Since then, I've really been thinking about what draws me in and inspires me, the steps I go through when I create, and lastly, those things that make me feel boxed in and are unappealing to me.
I guess we can all agree that bright colors draw me in. That's pretty obvious just by looking at a little snippet of sewtakeahike. I'm gonna tell on myself here, but I always tease my husband because when he goes to the grocery with me, *he's* the one that wants to pick up and bring home anything with bright, sparkly packaging. Now, I realize I'm the same way, but with textiles. *Note to self, no more teasing L-man about this!
Usually, I work best when I'm doing what I'll call semi-improv work. I like to use templates, but with a layout that comes from me. I rarely use just one fabric line in a quilt and love to mix up fabrics. I usually don't know in my head or on paper what the end project will look like when I begin.
The things that make me feel boxed in are quilt kits and quilt "patterns". Kits are one thing I can say I never have, or ever will purchase. I have purchased quilting patterns before, but for inspiration purposes only.
Taking the process pledge has made me realize that I would like to become more aware of things around me that inspire, and color combinations that speak to me.
Most recently, this quilt by Rita has completely inspired me. It really has me thinking in half square triangles. Last night, as I was folding and organizing some rogue fabrics that needed to be put away, I just happened to notice a white linen and a 2 inch red gingham that needed to be married.
Folding and organizing immediately ceased, and the "happy picnic quilt" was born. And for some reason, I had a vision of this quilt finished before I began it (which has happened to me only one other time) and it's turning out just as I had imagined.
My plan is to get it into a quilt sandwich today, and start quilting it by this evening.
And I'm going to put my arm out of my box and maybe a leg for the quilting.
More on that as the Happy picnic quilt process continues, but it may have something to do with that first photo?