This quilt also exhibits some of my own creativity--I substituted one of the quotations with a favorite of mine from Emily Dickinson--"Hope is the thing with feathers." I also substituted some of the blocks that I didn't particularly care for with others that were more meaningful to me; I didn't love the borders in the pattern, and the border I finally used was of my own design.
The reason it took me so long to finish this quilt is that I knew I wanted to make some changes to the pattern, yet I didn't trust my own creativity. I was afraid to "change it up." In fact, it took me over eight months to finally put the borders on...and since I wanted it to be "perfect"...I procrastinated. What I finally discovered while sewing the borders last week was that the ideas came quickly once I began work. I realized that in creating, the creativity often comes only once we begin. I'm also reminded of one of my favorite quotes on creativity--"A bird does not sing because he has an answer. He sings because he has a song."--Joan Walsh Anglund