Great machines are a luxury that most people who sew aspire to owning. We can include me on that list. I also admit to being a huge fabric snob. I love the good stuff. I own a terrific collection of pattern books, magazines, and individual patterns, and I have located an extremely skilled long arm quilter. In addition to all of that I have developed some skill in the area of hand quilting and enjoy that feat immensely. However, I find that some of my favorite creations are those that I have created on my 10-year-old Singer, from patterns I have tweaked or ignored, out of great fabrics, and have figured out how to quilt myself one way or another. This brings me to my seam ripper.
I do not believe that I have made a single quilt that did not require me to rip out a stitch, or a seam, or a row--well I think you can tell where this is headed. Anyway, over the years that I have been working on great pointy points, perfectly nestled seams, and the best combination of fabrics, I have come to realize that the process of the creation, the love for the recipient, the passion for the craft, the determination to finish, and the help of a handy seam ripper are what really makes me a happy quilter who loves her finished products.
Perfection is a goal I always set out to achieve, and I admit to being fussy about my work. But at this point in my process I am finally learning to let go of my little bobbles, enjoy what I have done, and appreciate my work--not to mention my handy little seam ripper.
Some of my favorite creations!
Peasant dress pattern from Sew Much Ado.