There seemed to be a theme for me at the Adirondack Museum yesterday. It think it was summed up by Carol, from Delaware who said she was inspired to start something new and now worry about perfection.
So many of the people who talked to me said they didn’t sew or quilt, because they were afraid of making mistakes, of their work not being perfect. I know traditional quilting has a lot of rules, but I think rules that stop people from creating should be broken. I don’t care about stitch sizes or matching up seams, as much as I care about content. So I spread my word to everyone who asked and would listen. Just start working, if you’re not enjoying it, don’t do it. Using small pieces of inexpensive (recycled) fabric takes the pressure off or ruining what your are working on and gives you the freedom to experiment. Play, don’t take it so seriously, and allow yourself to make mistakes, leave perfection to the gods.
And when I wasn’t preaching I was talking to everyone who came past my table. And there was a steady stream of people, a few I knew, but most were new to me and my work. I showed them how I sewed my words and images and we talked about their work.
I got to meet Tess and her sweet family and give her Neno’s Apron Quilt in person. We found out we have a few things in common including sharing a birthday. On woman told me how her husband was making her what he called a shack and she called a studio, outside of the house for her to work in. He said she had so much fabric he just wanted to get the spare room she was spreading out in cleaned up, but you could see from his smile that building “the shack” was an act of love. And I was thrilled to learn that Micaela, who curated the exhibit, found out about me by doing an on-line search. That means I’m easy to find, and she liked my work.
The whole day was an affirmation of my work. I enjoyed every minute of it and only wished I had more time to walk around and see the other exhibitors. And ,of course, Jon was there with me. Leaving to take photos and get lunch and giving me the perfect amount of support and encouragement.
It really was just a great day, dare I say perfect?