What do you do to get yourself motivated?
2020 was a challenging year, with lots of ups and downs. Locked up at home, I often found myself turning to art as an escape from the world. There were times during the year, however, when I couldn’t muster what it takes to create at all. When this happened in spring and summer, I went out to the garden and kept myself busy there. But in winter things got a bit more difficult.
After I finished my Desolation series at the end of the year, I was left with a kind of deep emptiness. I often feel this way after completing bigger or harder projects. I went into my sewing room, and … wasn’t sure what to do next. That, despite the huge UFO pile and the long list of projects in my head…
In the past, simply organizing my scraps helped ignite my creativity. But in December I didn’t feel like doing even that. And so, after several days of doing absolutely nothing, I decided to give myself a little creative challenge, just for fun. A small game to spark my creative juices. Hence, the Spark series 🙂
I made up some rules:
- Nine days.
- One mini quilt a day.
- Each piece will be 6″ x 6.” Small and manageable.
- Use only scraps.
- Use the existing shapes of the scraps (but cutting them to fit was OK).
- Each quilt should use at least one fabric from the previous quilt.
- Use only black thread to outline shapes.
Here is the result: The Spark Mini Quilt Series. Can you find the fabric/s in each piece that I also used in the piece before it? (Hint: the very last piece also uses fabric from the first, closing the circle):
Did you find it/them? Which is your favorite?
Hopefully this will inspire you to create a Spark Mini Quilt Series of your own. It’s fun! And it does help rekindle creativity 🙂
I love your series. I like to sit down with my scrap box and see what I can come up with.
Scrap boxes are an endless supply of inspiration, aren’t they? They usually help me, too, but not always…
They are all so great. No way to choose just one. 😊
Aw, you are so nice! Thank you 🙂
Number 7 looks like a bedroom with the bed and a window. Love this one.
That’s what most people say. There must be something to it 🙂
Thank you – what a wonderful and inspiring idea!!!
Each block have a beauty of its own.