Well, it seems a long time ago since the latest International Quilt Challenge theme was announced, and I have been struggling with time, ever since. "Time" was the theme, and my initial thought was of childhood (also a long time ago) and my fascination with dandelion clocks. However, my very talented friend, Sue Martin, interpreted this theme so beautifully and independently that I decided I'd best change tack.
I came across this memento of my maternal grandmother, who had a good sense of humour, and it started me on a train of thought about inheritances, objects from the past and good advice. The round tuit is a procrastination preventative: : now you have one, you no longer have an excuse to put off doing things...
In one of my local fabric shops (The Spinning Weal) I found this verdigris-like patchwork fabric and also another stone-like one, for a background.
In fact, I had hoped to use a piece of cloth already in my possession for the background, but my house had eaten it and, after a number of days looking for it (more time wasted) once I had got my new cloth home and stitched, the missing length appeared somewhere I had looked several times for it... Anyway, I used a variegated YLI quilting thread to free machine stitch "I'll do it when I get around to it" or "When I get around to it, I'll do it."
On the green disc, I meander-quilted and then stitched the words: tempus fugit - do it!"
I came to realise that this could reasonably actually be a time piece and had fun and games working out how to do this, which involved finding a clock mechanism and hands (from Maplin) - although the second hand was a discordant red and so I painted it silver.
In Hobbycraft, I found a 12" square box frame to contain my fabric piece and was able to drill a hole in the mid-centre of the backing board through which to pass the clock mechanism spindle, and then made holes through both cream and green quilted sandwiches to pass it through as well.
So my time piece is a time piece - a clock, to remind me to seize the moment and not waste time or opportunities. During the time I was making it, my son and husband both celebrated significant birthdays and we heard of the sad death of a good friend. It seems apt to have made this now. It's a shame it took so much time. In the end, time was of the essence, in more ways than I thought when I started out.
Now for the next challenge: Landmarks. Best get my thinking cap on!