Well, I have written about my total lack of creativity as far as art quilting goes. For the longest time, I found myself wandering into the sewing room, looking around and moving a few things and walking back out again. I have done a lot of knitting over the last 6-9 months but I am not a creative knitter. I make mittens and socks and plain ones at that. A while back I decided I needed to do SOMETHING and starting cutting my scraps, my repro scraps, very traditional stuff. And I starting sewing again. I made some Dear Jane blocks among other things. I came home from Arizona and yesterday decided I needed to make one small thing.
One small thing…..using a basket with some hand dyed scraps so there wasn’t too much to choose from. The scraps were colors of the desert. I decided to make one small( 5″ x 7″ ish) piece and that it did not have to be a masterpiece, just finished. Here is what I ended up with:
This is actually about 6 x 8 inches. Okay, no award winner but it is done, even the facing. Cool! I went off and did other stuff around the house. Hmmmmm……. what if…… yes, I have an hour and a half before dear daughter gets home….. maybe I can do one more…. Back to the sewing room! Pulled strips and scraps from the same basket and tried not to spend too much time overthinking. Second piece done!
This one is about 8 x 10 inches or so. No, it is not straight. This reminds me of the way the colors/light changes throughout the day in Arizona. Granted, this is another simple piece but at least I DID something instead of just thinking about it and reading blogs about what others are doing!
And, when I finished this, I picked up and finished the facing on another piece that was nearly finished last spring! Okay, that done, I moved on to a piece that had been hanging on my design wall for ages as well. I kept trying to figure out what it needed next and was stuck. I wanted to make it taller but it wanted to be wider. I finished that top and got it ready for quilting. I pulled ANOTHER piece off the wall, added a few strips and basted that. I even got that one quilted late last night!
Kathy Loomis has some excellent posts on her blog about finding your voice in your art. I read it in between trips to the sewing room yesterday and can wholeheartedly recommend what she has to say here! Kathy is a terrific artist and knows of what she speaks. One of the biggest things is that you must KEEP WORKING on something, anything.
The less creative I am, the less creative I am! The more I work, the more ideas I generate. I woke up this morning with a new idea in my head. That hasn’t happened in a while. I think just going back to what I know (traditional stuff) and doing the sewing got my moving forward even though it seemed and looked like moving backward.
Okay, enough rambling here….I have stuff to make! Until next time…..