Just Do It!

Recently, I signed up for a workshop to learn to make a little quilt called, “Emma’s Legacy.” It’s just the kind of pattern I like best – very old-fashioned and scrappy. Reminiscent of the collection of quilts in grandma’s linen cupboard, tenderly pieced with parts of grandpa’s best shirt or baby’s christening dress. In those days, folks used what fabric they had, giving it new life in the form of a functional coverlet. A treasure cherished by generations that followed.

As Jane Austen would say, “I was all anticipation” until I heard that this pattern was so very complicated. The pieces are small and there are a lot of them to sew together in an intricate way. And then, there are the points! Oh, my.  All those points must match perfectly. One gal told me that after attempting the “Emma’s Legacy” quilt, she had renamed it “Emma’s Lunacy.” She failed to finish it.

After hearing her take, I thought about backing out of the workshop. Seriously. Did I want to set myself up for failure?

I called a meeting with me, myself, and I to regroup. Where was that old American-can-do-spirit? What about “nothing ventured, nothing gained?” Or “say ‘yes’ to the dress?”

Okay, maybe that last cliche doesn’t apply here. But you get my drift.

So I decided not only to take the class, but to complete the quilt on my newly acquired 1945 Singer Featherweight. A tiny sewing machine for a tiny quilt.

I feel a little victorious before it’s time, facing the lunacy project with renewed passion. But I am confident that with a little American ingenuity, I can see it through to the end. Now, to focus that same spirit toward a certain writing project I’ve been tickling around the edges. It’s time to plunge forward into the fray, ready for battle, expecting victory.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, eh?


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5 responses to “Just Do It!

  1. Hannah

    Great post, Cathy! I can completely relate!! It’s so easy to balk at a seemingly impossible task. When we give up too easily, though, we really cheat God out of showing us how His grace can work through us. Not trying to sound preachy…I’m completely speaking with myself in mind here! 🙂 Enjoy your class…can’t wait to see how “Emma’s Legacy/Lunacy” turns out. 🙂

    • Cathy Elliott

      I know what you mean, Hannah. You are right on. I love what you said about cheating God. We have a such short season on Earth where He can fill that role for us. A good reminder. Thanks!

  2. Barbara Bryant

    Great message. When I was crazy I had a delusion that I had been trained as an artist. So took a water color class and later oil painting classes. I loved painting and my work, while probably not award worthy, pleases me. I NEVER would have attempted this if I had not believed my delusion. So I agree totally with your group meeting and your decision to go for it. Perhaps we all just need to be a little insane – especially regarding our abilities.

  3. Judy Saunders

    I just finished a Cal King in 3 days. You can do it. Sometimes these things seem impossible but I know you and like I said, “You can do it!”.

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