Author Archives: Jules McMahon

100 Days :: Cultivating Creativity

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I believe that creativity is a gift we are all born with. Somewhere along the way to growing up, we surrenderĀ our freedom to create, we try to fit a mould and we end up losing sight of our inner creative selves.

This past year has taken me on a ride to a place I’ve always known I wanted to follow. I’ve never before had enough courage to open the passage door, to take the steps towards a more creative life. I’m not sure I even have the courage just yet. What I do know for sure is that I’ve been presented with some amazing opportunities and it would be insane to squander them.

This leads me to my 100 Days project. The aim of the project is to choose one creative activity and repeat it everyday for 100 days. It may seem like the obvious thing to choose for me would be to quilt. I’m not sure I canĀ be so obvious. Don’t get me wrong, I want to make all. the. quilts. But right now I’m struggling with my creativity. I’m finding I start things to explore an idea but don’t seem to follow through. My mind is cluttered, my sewing room is overflowing with unfinished projects and a stash that is out of control and I’m completely overwhelmed. So, my aim for the next 100 days is “Cultivating Creativity”. Clearing the physical clutter, making room in my mind and slowing down enough to notice my thoughts and ideas. To unearth the previously disregarded curiosity and creativity and to find inspiration all around.

I can’t promise my documentation will be daily or pretty but I am committed to cultivating my creativity. So please, keep me on track will you?

Vintage sheets and solids a quilt will make…

These
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and these
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Where? Well life’s all about adventure so let’s just let them take me for a ride for a while…

I’m not such a planner, what about you? Do you plan?

The fabrics are vintage sheets from op-shops and etsy and various Michael Miller, Freespirit, Kona and Art Gallery Solids from the stash.