Some people have noticed something new in my sidebar.
It says “I took the Process Pledge”. This is the brainchild of Rossie at Rossie Crafts, who has written a thoughtful and intelligent post about showing how you arrive at a finished quilt. Sadly, the button code I copied doesn’t take you over there at present, but she’s taking a look at fixing it. I’ve given the link above, so if you enjoy the idea of talking about how you arrive at an original design, how this translates into fabric choices and layout, and how you construct and finish your quilts, then do yourself a favour, and get over there for an interesting and thought-provoking read. There are hundreds and perhaps thousands of others who’ve taken the pledge too.
I didn’t realise that I’ve been a process poster all along, till she invented the phrase. Anyone who’s followed this blog for more than 5 minutes knows that I show stage by stage, day by day, in (sometimes tedious!) detail.
I talk about my ideas and mistakes, I explain my thinking, I ask for comment and suggestions (which I then feel free to ignore..), but what I don’t do is say “Look! I made a quilt!” and just show the finished item. It’s pretty, but it isn’t as interesting to me as How and Why, since all it tells you is that I have a nice new quilt.
I’ve often looked at some amazing piece of work and thought “how on earth did she/he come up with that idea?”. I wish we all worked this way. If I get a great idea from somewhere, I’m going to be telling you what and where and who, and giving links, and lots of lavish credit.
The same idea can be applied to any creative process; the ‘ingredients’ and outcome may be different, but the tools are the same. I do find inspiration and all its consequences endlessly fascinating…
Stuff like that’s too good not to share.