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!