Monday, November 26, 2012

Being Creative vs. Creating

This idea of being creative rather than just creating has been on my mind quite a bit recently. I realized last week that lately I've just been creating.  Because I decided to try my hand at writing a few patterns from old designs of mine, my quilting time has been limited to reproducing quilts I've already made in the past. This isn't bad by any means.  I still enjoy simply creating, but I realized I truly miss being creative. I miss throwing blocks on my design wall and arranging and rearranging them until they look just right. I miss seeing my original ideas come to life in fabric. I miss the excitement when I realize everything about the design I've created is perfect (at least perfect to me). I have discovered I need a balance of creating and being creative.

All Sewing Summit attendees received an offer for a free Craftsy class, but the promo code for this didn't show up in my email until just last night.  I took advantage of the free class right away and signed up for Designing Modern Quilts by Weeks Ringle. This was the second class on my "must-take" list. Before heading to bed last night I listened to the intro lesson. I am quite excited for the class. Her first segment was insightful and well organized. I'm hoping to gain new perspective on my quilting. I feel as though I've been in a bit of a rut lately. I have been looking for an experience to challenge the way I think about my quilting and creativity. Being the mom to three busy kids who are still home most of the day, I find it hard/impossible to get out and take a quilting class. Besides, I'm not sure that many of the classes offered locally are really what I'm looking for. I'm hoping this class gets me out of my rut just a bit. (Don't forget the Craftsy sale on classes ends tonight.)

I'm always seeking out inspiration for new projects. As I'm trying to get out of my creative rut, I'm curious what inspires all of you in your projects, quilting and creating. Where do you look for your ideas and inspiration? What gets you excited to try a new project or idea?

Finally, just a shot of my current quilt on the machine. I'm quilting this project quite heavily. It's a lot of turning. Good thing it's a fairly small quilt. I'm really liking the results so far.

Here's to a creative week!

8 comments:

  1. Love the quilt pattern you are using. What type of foot are you using?

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  2. looking good and you are SO right about creating vs. being creative!

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  3. Great thoughtful post. I'm sure it will feel great to have patterns for some of your designs written up though. What was first on your list of "must take" Craftsy classes? I am doing Angela Walters' Free Motion Quilting Negative Space class at the moment, and it is great. Has given me more confidence and more FMQ ideas already.

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  4. I really like they way you are quilting your quilt. It looks really good.
    Have a very creative week inspiration is everywhere!

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  5. I'm sure when you come out of the rut, you'll create something fantastic, Kati! For me, playing is a big part of staying inspired. Like you said, just putting blocks together and seeing what happens keeps me interested and motivated to keep going and try new things. Good luck with getting your mojo back!

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  6. Surely, blogland and flickr is a way for me to find what I want to create next. But I found a parking space with stones inspiring or the tiles on a wall, too. I'd like to create something with this inspiration. At the moment my two little kiddos (3 and 1/2) don't let me. ;)

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  7. I agree Kati. I have only made the same quilt once. Boring to me. Even creating sometimes doesn't cut it. Lately my inspiration comes from tackling new techniques I haven't tried before.

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  8. I signed up for Elizabeth Hartman's improv one, and I'm hoping I get to listen to it a bit this weekend, I'm excited too :o) Looking forward to seeing what you make!

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