Half Way There
Is your glass half full or half empty? The reality is the same. It is all a matter of perspective. As an artist not only do I do the work of creating, but I am my boss and coach. Therefore, I work hard at quieting the self doubt, insecurity and other negative self talk. Seeing my glass as half full is a key element of preserving through complex and technically difficult work.
Thank goodness I pushed hard on piecing In the Beginning last week. Why? Simple. Because I had other priorities and commitments to focus on this week. So, a half full moment for me. I could have dwelled on a lack of studio time. Instead, I celebrate my ability to plan my week both in and out of the studio, allowing me to do it all.
This past Sunday, the third Project Quilting prompt was shared. The first two were a piece of cake. Therefore, I was confident this one would be just as easy to whip up. Whoops. Not so fast, madam half full. 🙂 The prompt for PQ 14.3 (Project Quilting 14th season, third prompt) is the traditional block 54 – 40 or Fight.
What in the world would I do with this prompt, especially given the fact that from prompt to finished quilt is a mere 7 days. I was tempted to make the above, but with a compatible palette. I knew from experience 7 days wouldn’t be long enough for me to piece, quilt and finish it. Experience gave me half full confidence, though. I focused on the inner ring and pieced that. Half way there. I still have the quilting and finish work to do. Guess what I will be working on this afternoon.
Rainbow Scrap Challenge
Before I started PQ 14.3 I spent time making the first of my two February pink flowerhead blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
I am optimistic that next week I will share the second pink flowerhead block, a finished PQ 14.3 quilt and another In the Beginning progress photo. I will go from half full to full up and it will be time to start filling up my next glass.
I’m linking up to the following posts:
In the beginning is looking great and I love your pink flower. This is going to be a lovely RSC project. xx
Thank you, Lin. There is nothing like being immersed in multiple artworks each calling me to spend time in the studio.
Hi Gwyned, your “In the beginning” piece is stunning. I like what you’re doing for the Project Quilting – it was just too much piecing for me – maybe the next one!
There was a time mid-week, Andrée, when it was feeling like too much piecing for me. Still I am grateful I persevered. Not sure it was worth the effort, but I can tick off a finish. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
You are doing a good job of piecing In the Beginning, it looks like the picture, I can see it! Happy stitching!
I am enjoying the process, at least most of the time, Gretchen. I enjoy translating photographs into fabric with a heavy dose of artistic license. Thank you for the positive feedback.
I am awed! Your PQ 14.3 is stunning! You took the hard road! Well done!,
Yes, PQ 14.3 wasn’t easy. Thank goodness I have decades of experience in precision piecing and pattern tweaking. Even so, it took more time than I expected. Aren’t all quilting projects like that? Thank you, Judy for sharing your thoughts.
What an incredible piece of work “In the Beginning” is going to be! I’m impressed that you managed progress on it, as well as on the PQ14.3 AND the PINK block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Well done!
We will just have to see how next week plays out. Fortunately, it is an PQ off week and my second RSC block is only needs a little more work. Fingers crossed I can manage the 6th row of In the Beginning. Thank you for the encouragement.
challenging projects – well done
I do love a challenge. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
I love your mini quilt, it was a great idea to choose to piece the center of your EQ preps. Beautiful pink flower too!
Thank you for sharing, and linking up these pretty projects.
You are welcome, Frédérique. I’m a big fan of stars with elongated points, so long as someone else makes them. Yours look great.
Beautiful pink flowerheads. Love the many fabrics used. See you next week!
Thank you, Sue. I had fun designing the blocks and sorting through my pink scraps to select the fabrics.
the pink flower block is amazing! You have lots of beautiful projects in the works
I wanted to take a different approach to the RSC this year. So I designed a “rainbow” garden. Won’t be making as many blocks each month. I should have a fun, fanciful quilt to share at the end of the year. Thank you, Helen for your generous words.
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