Wow – thanks for all the quilt love! I am super excited about how it came out. Now I just need to work up the courage to actually quilt it! All in good time, I am sure.
One of the things that was so satisfying about making that quilt top was being inspired to just do it. I think I am most creative when my brain is working over-time, analyzing color and pattern, thinking about scale, wondering what I can make out of a particular material. Sarah’s gocco swap is a perfect example of that. I had to think outside of my comfort zone to come up with something mid-winter. But you know what? I love how it all came together. Finding the inspiration to go with the theme, pondering the possibilities, planning, mixing ink and printing those note cards was actually fun. I was inspired and in the end, I think it showed.
So to keep myself creating outside of my comfort zone, I asked Tracy if she would give me a word or phrase or image to use as a jump start for a new gocco project. She readily agreed and asked me to do the same. We gave ourselves a month to complete this project. The month is almost up.
This is what she gave me: tea.
I am not doing a gocco print because pushing down to print hurts my wrist (which is slowly getting better). Instead I am working with fabric. I am excited about this collaboration and about what I am making. Thinking it through has been fun – I have come up with all sorts of scenarios, but finally settled on one. I am inspired again.
In the end, I just hope it shows.
And I am dying to see what Tracy has done with the word I gave her: piece.