Friday, February 5, 2016

doodle, doodle {Improv Handbook Score #4}

This week I have been feeling inspired.  Demands on my time had kept me from reading blogs most of the past year, and I had completely gotten out of the habit.  It dawned on me early this week that I might enjoy an evening with Bloglovin, and boy did I!  I see there are not as many of us writing these days, but it's still my favorite way to connect with the quilty community.

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.

doodle, doodle {Improv Handbook Score #4}

doodle, doodle {Improv Handbook Score #4}

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). 

I'm learning. 


24 comments:

  1. oooh, you are making me sorely tempted to buy a bundle of those solids. They are so beautiful. And I must say, that photo on the bookshelf in the background makes me feel so happy.

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  2. Your doodle process is great. I want to give that score a try soon. I also agree with your sentiments on loving to read blogs. That is going to be gone if everyone flees to IG and other quick fix media. It is exhausting to see all that eye candy and not stop and read about process and follow tutorials etc which are my favorite part.

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    1. I like what you said about eye candy without substance being exhausting. That resonates with me. Too many pretty things too fast - like ice cream gobbled down!

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  3. Your doodles are coming along! I just started this book, my Christmas present. I'm going back to my blog even if I'm the only one reading it. Almost all of last year it lay dormant, but I noticed I'm much more selective of the blogs I read, often going across different platforms as well.

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    1. Blogs are such a nice record, even if they are mostly for personal use.

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  4. Your doodles are coming along! I just started this book, my Christmas present. I'm going back to my blog even if I'm the only one reading it. Almost all of last year it lay dormant, but I noticed I'm much more selective of the blogs I read, often going across different platforms as well.

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  5. I love all the color and form as this one doodles along! Choosing to follow in order to learn seems to me a natural place to begin, and brings with it a certain freedom maybe? :) (blogs and blogging are also my fave...I am beginning to think it may be the "pace" that appeals to me more than other forms...just now getting my feet wet on IG, which may be quite short-lived!)

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    1. I enjoy other platforms too, but from our discussion here I am seeing that it is the pace of blogs I enjoy. Well said.

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  6. I love your colors and your start. I read Twila Tharp a while back; maybe it is time to review it. I've plunged in on the curves and am enjoying it. claire aka knitnkwilt.wordpress.com

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  7. This future quilt is GORGEOUS. I love the colors.

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  8. Goodness, what a great quote! It's ok to follow in the footsteps of greatness. I love that. Being original all the time is tiring.

    Your assignment is looking wonderful! But I would also totally love a whole quilt of those houses. They are pretty awesome. And you're right about lots of bloggers moving on. It's kinda sad because I enjoy them so much. But it's understandable, too. I'm glad you're still writing for us! Hugs. :)

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    1. And I'm glad you're reading! So true that being original all the time is exhausting. I took 2015 "off" from trying to be original, including not creating any classes. It was a very nice break, but also turned out to be entirely necessary. This year I feel ready to head back towards some original content.

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  9. I think you're a bit hard on yourself. If you love the houses (and they are beautiful so I can understand) who says you can't make a whole quilt out of them? It's your quilt it's your time and your work you put in there. And at the end it's about you and if you love the finished quilt or not. So go for the houses if you want!
    I love to read blogs and I'm not on instagram. I love to see the eyecandy people put up there but I love to read blogs read about how a designer work and what inspired her and her work. And I love a good tutorial now and then. I see it this way: a blog post is a good healthy meal and an instagram post is fast food. Nothing against it but normally I eat healthy;-)

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  10. This looks pretty good.
    I am so rarely on IG.
    I love the bright colors.

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  11. Well here I am, catching up on blog reading after a few months of not doing so, and being glad that I'm not the only one who's still blogging... and reading them. Blogs ARE a good way to keep up with quilters and friends. As much as I enjoy Instagram, nothing beats being able to write a comment as long as you wish! :-) Don't you love Sherry Lynn's ideas?! I was privileged to take a class with her last fall, and her lessons still resonate... even though I haven't finished my project yet! It's been on my design wall for months, and I WILL finish it. You've made a lovely start on yours. The colors are smashing! Enjoy!

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  12. These solids look so good! I need to try to use solid more because every time I see them I'm reminded of how lovely they are!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm drawn to all-solid quilts. I sure love prints, but when I want to do something intense and artsy, working in all solids easily sets the mood.

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  13. You are always inspiring. thank you,

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    1. Wow! I never thought about how quilting could be doodling! I love seeing your in progress shots. So playful!

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  14. Love your quote from Twyla Tharp! The thought is powerful. I supposed that's one reason seeing a great project is so exciting and why it inspires us to give ideas a try. Rachel... I would get very attached to your improv quilt if I was working on it - simply thrilling!

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  15. I think it looks wonderful but all houses would have been too!

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  16. I really like the houses. If the improv prompt leads you there I think it's served it's purpose. I'm on Instagram more than blogs but follow most of my faves by email.

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