to do something once takes luck,
to do something twice takes practice,
to do something three times takes perseverance.
in machine quilting there is an acronym- PPP. the accepted phrase is "practice, practice, practice" but for me i think it should be "perseverance, perseverance, perseverance"
for example....feathers. most machine quilters strive for beautiful quilted feathers and as a newbie i was no different. i admired and drooled over all the beautiful show quilts i saw published covered in beautiful feathers. i was so excited to get back to my machine and load some muslin and try...only to be disappointed that it was a bit harder than my previous excitement. BUT i kept at it, i bought books and traced other's feathers with my fingers. i doodled feathers on anything that would sit still long enough...i was not going to give up...if they could do it, so could i.
so here's the very first quilt i quilted feathers on (back in 2005). i look at it and at first i see every stinking mistake! i've never really shown it to anyone. then i see how much i've grown as a long armer. i remind myself that was the goal to start with, that i am constantly growing....and perservering.
in piecing as well as quilting, don't give up- ever! sometimes learning curves are simply speed bumps on your road to success!!