*give it away to a new home/donate it to a worthy cause
*listen to an audio book to distract from the sadness
*consider the misery as a prayer for someone
*finish the quilting by machine
*postpone the hand quilting and put it back in the UFO closet for a while
*pair up a new positive association and happy memories
*work through feelings by hand quilting in short bits of time
*add applique to bring good memories/energy to the quilt
*a wonderful friend even offered to rescue me, and finish up the quilt for me!
All great ideas! I have been thinking about these great strategies and how they are generalizable to dealing with many of life's unpleasant tasks. Because this quilt is so symbolic to me, I don't want to give it away. I do want to keep it, and finish it someday, but not now. So it's going back into the UFO closet as soon as I finish all the white space outline quilting.
This week I have also been thinking about quilting hoops. What started this train of thought was that my favorite quilting hoop BROKE! Yes, broken...as in the same state as my sewing machine was last month...BROKEN! I just bought this hoop at Joann's in June and I am still shocked that the staples did not hold, since I am very gentle and careful with my equipment. Luckily for me I have several other hoops that I could use, but what on earth would we do without the glue, duct tape, staples and thread (and hope) that we use to mend broken things?!?
I have a variety of hoops, as most hand stitchers do, and each one has their functions and strengths. Hoops provide structure and containment for our stitching, although I know that some people don't use them at all. I have a small Qsnap frame, a large oval hoop on a stand (which is currently holding the sad quilt), 2 medium wooden hoops(1 is now broken), a small wooden hoop for machine embroidery, and asmall pink plastic hoop (for hand embroidery).
Do you use a hoop for your hand stitching? Post a photo on your blog of your hand work, and link up to Slow Sunday Stitching, and you will be entered into the draw for this harvest charm pack of fruits and vegetables, and a cute little pair of scissors for your hand stitching.
If your photo shows us the hoop you are using, I'll put in a second chance for you to win the draw!
The draw for this prize will take place when the link up ends, which is Friday Sept.21.
Happy Slow Stitching Sunday!