Thursday, February 6, 2014

AlphabeThursday - L is for Learning

My motto for the year: If it interests you, learn more about it!  I’ve taken on more new projects and  challenges than I usually do at one time.  And many have placed me at the bottom of the learning curve. 



The first and most important challenge for me is to take care of my house by myself.  This includes keeping the heater running and the pipes from freezing.  Other personal challenges are cooking for myself and paying off substantial debt.


But there are creative challenges I’ve taken on this year.  Most of you know about my new sewing challenge, in the form of a quilt.  The last time I sewed was in my junior high school home economics class! 


There are lots of activities that come with (handmade) machine-made quilts.  I’ve learned to thread the sewing machine and make a bobbin without looking at the directions.  And I’ve been practicing sewing straight seams.  I’m still learning how best to use a rotary cutter; went to JoAnn this past weekend to buy a new blade for it.  It’s cutting much smoother now. 


Next on my learning list is trying all the different stitches on my sewing machine.  Wow – there’s a lot!  That will take a while, but I want to see what they look like before using them for my quilt. 


I’m also learning how to draw.  I’ve been doodling for a long time now, but that’s as far as it went.  I've  always wanted to take drawing and watercolor lessons.  So I splurged and signed up for an online class: The Year of the Fairy Tale with Carla Sonheim.  For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been pushing myself, drawing princesses and frogs.   I’m very intimidated by all the accomplished artists who are also taking this course.  But I haven’t given up yet; it’s not in my nature…


Don't forget to stop by Ms. Jenny’s blog, Off on my Tangent
to see what other words bloggers have chosen for the Letter L.  

14 comments:

artmusedog said...

Wow! You have set some major goals for yourself ~ wishing you much success ~ great post for L ~
artmusedog ^_^

www.acreativeharbor.com

Rose Clearfield said...

Good luck with all of the challenges that you've set for yourself this year!

Memories for Life said...

That is a wonderful motto for the year!
One tip with rotary cutters...keep one for paper and one strictly for fabric. Paper dulls blades super fast!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Good for you--not giving up!
Learning is fun and challenging. Accomplishments feel so good!
Your quilt is looking good!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I was wondering if you were going to add some embroidery to your quilt. That will be fun with all those cool stitches! Your quilt looks like its coming together nicely!

Abby / Linda said...

That's good, quitting is not an option!

Karen S. said...

Wonderful, I like this post! It's L for lovable and crafty too!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Creative challenges are so much fun! I wish I could draw, maybe I should take a class...

fredamans said...

I'm with you. I love learning! Lovely quilt too!

pasqueflower said...

Love your quilt -- and I know you'll enjoy your online course.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Pushing ourselves to learn new things is something we all should aspire toward. I need to push myself toward learning how to draw better. I use to doodle a lot, but haven't done so much in recent years. I think it's important to keep our passions in life fresh and alive. That gives us motivation to be forever young!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Pushing ourselves to learn new things is something we all should aspire toward. I need to push myself toward learning how to draw better. I use to doodle a lot, but haven't done so much in recent years. I think it's important to keep our passions in life fresh and alive. That gives us motivation to be forever young!

Gattina said...

That's true there is always something to learn no matter how old you are !

Jenny said...

Learning new things helps keep life interesting.

There are a lot of stitches in your machine...

And your little frog looks adorable!

Thanks for linking to the letter "L".

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