Welcome to my stop on the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! I was so excited to participate in this last year and you know, once is never enough so of course I had to do this again. Thanks to this year’s amazing hosts Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl, Leanne @she can quilt and Beth @Cooking Up Quilts for letting me have another go at this. By the way, you should visit their blogs as they introduce other members of their hives today. As always, there are tons of prizes to win during these hops thanks to the generous sponsors so make sure you check that out.
Now to the reason you are here…my name is Sola and I quilt and Blog in my little corner of the globe all the way in Nigeria! Why Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co? I chose that name as a memorial to my parents. I would love to tell you a lot more about me but I believe I already covered that much here and here.
Instead, I can share with you all about my quilting adventure which is the reason why I started this blog. I wish I can say where I belong as a quilter…modern, traditional, somewhere in between or none of the above. All I know is I love fabrics, colors, geometric shapes and that is what you’ll observe from my few creations since I started quilting about 3 years ago.
Without further delays, I present to you some of my quilts:
Quilting and Blogging Tip
We have been asked to share a quilting and blogging tip and for that, let me share with you an excerpt from the book: A Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline by Thomas Sterner:
Consider the flower
At what point is a flower perfect?
- Is it perfect when it is nothing more than a seed waiting to be planted? All that it will ever be is there in that moment.
- Is it perfect when it first starts to germinate? Unseen under several inches of soil? This is when it displays the first sign of miracle of creation.
- How about when it pokes its head through the surface and sees the face of the sun for the first time? All its energy has gone into reaching for this source of life. Until this point, it had nothing more than an inner voice telling it which way to grow.
- What about when it begins to flower? This is when its individual properties starts to be seen. The shape of the leaves, the number of blooms, all are unique to this one flower even among other flowers of the same species.
- Or is it the stage of full bloom? The crescendo/climax of all the energy and effort the flower expended to reach this point in its life.
- Let’s not forget its quiet and humble ending when it returns to the soil where it came.
At what point then is the flower perfect? If you don’t already know the answer, IT IS ALWAYS PERFECT! It is perfect at being whatever it is, at whatever stage it is in at that moment. It is perfect at being a seed when it is placed in the ground. At that moment in time, it is exactly what it is supposed to be A SEED. Just because it doesn’t have brightly colored bloom doesn’t mean it is not a good flower seed. When it first sprouts out through the ground, it is not imperfect because it displays only the color green. At each stage of the growth from seed to full bloom and beyond, it is perfect at being a flower at that particular stage of a flower’s life.
A flower must start as a seed and it will not bulge 1mm towards its potential grandeur of full bloom without the nourishment of water, soil, sun and also time. It takes time for all these elements to work together to produce the flower. The flower cannot say to itself that becoming a full bloom takes time and I want to do everything I can to get there now. I can’t wait to start blooming…that is when I’ll be happy, that is when everyone will be happy with me.
We consciously or unconsciously pick a point of reference in whatever we do and decide that nothing will be right until we get to that point. If you sit back to examine your internal monologue, then you’ll be amazed at how hard you work against yourself with this type of thinking. If you step back routinely during your day and observe where your attention is, you will be amazed at how few times it is where you are and on what you are doing. That is why we need to develop a present minded approach to every activity we are involved in. We need to realize like the flowers that at whatever level we are performing, we are perfect at that point in time. We will experience a tremendous relief from the fictitious self-imposed pressures and expectations that only slow our progress.
When we are subconsciously focused on the result or product we are trying to achieve (especially in activities like quilting that produces tangible products) we are distracted into the future because the result/product is pulling us out of the present moment into the future. This is like wanting to get to full bloom and skipping the rest of it.
It is our egos that make us create false ideas of what perfect is and whether we have reached it. Remember true perfection is not finite and not a specific skill level that can be reached regardless of how hard or how long you pursue an activity.
I hope you were able to pick a thing or two out of this? In essence, where ever you are on your quilting journey, take solace in the fact that you are just perfect where you are. At the end of the day, it is all in the perspectives. There are various points of views out there and you have yours, so stick to it and don’t get overwhelmed by all the other seemingly perfect point of views.
My question for you:
If you had the chance to start your quilting journey over again, what advice would you give your new beginner self? For me I’ll say, Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, this is the beginning of a life long love affair!
Have you enjoyed the hop so far? Again do not forget to visit the hosts for your chance to meet other amazing New Quilt Bloggers and to take part in the giveaways. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stick around as I continue on this wonderful quilting adventure. Have a great week!
Please take time to visit other members of my Blooming Quilters hive on the hop today: