I don't want to do it!
My sister-in-law requested that I make a Christmas stocking for a college girl who is living with her, and I agreed (I felt too guilty saying no). She sent me a list of things (cats, favorite color, etc) that she likes. As I was going through my stash and seeing what I could put together, I was surprised to find that I was very unhappy with this project. It seems so simple, but I just can't get interested in it. I am unhappy with all the fabric, I can't decide on a pattern, it's just a mess. In fact, I'm really hating the whole thing at this point. I have a couple of combinations picked out but I'm not that excited about them. My SIL is coming over tomorrow to take my daughter Christmas shopping with her, and I am going to take the opportunity to show her the options and have her decide what she wants. She wanted to approve the fabric first, I guess, and offered to pay me.
I've given it a bit of thought and finally decided that I'm disliking this project because I don't have complete control over it. I have to satisfy someone else's needs in terms of fabric and pattern, and have them approve it first. If I'm making a quilt or other item for someone as a gift, I use fabric and pattern that I think they would enjoy, but I still control it. I don't have to get approval from anyone. This feels too much like work.
Once I get the final OK on the fabric, I think it will get done quickly enough. As with most things in life, even the minor ones like this, I've learned something - the only way I will ever make something for money is if I can make it any way I want, no approval necessary!