Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Mindful Journey

Ok, so I guess we all know by now there has been some interesting discussions in blogland lately, that have unfortunately opened up a bit of a minefield of negativity and even, I hate to say it, nastiness. I admit I read some of it, but after a little while found myself becoming disheartened, sad and even losing confidence in what I do. It brought me to the question - why am I quilting and blogging in the first place? I have spent a couple of weeks ruminating (I love that word!!), and pondering and I have worked through some of these issues and come up with my own statement, mantra if you like, of why I do what I do, why I make what I make, why I photograph the way I do, etc etc. I am putting it up here so I can always come back to it if I need to:

I need to create.
To create is to express myself and find joy.
To make things with my hands is life giving to my soul.
It doesn't matter what I make, as long as I am making.
To find pleasure in the simple things I do,
and fulfillment in the difficult.
The process of creating changes me.

So that is me. I am moving onwards and will keep finding enjoyment and satisfaction in this wonderful world of quilting and blogging. I also want to thank those of you who come to this blog to read, hopefully be inspired in some way and leave wonderful comments. I am blessed by you!

Ok, enough of the heavy! A little while ago I had yet another sewing room clean out, and decided I needed to start bringing out some of my older fabrics sitting in my stash and try and use them. I want to see if I can mix them up with newer fabrics and see what happens. They may end up being used as dog blankets but that is ok!!! So these are the first older fabrics I grabbed....


Some lovely romantic leciens and others in there that I have had for well over 8 years or so. I thought I would mix them with some Kaffe's, Amy Butler, Tanya Whelan, etc...

They look quite nice combined, this could be fun!


Have a fabulous week with whatever you are creating. xo

36 comments:

imquilternity said...

Well, I am blissfully ignorant of any of the negative/hateful discussion, for which I'm very grateful. Probably has something to do with not having enough time to visit blogland very much anymore. However, I agree with you. We all have to do what works for us, what makes us happy and helps us feel fulfilled. Isn't that what makes life worth living? It's always a bit hard when we have our small moments of insecurity, but in the longrun we'll be miserable if we let someone else dictate how we live our lives. BTW, I love your older fabrics combined with the new...can't wait to see what you do with them.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love your personal statement - so very true! I agree whole heartedly - I am tired of all the negativity around lately.

Love how you have mixed some older florals to give them a more modern twist.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I relate to your "statement", so true. It's good to remember why we do as we do, as opposed to what others may do or think.

sheddy said...

Thanks for showing the possibilities of combining the old with the new. I struggle with how to use my older fabrics and your combinations look great. Can't wait to see what you do with these.

Janet said...

That would be a great statement to print out and hang somewhere, not that you'll need reminding. Thank goodness for common sense. I'm starting to get very inspired by your ability to mix fabric lines and styles. It's working from the stash as they would have done once upon a time and producing something special.

YankeeQuilter said...

Isn't it fun to mix up the fabrics a bit and make that "inner mind" editor take a break!

Sorry about the negativeness...as my Mom would say "if you don't have anything nice to say than say nothing at all."

Rachel said...

gorgeous fabric combination, and something I probably would never have thought of. Can't wait to see how you put it together.

Nedra said...

I've been reading a lot of responses (like yours) to the negativity going on out there, and I applaud your effort to bring it to a halt. Quilters are generally the nicest of people, and a few bad apples shouldn't spoil the wonderful creativity of so many.

Ann Marie said...

Wow I follow over 300 blogs, and I haven't a clue about what negativity there is out there. Glad too, and sorry at the same time you have even run across it. I applaud you for pushing it away and moving on. If I do come across any, the delete button will be used for sure. I don't need any of that outside of work, I have enough there for everyone in blogland! So onto happy thoughts, and even more happy quilting, be it a multi ribbon winning quilt, or dog blankets that colors don't match and neither do the points. As long as the needle is going up and down and the fabric pieces are staying together that is all that matters right now! Smile and be happy everyone, tomorrow is going to be great!

Colleen said...

Read the negativity, be glad you are not part of it, then forget it. Remember we blog for ourselves and for the support of other wondeful quilters out there like yourself! Hold tight to your peeps! Thats us!

Mary said...

Thanks so much Cathy! A wonderful post!

Christine said...

I am the same as some of your readers, I follow many many blogs and have not been aware of what is or was happening.
Well I blog and sew and share because I can, love your statement and love you mixing old with the new.
Happy stitching
Christine

Sue said...

Gosh, I follow alot of blogs and was unaware of any negativity. I love seeing what others are doing, otherwise I wouldn't bother to look. Keep up all the lovely blogs ladies - they really inspire me.
Take care Cathy
Sue

J said...

Love the reasons you create...it all comes down to what makes a person happy...and what you create is amazing! Love your work, looking forward to how you mix the old and new fabric.

quiltmom said...

Cathy,
I love your artist statement for that describes what you are- a talented quilter with a love of creating.
Your Lecien fabrics are divine- so pretty and I know you are going to create something beautiful with them. You have this wonderful innate sense of color that produces fabulous quilts.

As for the rest- one thing I know for sure is that I can't control what happens or what others do, I can only make choices for myself that are positive. I would rather spend my time looking at the glass as half full than half empty.. Life is too short to try and change those who prefer to see only the dark side to life's challenges.
I hope that you keep blogging and quilting for a long time. It is a pleasure to visit your posts.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Prof. S said...

