Who amongst us has not walked into their sewing room/fabric storage area/personal library/studio/workspace/wherever you make the beautiful things that you do, and come out with about ten more ideas? It's a good problem to have, no?
Have you ever walked into a room and promptly forgotten why you are there?
I've done both. I tell myself that the reason I forget why I walked into the bathroom/pantry/basement/garage is because my head is full of ideas having just come from my sewing room/fabric storage area/personal library/studio/workspace and there's just no more room in my mind.
So that's the kind of summer it's been - lots of new ideas in my head, some in a sketchbook, some became blocks, there's even a new top.
I'm currently hand-quilting a piece I made three years ago - Take Out/Full Plate. The good thing is I still love this top, but it always just found it's way to the bottom of my list of things to do.
As the temperatures dip, I'm able to work on it for longer periods of time. It is 82 degrees right now, however, so there won't be any hand quilting tonight.
I'm also machine quilting something and that makes me a wee bit nervous. I do like the way it's going though.
Then there's the handpiecing . .
and a special series of quilts that I've been dreaming about doing for the longest time. They're in my sketchbook for now . . .
Yet there's a piece of my brain - the analytical part - that's been thinking a lot about the current state of the quilt industry. I'm sure you've read the news about magazines folding and stores closing, about controversies and disagreements. There are a lot of changes in the quilting world right now and honestly I don't know what to think of it. I have never taken a business class in my life so I can't help you on that end. Of course it has to do with money, but I also think time and expectations, both professional and personal, are big players. Like the quilt I'm doing now - which came out of a time in my life when my plate was pretty full and I didn't like it - maybe we've got to reassess our goals and intentions.
Is it too much of a good thing? Have we reached a saturation point? Have we forgotten why we do this?
I need to sew some more, and that will lead to thinking and maybe I'll come up with something.
I'd love to know what you think, so please don't be afraid to comment.
By the way, you can follow me on Instagram. I do a lot less thinking over there.