I read this quote yesterday and have been unable to find the source, but it really crystallizes a lot of what I was thinking when I wrote this.
"It's not who you are that holds you back. It's who you think you're not."
Too often lately I have been comparing myself to quilters who are able to produce so many quilts in such a seemingly short amount of time. Beautiful quilts. They amaze me with their creativity and style. Why can't I make a quilt every week? Why can't I discipline myself to even walk into my sewing room? Why can't I be improvisational and wonky?
It has been making me feel frustrated and guilty because I'm not "measuring up."
Measuring up to what? It's not a contest. There isn't a winner.
Do I want to push my creative boundaries? Of course. But I want to enjoy the process along the way. There has been a lot of discussion lately about "modern" and "traditional" quilting. I admire the less rigid quilting style, the kind of design-as-you go. I value the traditional construction techniques, the traditional quilt blocks that I have grown up with. They are the fabric of my heritage. It's possible to embrace both. Thanks, Crystal and Jennifer, for encouraging us to Modify Tradition!
From now on, I plan on concentrating on who I am. So far this is what I know: I am someone who adores fabric, takes pleasure in choosing it and playing with color, enjoys the process of making the blocks, sometimes really detailed blocks, then watching the quilt top come to life by sewing the blocks together, no matter how long it takes.
I'm curious. Who are you?