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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Do you know everything?

by Caron Mosey

I have been quilting since 1975.  I really don’t like to piece (on the machine), and stitching by hand suits me best. My strongest areas are in hand quilting and applique.  I have taught many an applique class in my years of teaching quilting… it’s one of the quilting skills I know best, and I enjoy it immensely. If you haven’t seen it yet, go back to an April 2012 post and take a peek at Floral Star of Bethlehem.

Today, I used one of my vacation days from work and took an applique class from Karen Kay Buckley, and I’m mighty glad I did!  She is fantastic, and I learned a lot.  But many people in the class wondered why I used up one of my vacation days to learn applique when I clearly already know how to applique.   That question was easy to answer.

I don’t know everything there is to know yet…

and I never will.

It’s nice to compare notes, learn new techniques, learn what works for someone else and give it a try.  I know that I will never stop learning until the day I die.  How about you?  What can you improve on?  What do YOU want to learn?  Stretch yourself.  Set goals.  Get out there and learn something!

 

KarenKayBuckley

Fiesta Mexico by Karen Kay Buckley

http://www.karenkaybuckley.com

5 comments:

  1. I know how to applique quite well but I still took a class with someone very accomplished and learnt knew things that really helped me. I never will know everything and I've never been to a class when I didn't learn something great.

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  2. Caron, What a great topic! I feel the same. Just because I know how to do something doesn't mean I can't continue to learn and grow. It's always interesting to see or hear about how other people do things.

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  3. Thank God I don't know everything - love having something to reach for :-)
    My hand applique is not too bad, nor is my hand quilting. Machine quilting will never be for me. I love the slow progress and meditative process of doing my sewing with a needle in hand...

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  4. Thanks Caron for expressing why I also took a day off work and participated in Karen Kay Buckley's class. I also know how to appliqué, but I love learning how others do it. And I always learn something new. It was nice to meet you too.

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  5. I will always take classes because it is impossible for any of us to know everything. I am so grateful for those teachers willing to travel.

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