Truthfully, that Wicked feeling has been here since last week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed visiting with all the bloggers on the Wicked Blog Hop and seeing all of these amazing and inspiring projects! Special thanks go to Wicked Wendy for cheerleading and organizing this Hop, Madame Samm for organizing and making these hops possible, and to the awesome sponsors Madame Samm rounded up: Wyndham Fabrics, Reliable Iron and Bird Brain Designs!
Onward! I had so much fun with this project I don’t even know where to start, so I’ll just share my favorite bits in pictures before I share the whole thing (click if you want to see them bigger!): Continue reading →
I’m sew excited that Wicked starts today! It’s my very first blog hop and I’m really enjoying seeing the Wicked projects that everyone is sharing today. I’ve been completely inspired by everyone’s creativity and spirit. Here’s the full Wicked Blog Hop schedule, in case you’d like to follow along:
I’m on a bit of an adventure this morning. I find that I miss making quilts that are a bit more useful; quilts that you can cuddle up in and keep warm in, quilts that could even be called utilitarian. I want to make a quilt with simple lines and not a lot of pieces. Something I can just…make…and get lost in the colors and textures and process. I honestly can’t remember the last quilt I made like that, which is kind of sad! I went on a rummaging trip through the fabric stash after I threw together a little quilt plan in EQ, and I found a roll of Artisan Batiks precuts from Robert Kaufman that I’ve been staring at since I brought it home from Quilt Market in 2009 (I think).
I looked around for a background-type fabric and I found something workable that I have LOTS of and I mooshed stuff around on the sewing table in the morning light. I carried the pile off to the bedroom to see how I liked it in there, since that’s where this quilt will live if I make it. It was good, but…eh, the background fabric was a bit too dark and too yellowish for the look I have in mind. I made more coffee because it’s just necessary for hard thinking!
Did I want to go out to the fabric store today? Ewwwww…no. It’s Saturday, ITMan is visiting his parents for a few days, it’s quiet here, and no, I don’t want to get all fixed up to go out. I’d even have to stop to put gas in the car or I wouldn’t get there at all, much less get back home. I have my hermit hat on, though truthfully it’s stuck to my head so firmly you’d be hard pressed to catch me without it. And beside that, do I need to spend any money on fabric for what is essentially an experimental quilt? Nah…but I really didn’t love that background print… Continue reading →
It seems quilting isn’t really done with me, or perhaps I’ve just figured out that I’m not done with quilting. Maybe it just takes more time than you’d believe to get past total burnout. Remember that ambivalence? Well, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last three and more years trying to answer the question “What do I want to do now?” I’m lucky that I have the luxury to even consider that, I know.
I’ve thought about (and tried) a lot of different things that I could pursue instead of quilting and textile art: drawing, mixed media art, programming, web design, web and mobile app creation, photography, and so on. It all goes back to how much resources I’d need to devote to be able to accomplish what I’d want to at the level I’d want to be at, and it’s just too much time, effort, and in some cases money, to invest in something that doesn’t speak to me as clearly and as loudly as quilting and textile art always has.
To state it another way, and this is a bit more brutal: I think I’m just too lazy to invest the time and energy it would take to be as good at any of that other stuff as I am at quilting. Yep, I can just admit that I’m lazy. Quilting is still a comfort zone as well. Or it is again…or something. Continue reading →
Thank you all for the kind words of encouragement I received, both here on the site and via email, after my last post. It’s heartwarming to know that others do understand and that I’m not alone! Looking back a bit, the irony of this post following hard on the heels of this one is not lost on me. I still feel quite ambivalent about it all really, but at this point any decision seems better than no decision at all and if it turns out to be the wrong one later, so be it. I can live with that, because it’s not like it hasn’t happened before, right?
Onward! When I look at all of this “stuff” I have in my studio, I find it rather sad that it’s all sitting here in the dark, not being loved and used and inspiring. It was all inspiring to me at one time; a piece of beautiful fabric could (and did!) inspire whole quilts, and the texture and color interaction of embellishment materials could be the start of entire sets of Inchies. Just because it isn’t inspiring to me anymore doesn’t mean that it should sit in the dark until the end of time however. These lovely bits and bobs should be getting used and loved by someone, and to that end I’ve started creating bundles for my shop. Continue reading →
It’s time. I’m done. I just have no desire to actually make anything out of all this fabric, beads, fibers and “stuff” that is sitting in my studio. It’s been three and a half years since I really felt like doing much at all with any of it, so I think it’s really time to just say farewell to it all.
I never thought I’d do that actually, but honestly, it’s been a long time coming, even before I discovered Inchies and created Inchie Quilts. I remember having a conversation with my mother in early 2008. I don’t remember the whole of it, but I distinctly remember saying to her “Maybe it’s time to just be done with all this quilting stuff.” I was working on Elemental Changes and having some design issues and it all just seemed like too much effort to figure it out. I was also developing Inchie Quilts at the time, and I even remember where I was sitting in my studio when I was talking to her. The thing was though, after quilting for probably 40-60 hours a week for so many years as both a hobby and a job, I wondered what I’d do with myself if I didn’t quilt. Quilting was just a part of my life, like ITMan, the girls and the cats. It was soothing when I was upset, it was inspiring, it was fulfilling, and it was an escape. What would I even do with all of those hours if I didn’t play with fabric? Continue reading →