Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Do you remember learning about potential energy? "It is called potential energy because it has the potential to be converted into other forms of energy . . ." (from Wikipedia). I remember the example of a ball at the top of a hill having a lot of potential energy. As it rolled down the hill it used up that energy until it came to a stop at the bottom, dead and lifeless.
When we have a nice piece of yardage it has all sorts of potential - quilts, bags, clothing, scarves, curtains, boxes, liners, etc, etc. And as soon as you take that first cut into it's energy begins to be released. Sewing it up in a frenzy we turn the ideas into something concrete, it's fate is sealed. I think this is why we collect it. It's full of ideas and dreams and I know for me, I'm always worried I won't like the finished product as much as I like just looking at the fabric itself. Fortunately, each completed project becomes my current favorite. But the difficulty is in the starting. Taking that first cut.
I was talking to a friend the other day, actually a couple of different people have expressed this same sentiment, that when they need a little pick me up they go spend some quality time with their stash.
Ahhh, the luxury of dreaming.