I saw that Catherine of Saint Cardigan was having a link up about current WIPs and creative processes. I am in! Her blog, by the way, is beautiful and inspirational definitely check it out.
“The creative process consists of six working phases – inspiration, clarification, distillation, perspiration, evaluation and incubation. During a particular piece of creative work, each phrase should be experienced many times, in no definite order, sometimes for a short time”. Geoff Petty
We all begin our projects from different places when we begin our creative processes. I love spending time looking through colours, patterns and ideas in shops, nature and on Instagram (IG). These trigger an exciting creative explosion for me that I have to write and draw. It all makes my heart sing and creativity fires. I don’t always know where that fire will lead but if I don’t keep a record of it or note it down it can’t lead anywhere.
If I am doing a project from scratch I get an idea, I start looking at fabrics and start drawing it out on graph or dot paper. I try not to have too many projects on the go at one time or I get overwhelmed and distracted. The most dangerous time for new projects and new ideas are at quilt shows. I get so excited with all the colours and textures. I try to take photos and notes all the time and carry a little notebook at all times. Some of these ideas make it into my quilt planner which I collect project ideas and plan quilts in. So when I can I start exploring making that quilt – or I keep adding ideas when the inspiration strikes.
This is a picture of my quilt planner. I feel inspired just looking at it and thinking about all that it holds.
The idea is to stay flexible. Your mood, inspiration, environment, equipment and skills may change. Be aware of the moment and what is happening, don’t let changes hold you back from creating.
Having said all of that about creative processes. My current WIP is the new hexagon millefiori quilt along, read more about it here. I began this quilt in February 2015. I saw the first rosette posted by others on IG and Facebook and I was inspired to start my own.
How did I start and where am I at now?
I planned out the quilt in my planner. The finished size, the approximate fabric requirements and all the materials that would be required. I pulled a few fabrics out from my stash for the first rosette and that help me decide which way I was going to go with my colours. I knew I was going to work in blues, greens, greys, yellows and pinks all in fairly muted tones. Using the templated layout from the quilt along I planned the layout of where these colours would go. I worked out that I would need approximately 10-11 metres but I was just collecting fabrics based on colour groups that I had planned, knowing roughly the amount of fabric that I needed. I think that was one of the best bits collecting all the fabrics, either buying them or looking through my stash of fabrics.
This is an image of the layout of my quilt with the colour planning and a layout image
As I sewed each rosette I post a picture on IG and Facebook. This helped to keep me motivated but it also inspired me by seeing others quilts and what they were doing. There are some amazing colours – no two quilts will be the same.
I have just finished sewing all the rosettes together and removing all the papers. There are approximately 1500 pieces. Now I am planning what I will do with the edges to fill in the gaps and square it up. Once this is done I am already thinking about how I will hand quilt the top. I am sketching out ideas in my quilt notebook. I could machine quilt the top but I have hand pieced the rosettes together so it seems that it should all be hand sewn.
I am already thinking about the next project and I am excited.
Do you have a WIP with a creative process to share? Pop over to Catherine’s blog Saint Cardigan and add to her link. Let me know in my comments to so I can see what you are up to and what your creative processes are. I think the whole creative process is very interesting for each person.