Confessions of a Quilt-aholic: Have I Reached My Zenith?


As I sit here pondering quilt designs, I cannot help but think about the one question all artisans ponder: Have I reached my Zenith? I’ve blogged about running out of inspiration before, but this is a slightly different topic. Is my best work behind me?

I feel like a lot of artists / artisans go through this phase, where they are scared that their best work is behind them. I feel like with ‘Frozen Star’ I have reached one of the best things I could have ever done. I love that quilt, and a lot of other people do as well. What if in the past 18 months I have already accomplished my best work? What can I do? Do I power on, and keep trying, or do I become content with that and just continue working knowing that my best is past?

I guess there is only one thing for me to do… “Shut up an keep quilting.”

I really don’t suppose it matters that I may have done my best work. I think it only matters if I stop working. You see, I am halfway torn about it. I can easily see a piece of work as the greatest I have done, but I can also see it as the greatest I have done so far. The only way to see which one is the truth is to sit down at a sewing machine and keep quilting. Even if I never can never produce a paramount or even a tantamount, I shall just keep sewing.

Hell, worst case scenario, sewing keeps me busy. Best case, I become the Dali of the quilting world. The worst case scenario isn’t looking too bad to be honest with you! I mean, I can always just keep sewing! It is kind of what I do best anyways.

1 Comment

  1. I’ve never thought about “is my best quilt behind me?” Each quilt I make is a different challenge, for a different person. Whether it’s from scraps in my stash or fabric purchased just for the project, each quilt is it’s own piece of artwork, even if I’ve already made one similar to it before. I think if you start wondering about which one is your “best”, your artistic nature will struggle and the projects will become harder. Just keep sewing and quilting, and let your path take you where it will. 🙂

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