On Friday we attended a lecture called Creativity and Quilts: The Power of Cross Pollination. Weeks has a great metaphor for creativity and finding inspiration in your daily life. She talked about the honey bee and how the honey bee goes to an average of 17 flowers to find the right nectar to make his honey.
This really hit me. What a beautiful way of explaining what it takes to come up with original ideas!
All night Friday and all day Saturday my mind was whirling. It's the collective power of your life's experiences that make your thoughts and ideas and actions. Not just as good life advice, but for understanding your creativity too. Saturday I had to pull fabric for Sunday's workshop on piecing curves. We were going to make her quilt, Eclipse, and the pattern called for 10 medium to dark fabrics and 10 lighter value corresponding fabrics. They should be small scale prints, tone on tone, or solids. Sounds easy right?
Not so much if you are me! Lol. I love big prints and until Saturday I thought I loved color. As it turns out I love one color, blue. I wanted to shop my own stash for this workshop and really struggled getting a variety of colors and tones. I had to run to the fabric shop to get a darker purple and a medium blue. I could have made the quilt three times over in shades of Aqua and teal though.