There is a lot of pressure in the quilt world for us to work in a series. I can certainly see the point of working in a series, but what if you don’t create a series of quilts? You begin to feel like a failure. Why can’t I get it together and create a wonderful series like everyone else is doing? Why do I hop from project to project and explore different ideas instead of focusing on only one? Maybe I have no attention span or am easily distracted by all the wonderful things out there to work with. We get that pressure, too. More and more stuff for us to try and we will be missing something if we don’t try them. I better dye, paint, and marble my own fabric. I better stamp and do monoprinting. I better use unusual things in my quilts like dryer sheets, dryer lint, plastic, recycled materials, photos, sheers, silks. I better plan my quilts in a sketchbook and make an art journal. I better take more classes. All of these things will lead to wonderful quilts we have been told.
This quilting thing that we do is supposed to be fun and sometimes putting all these expectations on ourselves is turning it into work instead of fun. Quilting is the thing I do to escape from the real world and I don’t want the stress of that world coming into my creative time. But it does seem to come in….big time! I become super critical of my work, I get frustrated when I make mistakes, and I compare myself to others that I consider more talented. I keep taking more classes. I would be ashamed to tell you how many Craftsy, Quilt University, and in person classes I have taken. I have some projects to show for all that effort and have learned something from all of them, but was it worth it? Sometimes I wonder if all these things are like hoarding.
This is the closest that I have come to a series. I have made quite a few quilts with the Moon in them. I am sure that they would not fit the definition of a series and were not planed as a series.
Do you work in a series or do you feel left out because you don’t? Do you put too much pressure on yourself and forget to enjoy the fun of creating? Do you feel torn and frustrated because you are expected to try all these new things and yet have no idea how you will ever use them?
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