Creative Sprint, Days 1-15

CreativeSprint is a 30-day challenge group created by Noah Scalin and moderated on Facebook by his sister, Mica Scalin! Every day from October 1-30, we receive a daily prompt. Ideally, you sign up and receive an email. For some reason, I do not get the emails so I pick up the prompt from the Facebook group. Sometimes I don’t get the whole prompt but I try to make something any way. The idea is not to make a perfect, finished piece of art but to do something inspired by the prompt, even if it’s wrong.  I use “wrong” loosely. After responding to the challenge, we then document and share what we did on Facebook and/or other social media with the #CreativeSprint tag.  You’ll see below I have missed a couple of days, either because nothing came to mind or I was just too busy. If you want to sign up and play, go to the following link. I am usually a day behind because no one posts before 9-10:00a. I’m usually up at 3:30a and really busy by then. Here’s my responses for the first 15 days (more or less). (and it is “.co”)

Day 1. Make something that will fit in the palm of your hand. I used scraps from my work table to make Migration and then some other scraps to make Bump on a Log.

Day 1- Migration

Day 1- Migration

Day 1 - Bump on a log

Day 1 – Bump on a log

Day 2. Make something inspired by your name. I like to cartoon, so you’ll often see that as my medium because that’s how I see images. What can I say – I’m easily amused.

Day 2 - Inspired by my name

Day 2 – Inspired by my name

Day 3. Make something inspired by a nursery rhyme or children’s song. I thought of a jump rope rhyme, “Call for the doctor, call for the nurse, call for the lady with the …”

Day 3 - Nursery rhyme or song - Alligator Purse

Day 3 – Nursery rhyme or song – Alligator Purse

Day 4. Make something inspired by today’s weather. This was a whacky phrase my father-in-law often used.

Day 4: Inspired by the weather

Day 5. Camouflage something. Remember this hippo I was working on? It’s not that easy to hide a hippo. Last year, I also camouflaged myself.

Day 5 - Camouflage something

Day 5 – Camouflage something


Day 5 - Camouflage something

Day 5 – Camouflage something



Day 6. Deliver a message in a unique way.

Day 6 - Deliver a message  in an unusual way

Day 6 – Deliver a message in an unusual way

Day 7. Make something that represents the town that you call home. I posted several photos representative of where I live now.

Heron Taking Off

Heron Taking Off, Tanyard Nature Trail


Falls, Tanyard Nature Trail

Mildred B Cooper Memorial Chapel

Mildred B Cooper Memorial Chapel

Day 8. Find a new use for something you would normally discard. I deconstructed a quilt I hated, added some other scraps – some trapunto bunnies, some free-motion practice pieces – and made an Ugly Snuggly (cage mat for local animal shelter).

Day 8 - turn a throw away‌ into something else

Day 8 – turn a throw away‌ into something else


Day 8 - Make a cage mat for animal shelter

Day 8 – Make a cage mat for animal shelter

Day 9. Share a secret or make something inspired by a secret. My secret is that I often wear a tiara when working in my studio.



Day 10. Start something; have someone else finish it. Have not done this yet.

Day 11. Make something intentionally messy. I don’t need to do this–it just happens as I work. I do this constant dance in my studio–I move everything off my quilting table so I can move my quilt around as I free-motion quilt. Then I move everything off of the cutting table so I can cut fabric or square up a quilt. Repeat.

Day 11 - ongoing mess

Thread collection etc. next to my sewing machine

Day 11 - messy work station

A cluttered work station is the sign of a clear mind

Day 12. Make something in a box. I made an advertisement for my blog and put it in the box with Fortune Kitty.

Day 12 - Make something in a box

Advertisement in a box

Day 13. Recreate a famous painting–Scheidung Abends (Divorce in the Evening) by Paul Klee. Artist-dyed fabrics with paper arrows.

Day 13 - Imitate famous painting, Scheidung Abends, Paul Klee

Day 13 – Imitate famous painting, Scheidung Abends, Paul Klee

Day 14. Two things that aren’t typically found together. This is a video. My idea was that I should not be paired up with a camera.

Day 15. Make something inspired by an important teacher in your life. This I also have not finished.

To be continued, sometime around Halloween. Be afraid, be very afraid. Until then, here’s Jack in the Box. Try using some of these prompts yourself! It is amazing what people in this group come up with every day. Some in our group also involve their kids and/or other family members.

Day 12 - Something in a box

Jack in the Box


Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at and here (previously but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

Posted on October 19, 2016, in art prompt, Miscellaneous and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love that you wear a tiara when you are working. And that heron is so beautiful.


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