When I read a comment from a reader the other day I had to laugh in agreement. Controlled is a very good descriptor for me. I couldn’t argue that with anyone. I think that’s why I love machine quilting so much, its quite freeing.
I love giving into Serendipity too. As I’ve started working on smaller pieces it’s a little easier for me to be a bit more random in how I work changing color & pattern in the stitch design as I’m moved.
I’m working on growing out of that deep sense of control to a sense of freely chosen abandonment. I gotta say it’s hard work relaxing into the process. Right now this is a conscious decision soon it’ll be rote.
Just as I tell my students to relax, breathe, have good body posture, listen to their machines at first its very very difficult and then there is a moment, that sometimes I get to see, where a student relaxes into the process and they just quilt.
Relaxing into the process is one of the reasons I’ve taken up some form of drawing and zentangling. Both of these processes allow me to enter into the machine quilting process a bit more relaxed. Check out Jane Monk’s blog for a bit more on zentangling and a fresh perspective on drawing, doodling and zentangling.
One of the gifts of doing this major clean is that I’ve located fabric I knew I had and couldn’t put my hands on, stuff that I’ve wanted to work with for a while. Once I’m a bit more ordered I’ll take pics and show what’s going on in there.
If you have a moment check out Kaleidoscope Collections new Feathers Template Mini-Pack. I just quilted a quilt for Jeanie made from this and I’d stay hands-down this is one of the best ways to learn the rhythm of stitching out feathers!