I'm so glad that I saw Kim Lapacek's newsletter on Friday, because that gave me a whole day to prepare this fun quilt. I couldn't resist creating something that might help me though my fears....of submitting a quilt to a show! Maybe this will help 😊
When it comes to my art, there isn't that much that I'm afraid of. It seems that ideas abound (and if they don't, I just think it through or wait it out), new techniques to try, and now I even have time to play 😊. I know that if I create a mess, that I'll figure out a way to fix it. I'm also not looking for perfection. What does scare me though, is rejection.
I'm not someone who takes risks. I've applied for jobs that I didn't get, but somehow that didn't phased me much. However, having someone reject my creation is more than I can bear. So I created this piece to help me through this fear.
In the centre of the flower, I wrote down words of the things that I fear - of the feelings that I'm afraid of, such as rejection, unworthy, criticism, submit, mistakes, imperfect, humiliation. I realise that imperfect is in there, but if you want to submit a piece to a show, it usually has to be close to perfect!😕
To counter those fears, I wrote encouraging words in the petals: believe, courage, process, fun, trust, just do it, practice, create.
The only process picture that I took is this one. I created a template on tracing paper and then cut out 12 petals. I then trimmed the petal template and cut out the adhesive backing.
What I learned
If I had thought through the process, I would have added the adhesive to the fabric before I cut it. I really should be remembering this by now.
- I wanted to make a colourful, encouraging piece about my fears. I wanted it to include hope, not just darkness.
- The flower top with the petals is out of proportion to the stem and leaves, and that's intentional. It's about the flower and its petals. It reminds me of taking pictures of Chevy where all you can see is her head, while everything is behind her!
- I'm amazed that the words in the petals fit - I usually run out of space!
- I had a great time FMQ the background with feathers. I love how the feather stems show up and give the piece mouvement.
I'll be linking up to Project Quilting 14.6 as well as other fun linking parties. Free Motion Mavericks, Put your foot down, Off the Wall Friday, Finished (or Not) Friday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Beauties Pageant, Peacock Party, Patchwork & Quilts, Oh Scrap!, 15 Minutes to Stitch 2023, Sew & Tell, Midweek Makers,