Yikes!!! Have you ever felt this way? I sure have! It’s not because other people have told me that. . . it’s because I’ve told myself that! “I’m a quilter and I follow patterns. I don’t write patterns because I have no good ideas. I have no original ideas.” And you know what? I didn’t! I didn’t believe that I was creative or talented enough to design a decent quilt on my own, so I didn’t try.
The quilting community is full of so much incredible creativity and talent that it can be intimidating. I see quilts all the time that make me think “I could never do that”, but the truth is that I just can’t do it yet. That technique or level of intricacy might be out of my current skillset, but that doesn’t mean I am incapable of it! The same goes for this daunting process of pattern design and pattern writing. I really can’t do it quite yet, but I am darn sure going to try!
A couple of months ago I decided to direct a frequent and persistent SHUT UP to that annoying inner voice telling me that I wasn’t going to come up with anything worthwhile. I started doodling in my iphone notes. I grabbed a pad of graph paper and started sketching. I saw shapes and patterns in the world around me through quilty vision. I learned a computer program (<—- talk about intimidating) to make digital mockups. Most important of all- I am now kind to myself and my beginner status! I have a lot of bad ideas, y’all, BUT GUESS WHAT. I have some good ones too.
More on that ^ pretty later 🙂