were on vacation this summer we were blessed with a lot of rain. That
definitely was one reason why I was rather glad I had resisted my husband’s
repeated attempts to hire a camper for our vacation – although small, we had at
least two rooms that we could spread out in! We also had internet connection,
and I could do a bit of blog-reading. Amongst others I read Terry Jarrard-Dimond’s post ,Are you a finisher? and the kind of energy that you can
release by finishing old pieces.
But Terry’s post set me thinking some more on finishing,
time frames and such.
had left for Switzerland
end of June I had that special experience with finishing „Personality“ to enter
in Ste. Marie-aux-Mines, which I wrote about here.
certainly was another lesson in taking care of oneself simply by allowing
oneself enough time to finish projects properly. It is not healthy to be forced
to work under stress until the last minute before the post-office closes. And
usually things tend to get more complicated that way. I still remember the time
when I was finishing my Ph.D.thesis – I had planned generously, allowing myself
a buffer-time-zone of several weeks and managed to be finished three weeks
ahead of the deadline. A year later, when I was preparing the manuscript for
the printer to be published, I had booked a flight to go to Canada, was
teaching, and everything had been calculated much tighter. Of course the
printer broke, and everything turned very hectic. I did send the manuscript
off, and I did catch my flight, but I was so exhausted that I did not even have
enough strength to be mad at myself.
then I have tried to be a better planner. I set aside the weeks in my calendar
when I know I will be busy dyeing the fabrics for the fabric club. I put in
registration deadlines for shows or competitions in which I participate. Just a
few weeks ago Ieven printed out a year’s planner for 2013, earlier than I ever
have done that before. But as I realized in June – it’s not always
possible to finish in proper time...
doesn’t really have much to do with the topic of Terry’s entry – finishing of (older) pieces that are as of
not finishing a piece may be numerous. One of them may be that it was started
in a workshop-einvironment but they have to be finished at home. There,
however, is another piece that has been hanging on the wall and needs to be
completed first. And when you have finished that one, there are already so many
other interesting ideas that came up that you don’t return to the workshop-piece,
but start something new first, and that's the beginning of being a UFO. Or it might
happen that you unpack something at home, eager to continue – and then you
realize that there is something seriously wrong with the piece which for one
reason or other you did not notice before.
happened to me with a large piece I had started during my stay at Nancy Crow’s
barn during a Master Class in June of 2008. It was the first time I was a
participant in that class, and that meant a lot of different emotions and experiences
– was I really worthy of being here in
that group? I was also trying out something entirely new by using my son’s line
drawings as a kick-off point for my quilts, and it was the first time that I
could really work that big because
I had never had such a large design wall before.
|"Play of Lines II" (in progress, stalled)|
I learned a
lot with this piece. For example, I had never worked with this color palette
before. I was getting acquainted with the techniques to get satisfying line-work
in. After several days, however, I had reached a point when I thought I could
not go on with it right then and that it schould be packed away. That was the
time when Nancy
said „I’m not particularly thrilled with that orange.“ That was quite a comment
– why hadn’t she said anything about that three days ago when I first started
using that orange for the lines? and what about the fact that I was certain
that the orange was the right color for what I was trying to express as it
caused sufficient contrast to the grey background?
As I said,
at that point I had the feeling I wasn’t going to get any further with this
anyway and packed it all away. When I unpacked it all at home, however, I
realized that for me it definitley wasn’t the orange that was the problem, but
the green configuration.
Due to the insufficient contrast it did not achieve
the kind of importance I wanted it to have. So it all went back into the
box because I could not at that point figure out a way of solving the problem.
Throughout the three years since it was made I kept taking it out regularly,
looked at it contemplatingly, and put it back, out of sight. It was supposed to be Play of Lines II, but
that gap remained in the series. But something in Terry’s entry struck a chord,
and established a connection to this particular top. Suddenly I knew how I
could deal with this lost top.
finishing may take a while, sometimes gestation periods are longer than the
nine months of a pregnancy... but as long as you have a special attachment to a
particular top, there is still a chance that it will find its time. Now I have
an idea, and as soon as the project on my wall will be sewn, the grey top is
going to be taken out again. You won’t be able to recognize it after it’s
completet, and it won’t be a Play of Lines anymore. That gap will stay.