Grit: perseverance and resilience. Grit: Courage and resolve; strength of character.
However you define it, I think we’d all agree that a bit of grit is a good thing. A lot of grit, even better.
This topic has come up often in our home of late as we negotiate mathematics, French, musical instruments, etc with our kids. These things are hard and they can’t be learnt overnight. In the case of music, they can’t even expect to be competent after a year.
We talk a lot about unrealistic expectations, persistence, coping with frustration/feeling inadequate and just doing the work.
I thought, hey, why not make a reminder of this to hang on the wall, because that’s what us crazy craft ladies do.
(Isn’t it weird when you have to help your kids with things you struggled with yourself in your youth? These talks are familiar from my childhood – I felt a lot of pressure to produce good grades and at times that left me panicky and anxious. It didn’t help that our family moved interstate and overseas, on average, every year of my schooling life (military brat alert). But I turned out okay, right? *twitches, tries to bite own face*
My dad’s version of the grit wall hanging was actually a song: Billy Ocean’s When the Going Gets Tough (the Tough Get Going). Ah, doesn’t that take you back? I would try to sing it to myself whenever I felt overwhelmed by whatever was tripping my fuses at that particular instance. I know you want to see that video clip again – here it is:
Equal ties for the best part of this video are Kathleen Turner’s hair and Michael Douglas’ dance moves.)
So, back to grit.
I used the postage stamp method that Elizabeth Hartman describes so well on her blog, but with a heavier weight fusible to give it some body.
The squares and HSTs were all cut 1.5 inches to finish 1 inch when sewn. The piece is 12″ x 21″.
Once it was basted I matchstick-quilted the letters vertically, then all the black squares horizontally. For the low volume fabrics I quilted out radially from the centre. Binding is a white Lizzy House bracelets fabric.
Grit now resides in the study with its hand made friends, ever ready to be pointed at when my kids (or I) need a reminder to keep at it.
In other news, I broke my fabric diet and bought some Carolyn Friedlander Doe because I am only human.
I am also super close to putting out a second pattern in my shop. I had some fun with purple on this sample, definitely not one of my go-to colours.
And finally, I will have another newsletter out soon – so if you’d like free instructions for this lap-sized quilt then come on over and join the newsletter list.
Until next time, happy sewing and grittiness!
P.S. For those interested, here’s a good little TED talk on grit and success and kids.
Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.