If you follow my blog, you know that last week I was teaching eight grade-schoolers (mostly 3rd and 4th grade) how to sew, and that we made pillowcases to give to a homeless shelter as part of the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Well, early Thursday morning before the girls got there, I was setting up the room, replenishing bobbins and thread, and checking out the work the girls had done the day before. Some of them needed a little help, so I sat down to pull out some stitching and make some corrections so that the girls would be happy with their finished projects. I didn't want to correct them too much, because I don't want to discourage them from continuing to sew. Most of the mistakes were just experience mistakes - things they won't do (crooked seams, pinches in the fabric, etc.) after they get some experience under their belts. As I was sitting there, I had the random thought, "I wonder how many nights my grandmother sat up pulling out my stitching and fixing problems when I was learning to sew?" You see, she taught me how to sew when I was eight - and I don't remember being put off by her correcting me - yet I managed to make a presentable pair of tailored shorts with waistband, darts and zipper! So I imagine this was something she also did - and yet she managed to encourage me to a lifetime of sewing and crafting! It's such a simple thing to encourage someone else - you probably do it every day when you post a comment on someone's blog - but it is so important! You may be that one voice that helps someone improve and grow in their craft. Keep it up!
As far as things that inspire me, I hope you'll check out my friend Tracey's blog. Her most recent post is about a quilt that she made by Karrie Lyne's newest Moda Bake Shop pattern, Random Reflections. She started this quilt on Friday night to give as a gift at a party on Saturday!! She did a great job and I have a feeling we'll see really great things from this newbie blogger! So check out her blog and show her some blogger encouragement!
And just FYI, I hope you all know how much I appreciate your comments! They encourage me every day!!
So what's inspired you lately?