Getting Started

Please allow me to introduce myself; my name is Natalie, and i’m a chronic procrastinator.  For the past few weeks, I’ve been contemplating what to write about on our new sewing blog.  Should my inaugural post be about quilting or apparel sewing,  creative process or technical skills?  As often happens with my sewing projects, I get so caught up thinking about what I’m going to do, that I wind up actually doing very little.

It would appear apropos that my first post be about getting started.  I’m not really sure how to express my ideas and I have about million things I’d love to share. But if there is one thing I’ve learned, its that the more you do something difficult, the easier it becomes.

So how do I get started on a project? Most of the time, I start something without really thinking about it. I’m still a very novice quilter, but when I see a block I like, I make it. So I have a bunch of mis-matched blocks all over the place. That is okay with me.  The few finished quilts I’ve made were done on a whim, and they look awesome.

I’ve learned with sewing clothes that I always need to make a muslin.  I don’t have as much of a creative block if I’m constructing something simply for fit. Once I have a completed piece in my hand, I can start really thinking about fabric and notions.   Its more enjoyable planning a project without fear of disaster or ill fit.

So there you go, the answer really is JUST DO IT.