When I turned 60 a couple of years ago, I discovered something new about myself. I like creative challenges.
That year, it was publishing every day through a blog I set up just for that exercise.
This year (I always start these things on my birthday which is in a couple of days), it’s to push my creative boundaries in fabric and on paper. (Not writing this time but drawing and collage, etc.)
Being a Taurus, child of the bull and elemental earthling, I need to put a practical spin on my challenges. Here’s the practical spin on my fabric challenge.
About a year ago, I started a little project to distribute handmade quilts—lap-sized—to people with Parkinson’s disease. Given that the project has suffered from my need to take care of Irene stuff, it’s still done well.
Now it’s time to make Parkinson’s Comfort Quilts a legitimate 501(c)3, form a board, write bylaws, fundraise and make a new website. (I have to replace the original website because Apple no longer supports that nifty little program called iWeb, which is a pity. But I digress.)
My son Jesse has taken on the bulk of the admin duties for PCQ while I work on fundraising. Which is where my desire to push my quilting boundaries meets my desire to do something practical.
We need to raise $2,500 to take care of filing fees and website building costs. In order to raise that money, I’m going to make small quilt projects that push my creative skills with fabric and give them away to folks who donate $100 to the Parkinson’s Comfort Quilt project.
At the same time, I’m going to carefully study the quilt books I use to get a better bead on what really works and what doesn’t in this subset of the how-to genre. It will help me improve my own quilt books, and the ones I help others publish.
A few days ago, I sorted through my quilt book library, organizing them into broad categories: Books oriented toward blocks or discreet projects that work well in a small size; books oriented to all-over quilt patterns; books that specialize in specific techniques such as paper piecing, flip-and-sew or appliqué; and books oriented toward art quilts.
Then I paged through the blocks books one by one, using Post-its to mark blocks or projects that are outside my norm AND will work well as wall hangings. This book, Fast, Fun & Fabulous Quilts, which is a bit of an oldie, ended up (much to my surprise) having a number of such ideas. So I’m starting here for inspiration to learn new techniques, and then make them my own.
And you can sit back with a cup of tea to follow along. Or get out your own sewing machine and create with me. How-tos, inspirations, and finished projects will be found right here.