Several months ago my friend Michelle asked me about my design process. She wanted to know how I came up with colors for my quilts, patterns, design – all that jazz. I didn’t have much of an answer. I just sort of “did”. It’s intuitive to me. I know what works, though I’m not alway certain how or why.
It’s times like those that I occasionally wish I’d opted to take Color Theory in college instead of Textile Dyeing. Dyeing was a really tough, yet enjoyable, class and for a good long while I was proud of my ability to draw out the chemistry of a cotton molecule plus water plus dye plus salt plus mordant plus whatever…..to get a dyed fabric. Sadly that knowledge is long gone but did draw on it when we were in DC and used the word “diazo” in a Scrabble game with KK. Indeed. That was a jaw dropper and helped me win the game! Go me!
After thinking about my conversation with Michelle for a bit I decided that I needed to explore my process and try to document it. I haven’t written much about my design process but I have been very conscientiously tracking it.
Michelle sent me the link to a very cool blog the other day. I’ve been reading this blog and thoroughly enjoying it. And, I suppose, jealous that I don’t have more time to sew and write blog posts. I have posts going through my head all. the. time. But when it’s time to make that happen, well, often it doesn’t. I know “they” say you can sleep when you are dead but “they” obviously don’t have small children. But, I digress. So I’m reading Amanda’s blog and ran across another very cool blog – you know, these things often work this way.
I think if I met Rossie she and I would be fast friends. Anyhow, she has a pretty cool post on her site. It’s all about Taking the Pledge, which, ironically, I did several months ago. And, dang it! If I’d been smarter I would have come up with this idea. Oh, well. Here it is:
I, ________________, pledge to talk more about my processes, even when I can’t quite put them in the in words or be sure I’m being totally clear. I’m going to put my thinking and my gut feelings out there.
I think it’s pretty cool. I am glad that I’m not alone and that other quilters are talking more about how they get from inception to finished project. The trip really is rather amazing.
And often requires one to purchase more fabric.