Last year someone challenged me to think about what I want the most from my quilting. Am I trying to be known for it? Am I trying to make money? Am I trying to meet personal goals? As I thought about that, I realized that making money is part of it, since that contributes to my family economy, although I feel I have other ways to contribute that are even more valuable, so I want to make sure I don’t overlook those things to sew. I also want to learn and grow, and to stretch myself and try to meet personal goals. But I think what really excites me the most is seeing other people grow and stretch themselves. I love teaching just about as much as I love creating things myself. And any art form is a really safe way to stretch our comfort zone which can apply to other areas of life as well.
So, where are you in the process? Are you a strict pattern follower? A quilt shop owner told me recently that not only do most people want patterns, they want the exact fabric used in the pattern photo. If that’s you that would be a good place to start, just do a pattern in a completely different color scheme, so you have to choose your own. The next level would be to alter the pattern somehow to make it your own. On my patterns, I usually put a few suggestions for customizing them, I want people to stretch themselves and add their own touch. I’ve never been much of a pattern follower, but I still find myself getting in ruts, it’s a constant growing process. My next goal is to get better about having the right amount of contrast, it’s a constant battle for me:-) For example, the green behind the leaves on this card is a little too dark, the leaves don't show up quite as well as they should.
I’d love to hear other ideas for going a step beyond where you currently are in your creativity!
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I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of them have even been in Keepsake Quilting! I teach classes at local quilt shops, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I also have many tutorials, including some on you tube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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