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Learning to live with imperfection

March 22, 2013

On a scale of 1 to 10 for perfectionism, I probably sit somewhere in the middle. In my twenties I was close to a 10, but a busy life, 3 kids, 2 cats and a dog in the house have considerably changed my priorities (for the better, of course).

Which brings me to my seam ripper. An essential tool in my kit, and I use it all the time.  Because things go wrong. Which brings me to my latest project.

I finished the sashing and added the first border. And then I had a good look at those half square triangles. Most of them are aligned in the same direction. A few managed to get turned the other way. And here’s the thing. I don’t remember paying any attention at all to the direction of those half square triangles when I was sewing them into rows. The odds are that about half would go each way. So now I’m thinking I must have been 90% focused on the task, while 10% of my brain wandered in other directions. Or more likely, I was 10% focused while 90% wandered.

But I’ve put the seam ripper away for today. I’m embracing the imperfection and telling myself it looks whimsical (not wrong!)

Have a happily imperfect weekend!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2013 12:55 pm

    I love this post! Yes, as we age we learn to live with these kinds of things. As we juggle so much, ‘something’s gotta give’. Sew on girl! Practice makes good!

  2. March 22, 2013 1:33 pm

    No worries – just call it a ‘modern’ quilt, and it suddenly becomes perfect!

  3. March 22, 2013 1:40 pm

    I made a mug rug for my office mates birthday last night. I tried to pay attention to putting the HSTs going the right way and I had one that was off after I had stitched the rows together. I thought about ripping, but I just left it alone and decided it was an unexpected design element aka “I meant to do that” and it’s great. It only bothers me a little bit. Embrace the imperfection.

  4. March 22, 2013 2:13 pm

    I think it gives it movement, having them point in different directions!

  5. Jen permalink
    March 22, 2013 3:35 pm

    I would have never thought anything about it unless you pointed it out!

    But I agree about quilting helping us move toward acceptance of imperfection. I carefully figured out the order for some blocks, and then somehow a couple became turned around. I noticed after the sashing was on. There is no way that I am going to rip out all of that work–no one other than myself will notice! I tend towards perfectionism, so hopefully quilting will help the rest of my life become more tolerable of the times when things are a bit different than I expected!

  6. Barbara Mitchell permalink
    March 22, 2013 3:57 pm

    I agree we shouldn’t be overly concerned with perfection as it does not exist! I love that it is different and that you are willing to just leave it.

  7. March 22, 2013 3:58 pm

    I love the “design decision” you made with the quirky change of direction. Don’t ever call it a mistake!!

  8. March 22, 2013 5:01 pm

    If you hadn’t pointed it out, I would never have noticed! I think this quilt is gorgeous! I get frustrated when things go wonky despite my best efforts and I struggle to find a balance between perfection and okay. Oh the humanity!

  9. Kitty permalink
    March 22, 2013 8:34 pm

    Yay, you!

  10. QuiltinGram permalink
    March 23, 2013 12:24 am

    I would say the same thing then get up the next day and find that seam ripper

  11. March 23, 2013 1:12 pm

    Pam, you’re running with scissors now!
    You go girl!
    :D

  12. Kay Lemieux permalink
    March 23, 2013 5:40 pm

    I think it is imperfectly PERFECT :-)

  13. Superfolder Mikey permalink
    March 25, 2013 10:09 pm

    My theory is ‘unless we point out our mistakes, nobody will notice.’ Our eye goes right to our ‘humble squares’ – everyone else seeing the whole, beautiful quilt. I love it and I’d leave it.

  14. March 26, 2013 8:57 am

    I think it looks awesome!

  15. July 22, 2013 4:35 pm

    I wouldn’t change it!

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