A challenge too far???

Last summer, in a fit of misplaced enthusiasm and optimism, I rashly signed up for my quilt club’s biennial Challenge. Why not? I figured. I like a challenge. It’s good to stretch myself, to try something new. And with well over a year to create my challenge entry (in time for the club’s Exhibition at the end of October 2013), I could surely manage to find the requisite inspiration and produce a veritable masterpiece in fabric form. Couldn’t I?

How wrong can one girl be??? I was soon to find out…

Back in September, all the challenge participants were given a beautiful piece of silk Hazara embroidery, about 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″ in size. According to the challenge rules, we’re free to use it in any way we choose, to create a final work of 12 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ (which is quite large, really, when you think about it. The exact same size of my portable cutting mat, in fact…) Anyway, we can piece, appliqué, embroider and embellish as much as we like, but the Hazara embroidery has to be prominently and harmoniously incorporated into the quilt top as a whole. So far, so good.

I duly received my little piece of embroidery, admired it, and put it away safely in my drawer. Here it is…


… and here it is in the middle of the aforementioned cutting mat to give an idea of scale…


Pretty, huh?

Well, it’s now almost a year on, and, sadly, inspiration has yet to strike. I get my little piece of Hazara out from time to time, look at it, think “What the heck am I going to do with this??!”, get disheartened by my extreme lack of inspiration and motivation, and put it away again.

Then, at the beginning of July, I received some paperwork from the club about the upcoming exhibition. Which I put in my “To Do” pile on my desk and promptly forgot about until today. I finally got round to reading it this afternoon, and immediately wished I hadn’t! It included a reminder that the challenge entries will be collected on 2nd October, a mere 2 months away. Well, suffice to say I’m now starting to panic a little, and to curse my tendency to procrastinate!

… Cue more procrastination, as I choose to blog about my creative block rather than actually trying to do something about it…

So what shall I do? Is it indeed a challenge too far? It looks like my plan to make an Eiffel Tower skirt will be put on the back burner while I try and decide how to tackle this project. From now on it will be Priority Number 1! But maybe I’ll just finish sewing the rows together for my Flumpagon quilt first, then there’s my sundress that needs finishing before Barcelona, and of course I’ll have to tidy up my sewing room. Perhaps I’ll make a start on the challenge quilt next week…

(In the meantime, any suggestions most gratefully received!)

11 responses

  1. Who is the cruel person that thought up this challenge? Guess why I hate group interaction over quilting.

    1. She’s actually very lovely! I just think I wasn’t fully prepared for the creativity required of this challenge… 🙂

    1. Oooh, thanks RR xxx

  2. si si !!! vous avez assez de créativité pour réaliser ce challenge et je me réjouis déjà de le voir

  3. How about something with the Snail’s Trail block? I see that in this piece. How you’ll work in the embroidery swatch is beyond me! Good luck!

    1. I like the Snail Trail idea – thanks! I was so fixated on the whole I didn’t even see the lovely little swirly bits till you pointed it out 🙂
      And I’m sure I could find a way to work in the embroidery – eventually!

  4. You won the give-away at my blog! Congrats! Send me an email with your mailing address and I’ll put them in the mail! Kate 🙂

    1. Ooooooh! How exciting! Emailing it right over now!
      Thanks, Kate!

  5. […] I also whipped up a baby quilt for Mad Cousin Jude’s new baby boy, did some more work on my Challenge Quilt, started binding my mahoosive purple and pink stars quilt for the quilt show, made a stack more […]

  6. […] the photo will have to be taken when it’s hung at the show. But I did want to show off my challenge entry, which, despite Very Unpromising Beginnings, turned out rather well (even if I do say so […]

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