Building on that experience, I decided to try my hand at a similar concept, but with a curved line. It turned out ok. The line wasn't perfectly smooth, but the concept worked.
Both of these quilts were not really my style of quilting. I have always been a traditional quilter with a strong preference for applique. However, my wallhangings were not selling as well as they used to, and I thought I would try some more modern techniques.
While I always like working with fabric and sewing, this modern bend was not really what I like. And when you are trying to make things you don't really like, well the joy just isn't there.
Yes, we should try new techniques now and then. After all, how do we find out if we are going to like something or not? But creating something because we think it will sell, or we think it is the right thing, kind of puts a damper on the experience.
It has taken me almost three years to realize this lesson. I have recently returned to making quilts the way I like them. Buyers or not, I am having a blast! I am so energized by what I make that it doesn't matter much if I sell them or not. Yes, that would be nice, but I don't make much money on them to begin with. It is just an avenue to find a home for them so my home doesn't get cluttered up.
Another thing Elizabeth Gilbert says in her book Big Magic is to not force your creativity to make a living for you. Create because you want to create. I believe that if I am creating things I enjoy making, eventually, something will come of it.
What do you like to make?
Day12 of 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge