Struggle with Perfectionism
Do you struggle with perfectionism? When you succeed at a goal do you celebrate or push forward selecting an even loftier goal? I confess it isn’t easy for me to let go, accept, compromise or settle for something I perceive as less than. Perhaps an advantage of maturing (much better word choice than aging, don’t you think?) is not having the energy to hold myself to impossible standards.
Does it matter if my free motion quilting is perfect? When I was trying to master (see the perfectionist tendency here?) free motion quilting, I gave up time and time again because I couldn’t coordinate my hands, feet and the quilt in a way that left a lovely trail of evenly spaced stitches with the proper tension behind. Eventually, over a period of many years, I got better, enough to be creative with my design and feel nearly comfortable with my work.
Can close enough be perfect? Perhaps. I can achieve close enough. Therefore, I can complete the work I set out to complete. More importantly, I enjoy sitting down to quilt and getting lost in the rhythm of creativity.
Three cheers for a casual project like the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. When the perfectionist demon takes over, it is good to have the excuse to work on a quilt being made just for fun and not for exhibition or other lofty goal.
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