I drew the cake freehand, I think it's pretty cool. See, you can do just about anything if you put your mind to it!
This is national quilting month and I wanted to share my thoughts on a program I saw on the Science channel one evening. It was an episode about a man who injured his head from diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool, and later he was able to play the piano - perfectly! No training, nothing … he saw or heard the music in his head, sat down and played for hours.
He was classified as a “savant.” Until that time I’d only heard about “idiot savants” – people who had one extraordinary talent, but could not function otherwise. But this man was fully functional… it was explained that he would see the music in his head and had to let it out!
Can you imagine how an incident like that would transform a quiltmaker? She (or he) would walk into a quilt shop or studio, see hundreds of bolts of fabric – thousands of colors, textures, patterns, color ways, tones – and immediately see them come together in her head as quilts? And would have the talent to sit down and make those quilts?
At the quilt show last weekend I saw many quilts that I “wish I had thought to make.” Maybe the design was simple but eye-catching, or maybe the use of color made me stop for a closer look. But I think they probably all had one thing in common – they took on some part of their maker's personality.
Was it done quickly, was it finished "just in time," was it a UFO that sat on a shelf or under the bed for awhile? It really doesn’t matter because the finished product was there, hanging in the show for the world to see. First place, second place, honorable mention, best of show… again it didn't matter! The quilt started out in someone’s head, maybe got doodled on a napkin or transferred to a sketch pad.
Do you plan out and/or design most of your quilts, or are you more comfortable following a pattern or using a kit? Me, sometimes I get a little bored if I have to create the same block over and over again, unless it’s a scrappy quilt, which I love.
But whether our quilts are planned or spontaneous, I believe we all have just a bit of the savant (or "savvy!") in us at any given time that’s just itching to get out! Happy quilting everybody - sew on and sew forth til later...