Going with the gut –
A rainy, dreary, cold, PDX afternoon…. Back from errands, haircut, picking up this and that, etc.
Back home and ready to begin the back side of my “resist” quilt ….
Hearing the inner voice and following it
When I look at something, I sometimes hear a voice that says yes or no. Sometimes it isn’t clear and other times it is VERY loud & clear- as it was in this case (with this back side of my “resist quilt”). Sooo my next step is to go forward without 2nd guessing myself or re-thinking what I have just heard or “auditioning” another fabric, or trying a different design line or whatever else I can think up to distract myself from what I have felt with my gut.
This is why I like piecing the backs of my quilts- it’s a free space, something that is just for me without the pressure of knowing it will be seen by others. The back side is a surprise when the quilt is turned over – but it can not be seen when the piece is hanging on a wall. This gives me a freedom that makes me feel like I can follow the voice I hear without all the worrying thoughts of “Is this good enough?” or “what if I make a mistake?” (This is the negative voice I hear when working on the front side of a piece that makes me doubt myself.) My next step is to allow myself to distill this inner voice of knowing and go with what I hear, freely, on the front sides- the visible sides of my quilts. This is my next growth challenge. And this is another instance of the process of quilting as a metaphor for my life process.