This month is my big prototype development crunch to get new sewing patterns designed before Spring Quilt Market. I’ve written about prototyping before. As much as I love the design process, it can be all-consuming. I apply a lot of pressure to myself and I admit, sometimes I manage to take the fun out of it in the process.
This morning I woke up knowing the week was about half over [pressure!] and thought about my day. I knew I needed a diversion, yet one that would fuel me creatively. Just then a friend had emailed me a link about sparking creativity and it was just what I needed to read! (thank you, Jan!) I declared then and there to have “Creative Play for Half a Day”. I can afford that, right? Just a half day of experimenting and trying something new. Ready set go…no computer time, just sewing and making for 3 hours.
I have been super inspired lately by “improv” quilting. Lu Summers and Maureen Cracknell come to to mind. I keep drooling over their projects thinking to myself, “Now that’s MY kind of quilting!”. Scraps, winging it, keeping it wonky yet intuitively making decisions and designing it as you go. No rules.
I hauled out a pile of fabric scraps and sorted them into color palettes. Then I loosely followed this improv log cabin quilt block tutorial by mama love quilts. I ended up using some old school Amy Butler prints, Erin McMorris, a few thrifted sheets, and even a little Stitch.
And look what I did! My first bit of improv piecing! I had such a good time making this, I can’t wait to do more. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this. But hey, that’s what makes this exercise so liberating. I doesn’t even have to BE anything, right?
What do you do to re-ignite your creative spark?