Getting into the habit of letting go can be difficult. We hold on to so many little rules and ideas about how things must be done. In every area of our lives from the way we keep house to the way we prioritize our time, we follow these unwritten, sometimes buried rules. It can take a lot of work to become aware of them, let alone begin to decipher the Why and How before sorting through what to keep and what to let go.Nothing feeds our inner control freak quite like quilting. The simple geometry seems to beg for precision and nitpicking–perfect seams, perfect stitches, perfect cuts. But even with quilting, and I would like to suggest that sometimes especially with quilting, you need to let go of perfection. There are many different reasons I believe this is necessary. If you allow yourself to piece imperfectly, you won’t be afraid to tackle a new technique. Or you might begin to experience the freedom necessary to find your own voice. (Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t always do our best, but I am saying that our best and perfection are not always the same thing.) Sometimes, we need to let go and play without any rules or expectations. I had some leftover skinny scraps of differing widths. I couldn’t waste them. I wanted to play. The result is a table runner filled with color and charm. Some of the seams and points don’t match. That’s what happens when you use different sizes of scraps out of the pile. But I’m not hung up on the imperfections. I’m thrilled some of my smallest scraps found a home. I’m ridiculously happy with the mix of scraps and colorful big stitching. I smile every time I look at it. This is my reward for letting go.
When was the last time you gave yourself permission to be imperfect? Don’t be afraid. Just let go and play.