Many years ago I attended my very first REAL quilt show which was Pacific International. Before I arrived I was a fairly confident quilter...when I left I was nearly crawling out the door as I was so Intimidated by the beautiful work of quilters from around the world. As I looked at the quilts I kept thinking to myself that I could NEVER do this type of work...it was amazing...breathtaking...humbling...and intimidating. I went home feeling a bit defeated and dejected and the wind had been taken out of my sails. My projects at home didn't appeal to me that much anymore...they just weren't as good as what I had just seen at the show.
After this particular show I had been invited to start working with Superior Threads at some of their national shows so I was obviously exposed to more phenomenal quilts and I kept experiencing the same defeated feeling and I knew I had to "get over it" in order to continue to grow as a quilter.
I had a long talk with myself and decided that rather than be Intimidated at the shows I needed to be Inspired. I talk constantly about Dividing and Conquering a piece of fabric to make the areas smaller and more manageable. I get thru my very full days the same way...I divide the day into smaller parts and tackle the smaller parts. Life is more manageable and achievable that way.
Now when I go to the shows I DO admire those amazing works of art...and yes, I still get Intimidated-- trust me. But what I do differently is look and take pictures of the smaller parts that totally Inspire me. I may find a beautiful feather design...a gorgeous background...a small little detail added here and there. That's what I'm focusing on and you know what??? I've enjoyed the shows sooooo much more and come home totally energized to keep working on the projects I have here!
Rather than share pictures of "whole" quilts from the show I am going to share the "parts" that inspired me. I hope they inspire you too!
The picture at the top of this blog post was created by Lisa Calle and she named this "Red Velvet". It was the one quilt that took my breath away every single time I walked by it. This one inspired and intimated me more than any other quilt at the show...even the big winners. I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in one of my classes several years ago and it was before I even knew who she was. Sometimes it's better you don't know who's sitting in your classroom! Here are some detail shots of this amazing quilt...
Now here are some photos of small areas of Inspiration!!!
LOVED the little swirled hearts along the seam line...GREAT detail!
Beautiful background fill with lots of motion!
LOVED the over/under of the feathers around the purple bar!
OH MY...no explanation needed here~
I took this one for all of us...GREAT divide and conquer technique!
LOVED the background on this...you saw it and then you didn't.
Another humbling moment...and this is only part of it!
Beautiful wholecloth work...again a small part...
I hope that this post has helped to Inspire you a bit...remember to take the pieces and parts of the things you love and let them encourage you...not discourage you...into creating your next masterpiece.
Big Hugs, Cindy :)