Wednesday, August 6, 2014
My experience before the class is really none. I have SEVERAL blocks stitched for a quilt with no embellishments added yet. I have embroidered quite a lot years ago, but never seam embellishment or using templates.
I was excited to start. The size of the project and hoop was a little awkward for me at first. And it wasn't long before I was mixed up on which seam I was working on with which template. That's OK. I didn't stress out about it and just stitched on. Luckily, I am not far enough along to have interfered with the future lessons and with Kathy's approval I can just pick up with the next seam as assigned.
So, I have learned a couple of things so far that aren't being taught in the class.
My "room" has a couple of work stations including the computer area, office desk, sewing machine counter, and a small work table. I felt that I needed a larger work area for this project so I took over the booth table in our dining nook.
I recently pulled a muscle or tore a ligament in my hip area and after a couple of hours of stitching, the the oak nook chairs were not comfortable even with an additional seat pad added. I remembered that we had a Secretary Chair in our storage room with the ability to adjust height and lumbar support and it has arms. It is so amazingly comfortable it has found a new home at my new found work station.
** An ample work space, a comfortable chair and good lighting are essential for this kind of needlework.
Part of the reason that I got mixed up on the seams and templates was that I let myself be interrupted while I was stitching. "Where is this? Where is that?" and off I went to help find what was there if they just looked harder.
** A new CQ friend suggested that I take time to stitch each and every day. I'll take that advice and add that I will not allow interruptions. Do not allow myself to lose focus. Also read instructions more carefully.
I am so happy with myself that I am learning this type of stitching. I have fallen in love with it already and know that I will continue to stitch and learn.
**I am grateful for the serenity I find in embellishing seams.