Musings from MillerQuilts

Archive for November, 2010

Transition, TRANSITION . . .

Monday, November 15th, 2010

 . .  sing to the tune of  “Tradition . .  TRADITION!”  from Fiddler on the Roof!  I’ve been postponing starting my Blog for months and months, wondering what I could add to the wonderful blogs there are among quiltmakers and quilt artists out there . . . but all of a sudden, I realize that we humans all go through similar experiences.  And perhaps sharing my  life experience may give perspective and hope and balance to someone else .. . and by responding to this blog, will validate the perspective I’m trying to fine-tune for my life!

This Sunday I’m continuing my journey by learning a new craft–the second I’ve attempted in getting ready for Christmas giving to my relatives.  So I can’t tell you what I’m doing, I can only share the insights I’m getting from attempting something completely new.  And sometimes painful insights they are, too!  Of course, I can’t tell you what I’m attempting, or my relatives will know what they are getting for Christmas . . .so I’ll share insights until the holidays have passed.

This is giving me a new appreciation for working with fabric; 1)cutting it into shapes I know I want,  2)not having the shapes hurt me (this gives you a clue), and 3) not being at all confident in the results I may achieve.  Lesson Number One has been: not being successful or even vaguely pleased at what one is attempting.  After 30 years of quiltmaking, I am energized by the way colors and shapes come together on the design wall: because I have a way of manipulating them and the colors I choose that is comfortable for me.  This doesn’t mean that I  don’t work myself into “corners” trying to get a quilt to emerge on the design wall.  My biggest challenge is developing a design . .. and letting it sit for a while .  .before I commit to it as a final quilt.

    Reality: what the end of that paragraph, so loftily phrased, really means is  that I’m better at starting projects than finishing them . . . Aurgh!

     How long has it been since you, a quiltmaker, have taken on working with materials that are very unlike fabric?   Metal?  Wood?  Glass?  Tile?  Do you go to Art Studio tours in your area to be exposed to beauty in other media?  What a revelation that is . . .

One More Trip

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

One more trip this year–to New Mexico, to film several PBS segments for KENW-TV, “Creative Living with Sheryl Borden”. It will be nice to be in the sunshine after the gloom of the Northwest. But I must admit we have had a beautiful Indian Summer–we deserve it, after the cold spring and summer we had this year! Happy Thanksgiving to all!