My Craft Marathon: Mad Hexagon Stitching For ArtPrize 2010

I spent Friday afternoon and evening deconstructing neckties and making more hexagon kits for my ArtPrize entry. This is the part of the charity quilt project that I’d skip if I could. But it has to be done to get to the good part – the stitching of the blooms. I LOVE that part. There’s so much work to be done before ArtPrize and it really helps when people ask: “Do you really think you’re going to get it done it time?”

That’s the goal, people. That’s the goal.

I admit that when I look at the pile of ties that need to be cut up and and stitched into blooms, I have my doubts. But that’s what makes this project appealing to me. It challenging, ambitious, and  – by some standards – flat out insane to hand stitch an entry with a deadline rapidly approaching.

I’m treating this project like a craft marathon because that’s what it’s shaping up to be.  The first time I ran a marathon I didn’t know what would happen. I had injured my achilles a month prior and did not run again until race day. Some thought I was crazy to go through with it, but I just had faith that a month of  low impact cross training and physical therapy would get me through. And it did.

Do I have the endurance to stitch like mad for the next several weeks? Will I make the deadline. Time will tell, my friends. Time will tell.

If you’re local and want to stitch like mad with me and get your name on the wall by an ArtPrize entry, say the word. This is one race I cannot finish alone.

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