Tuesday, April 16, 2013

{why I make stuff}

By now if you read my blog,
you will know that I like making things.

There is always a project on the go,
actually usually more than one!

Sometimes I know it looks like I magic them up over night,
but the reality is that I put them together a bit at a time in little snippets of spare time,
often very early in the morning before the household gets up.

Currently I have been getting up early to cut out the pieces for the whirlygig quilt
pictured on the front of Sarah's book here.

Everyday a little bit gets done. I'd forgotten how time consuming
an applique project is. Little by little the pieces are stacking up.

For me it's not just about the finished product, 
although I love having and giving homemade quilts
it's the process of making that I enjoy,
whether it's machine piecing or quietly tracing a pattern.
I really love the feeling of working on a project!

Do you enjoy the process or do you do it for the finished product??


15 comments:

  1. Love all the things you make Deb and like you I love the process. I love making things and I especially love giving things. More than that though I think it is a form of therapy for me - keeping my hands and mind busy and distracted in a good way x

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  2. I always love finishing something, but generally it is the process I crave and enjoy the most. Cx

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  3. i always thought it was the end product, but making braided rugs, a long process craft, is changing that . it's the sense of mastery now, and the repetition =relaxation, and the thinking time and quiet it affords. and then remembering the quiet times you spent when your looking at it in your hectic everyday x

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  4. By not planning things out too much and making things up as i go along, the process is as enjoyable as the sometimes unexpected end piece!X

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  5. I love the process, I could sit and crochet all day, it's also probably why I've got lots of projects unfinished?! But there is nothing better than gifting handmade, so I do like finishing some things :)

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  6. I absolutely love both! Imaging something in my head, putting pen to paper and then creating it, is such a fulfilling process. The other side of that, is there is something really incredible about making something special for someone. Making and giving - two awesome things :)

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  7. I absolutely love both! Imaging something in my head, putting pen to paper and then creating it, is such a fulfilling process. The other side of that, is there is something really incredible about making something special for someone. Making and giving - two awesome things :)

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  8. Absolutely agree: it is the journey I take and not the destination that I find more creatively rewarding.

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  9. It's both for me, but the process just wins out. Sitting down and cross stitching for an hour or two is the most relaxing thing in the world for me. But I love being able to look at the finished project, and find a home where it will be loved too!

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  10. I love starting a project, but I am not so good at finishing them all. Like you I am often up in the wee small hours of the morning crafting before the chaos begins!

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  11. I like both!!
    And I like thinking of new projects and taking photos of something that once existed in my head x

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  12. Deb,
    I have to admit I for one thoroughly enjoy every bit of the process of watching you create! I know they take many many hours and am in awe of the time you put in. and yes it is evident that each and every one is truly a labor of love. so thank you for sharing the beautiful work that you do with us! i know it makes my days a little brighter seeing the sunshine in your quilts.

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  13. Deb - for me it will have to be the starting.....
    Got way too many tops started, and ready to be quilted.
    I'm an early bird quilter too.

    Love Leanne

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  14. When people ask me what I do, I often say "I'm a maker." They look at me funny so I explain, "I make things."
    I make training stuff for OH&S. I make quilts. I make other sewn stuff. I make yarn. I knit. I dye things.
    I like making things, I like the process, but I tend to find about 80% of the way through or even with 1% to go (tidying away ends, argh, I hateses ends) I get bored and start something else.
    I even finish some things!

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  15. Both!! I can't stand to be idle. Quiet...yes...unproductive....NO!

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