Sandi Henderson’s Ginger Blossoms fabrics and an eBayed Kansas Dugout quilt top both arrived today. I’m liking the Ginger Blossoms colors with the vintage fabrics. I wonder what I can stir up with the old as inspiration for the new? Which leads me to a deeper philosophical consideration…
Of course, I enjoy quilting. Who doesn’t love to play with colors and fabrics and the sewing machine? At times, however–and maybe this happens to me because I am often working with a deadline–it becomes a little rote, a little whiz-bang-gee-that-happened. Let’s just say that occasionally there is little feeling involved and I ask where is the “me” in this project?
That question hit me hard at the Sue Spargo workshop. Sue encourages one’s creativity, and her projects are rife with opportunities to make creative choices. When I was preparing for the workshop (you know, the overthinking…), I focused on gathering my supplies mainly with learning technique in mind.
At the workshop, I realized that technique is the easy part (what I mean here is that it is learned by practice and then you have it). I sat stitching down my circles and became paralyzed by what to do next. The full impact of the wish to make creative choices stopped me in my tracks. There were just too many directions in which to go! That coupled with over-caffeination led to full on panic.
In a nutshell, I haven’t been practicing my creativity muscles. And, for me, that is the hard part. It is, however, the only way to get to the “me-ness” of a project. What can I add to a project besides fabric combinations? I would like to stretch to do more. The Paper Plates quilt gave me a taste of this.
Sue described how she collects inspiration. I have long meant to do this, but I am not a draw-er or a doodler and, well, blank sketchbooks are just so pretty when they’re blank, aren’t they? I hate to mar the possibility in those blank pages.
So, I’ve been pondering these things, and then Kathy at Material Obsession summed it up just the other day. Her post about layering experience and the spirit hit the nail on the head! I have long admired the projects I see there; each one is just spilling over with creative choices.
Now I need to figure out what to do about this, to find a way to move myself forward and to shape up my long-dormant creativity muscles. Maybe I will dust off a sketch book. Maybe I will keep the Ginger Blossoms not too far from the Kansas Dugout and see what happens.