Thursday, February 23, 2012

Madly piecing

Yesterday, while gathering supplies for the Potpourri workshop, I found not one good rotary blade in the house. So today I'm making a quick run to the store before loading up the car because I'm leaving at the crack-of-dawn tomorrow.

Prior to this I've been buried in the studio. Nancy had pointedly directed workshop returnees to come back with at least three new pieces. I counted only two: Orange Rhyme & the brown one from last year's workshop. Neither entirely new, but now finished quilts rather than tops (hey, that's progress - twice the production of years previous). She'd said before she'd rather see new quilt tops than finished pieces. So feeling the pressure to produce something new for no. 3,  I got the behind moving.

The genesis of circles with straight lines was here & here. I continued explorations here, here, here & here. After madly piecing  for days, I have no. 3 about three feet square. Here's a peek.
Well, now you know: deadlines help my productivity. Otherwise I'd be chasing rainbows until the cows come home.

How about you? How do you manage your creativity? Or not? Do you set deadlines and goals? Do you set daily time in the studio? Do you focus on getting a finished product? Or do you allow yourself to just explore?


  1. Well look where you went with this! This is striking.

    Enjoy your time with uninterrupted creating. Nothing better.

  2. This is great, and it shows where you're exploring with the straight lines forming curves! Enjoy your class with Nancy; it sounds challenging, but I know you'll step up to it. And yes, deadlines definitely motivate me. Looking forward to seeing what you bring back from this class!

  3. Have a wonderful time! I know you are up to the challenge.

  4. What a wonderful explosion of color and line. Can't wait to see the whole piece.

    I used to schedule at least a morning 3-4 days a week in the studio, but now I just work when the creativity strikes.

  5. Beauitful! You're teasing us...can't wait to see the entire thing!