Thursday, March 5, 2015

loving it all ...

I seem to be in the middle of some sort of creative identity crisis. You see, I like bright colors, and muted colors, I like making quilts, and pillows, and bags, and pouches, ...


I like complicated projects, and I enjoy beautifully simple ones too. 


And for some reason lately I've been feeling like I needed to finally choose and define what my style is. Which led to a lot of questioning of what I'm doing, and how I'm doing it, and the colors and their shades I like or dislike. Madness, I'm telling you :).


And then I came across Mary's beautiful picture of two very different quilts she made and loved. I finally realized it's ok to be pulled in many different directions as long as my projects make me happy. Revolutionary, isn't it?


 

Now I'm finally ready to cut into these two stacks without feeling like a traitor to either a brightly colorful or a toned down low key camp. And I might even cut them into giant squares and make a super simple patchwork without feeling like I'm taking shortcuts or being lazy. Because, really, I just love simple patchwork these days.

Svetlana

42 comments:

  1. Yay glad you are creating what makes you happy!

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  2. Definitely, go with what you fancy doing that day! Life is too short to agonize over whether you are a brights or neutrals sort of person. All your sewing is gorgeous, whatever the colour so keep on keeping on!

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  3. To me, both of those stacks still scream you. And I've never been surprised when I see a quilt you made, then find out you made it. So whatever you're doing is your style. :D I'm so helpful. But really, make whatever makes you happy!!!!!!

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  4. Variety is the spice of life remember. That second pile of fabric is soooo beautiful, can't wait to see what you make with it. I also love very simple quilts. They show off the fabrics so well. Happy sewing!

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  5. No defining needed ever....you love playing with fabric...the end!:)

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  6. When I read this, "And then I came across Mary's beautiful picture of two very different quilts she made and loved," I honestly thought you were talking about me! Because this is my life: "I finally realized it's ok to be pulled in many different directions as long as my projects make me happy." Really, does it matter if we have a different style? I like modern, traditional, and everything in-between. I take classes on one, then make the other, or (more often) design my own work. I have books on every type, technique, block and border. I have a stash to die for, but you should see the mess--fabric from the 60's, reproductions, solids, bold modern prints....everything!
    I haven't a clue what kind of quilter I am or what kind I want to be (and I'm 55!). Lately I've been saying eclectic because when I first heard the word I thought it meant crazy and, let's face it, that's not far from the truth. How about we start an Eclectic Quilt Guild! We could have our own QuiltCon-like show and encourage a few love-everything quilters to join.

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  7. The key is to do what you enjoy! Its hard to beat quilts made from the humble square.

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  8. Everything you create is such a pleasure to look at and admire! Please dont stop. x

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  10. I really enjoy making different things......quilts, tote bags, table toppers, wall hangings. I like it all and am glad I don't limit myself. I enjoy reading your blog and like seeing all the items you make

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  11. However you define it I love your style and all your projects!

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  12. I'd think of it as maintaining balance rather than conflict! What you do is great.

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  13. Nothing wrong with keeping it simple! And ALWAYS be true to yourself - my style is that I don't have one!! I have such broad tastes and I'm totally ok with it! Enjoying what we create is what is important. Relax, breath, sew! Jxo

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  14. What a great post! Thank you for sharing your insights into your creative struggles. I, too, think you should follow your instincts because they are always beautiful and inspiring!

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  15. This is me too! I came to the same conclusion as you, I like a variety of styles. I just finished a pastel quilt and am now working on a dark one with reds and blues. Very different. I was thinking this as I read Red Pepper Quilts. She's a great quilter but she makes the same quilt over and over. Nothing wrong with that but I like variety!

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  16. Love this! I want to shout freedom!! See what you love :) It's ok to like different things and that's what makes it you!

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  17. You so get to do whatever you want! That's what experimenting with creativity is all about! I love your work.

