Monday, November 23, 2009

Throwing in the Towel

I hate to admit defeat, but I have decided not to do the Make Art Every Day challenge. I do try to be creative and productive every day, but it's not always something that I can photograph and put on my blog. Yesterday's attempt at "paper cloth" was disastrous. To speed up the drying, I clipped it to a hanger and let it dry that way instead of letting it dry flat. Well, it curled up and wrinkled up and ironing it down didn't help much. So I fused it to a sheet of Peltex which gave me a piece that is much too thick for a bookmark. I'm not going any further with it. Too much time wasted.

I am starting a new quilt for a juried show that has a "received by" deadline of January 30, but since I am going away on the 21, my deadline is the 18th. I'm also going to make my own Christmas cards this year and my card blanks have not arrived, nor have I embossed my velvet. And then of course there are the holidays with all the decorating, shopping, wrapping, entertaining, etc. There's something to be said for quitting while you're ahead.

I will do as I have been doing before the challenge, posting when I have something new to show or news to share. I had been posting a couple of times a week and I hope to continue in that manner. Now onto my new quilt!


Anonymous said...

Well, I have enjoyed your daily art but I fully understand how it can turn from a challenge to a burden, or it would be for me. I think creativity can't be called up on demand and to force it doesn't always work. I will continue to enjoy your beautiful designs when they appear.

Diane Wright said...

Give yourself to be flexible! You GO!

Diane Wright said...

Okay...My mind was ahead of my fingers.

Give yourself PERMISSION to be flexible.

zquilts said...

You know what they say about "..when the going gets tough......". Admitting that something is not working is the better side of valor! Congratulations and good luck !

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

In the morning I have the feeling that I can handle it all; by the evening, I sincerely wonder and get the feeling of "tilt"..."overload"..

Oh, Twyla Tharp said that one of her biggest mistakes was thinking she could do it all in life; she learned the hard way that you have to chose. And, it takes a certain amount of courage to do so!

Sounds like you have plenty of creative work ahead; I think you meet the intent of the challenge!

From the cheering squad!

norma said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words and encouragement After I wrote my post yesterday I went right to work, pulling out fabrics, choosing colors and some piecing. I worked until dinner and then back to my studio until almost 10PM. I really like what 's happening with this new piece.
l'll post sneak peeks when I can, but I don't want to show the whole thing.
I'm so glad that I made that decision not to be to tied down

Vivien said...

Good for you, Norma. You have to do what works for you. Now I'm all aflutter about your new piece. Can't wait for a sneak peek!