Procrastination, Commitments, and New Beginnings

My Procrastination ended up giving me an awesome art quilt

but the journey was one of frustration and
a very nerve-racking experience.
Procrastination, Commitments, and New Beginnings an Island Batik Blog Hop 2017
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)
Dotalicious Fabric Collection from Island Batik
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!

On the Design board center of modern quilt
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 πŸ™‚ )

My heart soared with the idea!

I made a background of whites and blues in a series of strips and slivers.

New Beginnings Island Batik Blog Hop Background
Background of blues and whites

After I Squared it up (and believe me it needed a lot of squaring up!) I added the border.
Border Added

It’s Saturday
I fused circle shapes randomly to the background.

Circles are Fused 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.
finished Island Batik Art Quilt
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.
  • πŸ™‚

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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41 replies to Procrastination, Commitments, and New Beginnings

  1. Love your completed your art quilt!

    • Thank You Deb! I’m quite please with the way it turned out.

  2. Your art quilt is really amazing. I love the colors and the quilting is so beautiful. You did a fantastic job despite all the roadblocks. (Actually, I find screaming at my machine works wonders sometimes–not for the machine, but for me, LOL) Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you Joyce – yup yelling at the machine did work off a little aggravation πŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful quilt Adele, I am so glad you figured out what was causing the problems when quilting it.

    • Thank you Connie, I’m glad I did too!

  4. your quilt is lovely. wow can I identify with your troubles. BUT it came out wonderfully.

    • Lori, thank you – it’s actually a bit of a miracle that it came out as nicely as it did!

  5. Nice design, sorry you had machine issues. I don’t yell at mine but I do whisper threats to it. Not sure if it makes a difference, though.

    • Pam, the situation really got the better of me! It wasn’t my proudest moment, but it’s all good now πŸ™‚

  6. I can relate!! My DSM has a first name, and it is not Domestic!!

    • LOL Janet!

  7. I love the solution that you came up with for the made fabric…it’s totally out of the box thinking. How many of us have stepped into the pitfall of procrstination.

    • Thank you Linda, I saw a wonderful piece of artwork that gave me the inspiration.

  8. Alls well that ends well! Your quilt turned out great. Good job, and thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Nancy!

  9. Love that you got it done!! I procrastinate alot myself!!!

  10. I have actually smacked my machine…..sometimes when we are under pressure we come up with our best work…great job!

    • Barbara, Shh…(I smacked the machine too πŸ™‚ )

  11. I enjoyed your sharing the entire process with us. It truly proves that we should never give up! – I also sympathize with sewing machine problems as I experienced similar frustration when, at the same time, both mine decided to stop working properly a while back. Your journey led you to a great quilt. Love the quilting!

    • Thanks Maria, It was helpful to share the whole process, the good and the bad.

  12. That is beautiful. The procrastination really paid off.

    • Mary Thank you, I am pleased with the outcome. But I don’t want to procrastinate quite that much anymore πŸ™‚

  13. Being a perfectionist sometimes is a drag. Sometimes you just have to “let go” and live with little imperfections, otherwise, life can be overwhelming!

    • Well Said Rosemary

  14. I love your quilt! Thanks for sharing your story and keeping it real.

    • Thank you Beth, I’m happy you enjoyed the quilt and the story.

    • Thanks Beth!

  15. It happens to the best of us. Great finish though!😍

    • Thanks Joan!

  16. The results are wonderful! I love the way you made the background! I’m going to try this with my Shimmer scraps. Procrastination is one of my bad habits and something we all do at times.

    • Thanks Moe, The background was fun to create.

  17. All worked out in the end. Our machines can be so frustrating, and always at the worst time. I will keep your story in mind while working on a deadline project.

    • I agree Mary, sewing machines can be frustrating! But most of the time, pretty darn cool things to have around πŸ™‚

  18. So happy it all worked out for you – what a lovely quilt!!

    • Thank you Lee!

  19. Thanks for sharing the story of this beautiful quilt! Lots of lessons there!

    • Your Welcome Pam, and thanks for stopping by!

  20. I really like this quilt. I always do my bindings by machine. I’ve done it for years and must say I am very good at it. So keep doing it and you will be amazed. I agree with all your 2017 resolutions you learned in making your quilt.

    • Thanks Nancy, I will continue to work on my machine binding skills. It makes so much more sense for stuff like placemats and other table decor that will be laundered more often!

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