Today, I am excited to share with you about Creative Quilt Challenges, a new book collaboration between Wendy Hill and Pat Pease and published by C&T Publishing. If you have been hanging around my blog, I hope that you know that I believe that everyone is creative (and if you have not been to my blog before, welcome! You might want to check out some of the discussions we have had on creativity and my free tutorials). When I read Wendy’s dedication at the beginning of the book, I knew I wanted to learn more:
To creative people everywhere: If you want to think outside the box, first you have to believe there is no box! Keep making stuff! ~Wendy Hill
I had a lovely email discussion with Wendy, and we both agree that someone who buys a quilt kit and makes a quilt is creative and putting themselves out into the world in a personal way that people who never make anything don’t. It might be on one end of the creative continuum, but we also agreed that creating is a journey worth taking (even if a project spans decades).
Wendy and Pat structured Creative Quilt Challenges in a way to acknowledge what they have in common, and to explore their differences in processing information and approach to design. By blending Pat’s spontaneity and fearlessness with Wendy’s ideas, structure, and organization, they have developed a series of guided challenges that have me thinking about quilt making in a new light.
Each challenge (which you can take alone, with a friend, in a small group, or with your guild) contains tips and techniques. The quilts presented are not destinations, but rather they are an invitation for a journey: a journey to open yourself up to trying something new or different as part of a process to develop your own style as a quilter.
As I sat down to write this post, I realized that having read the book has already influenced me. Last week I had a few free days of “free sewing time” and I set off to start with the basis of the piecing method from my Beacon quilt and allowed myself to play and explore. Beacon might not exactly be an “old block”, but I wanted to start with the construction style for Beacon and try something new which is precisely the “Reimagine an Old Block” Challenge. And I ended up somewhere entirely different:
The journey was fun, full of surprises, and I will definitely be exploring this new layout and design more! I believe the secret to success is to show up, try, learn, modify, and repeat. I will be repeating lessons from these challenges as I continue on my quilting journey, and I invite you to join me.
Blog Tour Calendar
Monday, March 28: Lynn Merrill with C&T Publishing
Tuesday, March 29: Maria Shell
Wednesday, March 30: Sandra Clemons
Thursday, March 31: Tierney Hogan
Friday, April 1:Gina at BOLT Fabric Boutique
Monday, April 4: Yvonne Fuchs
Tuesday, April 5: Kristin Shields
Wednesday, April 6: Paula Mariedaughter
Thursday, April 7: Teri Lucas
Friday, April 8: Wendy Hill, wendyhill.net/blog
I am thrilled to be able to give away a hard copy (international winners get a digital version) of Creative Quilt Challenges! Leave a comment telling me why you want this book in your quilting library. For a second entry, let me know your favorite social media platform way you follow me (lots of options on the sidebar to the right such as via email, Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook…). Next Monday—April 11, 2016—I will use a random number generator to select a winner. Good luck!