Work in Progress: The Gift

February 8, 2014

 This is up on my design wall.
I’m having ideas for quilting it – not sure when it will get done.


The pattern on has been on my wall for over a year and just needed a particularly insomniatic night with Mr. Almost Perfect out of town. I can never make myself go to bed when he’s not here. (I miss him.) 
IMG_7912I’m trying to be better this year about not wasting so much of my time and getting more work done. Audio books have been a big help there. I get so caught up in the story that I can’t wait to get back into the studio.

What do you do to help you get into your creative place and get things done? Or is it just me that loses interest in a project before I actually start cutting out cloth if it involves a pattern? Apparently I really like the design phase but have a problem actually getting started. Or getting finished for that matter.

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    February 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Beautiful! I love hands. I think beside the eyes, they tell you so much about a person and they can be so expressive. I know that I need “noise” when I create. I grew up in a household that had many children and a daycare, so silence is unsettling. Audio books, TED, NPR, are my go to means of learning and keeping me calm. I am trying to break the computer habit. I love my internet friends, but it has become a time sink. My husband’s job had him out of town 200 days of the year for the first 20 years we were married. Now that he is retired, I am trying to learn how to be productive with him around all the time. I love him dearly and so happy he is retired, but I did get a lot more done when he traveled. 🙂

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    Mary Ritter
    February 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I find it also helps to have something that draws me in while I work. I haven’t started listening to audio books, but I do watch a variety of art quilt related videos or DVDs while I work. Even if they are showing a particular technique, I find that I listen to them first, then rerun and take the time to watch the demonstration. Looking forward to listening/watching a show helps get me into the studio to work. Eventually, I turn off the distraction because I am immersed in my project. Right now, I am using the same technique you show above to work on a face from a photo. Challenging. Your hands are inspiring! Fused or hand appliquéd? I’m also wondering about how to quilt, but have been checking books and DVDs for reference.

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    February 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Amen to what you said–even when the hubster is home I have a hard time sleeping if he stays up late (thankfully, that’s not often). I’ve been fairly productive by getting up earlier in the morning and getting ready for work in time to spend at least 20-30 minutes in the studio before heading out the door. I’m always amazed at what can happen in those short spurts. When I get to spend time in the studio on the weekends, I try to keep plowing but I have enough time to think about other things I want to make!

    I love your project. It’s a technique I’ve wanted to use for a long time. I started one a couple of years ago but I think I tried to get too detailed. I’m going to back up and try again.

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    February 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    This is a spiritual piece. It draws the viewer in, I think. And, yes, I too experience that stuck place when all the *creative* part seems to be past. I have to remind myself that there is creativity in each step, if I am open to it.

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    vicki miller
    February 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I think we are all like tat aren’t we? The technical details can be boring, but once we get going, which can be difficult, it comes along well. This one was worth the effort!

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    Sandy Snowden
    February 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    ha! yes to all of the above. ;-D
    Actually, since I have started doing this daily beading project, I have been more productive with other work.
    Sandy in the UK

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