Notably lacking from yesterday’s design wall shot is the freezer-paper Ulu block, which has come down after months of neglect.It was fun to try out a new process, but the bottom line is that this method does not suit my creative temperament very well. Plus,I’ve come to the conclusion that to do it well requires a vastly greater depth and breadth of stash than I’ve managed to accumulate so far. (Maybe I should try again in, say, 10 years? I’m sure to have expanded my stash considerably by then, given the large imbalance in my yardage in vs. yardage out ratio.)
Designing the block was fun, I enjoyed that part. But after that it’s a lot of very slow and fiddly execution and I was not enjoying the process enough to have much enthusiasm for finishing it. I do really, really like discovering a method that makes even the most extreme seaming possible, and I love the results, but the actual doing of it… not so much.
The biggest problem with this one was the growing realization that I loathed the pastel batiks that had originally seemed such a good choice for the background. It’s just too much work to push on with finishing something that does not feel sufficiently “like me.” Don’t know yet what will happen from here.
Have you ever just given up on a quilting project? I don’t mean you’ve lost direction or momentum and it’s in a UFO bin for future re-consideration — I’m talking what in garment sewing we call a “wadder”: an outcome so dismal there’s no other option than to wad it up and toss it in the trash.
Frankly, when I started this post I thought that’s where I was with this one, but already I’m having second thoughts. That red leaf is just too pretty to trash…
What’s your verdict: bin or abandon?