Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (77)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects to a virtual sewing day and enjoy sharing in the conversations initiated by other members of the World Wide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts, comments and links to the reply box at the bottom of this page. Thank you! 🙂

Square in a Square finished on fence by Allison Reid

Kingston Lacy, Duncan and Daniel by Allison Reid
My quilt holder-uppers at Kingston Lacy

I am going to begin with a ‘show and tell’ as I actually have a finished quilt to bring along with all my WIPs! I completed hand stitching the binding to the first of the Square-in-a-Square quilts last weekend whilst staying in the wonderfully comfortable Harbour Lights B&B in Weymouth. On the way home we stopped off at a National Trust property called Kingston Lacy and I persuaded my faithful quilt holder-uppers to do the honours in the beautiful parkland.

 

 

 

Square in a Square front at Kingston Lacy by Allison Reid

Square in a Square back at Kingston Lacy by Allison Reid

Square in a Square quilt label by Allison Reid
The quilt label forms part of the pieced backing to the quilt.
Square in a Square binding, border and backing by Allison Reid
Salmon pink border, green binding and creamy yellow backing.

Snoopy Snowball Flower block by Allison ReidThe second Square-in-a-Square quilt needs to be quilted but before that I have a baby quilt commission to work on. Through the past week I’ve been battling with Snowball blocks to make these ‘Snowball flowers’. The finished blocks are 6″ square and will form the border around a central panel. All will be revealed once the quilt has been gifted 🙂 I don’t think I’ll be giving too much away if I share with you my choice of fabric for the background and backing of this quilt. My go-to fabric of the past few months is the Friendship text by Windham Fabrics. It’s one of the extra wide fabrics stocked at Purple Stitches.

 

 

Friendship text fabric (4) by Allison Reid

So my bring along project for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share is to create a pieced back for the baby quilt, cut fabric strips to make the binding and maybe cut a piece of wadding too…

Now to a few links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Rachel’s thinking deep, splashing paint about and preparing some beautiful pieces for an exhibition 🙂 Reading her blog posts makes me feel comfortable to call myself a crafter and not an artist – unlike Rachel who uses nature and sometimes rusty old buildings as inspiration to create and develop the most amazing series of textured, mixed media art works. Fascinating!

Meanwhile another Rachel has teamed up with Viv of Purple Stitches. Read a review of the Shop in Rachel’s Stitched in Color blog post 🙂

Myra at Busy Hands Quilts has published a striking quilt pattern called ‘Liberty Lake’. She’s teamed her bold design with a range of pretty fabrics called ‘English Tea’ by Connecting Threads.

The My Favourite Quilt Block blog hop is underway and Cindy shares her love of Star Blocks along with some piecing tips 🙂 and historical information.

Melony made the most of a brief span of time to revamp her sewing room. The flooring needed attention so all her equipment, stash and furniture had to be moved out! Imagine! But so worth the effort 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Finished Friday. Alycia is sharing her favourite block and some lovely quilt pics.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

PS. Here is a photo of the beautiful house at Kingston Lacy. Built in the mid-1600’s – after the Monarchy had been restored – by a Royalist family who had experienced their former home (Corfe Castle) being destroyed by Cromwell’s troops.

Kingston Lacy house by Allison Reid

 

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (76)

Welcome to Saturday Sunday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) to this virtual sewing day and share in the conversations and inspiration to be found in our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 Please do leave your contributions to the conversations in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

We have had a few days holiday in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset. We have enjoyed walking through the town centre and onto the seafront which is dominated by Georgian architecture. There is a statue of King George III, erected to celebrate his Golden Jubilee and in grateful thanks for his patronage of the town – the King’s summer residence still forms part of Weymouth’s sea front.

Weymouth 2019 the harbour front by Allison Reid

Weymouth 2019 statue of King George III by Allison Reid

Weymouth 2019 seafront from the beach by Allison Reid

Square in a Square attaching binding by Allison Reid
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All this by way of explanation for the fact my current project remains hand stitching the binding to the back of one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts… Just got to carry on carrying on… 😀 I did pack the quilt and my sewing kit into my suitcase so there is a chance it will be finished before we travel home…

 

I hope you find something of interest and maybe something to inspire you through the following links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Karen’s series of blog posts recalling each day of her and her husband’s quilt shop hop around Minnesota continues to entertain. I still can’t get over the distances traveled each day and the number of shops visited! I’m sure it just wouldn’t be possible on the winding roads and crowded motorways here in the UK.

If you are a quilter who loves to travel then you will want to check out a new group on Facebook. Rona has created the ‘Traveling Quilters‘ group. Here is her intro: “Not all Quilters like to sit still. Some of us love to travel! Shop Hops, Row by Row, Quilt shows, Quilt retreats, you name it, we’re on our way. The Traveling Quilters group is for all the quilters out there that also love to travel. Share your tips, photos, projects and, of course, your travels!”

