Be a Superhero

Just for you, an easy 9 step process to used to identify and unleash your super self!  But first a few fun thoughts that took me down this path!  See my Superman elbow and my Clark Kent glasses?   IMG_3868I was stitching on Bernina's longarm the Q24 when I met Roger Teller from Bernina International.  Ya'll know I love to scribble on fabric. My 13 stitches per inch quilting looks fab with Superior's KingTut on black fabric. Loved the sweet smoothness of self directed free motion. IMG_3857   I challenged Roger to drive the Q24. Check out Roger's smooth loops and artistic Christmas tree shape below my signature. See, it's true - I am not the only engineer that quilts!           At Quilt Festival, I met many superheroes including Kathy and Gerald Purdy from Steady Betty. This dynamic duo is gracious, genuine and fabulously FUN. I'm a longtime user of the SteadyBetty surface and excited add to my Pressing Matters techniques. Can't wait to harness the powers of the "Be Flat" wooden pressing tool AND Make it Your Own! Want me to bump that up on the schedule? Let me know cause you, the FUN audience are part of my blog too! Check out the physical space created when we pop out our elbows, it helps show our superhero side! At my "More FUN, less stress, Manage your Mess" lecture,  I use ELBOW SPACE as a memory tool, a mnemonic to tell my fun story and share my tips. My fabulous FUN audience tells me what the next letter is next and I just keep the fun rolling along!  Remind me to share ELBOW SPACE in a future blog post! For today, the topic is SUPERHEROS Typically superheroes are mild-mannered regular folk. Except Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen, who are the billionaires behind the secret identities of Batman and the Arrow. Are you squirming and saying vigilante, not true superhero... Well, that's part of the battle isn't it? Forgive me for now and let's say that superheroes are like all of us, especially that there is a big variety of styles.  
Warning!
There is a fine line between superhero and super-villian. From  Spider-Man we learned that with great power comes great responsibility! Let's make sure we use our powers for good. We are in this world together. Let's help each other achieve superhero awesomeness. Play well with others! Allow your superpowers shine, but don't hurt people with your strength! Let people know how awesome they are...  most people see their own weakness but do not realize their own awesomeness. Watch out for those who talk of their own awesomeness but don't build awesome in others (not so awesome in my book!). There are lessons we can learn from the good and the bad.

Nine steps to Be a Superhero

S- smile and show up. This is the hardest part sometimes, just being fully present in a world filled with distraction technology can be a challenge. Heroes are present.  Note: heroes also have a fortress that they go to after a day of fighting to good fight to regain their strength and be able to continue to smile and show up.  Part of being a hero is taking care of yourself, which leads to ... U     U- understand your humanity! Take care of your physical vehicle (body), your computer (brain), and your force (spirit/soul). Might sound silly, but "drinking more water" is good for all three parts of you. P- promote others honestly! This is the share and give credit part, or else it's just stealing. Honestly if you like someone's idea, product, technique, let people know you like it, who's it is and how to get it. Give credit if you adapt people's ideas too.  My "Minutes in Between" (MIB) came from my use of Nancy Zieman's 10-20-30 minutes to sew philosophy. In life often we build of the ideas of others, standing on the shoulders of giants! Those who give credit (or props, as the kids say), those are the ones I respect the most! E- empower others to find their powers, and learn to use them.  Teachers serve the students, and the students in return teach the teachers.  Growth is a two way street, but you need to drive yourself down it - not be pushed or pulled.  My favorite teaching quote is:  I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. Winston Churchill

I teach Making it Your Own, and giving proper credit! If your local quilt shop doesn't carry the "Sewing Skull" t-shirt by Cheryl Sleboda yet, you can order directly from her at Muppin.com.

  Sarah asked to have a photo because of my shirt that adapted Cheryl's sew skully.  I pointed her to Fiber on A Whim's booth since they sold Cheryl's skull stuff at Quilt Festival. Don't you love Sarah's discharged (aka bleached) shirt. R- realize that the world doesn't know your secret identity, and go about your life.  Know that your awesomeness is real, even if others don't acknowledge it or even see it. Seriously, are you super because other people know you are awesome or are you super cause of the awesome stuff you do and the awesome way you live your life? I started watching the new SuperGirl. Two quick comments - love that she lands like her cousin the man of steel (same pose), did you see the sewing machine in the scene where she gets a costume?   See what Kathy Mathews liked about SuperGirl.  Personally  I have eaten Chinese food out of the carton and I will again (no dishes to wash!)   I've been teaching since forever but on the smaller scale, less formal way and making awesome stuff.  In my class my student get to see how awesome we are together and how I am in awe of their success! Here are two of my students, see an IQA finalist ribbon? loved your underwater quilt! remembered your laugh, but forgot your name (email me so I can update this!) ok, time for HERO... H-have fun! True FUN is like joy, and comes from the building up of others and self.  Bring out the goodness of life. Be the good! IMG_1160E- escape the clutches of the villains.  In doing so, beware that their influence does not feed your fear monster and make you powerless or worse, turn you into a villain. Sometimes the best way to save someone is to show them how you save yourself - be a role model of a person who puts one foot in front of the other and steps away to protect yourself. Be the example you want to see.  Don't worry about the bad example of others, the true hero will see through that and the real people will too.  Be the good! R- repeat! The superhero life is not about saving one plane, or mentoring one future hero, it's a wash, rinse, repeat kind of experience.  And in all that hard work, remember that you need your rest  too so you can keep up the good fight! Did you know that Cheryl Sleboda made a quilt a week for 5 years.  What a great story! “Working Weekly – Staying Inspired” – How small quilts helped me find my artistic voice   O- Oh my! Be open to the wow! Look for the awesome, look for it and you will see it.   Look for the following superpowers:

Genuine Compassion

Strength & Patience

Smiling Perseverance

 
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