Jessica of Quilty Habit has asked: Write a blog post about the crafty areas in which you want to gain more confidence, and/or discuss a project you will be working on during the series that will help you gain this confidence.
Of course I wanted to be a part of this. Who doesn't love a party?
But this assignment is a tough one...
Confidence is not something I think I am really lacking.
My problem may actually be the opposite - Overconfidence.
I would like to gain confidence AND COMPETENCE in Design.
I need to get better at seeing the BIG picture to avoid BIG disappointment.
Case in point: the Gone Fishing quilt
Late in the summer, I started on a rainbow string thing. I was obsessed with creating designs using rainbow colours in 1" strips and came up with this idea.
Looking pretty good so far. A cute idea for a baby quilt.
Then I added colour....
And at this point, I started falling out of love with this idea.
My inner voice was telling me - JUST LET IT GO!
But I plunged ahead anyways, hoping it would look better in real life when it was finished.
It was only a month previously that I had decided to adopt the KYSS (Keep Your Sewing Simple) policy.
And here with this design I had completely gone against that policy. Yes, the strings were simple. But the incorporation of a colour explosion and tiny curved piecing for the waves cased my inner voice to say:
HEY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!!
Now... That about sums up my problem.
What do I plan on doing during the Sewing With Certainty series to help me over come this problem?
- Abide by the KYSS policy
- Design blocks that can be used simply to create quilts of various sizes
- Use my new design wall to help me see the BIG picture and make changes as I go
- Listen to my inner voice
If you have made it to the end of this post - Thank you!
If this post has caused you to give some thought to improving your confidence, I encourage you to join in Jessica's linky party!
I would be very interested to read your post and cheer you on in your goal to improve!
Keep On Quilting On!