But I don't know how to solve it. I have really been trying to challenge myself with my quilting and design skills. That means I am taking risks, big risks. For example, enlarging a letter, in this instance, an S, drawing it on the quilt top, stitching it out, not once, not twice, but three times, filling it in with fills, and then. Yep, you guessed it, I am ripping it out. I'm skinning again. Ugh!
Why can't I decide before I do it? I need to remember that taking quilty risks is not for me, that is for the Jodi Robinsons, the Angela Walters, the Sharon Schambers. Why can't I stitch out a sample like Deborah Poole who stitches out her wholecloths completely before she does the real thing. Why am I never happy with what I do unless I am copying someone else?
I've read a couple books on design and creativity and taking risks, and copying. I'm working on trusting my instinct. I think the S was a good idea, but I don't think the fills worked. And it definitely didn't work with the designs stitched around the S.
Here is the S. Yes, it is there. Look closer. I know, it gets lost.
This looks good, but not in the S, and not on this quilt.
I like this. I will do more of this.
I have much more to say along this topic, but it will have to wait. I have a bit more to skin, and then I want to get back to the stitching.
Please tell me I'm not alone. And please encourage me to start doing more along the lines of improv, Sherri Lynn Wood style, or Gees Bend quilters, with basic, basic basic quilting. I need to free myself of all these indecisions and insecurities.