I really love the idea of making quilts because I really love quilts, but I want it to be easier than it is. I'm satisfied with the piecing I finished a while ago on this one (folded up on the sofa), my second quilt. I started hand basting the 'quilt sandwich' together and then realized that everything had shifted. I left it alone for a few weeks, which seemed to renew my motivation, and returned to it last week. I completed a few lines of quilting and then realized that the backing wasn't pulled taut like the top. I struggle so much to get it all to go under the machine, but it's so big and unwieldy. I'm hoping it's just inexperienced me and my oldish, basic machine that are the problem, and that all my ideas for beach blankets and bed coverings will one day be possible. But does everybody experience the same difficulty in maneuvering all that bulk? I mean, if the process is more stressful than enjoyable, what's the point? I really need some encouragement on this one!
On a more positive note: Something that I'm having a little more success with is meal planning. We're trying a few new recipes this week get out of a rut. I haven't been enjoying eating like I usually do, so I splurged a little on better ingredients and found some new recipes to test, and I feel much more inspired to create yummy menus and meals. Sunday we ate a spinach, mushroom, and gouda fritatta. Yesterday we tried Alton Brown's red snapper pouch, only I used tilapia fillets because I didn't want to deal with the bones and eyeballs. And tonight we enjoyed a sandwich idea from Real Simple: Double deckers with smashed white beans, sprouts, cucumbers, red onion, avocado, and we added tomatoes. Yum. I think all of these will be put into regular rotation!