Sometimes working with limitations leads to awesome results – creative choices you wouldn’t have made if you had unlimited access to supplies.
Here’s one of my favorite examples.
Many years ago I designed this quilt for a book called Simple Contemporary Quilts. I had already made a smaller, lap-sized version for myself, and that’s what I sent in for my pitch. They loved it and accepted it, but wanted a larger version for the book.
Here’s the thing – the smaller version was all yellow squares.
When I made the larger version I miscounted the yellow squares and ended up one short when it was time to sew the blocks all together.
And I was out of the mustard yellow fabrics.
And I was on a deadline.
I didn’t have time to go out and try to find more of the same yellow fabrics – so I decided to work with what I had. I made the last square lavender and LOVED IT. In fact, I think that lavender square is what makes this quilt.
(Luckily the editor of the book agreed.)
Give it a try sometimes. Make a small project using only what you already have on hand. Or work with what you have to solve a problem that crops up in the middle of a crafty project.
I’ve been trying to play around with lettering this year, and one of my goals is to make something new every week. I naturally gravitate toward stitchy letters, but this week I had no time. What I did have was an iPad, some patterns I had already created, and about an hour. Here’s the result – and I learned some new skills in the app (Procreate) I’m trying to teach myself.
Working with what you have doesn’t always result in a masterpiece – but it almost always pushes me to try something new. 🙂