Being Brave - The Art Challenge

Regular readers of my blog know that I’m participating in the Brave Quilter challenge by Julie of Pink Doxies. Last month, I challenged myself to sew something with a zipper. For some of you, that may not have been much of a challenge. For me it was.

I collected zippers and zipper patterns for a long time and dreamt of the day I would make a perfect something with a zipper in it—a perfect purse, a perfect zippered ID/lanyard, a perfect zippered pouch. The key word here I think is “perfect.” Why we as quilters and artists expect perfection I have no idea. But I do. Not from others—no way—but from myself.

Unfortunately, that quest for perfection keeps me from starting projects I don’t already feel I can master. But with Julie’s help and encouragement, I let that all go and in April I made a Wide Open Zippered Pouch. Yep, it had a zipper! And no, it wasn't perfect. But I love it anyway. If you want to make one for yourself, you can find Anna’s tutorial here, at Noodlehead.

Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed making my zippered pouch so I may return to my zipper-phobia soon and challenge myself to make more zippered things. But for this month’s Brave Quilter, I want to challenge myself on an artistic level. I’m participating in the Art with Fabric blog hop and I seem to be stalled. I think it’s that need for perfection thing again.

I’ve decided to use the Brave Quilter mojo to get me over my hump and back to working on my art project. I’ve had a lot of ideas, but right now I’m thinking I want to do something inspired by Wheatfield with Crows by Vincent Van Gogh.

I love the colors and textures in this piece and want to focus on those elements for my art piece. So here I go again! I’m joining Julie’s #BraveQuilter linky and saying right here that I want to overcome my fear about this art piece and get going on it! Wish me luck!

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