I don't hate applique. I do it. And, I enjoy it. But, when I'm looking at patterns, I no longer gravitate to the applique patterns. They're beautiful. But, they're a commitment.
When I pulled this quilt out of the UFO pile to finish, the plan was just to finish the one block that was unfinished, sew them together, and turn it into a quilt. But, then I decided to take it all the way apart and start over.
I can't complain about the time commitment on this one. I'm nearly done and have only been at it for three weeks. But, I will be glad when it is done. And, I'll let what I've learned on this project guide how I finish another applique project that was much more of a commitment and that I've worked on, off and on, for many years. In that project, I've drawn the shape on the applique fabric and positioned it and needle turned it. On this project, I've had the shape on the background and laid the fabric over it and needle turned it along the lines. I think I like that better.
I think some people would object to me re-making this project. It's feedback I've gotten before. There are quilters that feel that UFOs should be left unfinished.
My feeling about UFO's is that at some point, that UFO was created because it didn't meet a design plan as it developed and all a UFO needs is a fresh set of eyes that doesn't know the original design plan to turn it into something wonderful. And, while I don't plan to leave any UFOs (ha!), I do hope someone will finish them and that the fabrics won't just rot away, partially finished and sad.
As for my own UFOs, I let them sit until I forget the original design plan. And, then I often try them again.
I love fabric and I love sewing and I hope someone just like me ends up with all my stuff. Actually, I guess I have so much stuff that I hope several someones just like me end up with all my stuff.
And, I hope they enjoy it, whether it's a sewing machine I've rebuilt or a project I've started, or just a stack of olive green fabrics to turn into something beautiful...and don't say olive green isn't beautiful just because you remember it from the 70's.
Oh, and an update on clothes shopping with Syd. We had asked her the week before if she needed clothes and she said no. But, after seeing what she bought, I think she went to college and decided maybe her high school shorts/t-shirt attire wasn't what made her comfortable anymore. That girl is growing up right in front of my eyes.
Everybody have a great Thursday. Lane