I had the distinct pleasure of taking Weeks Ringle’s (http://www.modernquiltstudio.com/WSWrapper.jsp?mypage=StoreAboutUs.htm) Craftsy course, “Designing Modern Quilts.” The course was more about the creative process than it was about modern quilts, and I soaked up every moment of it.
I was struck by a question that a student asked. In a nutshell, the student bemoaned that every time she came up with a fresh quilting idea, she surfed the web and determined it had already been done. This continued to stop her from executing the vision that she had thought was fresh. What a waste! Don’t be held back because someone else has done what you’ve done before – you’re not trying to take credit for the work; you’re not infringing a particular patent. You just need to get out there and create!
Creativity and invention do not arise in a vacuum. Many artists and inventors have spoken on the issue, and I agree:
Don’t just wait for a flash of divine inspiration – just get busy! Start by exploring patterns by others. Learn new techniques. Be disciplined. Eventually, you can learn creativity. Even if you are creating a quilt from a kit, you are bringing to it something uniquely your own.
Don’t let fear stop you.