Posts Tagged ‘quote challenge’

Use the Good Stuff First – Quote Challenge

September 23, 2015

The late Doreen Speckmann used to tell her quilt students to use the good stuff first. “If you don’t, when you die your family will turn that fabulous batik you’ve been saving into a clown costume.” Oh, I know all the adages about saving something for a rainy day, and about keeping special things for special occasions. That’s good advice, too, but when your sewing room is bursting at the seams try doing some projects with the good stuff.

Cram as much beauty into your life as you can

Cram as much beauty into your life as you can

You might be worried that the project won’t work and you’ll have wasted your supplies. Ann Anastasio and I taught a workshop called “There’s a Quilt in There Somewhere.” We instructed students to bring the one piece of fabric deemed too wonderful to use. The first order of business was for everyone to cut her special fabric in half. “Look,” we would say, “now you have something left over if you don’t like what you make in class.” It’s amazing how having a reserve opened up the creative floodgates.

A small luxury is still a luxury - enjoy!

A small luxury is still a luxury – enjoy!

So take that special fabric, bead collection, thread collection, notebook or china set off the shelf. Break into the good chocolate, the expensive spices, the great wine. Host an art play date or a party if you want to share, but use the good stuff while you can still enjoy it.

Luck and wisdom!

Blessed Are The Flexible – Quote Challenge

September 16, 2015

I first heard “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape” in a quilting workshop. It instantly became my mantra. I find it useful in the sewing room, of course, but also on the road (there are quite a few idiots alive today because I did not give in to road rage).

Sometimes you twist yourself into knots to hold everything together

Sometimes you twist yourself into knots to hold everything together

As an artist, I must be flexible if my first plan is more ambitious than my training. If I have a deadline, then I have to come up with a different approach to the work. If I’m not, then I get to learn a new skill. Either way, if the project is going to be completed I need to find a work-around. That’s why artists often work in series.

As a writer, I need to be flexible enough to take advantage of a new line of thought. No matter how short or long the piece, sometimes the beginning isn’t quite right once you finally get to the end. That’s why the best writers are re-writers.

Sometimes you twist yourself into knots to let things go

Sometimes you twist yourself into knots to let things go

Then there’s the experience of daily life, where things you’ve always done one way just won’t work anymore. Maybe you learned something new, maybe you changed, maybe the world changed and you have to catch up. Whatever the reason, sometimes you have to be flexible – or spend a lot of time fighting. On those days when I’m feeling cranky enough to start a war to get my own way, when I don’t want to be flexible, I remember my good friend Lorna Tobler’s advice: “Pick the hill you want to die on.”

Luck and wisdom!

 

There’s Always One More – Quote Challenge

September 9, 2015

Julaina Kleist-Corwin invited me to join a quote challenge – three posts, three quotes. She publishes great quotes all the time, so do check out her blog for some lovely reading. I can remember snarky quotes from movies, but those aren’t always useful. For my challenge, I’m going to offer advice I’ve found valuable. The first is one of my father’s favorite sayings: “There’s always one more SOB than you counted on.”

Even simple blocks can be troublesome

Even simple blocks can be troublesome

This is especially true in art. For me, the SOB is often a Surprisingly Obstreperous Block. I have re-sewn many a seam, only to find I have to nail that sucker down by hand to make the points match. In my writing, I’ve faced the subplots that wander so far off the path they must be abandoned, the characters that insist on hijacking the story, the red herrings that become dead herrings only to resurrect themselves at the most inconvenient moment.

The take-away for me is to plan as best I can, then step out in faith with a smile. Life will be what it will be. If I expect a setback and it doesn’t come, that counts as a win.

There will always be many more projects than I counted on

There will always be many more projects than I counted on

One last thing – I’m supposed to nominate others to play. Here are three, but any of you are welcome to share words of wisdom. The rules are simple:

  • Thank the blogger who invites you (that’s me)
  • Share a different quote in three separate posts. The quotes can be from your favorite book, author, or yourself, but if you quote someone else acknowledge the source with a link
  • Nominate three bloggers to join the game

I nominate:

Violet Carr Moore – Violet’s Vibes

Marlene Dotterer – Marlene Dotterer, Science Fiction and Fantasy Author

Neva Hodges – Words by Neva

Luck and wisdom!