How do you feel after completing a large project?
It’s hard for me to explain…even to myself…how and what I’m feeling right now. It’s been just over a week since I completed my Raggedy and Friends quilt and I’m experiencing this kind of “empty” feeling.
I was going great guns during the month of December, planning, designing and finally stitching and piecing my first ever full size quilt design. I enjoyed every moment of it and it reminded me of when I finally got to the actual painting of one of my line drawings and saw it come to life in front of my eyes…euphoria! Then there would always be a lull before the inspiration took hold to start on a new project. I think I am experiencing that same lull right now. I know myself well and I know it will pass, yet it doesn’t make the feeling any better. I’m “betwixt and between”.
I’ve been keeping myself busy but I seem to be flitting from one thing to another. I’ve prepped the second Civil War Bride Quilt block…but I haven’t started stitching it. Maybe today…but I said that yesterday too! I’m “betwixt and between”.
I also started to knit a pair of socks for my friend Lucie’s son. I have until June to complete them so perhaps that is why I seem to be procrastinating.
There is a custom in the French Canadian culture that if a younger sibling gets married before the older sibling, then the older sibling must dance with the younger sibling in their stocking feet at the wedding reception…hense, the wild socks pictured above. Both Lucie and her son Dan have a super sense of humor and Dan will be wearing these wild colored socks, dressed in a tux at his sister’s wedding. I know I will have them finished long before June, but I just can’t seem to sink my teeth into them right now. I’m “betwixt and between”.
I have so many ideas and new designs floating around in my head right now. I know from past experience that if I don’t write them down or sketch what I “see” in my head, then the idea will vanish as quickly as it came. I think I’m a bit overwhelmed by the fact that I want to to so much but know that realistically, there just aren’t enough hours in a day to even put a dent in what I hope to accomplish. I’m “betwixt and between”.
So, having said that, I think I’ll start to x-stitch again. I haven’t x-stitched since the Fall and I miss it…even though I’m a real beginner. There’s a needlecase in the Thank You, Sarah Tobias book by Blackbird Designs that actually inspired me to start to x-stitch and that’s what I have in mind. I’m going to order the fabric and the floss today and will look forward to starting that journey once the supplies arrive. In the interim, I hope to complete the second block of the CWBQ and continue knitting in the evenings.
Have you ever felt” betwixt and between”?