Quilting Outside of the Box

What kind of quilter are you?

Do you always design and sew the same types of quilts? If your friends and family had to choose from any of the following descriptions, which style below would they say most sounds like you?

  • Country quilter
  • Scrappy quilter
  • Piecing only person
  • Applique only person
  • Bright, loud colors
  • Civil War style and colors
  • Funky art quilter
  • Intensely detailed quilter
  • Big picture quilter
  • Machine quilter
  • Hand quilter

Insidethebox My day job finds me behind a desk staring at a computer.  I am a proposal writer.  I do research in the medical field, and write 100+ page sales proposals.  I love what I do!  During the past two weeks I’ve been very stressed.  Instead of mailing the finished proposal to the intended company, I had to enter all 187 question responses into little squares on a website.   187 pre-determined little boxes that would each hold only 2000 characters.   Now, 2000 characters might seem like a lot.  But trust me, when you have a lot to say, 2000 characters is very limiting.  I don’t do well with restraints.

Sometimes other people put restraints on us.  Sometimes we put them on ourselves.  We do what we do because it is comfortable.  We couldn’t possibly do… anything else!  And why?  Is it the fear of the unknown?   The lack of belief in our abilities? No self-confidence? For whatever reason, we have put ourselves into a box, and we are stuck there.

I am working on a little quilt for an exhibit.  It’s coming along rather nicely, and I’m pushing myself to do things I haven’t tried before.  I’m making myself grow.  One little item on my quilt is about 3.5 inches wide.  I can’t tell you what it is yet, but I will show you:DSC03427

See those tiny little blue circles?   I had planned on doing those with applique.  Every little circle a tiny piece of needle-turned applique.   Applique is something I like to do.  But you have no idea how small those circles are! And then I thought to myself, THAT’S NUTS!  I can embroider those and they will look much better.  So I did.  I stepped out of the box.

We all have our own boxes.  Tomorrow is National Quilting Day.   It’s a day to visualize yourself stepping outside of the box.  It’s a great day to make a commitment to try something different.

This year, I am trying new things.  I’m using new colors, new kinds of fabrics (not all 100 percent cotton), new techniques (including paint and pastels) and new styles. 

Join me outside of the box.  Come on… you can do it!

Climb on out!