Today also ends this month's Fostering Creativity theme of "Talk about your quilting". Most quilting bloggers do this pretty routinely. We share our projects, our problems, look for advice on everything from sticky piecing problems to asking for naming ideas for our quilts. Overall we are a pretty commutative group, there's even a scholarly article out there that suggests that the quilting blog community is a great model for building an learning on-line environment for other areas.
Most of this month's creativity discussion centered on how to ask for and how to give criticism. The biggest take home messages for me for the month were:
- Know what kind of input you want and ask for that specifically
- It's OK to want your ego stroked.
- Remember that you are the most important critic
- Feedback should only be given when asked for
- Feedback should address something that can be changed
- Feedback works best when it's specific and descriptive
The last seven days went pretty well as far as stitching goes.
I did manage to get in 15 minutes of sewing/embroidery time each day out of the last seven days. It was hard over the weekend to find some time to stitch since we were doing family stuff, but the embroidery was something I could pull out and work on for a few minutes while everyone was getting ready to go. I didn't actually start the Butterfly quilt, but did finish the test block last night (sorry no photo, I forgot to take one). I'm glad I did a test block, I had to make a few adjustments to the stitching order and I learned a lot about fabric placement. I'm not sure I'll ever do a lot of foundation piecing, but it is nice to know how to do it should I feel the need again.
How did you do this week? This month? This quarter? Are you finding time to stitch or are there other distractions keeping you from getting to the sewing room.
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