One Word with Jean: Learn

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The Learning Curve

The Learning Curve always goes up, have you noticed?

I’m still learning.
— Michelangelo

There’s always more to learn and do, It can be exhausting in this age of information. I am the youngest child of an older couple, both of my grandfathers plowed behind a horse. That’s pretty old technology. They had learning curves, but how to do their job wasn’t one of them.

Photo by jmrockeman

Photo by jmrockeman

Sometimes I long for those days because learning new tricks can be hard work. It can also be the most exciting thing you do.

Autumn Ambition

My “Learn” pattern made me want to sew an interesting block. Fall always makes me feel ambitious — no doubt because I associate it with the start of school. But school is very different for those of us no longer in the education system. We have to find our own way to learn. We buy books, search the internet or watch videos. Some of that work uses up our energy. But learning how to learn is also part of the process.

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I searched old quilt patterns and found one to emulate. It turned out to be fairly easy to re-engineer.

  • Pick two high contrast pieces of fabric.

  • The length of each piece of fabric should be wide enough to cut four strips with seam allowance. Example: I wanted a two inch border on four sides which is 8 inches, plus 1/2 inch for two 1/4 inch seams.

  • The width of each piece of fabric equals the length of your sentiment square, two borders and the seam allowance divided by three. They don’t have to be divided equally, the middle one can be longer or shorter.

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  • Cut two pieces dark and one piece of light fabric.

  • Sew the light fabric in the center as in the second picture above.

  • Cut four strips across the block you just made at the desired boarder width (include seam allowances on the width).

  • Center and sew one strip to each side.

  • Trim (you will have a lot to cut off).

  • Center and sew one strip to top and bottom.

  • Square off.

Be Curious

Being open to learning a new block took some energy and time but It was well worth it. I really like the way this one turned out. It reminds me of old-style photo books with the little corner frames. I’m happy with the result and I’d love to do more squares like it.

Be curious, not judgmental..
— Walt Whitman

Once we open ourselves to being curious, not just rushing through our days, all sorts of new experiences present themselves. The learning curve might be steep but the pleasure of satisfying our curiosity is well worth it.

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Here are some of the supplies I used for One Word: Learn.