. I do try new patterns. I take classes to learn new techniques. I go to quilt shows, read books, scan mounds of magazines...all to learn new things. I rarely make the same quilt twice. Usually, I don't completely follow a pattern. These can be uncomfortable zones to be in for some people, but I do find that challenging myself has made me a better quilter.
My current projects are all working with pre-cut 10 inch and 5 inch squares. I have used 2 1/2 inch pre-cuts quite a bit in the past, but haven't done a lot with the squares. Recently, I was asked to give a presentation at a retreat (my first overnight retreat--also out of my comfort zone) on things to do with 10 inch squares. It was a lot of fun finding ideas to share with my fellow retreat enthusiasts. I am not going to share them here on the blog just yet because I don't want to spoil the fun for those attending the retreat, but I will definitely share them at a later time.
In the meantime, I challenge myself, and all of you to do something a little bit uncomfortable in your quilting choices today...You never know, you might just end up making something that you absolutely love!