Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dragonflies Revisited

I know this is a lousy picture but it is the second lousy picture of dragonflies and didn't have enough memory to take a third so here it is. It actually came out much nicer then I had anticipated and it was much easier on my fingers and thumb today. I took it to breakfast with Emily and asked her opinion and she said it was beautiful and she told me I probably used too much batting and probably used the wrong needle. She liked it though. I told her the whole rigamarole that I complained about yesterday and she like the wonderful friend she is actually listened so she inspired me to finish it. Emily makes beautiful quilts and gives them away to charity. She's very very talented so her expert opinion meant a lot to me. She also told me most quilt artists use their sewing machines.

All that being said a few weeks ago I told one of my artist friends to find her own style and put her own stamp on it and I think in the future I will probably stick to my own style which brings me joy and doesn't prick my fingers every two minutes. But it was a fun experiment and it did turn out lovely so it was a worthy experiment. It's funny how soon we forget all the angst of a project once it is completed. The pin pricks and thumb pain don't seem to bother us as much. I came I conquered and now I can go back to my own thing with a little bit of knowledge and experience I didn't have before. I know I can do it and I know it's not something I want to do all the time. I can appreciate the hours and the beautiful work that others who love to do it have endured and know that artistry is always to be cherished.

As they say if every bird in the forest sang the same song how sad would that be. Go out and sing your own song and enjoy the songs of the other birds too. (or the beauty of a dragonfly). If I can somehow take another picture that seems to show off the dragonflies a bit better I will share it. Keep stitching.


drea_dear said...

Very pretty! Maybe you can make a quilt of your learning experiences - attaching the blocks with the sewing machine, of course.

My avatar is a color theory and beading technique piece I did years ago while I was trying to learn a stitch I still haven't mastered. It was the first (and only) time I got the stitch right, and I have no idea what to do with the square of beads. So I keep the picture to remind me that not every technique is for me, but to still try.

tangled stitch said...

Very true drea. It's always fun to learn something new even if it isn't our cup of tea. Good luck with the house!

JudyOlson said...

Love the blues and greens, and I just love dragonflies. How big is this mini-quilt? Is there a standard size for mini-quilts?

Lynda Lehmann said...

Very good advice, Debra Ann. In all ways, we need to be ourselves. Although of course, we can learn from the experiences of others. I'm glad you enjoy your friend and her wisdom.

I like your dragonflies, too!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful made and such a true lesson learned. Thanks for sharing.