Sunday, September 11, 2011
For The Love of Solids Swap
Can I just tell you that I am having a proud moment with the finish of this swap? This is why... A few weeks ago, I suddenly changed my game plan after seeing some art work similar to these houses. Kind of reminds me of Hundertwasser in a way... I thought about trying to transfer it into fabric and became obsessed with drafting out a pattern and a method to do it. I made templates and played around with the solids I had on hand and was very disappointed. I had a long conversation with my husband how I felt like I just can't do this artist thing. I have always wanted to be able to draw and to be able to put what is in my mind into creation, but I feel I lack that ability to transfer what is inside my head into a real form. But, whether it is productive or not, I am obsessed with this whole creating thing. I think about fabric and quilting with every spare moment I have (not always a lot of spare moments). I went to bed that night telling my husband that I would get it right and that I would go back to the drawing board and get these houses the way I had them pictured.
I'm not sure I really believed myself, but when the new solids arrived I holed myself up in my sewing room that night and kept doing progress checks with my husband. He was doubtful, but I felt that I was going in the right direction and kept plodding along. And I feel like my persistence paid off. I did what I had envisioned. And the lesson was that I need to believe and persist. I had the same process with the pincushion. I've never made one before and after trying to find a tutorial for one and not finding anything that fit the bill for me, I went off to play again and came up with my two sided wagon wheel pincushion. I love that my creative processes have been pushed by this swap. I love that I tried something new. I hope my partner likes the table runner and pincushion--I truly did my best effort.