Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
One of my biggest gifts I believe is my imagination. My mind can go a zillion miles a minute and my imagination keeps right up with it. If I had made every quilt that I have ever imagined, I bet I could cover all of the land on the entire globe. I have mentally designed many of my own patterns and then created them, unfortunately in mind only.
On paper I have gone even a step further and put pen to paper and doodled through meetings, church sermons and many moments of just being bored. I am sure that if I actually put the rotary cutter to the fabric, I would have beautiful award winning quilts. I have come up with traditional patterns, whimsical whirly ones and some very contemporary art type designs.
Sometimes the same design keeps coming back, calling to me. I have one idea where there are a series of circles that are split and one half has a statement and then the other half is the flip side of that statement. Such as the glass is half empty on one side and the glass is half full on the other. Perhaps I need to heed that inner voice and bring this one to real life. There was a time in my life, where I was always worried about what could happen and how many bad things do happen and frequently thought life tended to not shine in my direction very often.
If I made this quilt today, I know that I would be looking at and believing in the positive concepts versus the negative ones. I would perhaps even wonder why to include the potential flip side. Maybe the design should change to the negative being very pale and the positive thought being vibrant and showy. A quilt like this could certainly show my own personal growth with believing life is great and full of potential. Optimism is now how I choose to proceed with little things and big things, it makes life a lot sweeter and I has saved me from hours of ruminating on negative things that most likely will never even happen. It also took a lot of personal work to get to this happier place!
On the other hand, my imagination keeps imprinting the thought of a very scrappy bouquet, that is lively, beautiful and fresh.... with a vase or basket on the bottom to hold the bouquet and maybe a little butterfly fluttering nearby. Like I said, I do have an imagination that is non-stop and it feeds my quilting hobby quite well!