Life marches on, tick tock, tick tock. The time we have in life is often represented by sands dribbling through an hour glass. However, what about the time we have do our work? Mr. Grainger in the British TV series, Are You Being Served?, classically fears the cuckoo clock. Why? Because this was what retirees receive. Is that a cuckoo clock I hear, tick tock, tick tock?
No, I am not retiring from creating artwork yet. However, I hear the cuckoo clock with more frequency these days. Tick tock. It seems everything takes longer and I am well aware of my time growing shorter. I am so fortunate. I’ve been creating work from fabric and thread since 1985. It’s hard to believe, but I have yet to hit a dry spell. I still have far more ideas of what I want to make than I can possibly fit into a single or a dozen life times.
Living in the now is crucial, even as the cuckoo clock gets louder. One quilt at a time. One decision at a time. This week I focused on quilting How Does Your Garden Grow? Step one was to decide how I wanted to quilt the background. I do this by researching motifs on line. I knew I wanted something that meandered, so I could easily maneuver around the flowers and butterflies. The vine with leaves, blossoms and dragonflies does the trick.
Every November I host an open studio. This year I will also have a solo exhibition in a neighboring town from October through December. Yikes! It’s time to start planning how to have work in both places. So, that is precisely what I did this week, too. Time to panic. Looks like I need to spend some time working building up my 8″ x 8″ and 12″ x 12″ wrapped canvases. I see more thread painting in my future. Next up is Owl Moon.
What I love about meandering is how it allows you to get in and around awkward spaces on a quilt. When you add elements, such as blooms and dragonflies it breaks up any monotony from recreating the same pattern over and over again. It does take time, though. Time I feel I don’t have. Tick tock.
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