Friday, February 22, 2013

1st post----thoughts on chasing squirrels

I've been quilting for a long time, 26 years, but recently my interest & passion for creating have grown stronger.  A few of us were talking recently about our love for this art, how we think of it first thing in the morning & waking us up sometimes during the night.  One said she was worried about time & all the things she yet wanted to make in her lifetime.  We're strong vibrant women, but not spring chickens some would say!   She'd had a continuing list of quilts she wanted to make & had recently trimmed it as it was too large; not realistic.  Which of course brought us to the things that pop up--you see a book, someone else's new project and really really want to do that too.  She said it was like "Oh look---there's a squirrel" and you're off & running on, adding 2, 3, 4 new projects--your list growing, making not making those other 2 things you intended to do before you got distracted.

Although I can understand that desire to be disciplined, to get the things done on your list, it makes me feel a little rebellious.  I love the spontaneity of new design, going where I maybe hadn't previously planned on going.  I love the freedom & creativity of 'chasing squirrels'!  At the same time, I also want to finish the things I have started.  BUT not everything needs to be finished, some would argue.  I would agree.  When your tastes have changed, do you want to take time to finish something that no longer appeals to you?

What do you think?  Is it ADD?  Is it creative?  Thoughts?????

I think I NEED to spend some time 'chasing squirrels'........