I was prompted by this photo to talk a bit about creativity in my Woolie Blog. And since I have continued to exam my views about creativity. Recently I have had challenging discussions with girlfriends when I would say, "I am not creative." I didn't necessarily feel bad about it, but embraced the fact that there was not a creative bone in my body. Then a columnist (who was not a quilter) interviewed me for our local newspaper and told me how creative I was. I said, "No way," and she balked. I guess I always thought that creativeness was when you designed a quilt from the ground up...and yes that is the height of creativeness. But, when I looked up the definition of creative, it is having the ability or power to create. And, that is what I do each and every time I pick up a pattern, cut the fabric up, sew it back together, and "create" a new form from the pile. Even if I am being guided by the designer who is encouraging me along the process, in the end it is "I" who has created the quilt.

I had no idea how judgmental my inner voice was being every time I spoke out loud, "I am not creative." And, even now as I write this I am appalled at how I could talk to myself like that...I would never say to a friend who just finished a Buttermilk Basin stitching pattern, "Stacy West is sure creative...but not so much you...you just stitched it." WOW...all these years of putting myself in a box being non-creative...I am BUSTING OUT and embracing how creative I am! After all, I have the ability and power to create!!! How about you???

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#6 Jeanne21 2019-07-27 00:39
Anna you create all the time. What would you call the fabric post cards you make without a pattern. They are creative and beautiful.
#5 Alice P. 2019-07-25 10:40
Did someone in your long forgotten past tell you to”put that stuff away(meaning whatever you were creating) and get back to ......? Just one little statement like that can redefine your self concept. So happy that you now realize how creative you truly are. Writing these daily messages is being Creative. And any time you slightly change some little thing in a pattern is also being creative. Just keep on doing what you do best...Create. You make a lot of people happy every day!
#4 iquiltfast 2019-07-25 10:35
All I know is that I can't wait to see what you are creating next on Quilt Roadies AND you always inspire me to create :)
#3 Angelyn Madden 2019-07-25 04:59
It is my belief that one of the ways we are created in God's image is that have the need and ability to be creative. There are many ways that is expressed, writing, cooking etc.
#2 IreneM 2019-07-24 16:26
I can surely identify with how you used to view yourself. I even worked as a "technical" illustrator and never thought of myself as an artist. We do a real number on ourselves sometimes when we shouldn't.
Thank you for sharing.
#1 Renee Haley 2019-07-24 10:02
Anna I suggest reading creative strength training by Jane Dunnewold. It is a book that changed my views on creativity.

Jane even states in the book when a person says they are not creative it Mayne that they have never been shown how to be creative. Her book walks you through her process. She also has some YouTube video's that might be enjoyable for this topic.
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