Friday, June 17, 2016

PIcking Up the Pieces - Off the Wall Friday

Motherhood is not for wimps.  I know all you mothers out there, know exactly what I mean.  Children, even the best of them (like mine) can literally suck all your energy from you. That is,  if you let them.  And lately, I have been.  For the last 2 months, my life has literally revolved around my child.  First, her final musical, then  the prom, finals, graduation and finally her graduation party.  Enough!!!

Now that I have her finally settled nicely into her first job (at the university library) and driving on her own (got her license today!) - I can return to my studio and try to find my creative self!  But when I looked into my studio, I could barely find it!  And if I did find it, what did I want to do in there????

So while cleaning  - and CLEANING  some more  - I hatched a plan. Ohhh and you're going to help!!   I took out the abstract piece I was working on last fall and thought I would finish that up before Quilting by the Lake. I love where this piece is going and it seems like I have a good start on it.  Since I'm working home now, I have more time that I can dedicate to my studio - which I have not been doing (I blame Tessa - did I mention she can suck the energy from you?)

And what's your part???  I'm going to report back my progress every week until its completely done - yep quilting and binding and all.  Please feel free to give cheers of encouragement or raspberries of disappointment if I'm not living up to my end of the bargain.

So today, I cleaned my studio and there is where I'm at on my abstract!

I'll report next week how much I get done!

So What have you been up to creatively?


  1. It's great to have a clean start. The abstract looks very promising, keep it up!

  2. Looking good. And you are right - motherhood is not for wimps!

  3. It is a fabulous start Nina-I love the "fracturing" effect of your piecing within a block. This is gonna be good!

  4. This seems like a great project to work on. All of that piecing means that you can do it in chunks while keeping sight of the bigger picture.

  5. So glad it looks like you'll get to have some studio time again!! Hooray for children who can drive themselves! I'm excited to see your progress as you go forward.

  6. Oh good for you--I am cheering for you....I LOVE this piece--looking forward to watching come into fruition...hugs, Julierose

  7. I have to be cleaning all the time. Your abstract is a wonderful idea. I'll be back to see more.

  8. Yokes! Did you sneak in and steal a shot of my studio? Seriously, that opening shot resembles closely the view when I open the door to my studio lately. I've been sick as opposed to having a child sucking up my time but the results are the same - I desperately need to CLEAN & clear space so I can finish cutting out a project and baste up another for quilting.

    I've long realized I need outside accountability at times to keep me moving. It's partly why I blog and belong to a peer group. So yes, we will be watching & nudging you now that we know you expect & need it. Onward! :-)

  9. Good luck Nina Marie. I know exactly what you mean about kids and your energy. It's a constant inner battle with me.


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