Being a creative individual can have its ups and downs. In late 2017 I experienced one of those creative lulls in my quilting. I was sorting through a pile of a sewing friends black and white scraps and I found myself starting to pair strips and pieces together. After curating quite a pile, I sat down immediately to my machine and started sewing these new found gems together. Little did I know, that improv piecing exercise was exactly what my creative soul needed. I let the quilt talk to me, tell me where to piece as well as when to stop.
Fast forward to 2018. This was a year I decided to take a step outside my comfort zone and submit a quilt (or two) to magazines & shows for exhibit. I am exposed to critique almost daily within the design profession. I have never exposed my personal hobby/craft to such a test. It made me uncomfortable which is one of the reasons I decided to do it.
Curated Quilts Magazine was calling for improv quilts for their upcoming issue – seemed like a no brainer. I submitted scrap dive, never having done so before and received a lovely note back from the editor that they wanted to include it in the issue. I was beyond excited!
Then in the summer of 2018 I submitted scrap dive to the North Carolina State Fair. It was their first year having a modern category and I wanted to participate to help drive awareness for this community of makers. We visited the fair in October, on the last day and walked up to find it had one a blue ribbon. I was thrilled!
In November came the final test of my courage – a call for the 2019 QuiltCon Exhibit. I decided that in order to stay true to my intent to step outside my comfort zone that this would be the highlight if it was accepted. It was, however I also submitted another quilt which was not selected for the exhibit.
I am grateful. Grateful for my craft / creativity. Grateful for my community of friends who stand by me and encourage me to try new things. Grateful for the courage to expose my craft to acceptance and rejection. In this year alone, I’ve realized that I quilt as an extension of my passion for design and for the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals / groups to fill a gap of something that’s missing. Even with the success of scrap dive, I’ve realized it is not about the ribbons or recognition for me, it’s about the journey.