I came across Victoria's request for blocks for the Bumble Beans Signature Block Blogger Quilt. [You can visit her blogspot here and see some of the blocks people have sent her so far here]. Here is my contribution:
15 Minutes Play... in which she challenges you to simply "play" with your fabric scraps and see what evolves. I like that idea a lot because there is more spontaneity and room to explore without a focus on a set outcome. It becomes about the process rather than the product, and helps you to discover your own artistic voice. I love to see what other quilters come up with when they "play". Originally, Victoria used 15 Minutes Play as a warm-up exercise.
Another big source of inspiration for me lately is this book:
I have put it in our guest bedroom bathroom (the one that the kids don't use) and when Mommy needs to go potty, I escape for a few minutes (making sure to LOCK THE DOOR because everyone knows a curious 3 yr old certain someone will follow you everywhere!) I read little snippets each time I'm in there. The book has some great quotes, and some great exercises to try and is filled with many beautiful examples. (Don't worry, I am fanatical about washing my hands after I go-- the book is sacred).
I apologize to those of you who I may have offended by talking about the "bathroom". In our house, potty talk is inescapable. My kids love to say "butt" and "poopy". My 3 year old son's favorite joke goes like this:
Sammy: "Guess what?"
Sammy: "Chicken butt!!"
and he thinks its the funniest thing EVERY time. I think its cute, but we are trying to work and limit our potty talk to appropriate times and situations. (I'm open to suggestions on how to properly manage this issue!)
Have a great day!