Soon I was caught up in choosing fabrics for a new project, shopping for some fabric the project demanded and entertaining a few more along the way.
On the other hand, I've been feeling restless. A restless energy. I want to do something and do it well, but what? This improv assignment from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters is either exactly right or a nightmare for that sentiment, depending. Score #4 invites one to proceed without expectations, keep sewing along a train of thought until you feel like moving on, doodle, doodle.
I'm not a doodler. When something works well, like those houses, I tend to become rather attached. I'd be happy to make a whole quilt of houses, but that's not the assignment. It's good sometimes to have an assignment, to commit yourself to follow and learn.
Last night while reading The Creative Habit for a second time (because it's really that good), Twyla Tharp reminded me: "Skill gets imprinted through action... Traveling the paths of greatness, even in someone else's footprints, is a vital means to acquiring skill" (pg. 66).