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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Creative Talent

Today, I am still a bit testy so I have been surfing around to various blogs just to look around and see what is out there.  I am amazed at the talent and creativity that I have run across.  I ran across Ryan Walsh and his quilting over a year ago and just happened upon his site again today.  Today, what struck me about Ryan's work is that I am just too afraid... period- full stop!!!  I have all of these lovely fabrics from fantabulous designers but I am afraid to cut into them for fear of messing up my beautiful fabrics.  In looking at a tutorial for a Dresden Mug Rug, I realized----- light bulb moment--- that I can use scraps to create fabulous projects.  Now, I am sure that I could have gleaned this insight from any number of sites, but it just happened to occur to me while at Ryan's.

Are any of you hoarders, too?  Do you just keep building your supply of fabrics 'cause they are so lovely and then you are afraid to cut into them?  Please tell me I am not alone in this:)  Perhaps I need a support group:)

For now, I need to go wrap a few gifts and then check out my scrap box:)  My Mom will surely appreciate a mug rug!

Thanks for stopping by- Merry Christmas!!!


quilthexle said...

Oh yes, I know this feeling - just too well! But in 2002, I attended a lecture at a show in Spain. I think it was Nancy Martin, and her first question to all of us was: "Who has already bought fabric at the show?" About 95% of the hands went up. Her next sentence hit home with me, and I ALWAYS hear her voice in my head when I hesitate to use a precious fabric: "USE IT, make quilts out of it! They will make more of it, I promise!"
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Lol!!! That's me!! I have a cupboard full of beautiful fabrics but I feel safer using my scraps. I have that feeling that I'll think of a better project further down the track and might need it for that. Or sometimes a pattern is so beautiful I don't want to cut it up, even though mixing bits of it with other fabrics can enhance it. I really do need to start using it up though.:) ps I've come via 100 Billion Stars blog

Melissa P said...

I still have moments of anxiety when I cut into some of my favorites. I think it is a universal feeling. But you can't build your scrap stash if you don't cut into your large pieces. :) And as you have probably already deduced from the blog, I keep almost all of the scraps no matter how small. Just because I can't bear to throw them away.