October 22, 2011

Over my head

So many pieces!

Have you ever had a sewing project where you were way in over your head? I'm in the middle of that right now.

To backtrack - I decided to make this year a Handmade Christmas where I make all my presents (or most of them...).

That began with this quilt. A monster quilt - in that it features 9 fuzzy monsters and that it is taking up a ridiculous amount of my time. I've got to cut out dozens of tiny teeth, eyes, pupils, scales and spots and fuse them to my fleece monster bodies; stuff the monsters' arms, legs, horns and tails; hand stitch their mouths then attach all the monsters to their coresponding squares on the quilt top.

Monster mouth and monster cat
A partially finished monster, and I'm not talking about the cat

I have been plagued with problems. I can't find my fiber fill stuffing for the feet. I lost my felt (and then found it again), ran out of embroidery thread and I can't for the life of me get the paper backing off the double sided fusible webbing. UGH!

I know that when it is all said and done it will be an adorable quilt which I will be very proud of, but right now I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Tiny monster eyeballs
So many tiny monster eyeball and teeth pieces!

Have you ever been engulfed by a project so large and tedious? Did you give up or plow right through to the end? Do you find yourself often getting into projects like this? Do you ever underestimate the amount of work involved (which seems to be my problem)?

Well, I'll be back tomorrow with a finished project of a different sort - as for tonight I'll be stitching monster mouths until my thumbs fall off.

2 comments:

  1. I feel for you. I'm not engulfed in a monster project right now, but the jacket "set in sleeve" I've had to take apart 4 times and it sitll doesn't look right, FEELS like a monster to me.
    :-)

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  2. Its sounds like it'll be cool once done. Just do a bit every day and you will make progress.

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