Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Revelation, A Confession, and a Commitment

I was at a LQS this week and saw this block of month pattern (The Queen and Her Court) and had the fabrics been even slightly interesting to me, I would have signed up for it. And then it dawned on me, I don't have time for these things if I want ANY time at all to create my own work.

In looking at the quilts I've worked on in the past year or so, there have been three block of the month projects, three blocks exchanges (with a fourth coming up), some old UFOs mostly started in classes, some baby quilts and table runners. In all honesty, the table runners were where I expressed my creativity the most.

It's true that I never put blocks together in the way that the block of the month designer intended, but really, I'm not growing and doing the kind of work I want to do because I'm too busy putting together blocks someone else planned for me. So here it is. Yes, I did sign up for "My True Love" block of the month at Tiny Stitches, but that's it. I'm not doing this anymore. I'm going to seek do projects that will stretch my creativity and skill. I've still got a few of the big UFOs I'm trying to finish, but that will be done this year. I'm not going to start any more UFOs designed by someone else, period.


Gina said...

You're a stronger woman than me to turn down that beautiful quilt.
I do know how you feel though. I'm lazy in that I prefer to do someone else's design than work out my own on EQ6.

love and hugs Gina xxx

kat said...

That is an amazingly gorgeous quilt. Then again, I'm a sucker for a pink and brown combination.

plnc said...

That point really hit home with me! I am trying to be more creative, but it does take longer (although quilting is not a race) and I have had to piece or quilt myself out of some 'pickles'; but I am having fun trying to express me! So - Go For It and thank you for putting it into words. Pam