Monday, January 14, 2013

Who Am I?

It's January and I am still in the self and creative evaluation process! January is really a reflective month for me.  Exploring my love of quilts in this post.

Exhibit at Tillamook Creamery in Tillamook, Oregon

I love to look at quilt magazines and books; sewing TV "How to Do it" shows; as well as go to quilt exhibits. I love quilts where ever I find them--on my bed, in flea markets, or as backdrops for commercial fabric vendors.  I recently bought a new sewing machine that is more conducive to quilting, with drop feed dogs and a darning foot attachment!  Much better than my old basic machine!  Love it!  But . . . I am getting sidetracked!

An early tablerunner project that I quilted

I have found that when I quilt, I am better at getting smaller projects finished than I am at finishing a large bed-sized quilt.  (Previously I sent bed and lap quilts out to another studio, Janice Jenney Studio. She's done a nice job for me on the quilting, after my patchwork was done.) This may be just that I am not as accomplished at quilting as I would like to be, and afraid that the satisfaction of a "Job well done!" will not be there at the end, if I do it!  So I have dug a little deeper into my psyche to find out about a few peculiarities about myself.

1.  I am not a "purest" quilter!  I really don't care if the corners match up with precision!   I've seen on TV:  "Always press to the dark side of the fabric!" and "Trim the little corners, so it will lie flat!" and "Always have the presser foot in the down position."  These are all good instructions, but I find that I enjoy doing it my way! I like to finish my projects satisfying my own desires to be creative.  I march to the beat of my own clock!  I don't quilt to be judged by others nor by their standards!   Call me a rebel! (And I will never win any honors by traditional quilt judges, but that's OK with me.)

2.  I love the exploring process.  Learning to complete the process, start to finish!  Learning to do free motion quilting on my own machine!  Coming up with my own designs!  Exploring color combinations!  This quilt was done because I loved the block's center pieces of pansy fabric.--I designed around those pieces and their colors.  You can see the finished quilt here, when it was actually shared in a quilt show!

Exploring fabric colors to match 
3.  I don't like using someone else's patterns!  I love the creating process!  Thinking it through, planning and finishing!

4. I love using materials that I have on hand--I personally, do not like leftovers!  I like to "Use it up!" as the old adage goes. I like using materials that are not considered the "proper" materials! I guess that stems from the artist in me! This quilt was made for a friend, who had already cut out dozens of squares of fabric that was a bit  too loosely woven and stiff for a "normal" quilter, but I didn't want to waste her work!  It came out fine as the black and white border of this bed quilt (and the girls liked it!)

Well, That's enough self-evaluation, you get the point!  Be creative and don't worry about what others think. Decide who you are and go from there to find your greatest achievements!
 Enjoy the journey and keep on learning! 
Are you enjoying the journey?


AntiquityTravelers said...

Wonderful post! And great self discovery. Love that last pic. They are too cute!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

You make such a great point here about creating for yourself and being happy with your work. You do such a great job and I love that you find so many great uses for "scraps"!

Rose said...

This was a fun idea for a post! I enjoyed learning more about your quilting process. My mom is also a quilter and has many of the same philosophies.

Natasha Hoover said...

I am currently working on my very first quilt! I am using English paper piecing and just kind of putting hexes together however I like. I have some really fun, bright batiks and I'm enjoying it!

Stella Nemeth said...

Oh I get it. I love the creative journey too. And I'm learning a bit of it is good enough so I can keep going.

storybeader said...

I love fabric and quilts are a favorite of mine too. I never thought about doing the creative part of a quilt (design, color, etc) and handing off the sewing to another. Good idea! {:-D

Anonymous said...

Good morning Linda!

I tend to like creative freedom too. There is nothing wrong with being a rebel that way, in fact I applaud you and your sense of whimsical freeness! Creating is supposed to be a wonderful release for us..!!!

I love that last is just darling.

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Wow - great post! We must be on the same wavelength. Not only that, but I totally agree with you on all of your points.

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Oh! And I just noticed your calendar! What a great idea to put the calendar on your blog - never thought of that and the days show up well. Thanks for using it.

Judy Nolan said...

I love your philosophy. It really is all about the journey. Continue quilting "your way!"