Saturday, October 25, 2008

Quantity vs. Quality

Here's a little piece I made this morning using selvages, old zippers, and those green things I picked up on my walk a few days ago.  I call it "Hugs and Kisses."  Is it a masterpiece?  Not hardly!  Which brings me to my topic of today.

Fiction writers are taught to write every day, not worrying about spelling, punctuation, wording.  Just get something down on paper.  The more you write, the better the chance that you'll write something worth reading.  For every ten pages, maybe you'll end up with with a couple of paragraphs that are really great.  Not many writers end up with a great novel without many rough drafts, editing sessions, and wadded up papers.

I think it's the same with art quilts.  You try lots of different things, make lots of little quilts, and sometimes (if you're lucky) you end up with one you really like.  Then you can take that good idea and expand it into a bigger quilt.  The not-so-great quilts are not a waste - they are part of the quilting journey.  

So "Hugs and Kisses" is a Journey Quilt.  And that's okay.

1 comment:

Joan said...

Quilting journey sounds apt. We all need to make those voyages of discover not certain of the destination.It's what is found along the way that adds to the journey.It's lovely that you are sharing your 'green' journey.