In the last post I mentioned Dresden plates against the Trellis print in Jane‘s new collection, Enchanted. The combination just seems perfect to me. I realize it’s not always easy to follow along with my imagination’s machinations. The old adage of writers seems to be in order: ” Show. Don’t tell.”
I pulled together the fabrics shown above and created this little mini quilt. It hangs in my sewing area–a colorful reminder of things I wholeheartedly espouse. Whether you choose to read it as “Make. Believe” or “make believe.”, both are imperatives I consider important. Making is a huge part of my daily existence. Without belief in the value of it, and of my own contribution, I wouldn’t get very far. If I were to give you advice on how to proceed with your own creative life, I would give you these two words.
On the other hand, practicing an attitude of childhood’s make believe is a key to keeping yourself open to possibilities. Telling stories with color and texture incorporates make believe into quilting and crafting. For some of us, this internal storytelling can be quite whimsical. (See my friend Rachaeldaisy for delightful examples of how she keeps her imagination going strong in the midst of quilting.) Obviously, from Jane’s inspiration statement about this collection (quoted in the last post), you can see that her imagination is fully engaged on a storytelling level. I always find it interesting to hear the stories behind the work. Big or small, they’re always food for thought.This mini quilt measures 12 1/2″ x 9″. The fans are 30 degree triangles cut from 4″ strips. I appliqued them by hand and then fused the white half circles on top before adding stitching. For the text, I printed the words on a June Tailor Colorfast sheet and cut them out with pinking shears.Over the last five to seven days, I have lost many hours online catching up on the Hugo awards debacle and related issues. (Very late to the party, I know.) I won’t bore you with my opinions, nor will I risk bringing that insanity onto the blog by linking to anything. I will say that after all of that reading and fuming, I am so very grateful to belong to an online community that is, for the most part, very well behaved. It’s easy to forget how much bile and vitriol is out there. Thank you for your part in our community! And thank goodness for little projects that restore our equilibrium!