The first thing that I want to talk about is Fabric Love. It really is the bedrock of our quilty craft. If we didn't love fabric, we certainly wouldn't be buying it, cutting it up into little pieces and then re-sewing it into a quilt! Some would say that there’s nothing at all creative about accumulating fabric, but I say we need to start thinking of it as part of the process because it’s the first step of DOING. Of course it’s also a practical concern because it generally takes some money to acquire, which means that most of us can’t buy all that we want to! Hmm…. Maybe we need to learn to be better and more efficient fabric shoppers.
How? Why? Creativity can't happen that easily! Go check out a couple blogs if you don’t believe me: blue elephant stitches, Inspired by Antique Quilts, nifty quilts, and Supergoof Quilts to start with. Very distinctive styles right? And it all starts with their particular fabric choices BECAUSE, regardless of what pattern they choose to play with, there seems to be a subtle, yet very unique quality that tells us exactly who made the quilt. We should be so lucky! They tend to blend fabrics together in a way that is very hard to replicate, though I believe many of us have tried through the years. lol
Simply put, I think that making a conscious effort to build a unique stash is essential to having confidence in what we make and being happy with the results! There is more that segues in with this that I happen to call ‘Focused Shopping’, but I think I’d rather post that tomorrow and then jump to something else next Wednesday. So much to wade through! What do you think? Is Fabric Love part of being creative or not?
*Please feel free to come back and read through the comments! I know that everyone has a different insight depending on how they're personally wired!