You Can’t Rush Art!

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.”
Scott Adams


About a month ago, and after reading several articles and discussions about goal setting and ways to make my Etsy Shop a success; I came to the conclusion – I needed a lot more inventory; for my shop and for local sales.

I made a plan, sat down and wrote out my “SMART” goals. Which included making at least 3 new items a week for a period of 6 weeks. A tall order I knew, but I was enthusiastic about the challenge and I had plenty of design ideas on the table.

I went to work early on Monday morning, and happily picked fabrics out…

I cut and sewed and sewed and cut. Working through the morning. I had 4 blocks on my newest quilt creation complete and was working on the alternates. When I took a moment to step back and look at my newest Art Quilt, I hated it. It was all wrong, a total bummer! What was I to do now?

Maybe I just needed a little break, you know?

Have a cup of coffee, take a short walk, clear my head.
When I get back to my quilting studio, I thought, I know I will just love my new quilt.

I tried that a couple of times; it didn’t work. Every time I looked at the quilt, I didn’t like it, in fact I hated it. I tried to love it, really I did. By Tuesday afternoon, I knew I was going to have to go back to the drawing board. I went to work drafting out my new work of art, knowing that since it will be mid-week before I even begin my first project, my goals were going down the tube.

I had to accept the fact that I didn’t make SMART goals, in fact mine were unrealistic.
Art can not be rushed.

I went back to work on my new design, picking out a very different palette of colors, earthy tones, accented with bright reds and yellows. I Cut and sewed and sewed and cut.
Slowly there was progress.

My art quilt was coming together, bold and beautiful, a simple yet intriguing in design.

A contemporary one of a kind Del~Lillian Art Quilt

I may not have met my initial goals for quantity, but I did make a stunning quilt and learned some lessons along the way.

  • My first attempt wasn’t with love and freedom, it was with rules and quotas – that just doesn’t work for Art.
  • Art can neither be rushed or forced, it must come from within and given the power to breathe and grow.
  • It (art) needs to be created with love and a free spirit.

I may not have all the inventory I want; but sometimes less is more!

And all was not lost, bits and pieces of the quilt I wasn’t loving, became a very cool beach bag!

Summer beach Bag/tote bag
Summer beach Bag/tote bag

Articles on smart goals; for them and against them. You decide!

  1. Smart Goals
  2. Why Smart Goals Don’t Work
  3. Why Smart Goals Don’t Work – and What to do about it

  4. Smart Goal Setting


Fiber Artist, Author, Designer, Pianist, and Organic Foodee. My Mission is to inspire and educate the creator in you.

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