Ever since I saw some of the Gee's Bend quilts (my blog post is here) I desire to see quilts differently. I learned that when I look at a quilt, I want to be inspired, but mostly I want to experience an emotional connection, and to have a visceral reaction that is not related to perfect construction. I want to seek out the interesting, the unusual, and the memorable.
For many years when attending a quilt show I would take 3 photos of my most favorite things - it might be a bit of quilting design, or a combination of colours, and sometimes a whole quilt... but something that made my heart sing.
|Unpopped knot at the base of the heart!|
It's staying there!
It makes me feel stressed.
I enjoyed reading Joshua Becker's thought provoking article on "Life is Not Perfect. Fortunately". He said "we can find contentment and joy even in the midst of defect".
Which is one of the reasons why I decided that as I quilt my "Journey of a Quilter" to not use any marking tools.
I wanted my journey to be congruent with what I believe - that the imperfections are what make each person, each life, and each quilt unique and special in their own way.
As a result, none of my quilting lines are an exact 1/4" away from the seam, nor are they perfectly straight. I am having a wonderful quilty time on my journey, imperfect stitches/steps and all!
When I get home from the quilt show, I'll be enjoying some imperfect slow stitching on my Journey quilt.
How about you? What are you hand stitching today?
Link up your blog post below and share your imperfect project with us!