February 3, 2011
I touched it..I am using it....The Quest has begun..
The Quest to become an expert machine quilter. I was recently reading an article in this months "Quilting Arts", that talks about practice. Apparently it takes 500 hours of doing something to become proficient in it. I know from my other readings that it takes an whopping 10,000 hours to be considered an expert. So, I am going to dismiss the past few years of machine quilting, and consider logging my hours from my brand new machine.
Yes, I know, I should credit the endless hours of sewing, piecing, and quilting on my other machines, but this one is like sewing on a cloud (when compared to the other two machines). It just feels wonderful, smooth, easy. I am still experiencing a snafu or two, user error of course. But that is the beauty about learning a new machine. So what you see above is my first attempt at machine quilting with a free motion foot on my new machine. There are any number of mistakes, but whose keeping tabs. I am not, any more...
While sewing last night, I had to remind myself to breathe...I found myself holding my breath as i went along, and when not focused broke 2 needles on my safety pins. So, I realized, I am not perfect, and although i love this fabric I will just quilt away and love the final product. It was a very freeing thought. I must admit, it made things a lot easier. I am learning to listen to the machine, to know when it needs dusting, more thread, etc.
And so the journey begins. I have to find some counter of sorts so I can record my hours. Well, I began last night with 2 and half hours. Only 497 and a half to go for proficiency.