Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles

Work in Progress Wednesday–Coloring Outside the Lines Update

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EDIT: Yep, you can tell it’s been a bit of a crazy day around here, since I posted this on Tuesday… instead of Wednesday! /sigh

Waaaay back in September, I wanted to make a simple quilt, something I could just make, and get lost in the process. I don’t think I actually said it out loud or in the post, but I probably also wanted something quick. Unfortunately, this project wasn’t any of those things! If it had been, it probably would already be done and gracing the chair in the bedroom instead of still lolling about in my studio. 😛

Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles
Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles

It’s one of those quilts that doesn’t want to be; it’s not as recalcitrant as The Misery Quilt (and that monster will NEVER be finished I’ve decided, though I do have an alternate ending in mind), but difficult enough that it’s taking forever to get through it. By “difficult” I don’t mean technically challenging, I just mean… I don’t know what really. The whole thing is outside a lot of my comfort zones, so it’s been hard for me to work on it and I’m not all that enamored with the results when I do work on it.

Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles
Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles

Even though it’s close to finished now, I’m not sure I’ll even like it when it is finished, though I’m still holding out hope for a turnaround and an “I LOVE this quilt!” moment before the end! So for what it’s worth, here are some pictures of the current state of affairs. They’re not great pictures even; not only did I give up waiting for the sun to shine today and take pictures in what little light there is, I just don’t have a fabulous place to take pictures of larger projects at all these days!

Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles
Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles

This is where I’m at right now: hand stitching these circles to the front of the quilt with a buttonhole stitch in pearl cotton. There are five circles and I’m halfway through number three, which leaves me with half of the whole job left to go. This is a tough job for my hands so I can only do a small bit at a time.

Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles
Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles

The one part I am pleased about is the binding technique. I used a facing, and it did turn out really well. I think I’ll eventually stitch around the whole quilt just at the edge with a running stitch in pearl cotton. I just have a thing right now for embroidered details! With any luck, by the time I’m done and ready to take a picture of the whole quilt, we’ll see some sun here so I can get a good one.

What’s on your design wall or sewing table today?

4 thoughts on “Work in Progress Wednesday–Coloring Outside the Lines Update

  1. Your quilt is beautiful! I know that doesn’t make you love it any more 🙂 I have made quilts that I just don’t like, they are not easy to finish!! LOVE the circles! Your stitching is wonderful!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments! The other hazard is letting a quilt sit too long–even if it’s hard to work on it, finishing it sooner rather than later is sometimes best. At least I still sort of like this one… I think… unlike some other UFOs that I really DON’T like! 🙂

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  2. would you stitch with Pearl Cotton in your machine? I’d LOVE to know how to do THAT!!!! I have a drop in bobbin, on my Janome, so not sure if I can use thick Pearl Cotton in that kind? Anyone know???

    I know my machine can do that button hole machine stitching around the circles, and it looks great!
    Thanks, Kate

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    1. Hi Kate!

      I’ve seen some posts around the Internet about machine quilting with pearl cotton (or perle cotton as some call it!) in the bobbin. I don’t know specifically if it will work with a drop in bobbin though!

      I didn’t want to do this on the machine actually, since the circles are very thick and I didn’t want to have the buttonhole stitches showing on the back. It’s all experimental too, so maybe I’ll try it by machine next time!

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