The day I bought a sketchbook for my quilting ideas marked my transformation from dilettante to determined quilter. Before then I guess I hadn’t felt I deserved an actual, special purpose place to record my ideas and trial color schemes and layouts. Yes, I covered the backs of envelopes and scratch paper with stuff, but it was all very off the cuff.
While I don’t use my sketchbook as much as I should, I like looking through it to see the transmutation of ideas and the clippings of pictures, ads, and even fabric swatches I’ve collected. I have quite a collection of ripped out ads that have caught my eye, plus glossy photos from old calendars.
And I do like using colored pencils. Which reminds me I really should buy some Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. I might as well enjoy coloring fabric too.
On reflection, I think I should call it my idea book because sketchbook is too narrow a term.