No, it most certainly does not go well in this brain of mine. Do you ever feel like you are wading through a big sludgy pile of mud in your head? Or is that just me? Everything seems to be in slow motion at the moment and it feels like the last month has been an uphill struggle in lots of respects. Not enough sewing. Not really enjoying the sewing I am doing. Sick kids, sick me. Work overload. Sewing mojo disappeared again, just when I need it most, as I have a lot of (self-imposed) deadlines coming up. Becoming best friends with my seam ripper. (If you have enough misery already and want to stop reading this post, I understand!)
The biggest struggle I have is with a WIP which is not going as anticipated, causing me a lot of heartache. Unfortunately, this particular project is not one I can share with you so you'll have to trust me when I say that I am regretting somewhat taking it on! It *should* be relatively straightforward, but for some reason it is not. There are circles involved and they are evading my every attempt to get them right, even though I think I am doing everything right from a technical perspective. I don't know if this is because my sewing mojo has taken a hike with resulting lack of concentration/skill/focus or because I underestimated the work involved. Possibly both.
Anyway, this morning I decided to do a little fun project to feel like myself again. I had promised Trudi some bright granny square blocks for the Siblings Together project.
I originally planned to use some scraps for these and was looking forward to doing them this week. When I went digging in my fabric this morning I found a partially used charm pack of Hoopla and decided that the bright vibrant colours would be perfect for kids, plus the size of the charms made them easy to chop up into 2.5" squares.
There is a reason I never used this charm pack. I really don't like the green tones in it. Now, I love the block design and I love the lighter coloured ones. They are bright and happy (unlike me!). They even made me smile a little bit when I had them done.
But the two with the green just made me feel.....well...blah...about the blocks. I don't love them. I am not sure even if I should send them. Are they horrible? I think the green and yellow one below is awfully busy and just doesn't really work. I hope that in a quilt among other blocks they should probably be ok...but I am not sure.
I had some trouble with the seams matching too, I think that the charms were ever so marginally bigger than 5" square which made my cutting a bit inaccurate. I had a big fight with the yellow and green one. It almost went in the bin. But I salvaged it and I think, with a bit of quilting, it will be ok. But, Trudi, feel free to chuck these two if you think they are horrible, I will really truly not be offended.
So there you have it. My little fun project ended up making me cross! Result: one very bad-tempered bank holiday Monday post. Not made happier by the fact that I was supposed to meet up with Cindy tomorrow for a day of chat and fabric browsing, and that is looking very unlikely since our trip to the doctor with D last night to realise he has tonsillitis on top of a really bad dose of chicken pox :-( Normal service will resume when I recover my good humour. (Any help in recovering it gratefully received!)