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 surrender 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 can 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.

So QuiltCon! I’m on my way, are you?

QuiltCon Because booking flights and accommodation wasn’t enough to convince me I was going, I need to pop a little button in this space to make it for reals!

And because registration is JUST TWO DAYS AWAY!!! I thought it was as good a time as any to remind myself of why it is I want to go again.

The people I met :: It’s the number one reason I’ll do this trip, meeting these incredible people who share this crazy quilty passion is worth every cent of the airfare.

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Lauren and me with our crazy eyes

Leanne and the LAMQG gals Lauren, Jennifer and Em were by far the “best country music dancers” on the floor that Saturday night (at least the beer had us believing so). Then there was Jenn and Lauren who I had been playing in words with friends for such a long time, it was great to use real words and hear real voices – even if mine was shouting “squirrel” in Starbucks…

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Anna Maria Horner and me in her “Composing a Quilt” class – total girl crush moment!

Classes with AWESOME tutors :: Even with the anticipated frenzy and the possibility of missing out on classes, I would go again (and again, and again). The classes I took were super fun and the lectures are inspiring, stimulating and thought provoking.

More people :: Class mates Lisa, AmandaCharlotte, Marianne, Ellen and all the others who contributed thoughts, ideas and fun to the time we spent learning from tutors who shared their knowledge.

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Malka working her magic

Food (with people) :: Beer and Barbecue with Carolyn, Cheryl and her champion of a husband, he was such a trooper all weekend!

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For the life of me I can’t remember the name of this place – all I know is it was THE BEST BARBECUE!!!

Volunteering :: This was by far the most rewarding aspect. I had the opportunity to assist in the hanging of the quilt show, work the MQG information stand in the show, assist on the registration desk and be a workshop assistant. So many good things came from volunteering, I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Food (without people) :: eating in a new country, city, suburb is my favourite way to discover a a place. I ate my breakfasts on my own in a different joint each day as a calm way of starting the day. Breakfast tacos in Austin? To. Die. For.

And have I mentioned people :: I can’t forget 80’s night dress up queens Felicity and Jaclyn. And bloggy and twitter and instagram mates who were just so lovely in person: EmHolly, Kim, Jen, Marci, Heather, GinaHeather, JacquieColleen, Amy, Catherine, Latifah, SusanneErin, Rossie and so, so many more.

So, back to the question that started this post. I’m going. Are you?