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Creating During In-Between Times

I often find it hard to begin new projects when I have upcoming commitments that take me away from my studio. A classic example is the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This past December I had a glorious week compleletly alone at home (a first for me since having children). While I knew I did not want to start a new large work, I did want to create something from start to finish. So I decided to do something I had never done before. I made Christmas ornaments.

First I had fun playing with ideas. Once I finalized the design, I went into production mode. To speed up the process and minimize fabric usage I used paper piecing. I don’t use this technique in my large quilts, but for working small and repetitively it is a timesaver.

Production mode!

Production mode!

I had so much fun! I made a total of 22 ornaments. I had forgotten the pleasure in repetitious making.

Flowers

Flowers

As gifts these were very well received. And it was so satisfying to complete a creative project from start to finish within a few days.

How have you found creative satisfaction in the “in-between times”?

Finished Ornaments

Finished Ornaments