I have three pre-baby WIPS haunting me, one of them is the Weekender bag. I recently completed this paper pieced section for one of the large outside pockets:
to be placed on the outside of this quilted main panel:
But when I put the two together, I didn't like how they looked at all. The problem is that the deer fabric is printed on a very brown linen, and I chose bright white prints for the patchwork piece. Normally I try not to fret too much about white and off-white going together, but this bugs me too much!
This whole Weekender debacle has made me feel like I am making a lot of creative mistakes and not catching a lot of simple problems that could be avoided with more care. I have also been thinking that I am definitely motivated to sew, but I am having a hard time coming up with projects and fabric combinations that I am really excited about. I think my mental block is definitely related to sleep deprivation/interruption and having so little time to sew lately.
I came across a blog post, from Gnome Angel, recently with this quote, "Life is too short to make things that make you unhappy. I would rather not deliver on something then take the time away from my family to make something that’s sub par. Life’s too short for bad quilts!"
I completely agree with Angie. I don't need to put so much pressure on myself. I don't have to create a masterpiece with everything I make. So I am going to give myself a break and just work on some simple projects. Projects with patterns. If I follow a designer's fabric print/color suggestions, it's okay, I don't always have to reinvent the wheel every time. I almost always try to throw in my own twist on projects, but if I want to make an exact duplicate of something from a book or tutorial, so be it.
Over the weekend, I had a bunch of sewing friends over to work on projects together. I only had the baby to look after, so it felt like a vacation! I spent my time visiting and cutting up squares for the Color Dive quilt. This is exactly the kind of "easy" "no brainer" project I need: charm squares and half square triangles made out of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. It's simple and I know I will still be happy with it because I love her fabrics and the pattern.
I also finally cracked open my City Weekend bundle I've hoarded for years. I usually don't love pastel fabrics but this collection has been one of my long time favorites. I am pairing it with blenders from my stash to make 9" churn dash blocks. It's another simple project that will hopefully result in a pleasing vintage style quilt.