Ever feel that let down after you finish a big project? Hannah's quilt was quite a challenge...my biggest, my first pieced binding, plus that extra pressure of wanting it to be my best cause she's such a great kid. It's like getting that adrenaline rush and then the big crash...mentally and physically. I can't seem to get my brain working or those creative juices running. I started the day with a plan to whip up some extra squares from this quilt. I'd made them into half square triangles awhile ago. The plan was to be pinwheels, but my machine couldn't handle the bulk of the polyester sheet in the center of that pinwheel, so I fractured them. I offset the half square triangles by about an inch, sewed them up, trimmed and came up with this. I think the block is nifty, but that happened weeks ago when I was merrily humming along. I only had a few (15, I think) so I needed to add either setting blocks or frame them...something to make it baby quilt size. I'm on my 3rd attempt. I tried this ugly green (way too overwhelming), then this bubble gum pink (what was I thinking?), and I framed a few in some Kona snow like in the picture. (the pic is cruddy...it's raining and dark) I guess I'm ok with that, but it needs something. I've held up every fabric in my closet. The studio looks like a bomb dropped with all the piles of fabric everywhere. I did all that folding yesterday, for whose benefit? I've rescued these blocks from the trash can once already. They may be heading that way again. I'm not sure I can face that seam ripper again. Does your seam ripper look at you with an evil grin? Mine does.
So, with grim determination I turned my focus elsewhere. I have to make a treehouse block for Betty in the Common Threads Virtual Quilting Bee. Applique will be involved which I've never done, so I thought...how about a practice session. I thought I'd make some little houses and turn them into Christmas ornaments. Working small is not my strength. They could be ornaments on King Kong's tree. So, I used fusible web for the first time and fused these houses. Now what? I have no idea where to go next? Do I sew around the edges now? How? I wonder if my little machine can do this? It sure can't handle anything fancy. Wendy said something about stabilizer? Am I too late for that?
Hubby is out of town for the rest of the week. I think I'll open a bottle of wine. Drinking alone in the middle of the afternoon...it's come to that. Hope your day is going more according to plan.