We’ve all had the lovely opportunity of experiencing a moment, a day or maybe a weekend when the unexpected found its way into our quilting reality.
Ah yes, that moment of “Uh Oh” when for mere moments time stops, and you become acutely aware that something is wrong with the current situation. During that particular period you inwardly talk yourself off a cliff and realize you would have to improvise somehow in the immediate future. Are flashbacks running past movie clips in your mind as you relive that less than wonderful occasion? I have had numerous occasions where improvising played a major factor in the success of my day.
I’m Willing to Share ONE Example
“Divide and Design”, one of my all time favorite classes to teach. I love introducing my students to this amazing method of designing their quilts. The facial expression of “By Golly George I Think I’ve Got This” that gradually travels its way across everyone’s face is priceless. However, you cannot bring smiles, and feelings of success to your class when you neglect to bring the drawing templates that are essential to instructing the class. Listen folks, we aren’t talking overlooking pencils, we are talking about a major component of the Divide and Design tutorial.
Judy and I looked at one another and deduced that an immediate trip to the nearest Wal-Mart, or K-Mart was of the essence! We flew by the seat of our pants and did whatever it took in order to make this class work.
Let the Lisa Improv Show Commence!
Our speedy jaunt had us purchasing cups, plates, and bowls. These were transformed into my templates for this particular class, allowing me to illustrate my Divide and Design method. Above you will see that I grabbed a few items in the studio to show that they too could have also been utilized for teaching that class had I had them readily available. What started out as a panic attack eventually turned into “I can handle this”. The class went well, Judy and I survived one, of many, winging it adventures.
A Friendly Tip: Keep Your “Uh Oh” on the Down Low
Try to remain calm; easier said than done I know. However, those around you don’t need to bear witness to your oops. Heck, depending on what the oops is, no one may even realize you’ve improvised in the slightest way! There is no reason to advertise your fault, we are all human and I big believer of “it’s not what happens to you, but how you deal with what happens to you”. At one point in time we all need to improvise in way or another. Whether it pertains to our business or personal life; every now and then we need to fill in the blanks with words, or items we have forgotten.
If You Must, Fly By the Seat of Your Pants
Do what you gotta go. If it requires running to K-Mart,or Wal-Mart then that’s what one must do. Those of us in the quilting world are very creative people! Use that gift to your advantage when it comes to improvising. You will be amazed with the ingenuity your creative juices will produce when push comes to shove. So improvise, improvise, improvise! You might just surprise yourself and actually love what your spontaneity brings about!
Have you had to improvise, fly by the seat of your pants or wing it to get through a quilting event? If so I would love hear about your experience.