Welcome to Saturday/Sunday Quilting Bring & Share 😉 Please do bring along a project or two, fill a glass or mug with your favourite beverage and relax as we share in just a little of the goodness doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Join in the sharing by clicking on the links and/or adding your thoughts and ideas in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you 🙂
I’ve had a varied week. Last weekend we made good headway on decorating our son’s bedroom – a good team effort by the three of us. On Monday Dear Hubby and I took the day off and drove down to Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. It’s one of our go-to places and it didn’t disappoint. The weather was balmy, the sea and sky were blue, there were plenty of birds to be spied from the hides around the Reserve AND it was warm enough to enjoy lunch in the Cafe garden (I highly recommend the Dorset Apple Cake!).
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. You are invited to bring along a project and share in some of the generosity and inspiration being posted by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your links and contributions to the conversations in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
Before I share my projects I’m going to share a story from the wonderful Community that exists around the craft of patchwork quilting: I was so touched to receive an email from Jana who has just finished a quilt for her first Grandchild. Jana’s daughter had asked for a Snoopy themed quilt in a very specific colour scheme. An internet search brought Jana to one of my blog posts featuring the Snoopy baby quilt I’d made for a friend, this became the inspiration for her quilt 🙂
Jana wrote, ‘This is my second quilt but I made my first one 15 years ago so this should probably count as my first! This quilt was way beyond my skill set and I quickly realized that during the planning stages. I found wonderful help from my neighbor, who has her own studio, and she pointed me to a wonderful quilting community. I could not have done it without their help and YouTube.’
I’m so happy Jana has discovered the Patchwork Quilting Community and I’m glad to say she is already collecting fabrics to make another quilt 🙂
My sewing progress has slowed down this week but not completely stalled so I can report that I’m about 2/3rds of the way round stitching the binding to the Winnie-the-Pooh baby quilt (we watched Casablanca last night for the first time ever and I managed to keep stitching through most of it!). Quilting the wavy grid design over the Bear Tracks quilt is also progressing steadily – maybe about 1/4 of the quilting is complete. Thankfully it’s an easy design to do in short bursts. My machine is all set up and ready to go with the walking foot and line guide in position so I can disappear into the sewing room for 20 minutes at a time, stitch a couple of lines of the grid before getting back to other things that need doing around the house and garden.
No surprise that there’s lots of quilty goodness to share in this weeks selection from our Worldwide Quilting Community:
Patty has kindly shared a tutorial to make a baby quilt from a charm pack and a yard of background fabric. The layout of off-centre Half Square Triangles gives the quilt a modern ‘edge’ and allows for lots of fun arranging the HSTs by colour.
Have you tried taking part in an on-line class? I’ve yet to enroll in one but joining with others for a class or workshop from your own home sewing table is getting to be a real ‘thing’ after virtually all exhibitions, shows and shop based classes have been cancelled. Next month Christa Watson will be teaching three classes at the ‘Pacific International Quilt Festival On-line’. Click over to her blog post to read the details and find out about the enrollment procedure.
Christa is also starting a new series on her blog, called Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks. It’s well worth subscribing to her blog to receive the email notification when she publishes one of these posts.
I’m a bit of a sucker for star blocks! Sandra shares her latest quilt, made with large star blocks. She used a fat quarter pack of Blueberry Park fabrics and the quilt looks so fresh in green, blues and yellows. Sandra shares how she came to make a pieced back and her use of the ‘floppy feathers’ design in the quilting.
Have you noticed there is a lot of curved piecing being incorporated into modern quilt designs at present? If you fancy giving curved piecing a go then I recommend this photo tutorial by Leanne. She includes lots of useful tips and reaches out through the screen to hold hands through the curved piecing process 🙂
Amy Friend is sharing a seasonal pumpkin pattern over on her blog page. The pumpkin is foundation paper pieced. Amy has used four of the pumpkins to make a cushion cover, they could also be used to make a table topper or place mats as well as being incorporated into a quilt.
Emily Dennis has built up a great set of patterns that all clearly share her design style and fabric choice. Her latest pattern is called ‘Glowing‘, comes in three sizes and is fat quarter friendly.
Last weekend I shared the three projects that were ‘live’ in my sewing room. Progress has been made on two 🙂
First up is the Winnie-the-Pooh baby quilt panel. I’d already quilted around the printed patchwork blocks – pseudo in-the-ditch. Since the weekend I’ve made the binding – four 2¼” width of fabric strips were just enough :-). Before attaching the binding I thought it would be best to flatten down the ruffled fabric of the printed borders.
I could have done some quilting but the aim of this project was to ‘keep it simple’ so I opted to stay-stitch about 1/8th inch in from the marked edges. I figured anchoring down the puffiness would reduce the risk of the excess fabric being pushed to the corners when the binding was being stitched in place. This would have created edges that wouldn’t lie flat and distorted the rectangular shape of the quilt.
I increased the machine stitch length from 2 to 5 and began stitching from the corners to the mid-point of each edge.
At the midpoint I stopped stitching, broke threads and went onto the next corner, stitching down to the mid-point and stopping again. This shifted the excess fabric to the centre of each edge rather than pushing it out to the corners. A few puckers were created but I figured these were a reasonable compromise in the pursuit of keeping the whole quilt flat and with 90° corners.
Once the stay-stitches were in place I trimmed away the excess backing and wadding before attaching the binding to the front of the quilt. As for puckers and pleats I’m pleased to say there are so few I’m pretty sure they will fly under the radar of the Quilt Police! 😉 I’m looking forward to hand stitching the binding to the back of this little quilt.
On to project number 2 – the Quilters Color Quest scrappy Bear Tracks quilt. First job was to ‘re-size’ the backing fabric. The fabric was much longer than the quilt top but not as wide. I decided to cut it in half across the fabric width and stitch two long edges together. The tricky bit was stitching the two pieces together so the diagonal stripe pattern appeared unbroken. Two attempts, a bit of fiddling and lots of pins produced a happy result!
Really close inspection would show the little patterns within the stripes not quite matching but over all the stripes look unbroken 🙂
I pin basted the Bear Tracks quilt yesterday afternoon. It took me a while to come up with a quilting design. I decided the Bear Track blocks would be difficult to stitch around or integrate into a design, better to go for an all over design that doesn’t relate directly to the blocks. I thought about straight parallel lines (a bit like tracks?) or a grid, finally coming up with a wavy line grid. I used a Hera Marker to ‘draw’ two intersecting undulating lines (don’t you just love the word ‘undulating’? I think Miranda Hart would enjoy playing with that word!). Once I’d stitched over the indents made by the Hera Marker (using Yvonne’s tip of directing light from the side to create a shadow) I fixed the line guide to my walking foot and made a start echo stitching the curvy lines.
My echos are two inches apart – I could be quilting for some time… So far, so good.
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Whether you are working on one project or flitting between several like me, bring a WIP along and share in the inspiration and generosity of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts and links in the Comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!
I spent Friday evening quilting the Winnie the Pooh baby quilt panel. I used a 40wt Aurifil thread which blended well with both front and back. The Kona cotton I’d ordered arrived on Friday and is washed, pressed and ready to be cut into binding strips. And, not meaning to sound too smug, I’ve also made the label ready to stitch to the binding 🙂 So a UFO is on the verge of becoming a finished quilt. I am enjoying bringing that flat piece of fabric to life – the Quilters Dream Green wadding is so soft