Being prepared for bad weather may not seem like a great intro to this week's discussion on fostering creativity, but just as you have to be prepared for tornado season in the Midwest you also have to be prepared to be creative. April's theme is "become an observer". How does observation impact your design and fabric choices? When you start a quilt do you have an idea of who will be getting it? Maybe not always, but sometimes.
I'm in the process of making a series of quilts for some pretty significant people in Drama Teen's life. I don't know these individuals real well, still I want them to have some chance of liking the finished gift, which means I need to understand the audience. Drama Teen and I started by looking over projects that were underway. There were three she picked out as potential gifts. One was chosen because of the colors were ones that showed up a lot in this individual's clothing. Two were chosen because the fabrics just reminded her of the individuals. The new projects were picked based on known likes of the individuals, one was an OSU fan and another loves cats. The fabric and pattern for the last individual were picked based on her fun personality. She's pretty much game for anything.
Who is the audience for your quilts? What affects your choice of fabric and quilt pattern? What cues do you use when you "design" your quilt for a specific person? (I'm using design here to mean the combination of pattern and fabric choice). What visual cues do you lean on (clothing, home decor, something else)? Do you incorporate known favorites into your choices? One thing that struck me as Drama Teen and I worked through all the choices is that I've known these people for years, but hadn't really paid attention to how they decorated, what they wore, etc. In part, probably because that's not what I valued about them as individuals, but it sure made it hard to gauge what they might like in a quilt. I definitely need to be a better observer.
Moving on to the challenge part of the post, I've been busy working on several of those quilts mentioned in the above paragraphs. Nothing like having a deadline to get one into the sewing room on a regular basis.
I've managed to find time to sew for 7 out of the last 7 days. I'm getting pretty good at fitting in some sewing time most days. This week was easy as we didn't have a lot going on. The next two weeks will be more of a challenge.
So how did you do this week at finding some time to stitch?
|1. Lesley A|
2. Kate @katiemaequilts
|3. Amanda, Seabreeze Quilts|