I Took the Process Pledge

Do you know about the Process Pledge? See the button on my lower right margin? That links back to a page from Rossie Hutchinson, dated May 14, 2010.

Rossie says:

I have made a process pledge. The goal of the process pledge is to create a new sensibility in quilting blogs where we don’t just show finishes or occasionally confess about our moments of indecision, but chat openly and often about our works in progress, our inspirations, and our moments of decision. I know that many of us are already posting about our thinking on quilts and the processes involved from start to finish, let’s do more! And let’s post about quilts as we work on them. I want to see more half-done quilts, not just the finished thing with a journal entry about the process.

I’m all over this! I love talking about and hearing about HOW we do things, and WHY we make particular choices. If you’ve noticed the posts on this blog, many of them deal with process, especially design process. I like to think about technical process, as well.

Transformation, changing something from one thing to another, is what quilters do. As we so often joke, we take big pieces of fabric and cut them up into little pieces of fabric, and then we sew them back into big pieces of fabric. In the PROCESS, we’ve made the nature of the fabric different. It is transformed. How did it get that way, and why do YOU like to be part of that? On your blog or in your comments, please tell us your thought process, your technical process. And your analysis after the fact — are you happy with how it turned out? Why or why not?

Rossie continues:

I’ve made a list of prompts to get some process posts going. I will continue to update these prompts as time goes on, based on what I see in blogs, ideas that are submitted to me by email, and also in the comments.

  • Do you have any new sketches to show?
  • Is this design inspired by a past quilt or someone else’s quilt you saw (link, please)?
  • Does the color palette come from somewhere specific?
  • Are you trying to evoke a specific feeling?
  • Is this quilt intended for a specific person? How did that inform your choices?
  • Are you following a pattern, emulating a block you saw somewhere, using a liberated process, or totally winging it?
  • What are you hating about this quilt at this stage? What do you love?
  • Did you push yourself to try something new?
  • In working on the quilt, are you getting ideas about what you might want to try next? What? Did you sketch it?

Will you take the Process Pledge, too?


One thought on “I Took the Process Pledge

  1. Infinite Contactee

    I loved your insight here, especially “Transformation, changing something from one thing to another, is what quilters do”. I’m not a quilter myself, but an artist, musician, and writer, so this insight is very inspirational. Life is like that too, isn’t it – always transforming us into one “form” or another. Thank you!


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