I was talking with a friend the other week, and she said it made her the happiest as a quilty-educator when she was in a position to watch people push themselves, and learn new skills. At the time, I grimaced with the thought that I’m not usually the best at getting outside my comfort zone.
But then I was thinking about it, and I realised that I’ve done quite a bit this year – and most of it involved learning new skills.
I’ve made my first ever piece of clothing.
This skirt was a pretty big deal for me! I hadn’t really tackled anything beyond the standard straight-line before this. It includes a zipper and everything! I am so happy with how it turned out! And it has the perfect amount of fabric to be a great twirly-skirt 😀
I ran my first quilt class.
People actually came! And made quilts! That’s amazing to me!
I also ran some highschooler classes, and had a LOT of fun in the process!
I have another two quilt classes lined up for October and November, and I’m SO keen.
I conquered curves and made a hoop quilt.
Originally, I joined Gen X Quilter’s Hoop-quilt-along, which was meant to take about 4 weeks. I took about 2 months, and those drunkards path blocks were a significant factor in my procrastination! I also made bias binding for the first time in this project. I think it all turned out pretty well, though!
All of the fabric used in this hoop quilt is from Dapper by Luke for Moda and Moda Bella White
I made my first ever English Paper Pieced hexies.
This is definitely an addiction… they are just SO pretty! But what to do with them all???
I’ve learned how to Foundation Piece.
I attended one of Marcelle’s skill-builder workshops, and I’m really glad I did. I made the above circle of flying geese during the class, and then got a bit adventurous and attempted a Scottie Dog (pattern from Love Patchowrk and Quilting Mag) the following week. I love it! Those accurate points just make it so worth it!
So there you have it, apparently I really can push myself outside of my comfort zone! At least, I can where sewing is concerned 😉
What new skills have you learnt this year?