Pattern Followers vs. Pattern Creators
Welcome back for another week, readers! Glad you found your way back. As always, thank you for your comments!
This week, I’d like to continue with our “Quilter’s Mart Personality Test” a la the Myers Briggs Personality test. So far, we have:
Our next category is: Pattern Followers vs. Pattern Creators
Are you a Pattern Follower.....
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Or a Pattern innovator.....
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This category is a little bit less “either or” and more of a spectrum, I think. But if I had to pick one for myself, I think I lean towards the Pattern Creator side of things.
Even when I work with a pattern, I usually do something to change it to better suit my mood. But more often than not, I’ll just make something up as I go along.
When I adapt a pattern, it is usually scaling it up or down in size, adding or taking away borders, or sometimes even incorporating a 3D element. But generally speaking, it ends up recognizably related to the original pattern.
When I go completely rogue, I love to make a bunch of triangles and see how I can put them together in a fun new way. Or piece together a 4-square and then slice it up, rotate some pieces, and sew it back together. Or do strips with more interesting pieces sewn in to disrupt the flow and make it more visually appealing.
Fabric by Quilter's Mart
The beauty of free-styling, to me, is that I can go wherever my creativity takes me, and there is an infinite number of possible outcomes! I often don’t know where the end will be until I get there. And that is a thrill!
The downside to making up my own pattern is that I end up having to do a lot of math. Adding all those seam allowances so the puzzle pieces end up fitting together can sometimes turn my brain into mush. But it is always worth the extra work, and I'm sure my high school geometry teacher would be proud.
Where do you land on the spectrum? Are you a devoted Pattern Follower? Or do you freestyle and call yourself a Pattern Creator?
- Carolyn Knees