Some of my very favorite quilters out there quilt (what I consider) mindfully - they have amazing ideas and express them in the art-form that is quilting. Each quilt is loaded with meaning and significance, and they write amazingly thoughtful posts about their process and what the quilt is all about. I find these kinds of posts enormously rewarding to read, and end up hugely inspired and awed by the depth of thought they put into their work. As cliche as it sounds, they put so much of themselves into their work. And I end up wanting to grow up to be just like them.
I think I struggle with the fact that I really don't do this at all - aside from Sunshine Through the Rain, I really don't put any meaning into my quilts. Yes, I feel an immense amount of joy when making quilts, but for me quilting is all about colour and geometry. To put it simply, I love making beautiful things and playing with colour. I am far more inspired by colour and geometry, and creating interesting designs using these elements, than by anything else. More often than not, I will be inspired to create a quilt using a particular quilt block, and to see what patterns emerge with different colour or value placement. Or be inspired by a particular combination of colours - I rarely use the same palette twice, and really love experimenting with different combinations of colours. That said, there is very little depth of meaning to my quilts beyond what you see.
I guess I'm writing this post because I had a bit of an epiphany today. For a long time I've felt a bit strange that I don't quilt mindfully - not bad or guilty or anything, more that I wish I was a mindful quilter. I guess envious is the best description. But I was looking at some of my quilts today, and decided it doesn't really matter. I love that other people put loads of thought into their work, but it's okay to just make pretty things. I make what I love, and have fun doing it which is what it is all about (to me anyway.)
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you quilt mindfully, or do you just make beautiful things? Do you think it's better to be a mindful quilter? Does it matter why you quilt, as long as it makes you happy?