My Procrastination ended up giving me an awesome art quilt
but the journey was one of frustration and
a very nerve-racking experience.
I have no one to blame for this situation but myself…
“Our Deeds will travel with us from afar, And what we have been makes us who we are” George Eliot
Welcome to this chapter of The New Beginnings Island Batik Blog Hop
I ‘ve had the Island Batik Fabrics (Dotalicious) since August – I decided on a design in September, yet I waited. (Procrastination)
When I discovered last week that my deadline was today,
I quickly and eagerly gathered my materials together and set to work on my quilt, after all I had made a commitment and I intended to keep it!
Then I lost sleep over it.
The fabrics, as beautiful as they are, were not a good match for my design.
Thursday I started all over. I decided on another improv quilt.
But no curves – I didn’t have that much time!
This wasn’t working for me either.
I was starting to panic a little!
Friday I saw a very cool piece of artwork that inspired me!
All good things come to those who wait (or in this case procrastinate 🙂 )
My heart soared with the idea!
I made a background of whites and blues in a series of strips and slivers.
After I Squared it up (and believe me it needed a lot of squaring up!) I added the border.
I fused circle shapes randomly to the background.
I decided to machine applique the pieces in place with a narrow satin stitch.
That’s when my sewing machine decided to turn on me.
It reared its ugly head and became very temperamental.
After machine appliqueing only two circles in place, I abandoned the plan.
I tried a straight stitch, still having issues with the machine, I abandoned this plan too.
I finally decided to keep it simple and quilt the appliques in place…problems still persisted.
I had changed the needle, changed the bobbin thread, swore at the fusible webbing and yelled at the sewing machine.
Lesson Learned: Yelling at the sewing machine doesn’t do any good and only scares the dog…
The quilt was half quilted when I decided to change the top thread. I was beginning to think the project would be a total loss. In the end it was the top thread (YLI brand) that was causing the issue.
When I changed the thread to Superior Threads Fantastico, everything went smoothly.
With a sigh of relief and a short time later I had the quilt completely quilted! Yay.
Since it ended up being a project of near failures and many experiments and far from perfect
I thought, why not practice doing the binding completely by machine?
I was pretty happy with the result and I will continue to improve on that skill.
I do love this quilt and hope to recreate another soon.
I learned and re-learned some lessons
- Art quilts shouldn’t be rushed
- If you say yes to every wonderful opportunity that comes across your desk. You will over commit and find yourself stressed out.
- oh and there is no point in yelling an inanimate object.
For 2017 – I will choose wisely and give myself plenty of time to create my art quilts.
I will not do stressed out rush jobs!
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