One of the members of the guild had offered to write our names with Calligraphy, but she couldn't make it to the meeting, so I decided to improv piece my short name. That was a tricky process with lots of scraps ending up in the garbage but it worked out in the end. The other tricky bit was sewing down the binding on the front. It's a pretty big name tag, 7" square. I like the grey negative space around my name. For the strap I re purposed the strap from the Quilt Con 2017 name tag.. I even kept some of the buttons I collected there.
I put a plastic pocket on the back to stash things in. Like draw tickets and things like that. It was a fun make. When I started the improv process, I thought, well if it doesn't work out I can do something different. I've been doing a lot more sewing for fun. Just showing up at the machine and working on things until I'm ready to stop.
When I started blogging the slow movements were very much in vogue. You know slow cooking , slow crafting and even slow blogging. People had buttons on their blogs that said things like "I took the process pledge". The idea was that in the fast paced world of work and the internet etc. we needed to slow down and create with our hands in order to nurture our souls. That seems to me to be disappearing a little with a focus on getting multitudes of followers and posting quickly on instagram. I've always loved reading blogs the most.
When I lost my quilting and blogging mojo recently, I found a few things helped to bring me back. The monthly newsletter from Kim Soper of Leland Avenue Studios is one of those things. Kim is very much interested in the creative process, and she is a slow quilter. Each newsletter comes with a project. This months task is to think of 5 things every day that nurture your creativity and to give gratitude for those. I haven't been doing this every day, but I have been doing it. At first I thought 5 things a day would be too much, but I've come to realize that pretty much everything has an affect upon creativity. So today I am thankful for my job which pays for my fabric, for my sewing room, for my husband who supports my craft, for my kids and grandkids who keep me happy, to the sunshine that also keeps me happy. What nurtures your creative soul?
Linking up with Michelle of From Bolt to Beauty for the Brag about your Beauties pageant.