So, this blog post is totally inspired by personal events of the last week. After a year of navigating Covid with the rest of the world, we refer to our screw ups these days as "covid-brain" in our house. You get it, don't you? The stress, anxiety, and realities of trying to manage working or being out of work, virtual school for kids, virtual work for the adults, changing how we shop, missing our friends and family, worry about a deadly virus...everything is different and everything feels 150% harder than it ever did before.
As I worked to plan out my pattern releases for 2021, I wanted to start the year with renewal of mind and heart...so I named the first pattern of the year Renew. My family, finally, for the first time in 12 months set out on Christmas morning in our RV and I had grand plans to piece the first sample for Renew. I am SO in love with this pattern, and I couldn't wait to cut into the fabric for it. I have quilted small things in the camper before, but without my design wall, extra studio space and with covid-brain in full gear, the unwinding of finally being away made piecing a quilt top a complete slog.
Y'all, it was so hard for me! And I kept making mistakes! Been there? We all have! There is NO shame in it. It just is what it is, right.
After finishing the quilt top last night, I finally was able to lay it all out on the floor and I immediately found a mistake! Can you see it? Then, my daughter found another. Can you find it?
So, I set out to correct it and used this method for making it work smoothly and efficiently. Perhaps these tips will be useful for you as well.
A note of encouragement...friends we all make mistakes. Don't get down when you do...celebrate when you overcome. We have all worked at living during this year of covid and we are overcoming...2021 will bring renewal especially if we celebrate our victories and lift up our quilt community. Happy quilting friends!
If you'd like to make the Renew Quilt, it will release in February of 2021 with a quilt along starting late February! Hope you will join us!