This weekend I took a much needed trip to the local quilt shop to browse and get some inspiration. I came home with a bunch of cream colored 1/4 yard cuts of fabric for a project I've been thinking about, some cream thread (boring, right?) and some tiny paper hexagons. I've been wanting to try English paper piecing for a long while and I vowed that this year I would do some of these projects I've been thinking about.
For me, 2010 was a thinking year. I don't feel like much doing happened. This year I want things to be different, which probably means less internet and more crafting, baking, homemaking and such.
So back to the hexagons. Maddie wanted to watch the 3rd LOTR movie, so I sat down with my bag o' scraps, the die cut hexies and a needle and thread. And while I did discover that my eyes are so bad that threading a needle is pure torture which requires many minutes of squinting, attempting and mostly failing, I also discovered that I love this kind of handwork and I can mostly do it even with my bad eyesight.
This is all sort of a revelation, because I had thought this kind of work was behind me. I used to love piecework, cross stitch, embroidery and the like, but lately it is more distressing than relaxing since I just can't see well enough.
So I'm going to continue with my hexies, and even try getting a new pair of glasses. Hopefully this will get me moving on projects I can still do instead of worrying about projects I can't.