Marking a quilt design on beautiful fabrics is always a bit daunting: will the chosen marker brush or wash away without a trace or permanently stain the quilt? Nancy describes her experience of using Prismacolor pencils to mark a design on her quilt.

Laura has completed a lovely version of the ‘Jars of Love’ block. Such neat machine applique.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

 

Touring Quilter – West Country Quilt and Textile Show

A little account of my first visit to the annual West Country Quilt & Textile Show – I definitely give it a big thumbs up. The Show runs for three days every August and is held at the University of the West of England Conference Centre in Bristol. The Conference Centre has a large free car park and is easily reached from the motorway network. There is also a free shuttle bus service from nearby Bristol Parkway railway station.

The Show included: exhibitions of quilts and needlework in competition categories; galleries of quilts and textile art by local groups, national organisations and individuals; a program of workshops; as well as a good selection of traders. There were also two cafe areas serving hot drinks and light snacks along with plenty of seating space for those who had brought refreshments from home. All this on one level of the venue which has excellent overhead lighting showing all the displayed quilts and textiles to their very best.

The dates for the next show are Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August 2020 🙂

Back to the 2019 Show: here are a very few of the inspiring and awe-inspiring quilts that were on display…

Quilts by Helen Howes, photo by Allison Reid
Quilts and patterns by Helen Howes
HST Quilt at West Country Show by Allison Reid
Apologies to the maker – I don’t know who made this lovely HST quilt.

Pears at West Country Show photo by Allison Reid

I was particularly struck by the quilting on this lovely design called Garden Pears by Christine Install.

Sampler Quilt photo by Allison Reid

 

There were several Bargello quilts displayed through the exhibition, the rainbow quilt by Karen Llewellyn-Parsons caught the judges’ eyes.

Bargello Quilt photo by Allison Reid

Stir Fry Quilt photo by Allison Reid

The West Country Quilt and Textile Show provides a great day out – especially, if like me, you have the company of a like-minded friend and a patient daughter! I particularly enjoyed walking around the spacious three-sided gallery spaces used by so many different quilt and textile groups. A great opportunity to chat with the makers and meet up with one or two Instagram buddies too 🙂

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (75)

Welcome to Saturday Sunday Quilting Bring & Share! This is my week of missed deadlines… Nevermind! It’s not too late to bring out project(s) and share in just a few of the inspiring conversations going on in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your comments and links in the box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Before continuing with all things quilting I would like to thank everyone who inquired after and joined in praying for our son who underwent emergency surgery last Monday. The procedure went well and he is on the road to recovery. Being a man who’s life revolves around working in a gym and running miles every week he is having to make a big life style adjustment – no exercise for 6 weeks while his body knits itself back together! Meanwhile I am having to accept he is 27 years old and does not need a Mother Hen clucking around! 😀

So! The first day of September, Meteorological Autumn has begun. To be sure there is a little nip to the air but the sunshine is still very warm. However I’m not ready to let go of Summer just yet. I’ll do a retrospective of August instead with the One Monthly Goal challenge I set myself. I had set more than one goal for this one month. My aim was to execute some finishes. I did finish the ‘secret quilt’ but as it remains a secret I can not share the visual proof! I got close to a couple of other finishes: one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts is quilted and I’m in the process of hand-stitching the binding down; and I’ve quilted quite a bit of the Jelly Roll Waves quilt BUT as neither are actually finished I couldn’t link up with for the One Monthly Goal August Finish post. Still! Progress has been made 🙂

Square in a Square attaching binding by Allison Reid
The beginning of the binding stitching happily marks the end too!

Stitching down the binding all around a quilt can be a rather daunting prospect. Having got the first few stitches done I had a thought: that first stitch has not only created the beginning of the task but also the ending. From now on every stitch I make takes me nearer to the end. Suddenly the task doesn’t seem so over whelming 🙂 Maybe I am going just a little bit loopy in my old age but this thought has kept me going! Do you have any mind strategies to keep a long task from becoming overwhelming?

Just a few links this week:

How about this for a cute baby quilt? Patty has used Elizabeth Hartman’s bunnies to very good effect.

On the hottest August Bank Holiday ever recorded in England it seemed a bit strange to be thinking of Autumn but Connie’s Amber Logs quilt pattern is too lovely to file away in the ‘not yet’ folder:-) Adding curves to the already versatile log cabin creates an interesting setting for the blocks.

Carole is an accomplished patchwork quilter who turns her hand to other crafts. She has been experimenting with techniques, materials and dried flowers to make her own papers to use in card making.

As I’m hand stitching binding I thought it would be appropriate to link with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Happy Stitching!

Allison