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.
- Project QUILTING 14.4 – A Novel Project, February 19, 2023
- Project Quilting 14.1 and Slow Sunday stitching, January 08, 2023
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,
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Bravo, c'est un challenge réussi ! J'aime beaucoup la façon dont les mots négatifs et positifs sont disposés, et l'ensemble est charmant. Tout comme Chevy ;))ReplyDelete
Merci beaucoup Frédérique :-)Delete
Love this! I like the words you fmqed in the flower.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I'm so happy that the writing fit on each petal :-)Delete
This is so good Andrée! The whole concept from the centre (where we start) with the words that inhibit us from taking that risk, facing the fear, to the words in the petals of accomplishment (yay that they fit - I know what you mean about running out of room when cursive writing-quilting!), anyhow the whole concept is wonderful. Bravo!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Sandra. Have a wonderful weekend.Delete
What a wonderful PQ project. I love seeing the fears in the center, and the words of encouragement in the petals. I am wondering how big that center is - the words look so small!ReplyDelete
Thanks Kathleen, those words are tiny! The centre is roughly 2 1/4". I wrote out the words using a frixion pen and then FMQ over them, more or less following the guide. I had the hardest time reading one of them (because of course I hadn't written them down anywhere!)Delete
brilliant!!! I love this piece!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Alycia - and hopefully it will minimize the fears!Delete
What an excellent project! I really like your concept.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!Delete
great job on an inspiring quilt!ReplyDelete
I love all the encouraging words surrounding your fears. I hope that you find that submitting your work for consideration leaves you feeling just as supported and encouraged!ReplyDelete
Thanks Yvonne - I hope so too!Delete
What a fun and meaningful project. It turned out beautifully. Sorry to be so late commenting, I'm still having to ration computer time. Thank you for linking up each week.ReplyDelete
Hi Kate, it's always great to hear from you but don't worry about commenting everytime - we do what we can. I'm glad that you're hosting and that I get to read about what's going on. Take care.Delete
This a beautiful flower and a lovely idea. It's nice to see a meaningful quilt and I'm awed by your fmq :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Janine. It reminded me how much I love FMQ, especially when it's on a fun small project :-) Take care!Delete