Sunday, August 28, 2005

Falling in Love Again

I surprised myself yesterday.

The quilt I am remaking is making me love quilting again. I hadn’t even realized that I had lost touch with its charms. I had forgotten how entranced I could become by the colors and shapes and edges and how lovely things fit together.

I took care to cut my shapes with character, slowly, giving the line dips and waves and divots for interest.

I chose areas of the fabric where the color moved and cut my shapes from that part.

I looked for darks against lights and brightness in the darks. Following in the footsteps of my idol Gabrielle Swain I used colored pencils to bring out details and make parts dimensional. Oooh, neat.

And I stopped working when I got tired, almost at the end, but not, knowing my decisions were starting to weaken. I will wait, and clear off the debris on my table, and begin again to finish it with the satisfaction of knowing that everything was done in the best possible manner.

 

Sometime a break can bring about a peace that allows a more thoughtful and creative way of working.

 

6 comments:

  1. While reading this post all I could think of was "How Mel got her groove back" :)

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  2. Such a tease...me want to see it,now!

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  3. Fainting at the computer...my name as your idol? I will be floating for days. Like Gerrie, can't wait to see.

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  4. So much appreciate technique descriptions as they're reminders that design principles really work. Your beautiful quilts are the proof...looking forward to seeing your new one!

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  5. Isn't it nice when you get that creative rush and time flies while you work/play. There's a smile on your face and in your heart. Can't wait to see your masterpiece.

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