After staring at the aviation quilt with complete dissatisfaction yesterday morning, I decided to take a break and create something fresh. I really enjoyed putting together this little abstract composition. I used some of the scraps from the aviation quilt. I did some hand stitching later in the afternoon and took some deep breaths.
Then I peeled the plane off the background.
Is that just about the saddest sight you've ever seen? A wilted P-3.
Then I sliced up the quilt so the map and the wings are separate.
Then I gathered some additional fabrics and thought about reconstruction.
The green pieces are from an old flight suit. They have lots of zippers and pockets. I even pulled out a piece with the label. I also gathered some patches and rank insignia.
Yesterday evening I pieced a stripey border that will go under the map section. I should be able to re-fuse the P-3 over the map in a slightly different location. I'll be able to do some embroidery in this border section and add some collage elements. I may or may not find a way to incorporate the organza wings. I may use the same technique and re-do them in a different section. (Ug. More paper peeling and thread burying.)
I did consider several of your suggestions. I appreciated all the "don't be so hard on yourself" comments. But ultimately, if I'm feeling cranky and irritated by a piece of work no matter what everyone else thinks, I need to make adjustments. I feel better about it. At least for the moment.