Quilts early and later

When I was first learning about quilts, I made this one. It’s big squares more or less sewn badly in columns, then sewn together in rows also badly. My partner kinda mocked it, gently, and I wound up putting it away until yesterday, when I found it and she declared that I should finish it — as a kind of memorial to how I began.

Today I finished this quilt top.

Ok. I still have a lot to learn about borders. And I still have to quilt and edge bind this thing. Just like I have to quilt and edge bind the first quilt top I ever made. These things are a process and they’re not always easy to figure out. It’s good to save some of your older work too, and return to it at a later date. I’m glad I kept my first quilt top, to finish it up a year later. It helps me see how far I’ve come, after all.

You can see the big differences of course, when the quilts are side by side. One is almost random, with really no thought given to color or pattern. The Newark wealth is much more deliberate, much more careful. There are still areas of coarseness, naturally. But in the year I’ve made a lot of progress, that I wouldn’t have expected to make.

But this is the practice effect in action. And this is one of the things that we are supposed to be activating in any sort of magical, or daily, practice do you put your time and attention into certain activities again and again and again? And do you get better at them?

I have gotten better. Good enough to be a professional? Time will tell. But I’d like to think so.

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