I could go on about how busy life has been for me in the last few weeks, but hey, we ALL lead busy lives and busy-ness is overrated!
So instead, I thought I'd write about how I've been trying to squeeze in my quilting and art in little bits and pieces around the big chunks of 'life'. I miss quilting and creating when I don't make time for it - I get a little grumpy - so I've had to think up ways to be creative in small bites. And these small bites make a big difference to my mood.
So what have I found?
Handwork, in this case, embroidery on hand-dyed batting squares. I can pick up my little embroidery kit and take a fair few stitches in 10 minutes. I set myself a theme of circles so I don't have to think about what to stitch, I can just start.
Working in my sketchbook. Particularly sketching on pages that are already prepared. Or I can put together a collage of leftover practice mono prints on paper. Me and my gluestick can make a beautiful composition in about five minutes flat!
Looking around at the world. I can feel frustrated or I can let my imagination run wild while I'm busy painting white walls in my boat. I can look at the ship's wheel and imagine how it would look on a quilt, superimposed over an image of the porthole. And I can take photos of inspiring objects - whether it be for shape, pattern or colour - in about 30 seconds.
When I have a little more time, say 15 minutes, I can doodle free-motion quilting designs. I often draw out the block I want to design a motif for and then I can draw over it in pencil until I find the right one. I could do this on the computer too in a photo or drawing program, but pencil and paper are quicker and more portable round the house.
Then if I leave my quilt spread out under the sewing machine, I can sit down and quilt one block in about 10 minutes. And those 10 minutes add up - all 28 of my 16 patches on my big blue and white quilt are now quilted. It's time to move onto the 18 bordered square blocks.
How do you fit creativity into your life?