Thursday, January 8, 2015

Different Kinds of Creativity

The past few weeks I've been working on a different kind of project, along with my books. I'm not that great of a gardener (although I try) and while I can cook well I don't really enjoy it. But I do like (and I'm getting good at) sewing and quilting. And so when new fabric for a new baby nephew arrived I knew I would get right down to business cutting out squares and piecing together sashing and figuring out block placement and binding and all the rest.

I like quilting because there are rules - you don't put a navy fabric right next to a swatch of black, for example, because there isn't a lot of contrast. Just like - unless you like giving your fingers the twitchies - you don't cut down your squares or triangles into 1/2-inch pieces. And you don't sew Row 1 right side up and Row 2 right side down (unless you just enjoy sitting for 30 minute stretches with a magnifying glass, a seam ripper and some alcohol).

I also like quilting because you can break the rules. If a pattern calls for it, you can put navy and black next to one another and forget those rules about neon pink and orange because it's possible with the right placement they actually do belong together.

I also like to quilt because you can fix the problem areas. Those rows you sewed backwards? Yeah, you'll have to use the seam ripper, but you can fix them relatively quickly.

Yesterday I put the backing, batting (middle, fluffy, warm part) down along with the top side. And I cut the backing a smidge too narrow - like, less than a half-inch. Does it look odd? Right now, yes, but that is a thing I can fix when I put on the binding next week. And, as I was stitching in the ditch, bebe asked a question and I kind of left the ditch for a second. Stopped, pulled out those stitches and replaced them - this time with the door closed.

All the while I've been letting the new book percolate and I've been writing scenes and laying out scene ideas
on a ribbon board and picking out songs for my playlist and pictures for my pinterest board. And I'm loving the story that I'm telling. I also love that, whenever I see this quilt, it will remind me of the journey I took in this book while I was taking a quilting journey.

What about you, readers? Do you have a creative outlet? 

12 comments:

Kaelee said...

Love the quilt! I often find myself thinking through things while I knit or crochet. I know you will probably call the book you are working on your super hero book just like whenever you look at the quilt you will remember the book.

Kristina Knight said...

Probably so, Kaelee! I've attempted knitting (and crocheting) and my mind just doesn't compute...I admire those of you who can do it, though!

Colleen C. said...

That looks wonderful... never tried anything like that... I tend to draw or do little art projects with my nephew... yesterday we made cookies together... he had a lot of fun with the cookie cutters!

Mindy Hardwick said...

Your quilt looks wonderful! I sew and do some mixed media art journaling while I am letting my stories peculate. It is a wonderful process to allow the stories to form while doing something else creative.

Claire McEwen said...

What a great quilt! Your nephew will be so happy with it! I have been doing a ton of gardening lately and I know in my mind I've been getting ready to work on my next book. I'm listening to music that reminds me of my hero and heroine too!

Margie said...

Love your quilt! Lucky little guy.

My creative outlet is gardening in the spring and summer, jigsaw puzzles and making endless amount of coasters. LOL. Seriously, do you need more :)

linda s said...

Amazing quilt! Many years ago I cut quilt squares for a huge quilt and fifteen years later I gave them to my friend who makes quilts. Not my talent!

Kristina Knight said...

What a fun day, Colleen! bebe and I love baking together!

Mindy, thank you! I had a great time making it.

Claire, I wish I was a good gardener!! And music is a must for me - every book has its own playlist. :)

Kristina Knight said...

Margie, I love your coasters...have one sitting on my desk right now, as a matter of fact! :)

Linda, I never thought I'd like quilting, but there is something about it that is both relaxing and energizing. I'm not a great quilter...but I do enjoy it!

Mary Preston said...

What a fun quilt!!

I do love to knit, crochet, embroider & sew. I don't always follow the rules - pattern.

Kristina Knight said...

thanks for visiting, Mary! I like breaking the rules, too. :)

penney said...

The quilt is beautiful! I crochet or knit to get through the winters.
If I get board with that I read.
Penney

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