“A finished quilt is better than a perfect quilt.” —Beth Ann Williams
I am in the midst of the great sewing room purge. It’s been a chaotic mess for a few years and I was resorting to creating pathways between stacks of fiber arts, quilting magazines, and piles of other stuff.
As I was sorting through a stack of papers I came across the notes and directions from the “Storytelling in Fabric” retreats that Beth Ann Williams and I co-led for a few years. The above quote was scribbled across a retreat schedule—I remember quickly writing it after I heard Beth Ann say it. Anyone who has studied with Beth Ann knows she has a treasury of quotable quotes regarding quilt and art making. She also has sage advice on nurturing our creativity:
- Nurture your creative spirit.
- Don’t neglect responsibilities, but remember that you also have a responsibility to your creative self.
- Chores don’t always need to come first.
- Cherish the joy of creating – whether you are preparing a meal or painting a future masterpiece.
I am also finishing up two quilts. One quilt is pieced and ready for me to pin it to the quilt batting and back. The other quilt is for Advent and I am hand-quilting parts of it and will machine quilt the rest. My goal is to have hanging above our Advent wreath before the second Sunday of Advent.
It feels good to find my quilting groove again.
Also, clearing and cleaning my sewing space is giving me room to breathe and ponder new ideas for further quilts and art quilts. I’ve heard that “making a clearing” in one’s living space allows room for something new or fresh to enter or emerge. I don’t know if this is true but I am willing to open my heart to find out.