Don’t squash that creativity!
I remember in the 8th grade my art teacher told me to never go for a job that had anything to do with drawing because I was pretty bad at it. WOW! What a thing for a teacher to say to a 13 year old.
I was heartbroken. I had been drawing since I could pick up a pencil. I remember drawing scenes of horses running in the wind. I would draw lovely ladies in elegant dresses and I would design floor plans for my dream house. I don’t remember doodling, but I did draw all the time.
I did not pursue any art classes in school after that. She was a teacher! She must have been right…
Flash forward to my early 20’s and I still drew. I was obsessed. My sister signed me up for art classes at a local college because of my unhappiness at not being able to satisfy what I was trying to achieve. One thing I learned in the college level art class was how to finish something.
I have had a life lesson of art. It isn’t how well you can draw; it is what you do with your God given talent.
Quilting is just one more art class in my life. There is so much more to creativity than just being an artist. I was asked once why I was making one more afghan. Why did I need to make it? I need only one to keep warm. That person was a stifler. She managed to make me feel like my 8th grade art teacher had made me feel and I fell for her negative remark. I moved on to another art form.
Today as a quilter, if that stifler were to mention that I only need one quilt to keep warm, I would laugh at her. I don’t “need” any of the quilts I make. What I need is a way to express myself. Quilting is my expression.
I make quilts for the love of it. For the love I feel when I give them to someone and for the sheer joy of creating. If something so simple can please me and make me feel this good, it’s too bad I don’t know how to put it in a bottle and sell it. I would be rich in more than just joy.