Pattern and creativity
Are the two poles of action.
Many many years ago I took a quilting class. Truly it was many years ago when I was pregnant with Ashley who is now 24. (eek) I have been sewing since I took classes at 10 years old, so this wasn’t a scary venture for me….just another facet of sewing.
The class was a hand quilting class, which meant the entire quilt was pieced and quilted by hand.
One of the things my teacher was a stickler for was nice tight points.
If you click on the star you will see that my points for the most part are neatly touching each other at their pointed ends.
Of course back then all of the pieces were hand traced and then hand cut with scissors…..a bit tedious for sure.
Not bad for a first attempt if I say so myself.
Over the years I have put together a few small pieces, but nothing that really amounted to much. The knitting, spinning bug had bit me with a vengeance so the sewing ideas went to the bottom of the list…..and there they stayed until recently.
Well, maybe not so…….
If you look closely at these 2 pictures you will see that the points at each join are incredibly sloppy. At first I thought I could just live with them and use this as a machine sewing practice project…….but somehow I just can’t do that….which is strange if you know me, as I am not usually a perfectionist. I will be taking these blocks out and redoing them....sigh.
If you re read the verse that I quoted from Deng Ming Dao, usually people who write patterns are perfectionists and those who create usually fly by the seats of their pants. You know that left brain, right brain thing. That’s not to say that pattern writers are not creative…..they are incredibly creative, but in a different way than say a painter would be. I am usually that painter kind of a person, but when it comes to sewing, maybe that other side of my brain takes over…..hmmm.