© Bill Locke
A set of eight Newfoundland pillows
The long weekend last weekend was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t get much of a chance to get outside..but I did get a lot of extra time to be creative and to try to catch up on some UFO’s.
One of my biggest projects for the weekend was to complete a series of “MY NEWFOUNDLAND” Pillows. I have been attempting to complete a set of 8 and this past weekend it came to pass. YIPPEE! These are quite detailed and long to make because of all of the smaller pieces; but they are done in one of my favourite techniques – paper/foundation piecing – so they were a lot of fun.
Of course, one of the problems that I have when I sit down to work is staying on track with just one project. Usually, there’s always these other little projects that float through my mind; which usually means I need to drop what I’m doing and jot down some notes or draw a design. There are other times when I need to just run, get the fabric, cut and sew ; because I am anxious to see the finished project; and can’t wait another minute to get working on this new idea.
Last weekend was one of those weekends where I did a few stops to start some of these new projects in between my completion of UFO’s. One of the projects was my COBRA CHIC Tote. I’ve come across these wonderful purse handles and I purchased several sets in different styles and colours. From the first time I saw them, I was inspired. The handles filled my head with ideas of fun projects that I know would suit them so well. This weekend I decided it was time for that first project to make it out of my head and onto the cutting board. Hence, COBRA CHIC was born. This bag is made of some very beautiful home decorating fabric but lined with a wonderful coordinated quilting cotton. Never be afraid to mix mediums because I find that the mixing of mediums bring some very pleasant surprises.
One of my mottos in quilting/sewing is to never be afraid to colour outside of the lines. Yes, there are some rules that need to be followed with regards to the general sewing/quilting police but always be ready to break a few rules and make some new ones. Take a chance with a different technique, a new style, a different kind of print; some out-of-the-ordinary embellishment for a project. Just have fun. After all, it’s your creation – and you should always try to personalize it some way that makes you feel that you own it; that’s it’s yours.
As you work on your projects, make it more than just creating something new; more than just sewing for the sake of sewing. Make it a personal experience. CONNECT to your project. Pour yourself into the design, into the sewing. As you do, feel the experience generate a wonderful feeling inside of you as you CREATE... and then as you pour your creative energy into your project and see the creation that follows, CELEBRATE in the joy of being a part of such a wonderful and creative world.
After all, WHAT’S WRONG WITH JUST BEING YOU? AMEN!
Well my quilty friends……thanks for giving me the chance to visit with you again this week. I wish you lots and lots of quilty stitches.
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I will look forward to catching up with you again next week back here at the column.