Is there anything better than trying something new?
Actually, don’t answer that—my opinion changes almost every day on this subject. I hate trying new things when I know I’m not going to be good at them. For example, trying any sport ever and especially for the first time is capital-E Embarrassing. And yet, as soon as I have the chance to try a new craft like knitting or embroidery, adrenaline starts flowing. (Just me? I don’t think so, but okay.) There’s just something about leaving your comfort zone that is at the same time refreshing and horrifying.
So, when Kris and I first came up with and started discussing Try Day Friday, I felt like I was on a roller coaster. Here’s the concept behind T.D.F: My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe is a treasure trove of knowledge. The amount of patterns, kits, and projects we have or have made is vast. And yet, when I think about the people I know or come in contact with every day, there are so very few who understand much at all about quilting. But as we seamsters know, quilting is actually one of the best things in the world. Right?! I mean, what don’t we have going for us? Design, creation, seeing a quilt come together from start to finish… it’s all just as close to magic as you can get in this world.
What I’m saying is, people deserve to know about quilting, and quilting deserves to have people doing it. It’s an incredible craft, and is less out of reach of the masses than people should think. So Try Day Friday is an effort to involve “the masses” in quilting!
If you watched our Three Things at Three on Friday, September 3rd, you’ll have met me (Ally), Sara, Emmy, and Anna as we sewed up the first Hourglass blocks of our entire lives! All four of us are newbies to quilting specifically. Most of us have some background in sewing, but we would all agree that we fall very short of professional, unlike our more experienced Girlfriends like Barb, Kyle, Jenny, and Kris. And, all of us work at My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe.
“Non-quilters at a quilt shop?” you may be asking yourself. “Is it even possible?” Well, there’s a lot more that goes into a quilt shop than quilting itself. Anna and I are hard at work on the marketing side of the Shoppe, and Sara and Emmy work tirelessly to fulfill online orders for our fellow Girlfriends! But every one of us newbies see yard upon yard of fabric and quilts every day, and we have to admit—we’re all dying to try one of our own!
So, Fridays are for Girlfriends that have been held back by any kind of beginner’s fear. If you’ve been blocked by a zipper, a seam, a machine, or a button, Try Day Fridays are for you. And if you haven’t felt that fear, you certainly know someone who has! It’s time that we, as Girlfriends, conquer it once and for all.
You’ve probably already thought about your daughters, granddaughters, and friends that have looked at your quilt and told you, “I could never do that.” But you also probably already know this is far from the truth—quilting is for everybody, not just professionals. And the first step of it all is simple; you’ve only got to TRY it! Quilting is something that can bring families together and create lasting memories: just look at Kris’s family! This craft is something that will bind us together, if you will. (I know it’s a bad pun. I’m sorry. You may see more of them if they keep letting me write on here…)
We are thrilled to learn the skills that our Girlfriends have in store for us, and we feel so lucky to help teach you those skills on our simple, beginner level. Soon enough, we won’t be beginners anymore—we’ll be quilting along with the best of you! But for now, we’re going to take it one block at a time.