Exit Strategy

In the spirit of anticipation, celebration and learning, I am starting a new project.


In less than 3 years and 2 months, I will be 60! People are generally not eager to grow older, but I believe that the perks of age and wisdom more than make up for the laugh lines and grey hair (which I've had for over 15 years anyway!)

60 will begin the next phase of my life - Fibre Artist!

So, how am I going to get ready for the fibre artist phase of my life without living in the future? Well, pretty much the same way that I've approached most things.
  • Learn
  • Have a flexible plan
  • Keep expectations low and gratitude high
I hope that you'll join me on my journey. Let me tell you about my very flexible plan.

Amy's Creative Side
It started with the blocks that I made while participating in the One Week Improv Challenge with Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side. The challenge was by subscribed email and through Instagram at  #improvwithamy.

As with most challenges, I followed at my own speed. I did manage to make the first five days of seven days (see Improv Challenge). At some point after the challenge, I made a few more blocks. 
Block 1 - joining strips
Block 3 - playing with triangles
Of course, the next decision is....what to do with those blocks?

The first time I thought about Exit Strategy
A few months later, in late spring, I felt especially tired and needed something besides rest to help me stay positive. What's better than a new plan, a new project to help my spirit soar with anticipation, celebration and learning? 

The name, Exit Strategy, came very quickly but the rest took me a while to figure out. It's so easy to get caught up with grandiose plans but more than anything, I want this to be realistic and doable.

These are the notebooks that I keep with me to jot down ideas. The idea for Exit Strategy was slowly percolating.
3 notebooks that I keep around

The next step of this plan came about when I bought a gently used version of the book, Exploring Textile Arts in June at Quilt Canada. The book was published in 2002 by the Editors of Creative Publishing. There is a more recent version, but this one is fine for my purposes.

I've been very inspired by some of the techniques in the book. That's when the rest of the flexible plan started falling into place.

 The flexible plan
  • Try out new techniques
  • Use the improv blocks as background
  • Blog and reflect on what I've learned
  • Repeat
  • Time frame: very flexible....3 years and 2 months 😊
  • An update: as of March 19, 2020 there is now 2 years 7 months, but who's counting ;-)
Using 8 inch blocks as background makes these projects less intimidating. It's about learning, playing, taking chances and trying new things. I'm hoping that I'll be able to put some of the blocks together as they are completed....or not. That's also part of the very flexible plan.

On this page, I'll add links to the blog posts that relate to Exit Strategy. I hope that you'll follow along on my journey.
Related posts (most recent first)

An Exit Strategy Finish at Free Motion Mavericks, March 19, 2020

Exit Strategy 1 - Completed!
Mid-March Updates - Exit Strategy - more hand stitching, March 15, 2020

Playing with yarn and
re-learning to braid
Mixing it all up at Free Motion Mavericks, March 5, 2020

How to make triangles -
Shuttered Windows and Openwork
Slow Stitching and Free Motion Quilting, January 05, 2020

Putting four blocks together and
adding free motion quilting (FMQ)
Introducing my Exit Strategy, September 8, 2019

A sneak preview 
A Felting Miss-Adventure, August 25, 2019

The first block - Felted Piece 1
Improv Challenge, February 10, 2019

Improv block
One Week Improv Challenge
with Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side

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