“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williamson
This is my first post on fraidycatquilters.com. Special thanks go to commentor sewjournal whose comment on my recent post on http://www.thecrankyquilter.com/ suggested that I start a Fraidy Cat Quilter Virtual Group. (see http://www.thecrankyquilter.com/2011/01/fraidy-cat.html#comments for the original post)
I actually had to look up what a "virtual group" is! I decided that I wanted to start off small and use a blog format with an open thread and see how that works. It will also give me an opportunity to answer questions and publish inspirational quotes, articles, and links. Hopefully together we can get each other motivated and encourage everyone to "not let the turkeys get you down."
Quilting is one of those crafts where everyone's an expert, (or thinks they are!). It involves a complex set of skills and steps and can seem overly complicated and difficult if it's approached in the wrong way. Everyone approaches it with a different set of skills. It's much easier to drop into scrapbooking, for instance, as the expectations are different. As long as your pictures stick to the page, you're fine. In quilting you need to be able to make a good fabric selection, pattern choice, cut accurately and on grain, sew straight even seams, press well, (and know how to press when), match points, maintain the proper 90 degree angles on blocks and the overall quilt, piece backings, baste layers, quilt by hand or machine, and apply binding while mitering corners.
Whew! I don't know about you but I'm tired just explaining it!
Now imagine what happens when you're trying to learn all of these things? Wouldn't it be overwhelming? Besides the fact that many quilter's belong to guilds or groups and get "advice" from everyone they know who's even seen a quilt. It can be disheartening and intimidating. It doesn't need to be.
I'm hoping that Fraidy Cat Quilters will be a place people can come to ask questions, talk through problems, and address their own issues of "success" without rancor, with humor, and a touch of humility from us veterans. Everyone needs encouragement and deserves to be treated with respect.
I look forward to getting to know all of you and encourage you to post just to let me know you're there! I used to think it was whiny when bloggers kept asking for comments but I've come to realize that it makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something. I don't mind being "a voice crying in the wilderness" but it would be a lot easier with a little company.
Below is our first "open thread," let's get the ball rolling by coming up with some great topics to discuss in future threads.
If you'd rather contact me directly you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Feel the fear, but do it anyway!