This entire post is covered under the following disclaimer: Please view photos at your own risk. Michelle cannot be held responsible for the craptastic quality of her photos in this post. Exhibit A (above) was taken with a point and shoot early in the morning without the help of sunlight and/or being able to actually see clearly. Exhibits B and C (below) are photos that were taken previously and reused for the purpose of not wanting to post with only one craptastic photo. Exhibit C particularly shows the misuse of a flash. Please excuse the effontery and carry on.
Lately my stitching/crafting/existence has been taken over by a general level of anxiety. I find myself worrying constantly about "what ifs". Unfortunately, it does keep me up at night. Not that I'm ever well-rested, but lately it's been worse. These minor anxieties could possibly be linked to the fact that when worrying about something huge, I tend to deflect it by concentrating on little things.
So...Dorothy. Dorothy has not been playing nice lately. You may remember my last post in which I showed off her pretty butterfly and little border flowers and how lovely they were over one? Well. The day after that post, I suddenly became very concerned that I might actually run out of fabric on this piece. My old LNS (no longer in business) was notorious for mis-cutting fabric. And although I started in the middle of the sampler, once I got that corner of the border in, I realized I had about four inches on the top. Which concerned me, that I might run out at the bottom. Not good. I decided I would work on that border and make sure I had enough fabric, before I went any further. So I stitched on down to where that basket of flowers is and then realized I was off by two stitches. After much recounting and gnashing of teeth I discovered the problem was in the vine by the third little border flower. So, I spent a couple of nights ripping out OVER ONE including my sweet little flower. I started putting my green vine back in and got down a ways, only to discover I'd made yet another mistake. Holy Cannoli, can I not get this right? I eventually was able to fix it and move on and as you can see, I've made it to the bottom. I can now breathe a sigh of relief that Dorothy actually does fit on the fabric. But OMG I have so much extra fabric on the sides. What were those people thinking? But I'd rather have too much than not enough. Anyway, I was hoping to get all the way around last night, but I still lack a bit. I'll feel better once I know my ends meet.
But I haven't been stitching a whole lot over the past couple of weeks, so it's all slow going. Some nights I only get about 10 stitches in. Some nights it's not even that. But, since we're on the topic of minor freak outs, I thought I should share another one I had last week. You may remember a couple of years ago, this quilt kit was a Christmas gift to myself. It's been sitting in my closet in it's pretty little bundle since then. Suddenly the other night (while in bed, trying to sleep), it ocurred to me that I don't know if I received the pattern for this quilt. What am I gonna do, if I have this expensive kit and no pattern? So, I tossed and turned and worried about it all night. First thing the next morning, I marched downstairs and took the kit apart and thankfully, the pattern was slipped between the folds of the fabric. Whew! Although I am now wishing I'd bought backing fabric for this quilt at the same time because I don't think this fabric line is available any more. Drat.
This is lesson #5968 of why you should check your order when you receive it. And it did make me really start thinking about having so much stuff on hand that it could be years before I ever get to it. I've cut way back on the amount of stuff (including stash) that I buy and as you know I've also been focusing on finishing my WIPs in an effort to even get to some of the new stuff that's never been touched. I love being able to walk into my craft room and grab something new to start at a moment's notice. But, I can't help feeling that the more "stuff" I have the more it weighs on me. I'm really trying to pare down what I have and not buy more (there's always my for sale blog you can check out too, if you're interested. See the sidebar for the link). So, that's where I am, and what's keeping me up at night. And even though I apparently should have put a disclaimer on this post that I was going to be wordy and annoying, I have just one more thing to share. I had hoped to do some sewing this weekend, but that never did materialize. But, I'm so pleased with having finished my Indulgence quilt as well as my Shepherd's Bush wall hanging, it's time to pull out another quilting WIP. This is a Batiks BOM that I started back in 2007. Yes, that's right, 2007. My LQS charged $3 for each block. So each month I picked up my new block and for awhile I kept on track with it. You can see I have six blocks done.
There are six more blocks to be cut and assembled, and then I have 12 setting blocks to make. I'll need fabric for those though. But I loved the opportunity to get to work with batiks, so I'm anxious to get back to working on these. Maybe next weekend?
I am grateful for a layover in Dallas.