I have been thinking a lot in the last year about comments people make about their quilting.
'My points don't match but I don't care'. The fact they have to say it out loud, means they do care (this is different from people who deliberately miss their points). So why not do them properly in the first place? It doesn't take any longer, it just takes care. Care when you are cutting, care with your seam allowances, care with your stitching when you come to a point. It might mean you have to pin on that point, and stitch just off the seam side of it, but you will end up with something to be proud of.
It still might not be 100% but as near to perfect as possible. This means you are pleased with your work and not ashamed of it.
I hate hearing quilters pull out their work and then just continue to run down what they have spent hours or time and good money making.
Take classes and make sure when you do, you learn from the best. One class with an award winning quilter is worth a whole course with another. There is a reason they win awards, they take CARE with what they do. There are exceptions to this, people who have great skills in composition of their work, people who have a wonderful sense of colour etc. Make sure when you take classes with these people you take away with you the thing they are excellent at and not the other aspects of their work. When you go to a show learn to look carefully at the quilts, look for the good and the bad bits of each quilt. Learn to get your quilter's 'eye'.
Make 2011 the year that everything you make is something which makes you proud.
Happy New Year everyone and thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings.