Monday, October 19, 2009

Is Mastery in Sight?

Quilting is a great craft that offers so many opportunities and possibilities for improvement. As I see it, it is one of those crafts that can never be mastered. You may be called a master just like a pianist would be called a master if they have completed the highest level of books and studies but have they really mastered it? Is there really no where else to go in terms of achievement and is there really no more ways to get better and better?

I believe we never reach mastery. We just continue to strive towards perceived mastery and continue to improve. This element is very present in quilting and is the one element that excites me the most. To think that once one technique or pattern has been completed and mastered there are so many more options and variables that could be tried and used and mastered, but there is always room for improvement.

One of the biggest things that I want to learn how to do is applique. It is something I have never tried and quite frankly it looks complicated and hard. Quilting excites me because there will always be techniques and projects I have never tried and there are so many innovative patterns and thoughts invented all the time relating to this craft.

The frontier may seem provincial at the beginning but as you dive into the world of quilting the options become vast and exciting!


  1. I agree with you one hundred percent, on there is no way to reach mastery in most crafts. I've never personally done quilting, but I do sew once in a while, and really want to take some classes to improve my sewing. I've looked into it, and it seems a lot like quilting, how there is always something more you can learn. It seems like that is true in any situation though. Learning is never done, and there is always room for improvement. I like how you placed that together with the quilting in your post.

  2. I agree that one never really "Masters" quilting. There's always a new technique, pattern, threads, etc to try. I think that's what keeps it so interesting for me? There's always something new to learn! :)

    I hope you give applique a try. It can be as simple or as intricate as you wish..and there are so many different ways to do it. I think most people think it's going to be harder than it is? ;)