I really want to hand applique. I love quilts with applique on them - in the borders, a touch of applique in blocks or those baltimore albums. I joined a block of the month club for needle-turn applique. I thought by the time I'm finished with the last block, I'll be so much better and will have really learned a lot about this method. I can only get better - right? I worked diligently on block one. It looks..... okay, and I expected it to be a little wobbly. Block one is still unfinished and then I get block two in the mail. Then block three - panic sets in - I'm not even finished with block one yet! Then I started to feel anxious and frustrated every time I picked up block one. When I worked on it - it became a job I had to finish! I wasn't enjoying the process. I dreaded getting the next block in the mail! I don't want this to become another project I won't finish - oh no! I tried and I tried, but I just cannot learn to love it. What's wrong with me?
Why can't I get the hang of hand applique too? I have books on different methods. I took a class on hand applique (David Taylor) - and that project is unfinished too.
So here's the update. I have stopped the BOM club. It was a great relief. I put away block one and all the others. Maybe I can try it again after a while. I need a break.
I still like hand projects. But simpler, like hand embroidery or knitting dish rags.
I'll let you know when I pick up block one again.