I stumbled across some of the negativity last week, gave it about 10 minutes of my time -- and then moved on! Sewing is my creative outlet, and I am so thankful for the inspiration provided by you and so many other talented, gracious quilters who share their work online. That's what I like to give my time and attention -- so thank you for it!!

And I love the way you're combining those older Lecien prints with others goodies from your stash. I look forward to seeing what you do with them....

Meredith said...

a previous round of negativity had me rethink the blogging thing. I took all most all of my blog posts and hid them. For me it did not feel like a safe atmosphere. I enjoy reading your blog and watching you create.
Glad I missed the current round.

quiltilicious said...

That's exactly what I'm trying to do...bring out the golden oldies and funk them up with some more of the modern, recent fabrics I have. Yours really works.

Lorraine said...

Yay for the rediscovered fabrics ... I had done likewise last week adding some florals to a new project , look forward to seeing how yours turns out.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness I havent seen any of it !! What utter rubbish anyway. Get out, go sewing, meet beautiful people, have a laugh, make something, have a cuppa with nearest & dearest. Thank God you woke up today. Enjoy :)
P>S Thank goodness for Jody :)
Josie

nicolette said...

Can’t wait to see what you’ll be making with the fabrics. It will no doubtedly be beautiful! You should not be discussing your creations, you are so talented and such an inspiration!

I’m blogging for 4 years this month and there has changed so much. Part of it has probably to do with quilting having become Big Business. I love your mantra!

Lizzie said...

Oh Cathy, they look absolutely divine all together, there really is not a reason in this world that they can't be combined is there? I too have missed all the nastiness going around, I've seen a couple of people comment as you did and that's all I want to see, really, life's too short and it's just a blog at the end of the day...!!
Lizzie
xxx

Andi said...

You DO need to create. If not for yourself, then for ME. (So I can enjoy and be inspired by your lovely creations!!)
Speaking of which ... you amaze me that you can take a pile of fabrics that I would normally not even think twice about, and convert them into a delicious stack of girliness!! Can't wait to see what you create!
xx

Jackie said...

What a great mantra!! We should all adopt that attitude! You do inspire me every time that I stop by your blog. Always a great project going on in your life. This one is no exception. Can't wait to see what you will do with those fabrics and how they will look together!

Barb said...

I have started a post or two but decided not to post them....I too am sick of the negativity...and I like you just want to create, I don't care if it is simple, poorly done....I just want to do and do what I want....so thanks for your post.

Love the fabrics.

sandi said...

Cathy your fabric combination's look great. Keep blogging and sharing with us! Enjoy!

Vivian said...

Thank you for commenting on that and if I may relate my (rather long) story in return:

I read the posts you mention. The original poster had admitted she didn't like the "Single Girl" design. I didn't comment but had to admit I was never that jazzed about it either.

That is until you posted your version recently. Hmmm, I now had to admit I really liked what you did with it. Then you mentioned the SG flicker pool. Went there and OMG! I loved the profusion and variety of color combinations that everyone made with it. It all really impressed me. Now I still don't have a desire to make it myself but I really, really, really enjoyed seeing and experiencing the wide range of creativity that simple pattern generated.

And I realized that wealth of creativity is what I love about quilting (and blogging). And that realization was made that much more richer by the original post. So maybe we need not be afraid of a few negatives as long as we can keep an open mind overall. (However, nasty comments are a totally different and unacceptable issue!!)

And thank you for always being and continuing to be so inspiring a quilter and blogger!

Frances Leate said...

I love and agree wholeheartedly with your "mantra". Like you I have to create and make quilts whether I need to or not and will keep doing so. I enjoy your blog and looking at what you create so keep up the good work. Happy stitching!

ranette said...

Cathy your heartfelt statement made me cry...it's beautiful and if it's okay with you I may borrow it as mine too.

You are such an inspiration to me and so many others...keep creating and oh my you've sparked something else with putting the older fabrics and newer ones together!!!

Cardygirl said...

Great fabrics...who really cares what the Mean Girls think!

Talin's Corner said...

Ignore all the negativity! I love your first set of "old" fabrics.

Cathy said...

Thank you to Everyone here for your encouraging words. I wanted to reply to all, however a few of you have come through with no-reply email addresses so I cannot reply. I wish to thank you too, for your lovely comments, I appreciate you taking the time to respond. xo

Marit said...

I can relate to your mantra, Cathy. Very well said. And I am exited about your new mix of fabric. Working from stash makes sense on many levels!

Yole said...

Terrific mantra. Keep up the good work and good thoughts.

Yolanda

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I've seen only one post of a similar nature. I admit it makes me curious to see what's out there, but I hate negativity, it makes me feel much like you...out of sorts. I hope no one directly targeted you. You're such a sweetie, and I love seeing what you make and what you're doing! :)

Karen said...

I am quite the blog reader and did not see the complaints. Blissfully happy I guess.
Thank you for stating how you feel and glad you are staying.

NOw for those older fabrics. Like what you added to them to freshen it up.
Maybe instead of a dog bed, how about a spring quilt to liven up the bedroom.