It got me to start thinking...
how often do we follow the 'trend' in our art/craft?
Here in America, a favorite parental phrase is,
"If everyone else jumps off a cliff,
does that mean you will too?"
In other words,
just because everyone else is doing something,
does that mean you should too?
I've always been a bit of a rebel.
No, not in behavior.
In not doing what the crowd is doing.
I usually will do quite the opposite
just to prove that I can.
Yes, I am really enjoying hand-stitching right now,
but not because it's the hot trend in quilting.
I started it because it gives me something to do
while hanging out with my men--in the living room--
where there is no sewing machine.
There are actually several 'hot trends' in the quilt world right now.
Such as all those free BOM's and Stitcheries over on my right side bar.
But, I hate BOM's!! I cannot stand having all those projects going at once.
I like to make a project...and get it done. Then start another.
So, unlike the crowd, I am working through them one at a time.
There are a couple of them that I already have all of the patterns needed.
The rest will sit and wait until I get them.
I'd rather wait than have 12 projects going at once!
That being said, when I introduce my small quilt pattern
during May for Me,
it will be small, easy and quick.
No waiting for more than a week for the next step!
Other big trends are swaps.
Block swaps, scrap swaps,
swap, swap, swap.
I tried two swaps last year. UGH.
Not for me.
(although you really should check out that Hands2Help Challenge.
It's pretty neat and for a good cause. )
There are even trends in our methods of quilting.
Do we pre-wash, or no?
Straight grain binding or no?
Machine stitch binding or no?
If I have learned one thing...
Do it YOUR way.
Don't stress how everyone else does things.
That is why I did all those experiments last week with my stitching.
(one still to come...my color experiment is washing as I type.)
I read up on all the methods...then I do what works best for me.
Same with blogging.
I blog when I want,
say what I want,
and change my page how I want.
When I first started, I followed every quilt blog that I could find.
I have purged many of those. And that is ok.
You can purge---guilt free!
I guess what this post boils down to
is an expansion of the post that I read earlier today.
Just because the crowd is jumping off the cliff,
you don't have to!