Mulling over my relationship to quilting has led me to adopt “quilt slower” as my phrase for 2015. No, this doesn’t mean I’m planning to hand quilt everything or turn a big pile of UFOs into cause for pride.
I intend to create quilts more thoughtfully, to better define the subject of my quilts before I begin. This means more preliminary work before even picking up my rotary cutter. To date I’ve been more an intuitive quilter, though in 2014 I did plan a landscape quilt from photo to drawing to top, and a series of variations on a square.
Maybe because “quilt slower” has been on my mind I’ve noticed others are preaching slowness. Recently I came across The Slow Stitching Movement. This is Mark Lipinsky’s latest venture, complete with getaway, blog, and magazine. Then, there’s The Slow Fix by Carl Honore, which I’ve just started reading.
It remains to be seen how useful these sources will be as I suspect they may simply dress what’s already known in a new outfit. My goal is to stop and think – I believe this is called planning – before sewing. What is my purpose? How will this be used? These questions are easily answered for a bed or lap quilt; harder to answer for a purely decorative piece.
I may do a series to explore several takes on an idea or make fewer pieces that are more complex. One of my leftovers from 2014 is another, larger view of that marsh. It’s all drawn out on muslin, so I just (ha,ha) need to choose fabrics and sew it together.
I ask one favor of you. If I ever, ever use the word mindfulness, would you please slap me upside the head.