I like to have a Forever Project going.
What *is* a "Forever Project"? Originally, it was a project that took me, literally, YEARS and YEARS to complete, simply because it kept getting packed away.
A Forever Project is a hand-work project that can be packed into a grab-n-go container. I can work on it when I'm away from home ... at Little League games, at doctor's offices, on the road (when I'm not driving! :-) ). At times like those, I would go stark raving MAD if I had nothing to occupy my hands.
Once I actually completed my original Forever Project project, there was a let-down, as there wasn't anything to keep me busy when I was away from my sewing room. So, I invented an on-going Forever Project ... anything that could be portable. I've had several Forever Projects over the years ... it appears they just don't make Forever Projects like they used to. :-)
Now that the "Moondance" top is completed, I am moving on to my current Forever Project.
Bobby Socks Quilt Company consisting of 12 redwork circa-1950 dresses on mannequins. As this quilt will be for my middle Dear Daughter, who has claimed all shades of purple to be hers :-), the dresses for this quilt will be done in all different shades of purple.
The pattern calls for a white background, but I had a lavendar-on-white toile print that I thought would be perfect ... except .. really ... would the background fight with the embroidery?
Actually, truth be told, I was biased in favor of the toile, simply because this was for my purple-loving daughter and I *knew* she liked the fabric. But, I was concerned over the effect of the embroidery on the toile.
Initially, I wasn't going to involve my daughter in the project, since I wanted it to be a surprise for her when she returned from her jaunt as an exchange student in Australia. BUT .. gosh .. what if I chose the WRONG background??? Oh, the potential horror of it all.
So, I caved and asked her opinion ... letting HER decide if she even WANTED to see the blocks. :-) She couldn't stand knowing those blocks were out there and she wasn't seeing them .. so *she* caved and decided to be involved instead of being surprised. :-)
As I surmised, she chose the toile background. :-)
I visit my Dad every Wednesday and take along my Forever Project to work on, if I have free time (I do his bill-paying when I see him but only have a limited window of opportunity for the visit, otherwise I get stuck in horrible commute traffic getting back home.) Some visits I have time to work on my Forever Project and sometimes I don't ... hence, it *could* be "forever" by the time it gets done! It all depends on how much time away from my sewing room I get.
I'll also be posting about whatever else I'm working on .. since hand-work is just my away-from-home project. I always have something ELSE going on in the sewing room. :-)