What is your creative process? I appreciate so much Allie's thoughts about this and can relate to her comment:
"Frugal quilting, which I have no choice over, forces my creativity. I have to use from my stash, and work with the tools I have."
If there is one thing that I learned from old quilts it is that our ancestors didn't much think about the things that the quilt police or leaders in our field. Often they just did what was right for them in their circumstances. Take a look at this piece that could be criticized in today's world.
The seamstress did raw edge applique and fastened the pieces with a blanket stitch. Afterwards, she would cut the extra pieces of fabric off the applique:
She did what she knew how and the block is still beautiful.
In today's society, there is a lot of pressure to accumulate and "follow the leader." This year I'm on a stashbusting mission, mostly because I just don't have a lot of space in my tiny house and I simply want order in my life. I think that Allie is on the right track of "using what you have" and making do with what you can. I think the biggest message she has is that you follow your own path and choose the road that is most comfortable for you.
For me, I'm just rejecting a lot of things because sewing is my escape and refuge. I don't care about the quilt police or any of that because I'm just too old to give a fig. I'm not that interested in a lot of gadgets because I know what I want to sew, I have more than enough here to keep me busy.
So although I like many of the ideas of the "Slow Stitch Movement", I'm rejecting the idea of a legacy piece. If I feel like making a quilt that seems "Modern" it will be a coincidence because I am sewing what I love.
Tomorrow, I'll talk about what some of us our doing here in my inner circle in regards to our stashes.