Book Review: The Creative Habit

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for LifeThe Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

I started this book some time ago after I received it as a gift. I didn’t get very far as it didn’t grab my attention and other books elbowed their way to the front of the line. I, finally, decided to get serious and really start reading it. One of the best things about it so far is that Twyla Tharp describes creativity as a habit. While that sounds much more boring that creativity being a flash of light from God, it is much more comforting for me. I can develop a habit; I can’t really wait around for a flash from God.

I took the first test and had a hard time with some of the questions, but found that I got into it as I went on. I also gained some insight and was able to go back and fill in other answers I had skipped.

Not being a student, I don’t sit with my books at a table and read and write notes or take tests. I like the tests and think they are useful, but the tests came up periodically, usually at times when I didn’t have a writing implement or the time to devote to the test. This was one of the reasons I got stalled.

Eventually, I just started to read the book, not do the tests and underline words and phrases that spoke to me. That was a much better plan and I got a lot out of it.

I plan to take bits I underlined out of the book and write about them here. Look for those snippets or review-lets in the future.

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Block-a-Long #48: Corner Squares

Corner Squares #48
Corner Squares #48

If you put this block in a quilt with the same blocks, you could get some really interesting cross patterns.

This block is suitable for about 5 fabrics. If you did not use the same fabrics in the corners, then you could use more fabrics.

Directions for Corner Squares #48.

If you have made blocks or a quilt from these patterns, please post a link in the comments section of the relevant block or on the AQ Block-a-Long Flickr group. I would love to see what you have made.