Not too long ago, I was one of a panel of judges for a lovely quilt show, in a modest sized midwestern town. Some of the work was outstanding; there was quite a bit of hand applique, a few hand quilted pieces, some amazing pieced work, a few were absolutely masterfully made, yet there were only 5 entries that were original designs!
Pardon me while I pull out my soap box one more time after a quilt exhibit.......... What has happened to us as quilters? Quilting has enjoyed a great resurgence of interest since about 1976--the bicentennial year. Have we still not learned enough about our art/craft to create more original work? Perhaps quilting has become more of a money making business rather than an art. There are businesses creating books and patterns, tv shows, tool manufacturers, big exhibitions and contests, there are websites and workshops to teach new ideas, and the list goes on and on........
|Everyone is trying to sell something!|
|Ann almost feels like a queen when she finishes a new project, she feels so proud.|
Yes, we all have different talents and skills. Let me challenge all of my readers to try to add something original to each project you begin. You may be surprised to find you have the skills to create more than you think. You will become more confident in yourself. Sometimes this path will put some obstacles in your way, it isn't always easy. Remember that the quilting community is one of the most helpful and supportive group of people in the world. Ask for assistance and you will find many suggestions and possible solutions. After a few projects your skill and idea bank will grow.
Please give this a try. As a community we need to rediscover our creativity. It's in there, we just need to let it grow.