April's theme for fostering creativity was "become an observer". It's been a hard theme to write on. That may be one reason I attempted to end April prematurely, what else was there to say about becoming an observer? In previous posts, the focus was on all the opportunities we have as quilters to observe techniques, use of color through the printed media and the Internet. I came across an article in Time on how to improve your powers of observation by mimicking how scientists approach the world. They "observe" by taking field notes, writing down descriptions of what they see and drawing pictures of their observations. The action of taking notes forces one to focus on what's important and ignore what is not. Scientists then try to quantify those observations by measuring some type of response, basically trying to associate those observations with a number. Then a scientist will sit back and try to analyze all those numbers, find the patterns and come up with a theory to explain them all.
I'm not sure that all of that applies to being an observant quilter. We all take notes, pictures from the last quilt show we attended, pins on our Pinterest site, that pattern from the last issue of Quilt Maker pinned to our bulletin board. Do those count as "field notes"? I guess applying numbers comes into play when you decide you want to make a block or a quilt a different size than the pattern. Then analysis comes about by mixing a block you love from quilt A, with the setting from quilt B, and a color palette you fell in love with from quilt C. Hmm, maybe making a quilt is a lot like running an experiment. What do yo think?
I've been "experimenting" a lot in my sewing room lately. Those 5 quilts that need to be finished in May are really driving my sewing sessions.
Another week with 7 out of the last 7 days where at least 15 minutes was spent in the sewing room. Most days it's been quite a bit more than that. Quilt number 4 is on it's way to be quilted today. So just one more to finish up. It's going to be close on that one.
How's your sewing life going these days? Link up and share your adventures.
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