Sunday, March 29, 2015

To Blog or Not to Blog...

When I posted that I was putting my blog on hold, I had no idea that it would be 4 months before I got back to it. I admit, I could not decide whether I wanted to blog again or not. Sometimes it feels like a job. But, that is because of my own expectations. Why do we put such pressure on ourselves? Many of us do that with a lot of things. There is nothing wrong with setting high expectations for ourselves...as long as we don't take away the joy. I have to keep reminding myself.

I have gotten several projects finished or near-finished this year. I'll find myself working on something and really want to share with my friends in Blogland. Several people have asked me what happened to my blog. I guess I was not the only one reading it after all. 

Today I am determined to finish a quilt I made to go under my bedspread. Nothing like sleeping under a quilt. We have been sleeping under a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt that my mother made. It is starting to fall apart, though. The backing was a very cheap muslin. Another good reason to use quality materials in your quilts. But, I digress.

Remember those fat quarters that my sister Karen bought me at a yard sale? I posted about them here. I have used almost all those fabrics. I will be sharing those projects over the next week or so. Meantime, today I will be doing some fast-ripping, some machine stitching, and some slow stitching on a binding. I used a bisque color thread for the quilting. It was perfect! Looked off white on the front and blended well with the yellow background. And, then, I got to the border. It stuck out like a sore thumb on that black border. See? That's the fast-ripping part.

I plan to quilt the borders with red thread. I also notice that my fabric had some how slipped on the edge of one side of the quilt. I had to take the binding loose and will re-do that side. That will be the machine stitching and then, slow stitching. I will share the finished quilt later. Happy quilting!


10 comments:

Quilter Kathy said...

Blogging is just for our own enjoyment :)
Glad you have some time today to do some slow stitching.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

I must say I was thinking you of you last week. So glad you are reconsidering.! I don't find as much time to blog but Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday's always reminds me to share some of my slow work.

Teresa in Music City said...

Yep, having some of the same thoughts myself! Blogging is fun and I love all the friends I have made through it - you are one! But it takes lots of time and that is something I don't have a lot of anymore. My husband challenged me to get back to it just this morning, so I'm going to try to be a better blogger :*) Glad you're back!!!

Lisa J. said...

Sometimes theres just nothing to say or maybe just no energy to put into it. I haven't been blogging all that long but I give myself permission to just not do it for a week or two and then I get back into it.

The Joyful Quilter said...

My blog began as a virtual scrapbook of sorts. I only started posting more often when I started Bonnie Hunter's GIMQ in Nov. 2014. I'm continuing to blog frequently since beginning Angela's 2015 Rainbow Scrap Challenge over on the So Scrappy blog. If not for that, I would only be blogging when I made progress on my UFOs for the UFO Club on the Quilters Knitting group on Ravelry. It's only a chore, if you make it a chore! Otherwise, blogging is a fun way to see what you've made over the years.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I've missed your blog and hope that you'll find time for it from time to time. I know that I, too, am busy and am trying to limit my time online. But I know how much I miss reading about and seeing other quilters' work, and my blog is my quilting and life journal.

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Welcome back Donna! I have missed you. No guilt about being gone or just blogging when you feel like it--it is is supposed to be a hobby and outlet for inspiration. :0)

Design Originals by KC said...

So glad you are back Donna... to blog land at least! lol Hope you decide to stay for a while as I love your writing and pics... yes sometimes it may be a hassle but it is a great place to document what is going on for us... a place where family and friends can visit us without a long winded convo :) Just my humble 2 cents.. Thanks for posting! Kathi

Debbie said...

Hi Donna...I'm so glad to see a blog post from you again. I've been thinking of you a lot lately & I'm glad to know you're still out there in blogland. No pressure is the best way to blog, I've found. Sometimes I have lots to share & other times nothing. There are those of us out there who love to see what you're up to...and your happy quilt is coming along nicely...I do hope we get a chance to see the finished piece.
Happy SPRING!
xo
Debbie
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Rebecca in AK said...

I was going through the same thing, blog or not to blog a while back and decided to stick with it though I do not post often. It does take time to put a post together. I am very glad to see you back!

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