Just like the legendary pot that won't boil, my new iPod seems to take forever to charge. I want to listen to it before I go to bed tonight and time....is....dragging....by.... Thanks for your input, everyone. I may need to get a miniature bike like the one Sheepish Annie mentioned in her comment. Anything that helps melt away 60 pounds sounds pretty good!
Another thing I've learned (again) is that I'm not as creative as I wish I was. I'm okay at making things, but as far as being original and creating "art," well I'm not so good at that. Here's a show-and-tell example for you: my first fabric postcard. I made it in brown for August's Project Spectrum neutrals and for the hope of fall coming sometime soon. It's okay for a first try, but I doubt I'll be making many more. I just don't have the knack for it. I wonder how much of creating something (whether it's painting, sculpting, fabric art) is talent and how much is practice?
In case you want to make a postcard of your own, I'll share the things I learned today:
1) Before you start creating, actually measure out your fabric instead of just fusing things wherever you want. (Postcards measure 4" x 6".) While the flowers being cut off on the edge don't bother me, they might have been an important part of the design.
2) If your quilting stitches run over the edge, don't trim them off when you cut your fabric to size. You'll end up with stitches coming out.
3) Rubber stamp embossing on fabric sounds like a good idea, but it takes practice.
4) If an embossed image gets reheated by the iron, it spreads out.
5) Use a press cloth if reheating an embossed image. All that junk on your iron would not be pretty. (I knew about using a press cloth to avoid getting fusible web on my iron and fortunately it was in place when I heated the first flower, so I was spared a mess.)
6) Plan out all the steps first to avoid having to reheat embossed images.
7) It takes more than fusible web, fusible craft stabilizer, felt, and fabric to make a stiff postcard.
8) If you use lightweight muslin on the back, you will be able to see the quilting stitches (wrong side) through it and it's distracting.
9) Katie is right. Getting consistent satin stitching around the edge is a little tough.
And one last thing I've learned again. Even though I keep hoping to rekindle some of my former love of sewing, I still love knitting the best.