By Marjorie Rich
Has anyone else spent a weekend bogged down by shoulds? I had a project in mind Saturday, when I decided I should clean up my sewing area (since it's in the Living room and my family should be able to find a place to sit.) Then I decided I should pre-wash and fold a bunch of fabric I'd purchased. And I should wash that box of silk ties that I want to make a quilt from.
Then I hit the ultimate should. There was a quilting book I received from a friend for Christmas on hand quilting. I really should read it. It was my undoing. I found out that I use the wrong thimbles, crappy batting, dangerous thread, worthless thread conditioner, and evil marking tools. I was already in a should-y mood. Maybe I took it too personally.
Then I came to Celebrate Hand Quilting and my mood was much improved. Audry's favorite batting is the one with the best price (a quilter to my own heart!). There was also a discussion about stab stitching (also snubbed in the book). Finally, I was inspired by a "should"...I really should write a quick post to thank my fellow hand-quilters for keeping it real, and giving me ideas and inspiration without making me feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. Thanks.