|The color in this photograph is a bit closer to "true" than the one taken indoors. The little bees inspired by Mary Englebriet were requested by my friend that asked me to paint these pieces for the auction.|
Every time I finish a project that really tested my patience, I return to the basics like sewing. For a while I worked on more soldered jewelry today, but gave it a rest after a bit, frustrated that I knew I was doing SOMEthing wrong, but didn't know what. I took a break, did a little internet research, and have figured out some problem areas I need to work on like going over the same spot so many times that I melt the adhesive on the copper tape or I'm loading too much solder. This is going to take a lot of trial and error, clearly.
I decided to work on a simple quilt project when I'm too frazzled to do anything else, starting the cuts today for a quilt called "Traffic" by Jaybird Quilts. I met the designer and bought the pattern at the Road to California Quilt Show last year. I still have to get a bit more of some of the fabrics, but have enough of the basics to get started. There is something very therapeutic about just cutting strips of fabric. If only I hadn't discovered that my cutting mat had been used by my son for a school project, the back of which was covered and lumpy from the plaster he mixed up for a science model. Ugh. The cutting came to an end and the scrubbing began. Since I'm cutting 28 strips of snow white fabric, I don't dare take a chance and resume the cutting until I'm sure the mat is perfectly clean or I just buy another and hide it when not in use.
All of this is going on while I hear football on the television and hollering in the background. I am certain that I have suffered at least a little bit of brain damage just from having to listen to the hissing and roaring noise of the crowd that is watching a bunch of grown men play "dog pile!" for hours. I'll never understand.