Keep Showing Up
Mr Duyvken is slumming it on a conference for work at the moment and I have pulled out all the bits and pieces that will be Zara's quilt. I'm at that frustrating stage I reach with everything I sew/write/make where I am convinced it is going to be very ordinary and not worth all the effort I have put in thus far. Perhaps I have to go through this stage so that when it is finished I can step back thinking 'hey that's better than I thought it was going to be' but I don't like this stage. It always slows me down. There's a quote I really like from a Ted Talk that I always think of when I am at this particular bit of quiltmaking - “‘Ole!’ to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”
That talk is about creative genius and I am certainly not making that claim about my very domestic quilts but the description of the process of persistence in the face of mediocrity that leads to a satisfying outcome is a good one.
In this particular case stubbornness is ably assisted by a sweet niece who regularly asks me if her blanket is done yet. Not long now, dear Zara, aunty duyvken is just going to keep showing up until it's finished.
The Ted Talk is by Elizabeth Gilbert and you can find it here.