The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Weekly Quilt Journal Project: week 4,5 & 6

The last few weeks have been insane. I just couldn't find the time and energy to get my weekly quilt projects done.  . .  and worse yet, I haven't even given it a thought. Maybe this was a blessing in disguise. An opportunity to step back and evaluate the areas of my work that I need to practice. I've been feeling a bit scattered and out of control with my free motion and a bit crazed sometimes adding lots of bits and pieces to get just the look I want. Maybe I should try for a bit of restraint . . . it's not something I have been good at. This could be an opportunity to try it. 

So partly to get caught up with the weekly project and partly to experiment, I made three pieces all from fabric scraps off of the 'free table' at one of my sewing groups. The small 'appliqued' scraps and free motion sewing are very minimal. This was not an easy task for me. I fought very hard not to use additional colors of fabric or thread . . . or go crazy with embellishments. I really wanted to add text and screened images but fought it off. There's always any one of the next 45 weeks of the project after all. I thought that the crisp black and white needed to stand strong and let the little bits of turquoise & blue shine. I like them. I stopped just in the nick of time!

Making small quilts is fulfilling. I try to challenge myself constantly. For me, finding the materials to use helps the end result and the satisfaction. I have recycled old cloths, fabric scraps, linens and whatever else into little art pieces. . . whether quilts, purses, dolls, clothing . . . . Try it. Challenge yourself. Make whatever moves you and makes you happy.

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