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  18. Isn't that what makes sewing the best hobby ever :) Everyday is different..... kind of like the weather where I live. Just enjoy the day ! Janita

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  19. Thank you for expressing what I have been feeling! After coming back from QuiltCon I have been feeling a little guilty staring at some of my projects wondering whether I should be working on "that kind" of fabric. In end, the diversity of projects makes me happy and gives me a range of options depending on the mood and the occasion. Yay!!

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  20. I resist categorizing my quilting. Just when I think I've settled firmly into the traditional camp, one of several young nieces for whom I make quilts squeals about a modern treasure she's spotted. Off to the LQS for the appropriate fabrics and, BANG, a new love affair begins :-). A few of them in a row and I would start feeling guilty about deserting my roots. No more! Life's too short for the guilt. I just try to enjoy it all and am grateful for the chance to be pulled in new directions.

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  21. I am glad you aren't limiting yourself as I love seeing all the different things you make :)

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  22. So funny to read this! I just placed an order with fat quater bundles of Doe and Folk Song in it, and was also wondering: what kind of style is that??? I decided it's my mixed heritage of catholic and lutheran family branches: Doe would represent the strict, asketic inner lutheran, and AMH the happily sinful catholic ;.)

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  23. It's interesting to me that you don't feel like you have a distinctive or consistent style, because I think your work is easily recognizable. Your style mixes eclectic low volume with bright colors, but in a distinctive palette of red, coral, yellow, mustard, lime, and aqua, although not necessarily all together. And usually there's some snappy black and white involved too (stripes!). That combo of low volume, B&W, and a limited bright color palette is quintessentially Svetlana to me.

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  24. Well whatever your style is, I just love it! You make so many beautiful things ; )

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  25. This is funny, because only this week I was looking at your stream in flickr and thought that it's impressive that you have such a individual style that's just "you"! Something I feel I don't necessarily have. So, maybe I DO, but only other people see it ...? ;-) Anyway, I love whatever you make, I've been especially insired by your patchwork duvets lately and would like to make something similar some time. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I'm glad you found your groove again! Happy sewing! :-)

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  26. I’m with you, I can’t define a style either. Lately I’m drawn to pastel, but I also love bright and colourful, and sometimes I’m drawn to traditonal with a modern twist. I think we should embrase the possibillities to work on so many different projects and to work in so many different styles!

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  28. Sveta, it's no matter what you make. You have amazing taste and sense of color. So every thing you make is perfect. All you need is just sit down and make :))

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  29. I love all the things you show! Imhop, you have got your very special style already!
    So, sew on :*, I'm always looking forward to your new post! Have a nice weekend

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  30. Absolutely you don't have to choose! Go with what makes you happy, what reflects you, your thoughts, your personality at the time. You can then look back and see your path to where you are now. So long as you're happy sewing, that's all that matters.

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  31. I love your style--all the things you make! :)

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  32. afte rall, isnt it about what makes you happy

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  33. Choosing a style just boxes you in - and we creative types can't have that!! Eclectic is the name I go by and creating is what makes me happy. Looks like that's you too!

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  34. I love Mary's suggestion about an Eclectic Quilt Guild. You guys should definitely start one up!

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  35. I love this post ... I feel this same pull but I'm trying to just go with it and make what I like.

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  36. oh I have similar struggles!

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  37. I too love it all!! And after reading this post and the other comments, I think it's okay.

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  39. Thanks for this post. I dont have a style. I love new modern quilts but am still tugged by throwback fabric and 9 patch blocks. I am dying to make a low volume quilt and yet get excited by bright busy bling fabric too. I thought there might be something wrong with me (hubby still maintains there is! - ha). So many blogs talk about finding your "nitch". I just love creating things that make others smile. So glad i am not alone...and may be normal after all!!! Thanks again.

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  40. I love seeing the variety of projects you choose, and think you have a very clear and individual style. Yours is one of my favorite blogs. Do the projects that you are excited about (without limits) and your unique style will just continue to grow and evolve. Thanks for inspiring me!

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