The struggle is real…

For some unknown reason I have been struggling to get motivated to blog… I mean I have got procrastinating and deflecting down to a fine art by now.  I have been quilting away the last month or so, creating and having fun, but I have struggled to get back into the habit of photographing what I am doing.

The weather here in Portland has been unhelpful… I am sick of sticking my quilts on the back fence and photographing them… I have found no end of excuses to NOT post.  Finally last weekend my husband gave me a stern talking too and dragged me out to photograph some of my finished quilts.  Have I mentioned how much I love him!

Anyway here is the first quilt from the selection we photographed last weekend…

drunkard path quilt

This is one of my projects from 2014 (wow has it been that long!)… I am trying to get some old WIPS finished up.  I love this quilt… the solids play so nicely against the black and white prints.  You can see my original post for this quilt here

quilt details

For the quilting I used my domestic machine and walking foot to quilt round and round and round and round.  I picked one of the circles that was a little of center as the start for my quilting which means the finished radiating result is not dead center.

quilt detail 2

I still struggle to get a neat start to the circle quilting…it definitely gets easier and neater as you move outwards.

quilt detail 3

The back of the quilt was pieced using bits and pieces I had floating about my stash… including a nice chunk of old Ikea fabric (the black and white illustrations).

quilt back

The finishing touch was a scrappy binding using some of my left over solid scraps.  I am really thrilled with how this quilt finished up… and I am feeling motivated to try some more curves… they really are fun and easy.

39 thoughts on “The struggle is real…

  1. Glad to see your post today!
    Love this quilt….I have some of those black and white fabrics in my stash! Love how they look with the solids….hmmmm….I think I have just added a new fabric combination to my list of what to use for a future quilt project….thanks for the inspiration!!
    I did a project with circles for the quilting about a year ago, and it is definitely something I will do again….I am mostly a hand quilter, and it went really well….once I figured out what to use to keep an equal distance between the quilting lines, it was a piece of cake to do!
    Thanks for sharing your quilt….

  2. First of all, your quilt is absolutely amazing. I LOVE it. Second, kuddos to your hubby. Wowee wow. He’s a keeper. And I love your honesty. Keep blogging. 🙂

  3. It really helps when the husband is involved in the blog too… You get encouraged to keep writing and producing. I really do miss your posts, so I’m looking forward to a series of them now that you’ve been herded out with your camera and have a few to show us. I really love circular quilting, and it works really well on this cutie.

  4. I love quilting the circular pattern with my walking foot. I agree it is a touchy start but so worth it! I move my needle over to the left as far as it will go so my distance between lines is about 1/2″. Using this spiral on a quilt with lots of squares adds great movement.

  5. Oh you are not alone. I am struggling to blog but am making like crazy. I think we need to give ourselves a break more 🙂 I absolutely love this quilt. I have the same problem with my wonky circle start but love doing it once I get started. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This is a vibrant quilt. Lovely backdrop! You’re lucky to have an involved husband, mine is a keeper too (he keeps the kids away when I’m trying to sew!! Sometimes ten minutes is all I need).

  7. I am always pleased when I see you have posted. I enjoy your work so much. I still have a photo on my design wall of a brown and orange quilt you made, which I still find inspirational. I need to learn a more relaxed way of working. Please keep blogging when you can manage it. Very best, Kath in England.

  8. I am so very happy to see you back on the blog! I check yours every day because I really like your style, especially your paper piecing skills. I was a little concerned that you were having lingering problems from your head injury. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    • Hi Christine. I am trying hard to get
      Back into blogging and hope to have some new paper piecing posts soon. I do miss it. The head injury did take. Bigger toll on me than I expected but I am back to my strange Australian self.

  9. Love the quilt. I love circle quilting although I hate doing it. Always have to wait awhile so I forget the aggravation before I start another. 🙂 Your backdrop is wonderful as is Mr. Wombat for making you get out and do this post.

    • I am not 100% sure what circles you are referring to…there are too many in this quilt – but I think you are talking about the quilt. If so I use the edge of my walking foot as the my guid as I Sew round and round. I start with a circle in the middle and then just spiral out. It is kind of fun once you get going.

  10. I hear you on the motivation to photograph, and I suspect I will get worse before I get better.
    I love the colours of this. Even the pieced backing looks carefully planned, and it coordinates beautifully while adding to the charm.

    • I must admit there is not too much in my quilts that are carefully planned. Maybe I need to do that more but I do so much on instinct. I see all these people who sketch out quilt designs and I think “I should give that a go one day”!

      • I am more of a cut-it-and-see planner too. When I do sketch, it is usually to check the maths and sizes rather than colours. I cannot imagine using the fancy software that allows you to scan and place fabrics ahead of time when winging it seems to work just fine. 🙂

  11. Welcome back! I think this is the year of “The Winter that just won’t quit”. Here in New England, we bounce between mid-60’s for 1 day and raw, rainy 40’s for the rest. LOVE the quilt.

  12. The pink circles just pop so nicely off the crisp background, and I agree that the simple quilting is a perfect accent to the design. For me, I’ve been struggling to blog due to sewing only late at night–meaning my photos are rather dark and less than perfect. But I have told myself it’s not that important, so I have brought the camera back to the sewing room so I can tell my stories of making.

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