The reason I started working weekly in the first place is to keep me in the studio working on something. I had become a chronic "buyer". I bought magazines for inspiration, but never made anything out of them. I bought fabric that I loved so much I could not cut up. I bought tools, but rarely used them. I needed a way to get myself motivated enough to stop buying and start using this stuff!
I also started it to keep my mind sharp. My doodles from office meetings were piling up. I had ideas, but lacked the desire to start another humongous project. I work full time, and travel quite a bit. How could I possibly quilt and still work and have a home life? I needed something small, something executable in a short period of time, and I wanted to have fun.
Next thing I knew, every doodle became a small quilt. A painting on a friends wall was interpreted into something similar and now represents a memory of her kindness to me.
They were autobiographical.
|During a week of packing to move to Chicago.|
There is something about working weekly that gets your design mind flowing, and this is when great things happen. All during 2009, I planned, designed, and executed "Road to Home", while simultaneously doing weekly quilts. This quilt is tremendously successful for me ( so much so, I wonder if I can repeat it).
In 2010, I had a huge section of the summer where I was super busy. My sister was getting married and I made her flowers out of fabric. I traveled for work so much I felt I was never home. I just had to suspend the weekly quilts until my life was back to normal. This was the largest slump I was in, and because I was not working on my weekly deadline I could feel my creative juices sapping. It took sheer force of will to get my ship righted. I HAD to get back to weekly work. Since that summer, I've published an article in a magazine, appeared on TV, demoed at Houston, given a lecture to 2 different groups, launched a shopping cart with merchandise, and have much more to come! And I still make weekly quilts. (And work full time)
I really hope these blog posts help you see how working small and often can help you as a designer and artist. Some of these are going to be incorporated into my lecture about weekly quilting. Thanks!