March 22, 2015

The 10,000 Hour Rule

Our daughter was talking to me recently about the 10,000 Hour Rule. She very kindly said that I "get it right with my designs because I have reached the 10,000 hours of practice".

You probably have heard of Outliers:The Story of Success, a non-fiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell. He considers the key to success in any field is practising a specific task for 10,000 hours, whether it be 20 hours a week for 10 years or 40 hours a week for 5 years or however long it takes you to reach the number.  This year marks 10 years since I had my first ever design accepted for publication so yes, I guess I have well and truly filled my 10,000 hours of practice. 

Thinking about this 10,000 hour idea made me realise that it is no wonder that Free Motion Quilting and I aren't best friends. I really have never had the desire or been prepared to give it the practice that it really deserves.  

Interestingly, on my recent attempt at FMQ, I DID actually improve with practice. I have now found the type of quilting that I can cope with and I now know that I could achieve a reasonable outcome if I am prepared to put in the time.

The thing that really surprised me, was that I actually really LIKE my completed quilt. If you don't look too closely, it is quite pretty and the quilting has really enhanced it in spite of all the imperfections! I get to look at it often, as we are using it as a tablecloth!

I had quite a productive week and designed, made and wrote up the pattern for a Christmas apron that I originally had no intention of making! It was one of those designs that just happened! A wall-hanging that I have been working on is now ready for binding and I have started work on another Christmas design.

I decided to put a couple more patterns in my Craftsy store. French Connection Etui is a delightful way of storing your stitching accessories:

You can find the pattern here.

The Singing Heart is a lovely stitchery that can be framed, or used for a pillow or wall-hanging or whatever takes your fancy:


The pattern is available here.

If you are looking to make an Easter basket for your favourite child, here's a sweet one you might like:

Pattern is available here.

I'm eager to go and finish my wall-hanging and get into my next projects, but first I have to put on my apron and preserve a case of pears. The William Bartletts are really lovely at the moment so it's worth the effort now to enjoy them throughout the rest of the year.



Nanna Chel said...

Enjoy your preserving, Val. You have a lot of lovely patterns for sale and I just love your new tablecloth.

Ondrea said...

A lovely post as usual. Love your FMQ. Your patterns are a delight too.

Patricia said...

Congratulations in your reaching 10,000! The quilt is beautiful. Lots in pretties in your shop.

Kate said...

Your new patterns are beautiful and I love your quilted tablecloth! The one and only string quilt that I've made is used as a tablecloth at our summer cabin. Preserved pears ... my mouth waters, lol.

Patricia said...

That is a beautiful quilt and very pretty goodies in the shop

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I have heard of that rule, but never really considered how it fit into my quilting. I think I'm a little short with longarming - only about 8500 hours. And does it say anything about taking a ten year break and forgetting everything? =) Your FMQ looks fine to me, and I really like that little sewing machine embroidery. I will have to get that soon.

Christine M said...

Your quilt is lovely, Val. The fabrics are very pretty.


Lovely creations Val. You are very talented. I'm a beginner in quilting and enjoy doing simple designs.