One Year Ago Today, Feeling Nervous and Doing It Anyway: The Larkin Quilt

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Larkin, detail. I have a knot I need to fix. Don't look at it! Photo: Me.
Larkin, detail. I have a knot I need to fix. Don’t look at it! Photo: Me.


Tonight, because I am trying to take ‘er easy on the ol’ hemogoblins, a selection from the vast PaperGirl archive One year ago this very day, I wrote about my fear and love of hand quilting.

Before you click, though.

The passage of time blows my mind. I mean, I was just there, quilting that quilt, sitting in that chair, watching The Office, wondering what grad school would be like. (I got my acceptance letter in late May, so the grad school thing was a fresh development, thus I thought/dreamed/stressed about it a lot.) The calendar read June, 2016, and wow, does June, 2016 seem like a distant, different world from June 2017. There’s a lot that can hardly be recognized a year later,: personally, professionally, romantically. Politically. Things certainly look different, politically-speaking, in 2017. You may heave noticed.

My first hand-quilted quilt is one of my favorite quilts ever. It’s so bad. It looks like Sashiko, that’s how big the stitches are in some spots. But I love it so much. It’s mine and it’s my first. That’s enough. More than enough.

Your first attempt at anything won’t be “perfect”, so do it anyway. Do it imperfectly. I give you permission.


9 Responses

  1. Sylvia Blanchard
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    For the longest time I couldn’t start my first quilt because I knew it would be so far from perfect. But then I decided that it was my first quilt and the only person who expected it to be perfect was me. So I jumped. It isn’t perfect. I’m just now working on my second quilt. Guess what? It isn’t going to be perfect either. But I’m loving it all the same.

    • Mary
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  2. Christine Houghton
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    None of my Quilts have ever or will ever be perfect. I always put a hidden or visible flaw in every quilt I make, just like the Amish do. So I never worry how it will look or if it will be good enough. Everyone loves my Quilts even if they aren’t perfect.. my hand quilting is not good but the few I’ve done are the most loved Quilts. So I say dive in and make it your own, and don’t worry if it’s not perfect.

  3. Bonnie
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    Hope the hemogoblins are getting better, Mary! Keeping you in my thoughts!

  4. Daisy
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    Love this! Stay well!

  5. Kelly Ashton
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    I have yet to completely hand-quilt a quilt. I will, one day. Yours is wonderful, and I love that you love it so much!!!

    Isn’t the passage of time and the perception of time an amazing thing? You have, most certainly, had a year filled with new adventures, thrills and excitement, love, loss, health ups and downs, lots of successes, perhaps a few “sub-successes”…….all the stuff!! You have and continue to take all the “fabric” that life offers you (the scraps, the yardage, the gorgeous pieces and the “dogs”) and create an amazing quilt (literally and figuratively). That, dear Mary, is a big WIN and a life being well-lived!! Congratulations!! ❤️

  6. Barbara
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    Nothing is perfect, which means neither are my quilts. As long as the imperfection is not noticeable, and even if it is, I will love it still. Be well Mary, thinking of you.

  7. Patty
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    So, this year is different romantically?? Did I miss something? And, yes this is all I heard from your post.

  8. Richie
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