Lessons I have learned (about sewing and myself) while making a quilt:
1. Your seam ripper is your best friend.
2. There's a certain zen moment in quilting that can really only be reached when one is ripping out the same seam for the fifth time.
3. It's okay to mess up while you're sewing. (See numbers 1. and 2.)
4. It is not as okay to mess up while you're cutting the fabric.
5. When your thread is getting janky, check your bobbin. It's almost always the bobbin. (p.s. You have a tendency to put the bobbin in backwards.)
6. Only touch the handle of the iron while you are pressing fabric, not the metal part.
7. The metal part is hot. Like, seriously hot.
8. No matter how patient and understanding your partner, it might not be a good idea to work in the same room with that person if you are someone who has a tendency to get pissed off and take out your anger out on others.
9. You have a tendency to get pissed off and take your anger out on others.
10. If you are a beginner, don't try to use a fancy decorative stitch on your binding, no matter how easy that lady on the YouTube instructional video makes it look.
11. A straight stitch gives you more control, and is much easier to rip out when you screw up.
12. Accept that you are going to screw up. A lot.
13. Finished beats perfect, every time.
14. When the pigs try to get at you, park it like it's hot.