Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (288)

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I’ve had an enjoyably eventful week. A sewing day on Thursday: I took hand binding to do so no sewing machine required. I made the most of the opportunity to walk to and from our meeting place, the local Scout Hut. There was lots of chat and sharing of projects going on but I did mange to stitch down about three quarters of the binding on my Trip Around the Stars quilt. One recurring subject of conversation was the upcoming Sandown Quilt Show. Several members of the group, including myself, were planning to travel up the M3 to London the following day. Others would be making the hour long journey on Saturday.

I completed the Trip Around the Stars quilt at home a couple of days later whilst listening to a course all about live-streaming* (I know get me moving into the modern world! 😁).

My Trip Around the Stars pattern is available for Β£7.00 as a PDF instant download from my new Payhip store – PayPal and card friendly πŸ™‚

On Friday I went to the Quilt Show at Sandown: Was a good day as usual. Before Covid struck the annual event had begun to wane in popularity with fewer vendors, fewer exhibition quilts and smaller numbers of visitors. Although it’s sad to see this show, along with others, decreasing in size, post-Covid it’s quite a blessing to be able to move freely and not be concerned about over-crowding. The venue (the airy ground floor of the main stand of Sandown Racecourse) is spacious but not too big. On a warmer day it would have been possible to take our refreshments up on the Stands and enjoy the view across the green racecourse with it’s panoramic view of central London but it was a bit too breezy to be outside!

I came home with a little collection of low-volume fabrics to top up my stash (I’m running out of these for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Court House Step Blocks) and some landscape prints. Impulse purchasing of the prints followed an inspiring Gail Lawther workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed her fused applique class and now I’m full of ideas for making little pictorial wall hangings.

Saturday, A walk through the Bluebells: The rising sun woke us around 6am so we went with it, had an early breakfast and then drove the short distance to Micheldever Woods. It really was a magical sight with the morning sun filtered through the partially open, bright green leaves of the stately Beech trees giving dappled light and shade the acres of deep blue flowers.

*Live Streaming? What’s this old girl up to? πŸ‘΅ Well! I’m getting over my tech phobia in order to pursue two of my patchwork quilting passions: One, building community around our wonderful craft; two, teaching the basics to beginners and then helping them and others to enhance our skills together. To these ends I’m going to launch a new private membership group on my Facebook Page called ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub’. Thankfully excitement about this venture is outweighing my tech-nerves and I’m keen to get the group up and running this coming week πŸ₯³ If you’d like to keep up to date with the launch schedule I invite you to follow my Facebook Page, NewEveryMorningPQ, and/or sign up to my newsletter:

 

Here is a short list of links to some of the patchwork quilting posts that have caught my interest over the past week:

I recommend using Myra’s Busy Hands quilt patterns. She has designed so many quilts, nearly all are pre-cut friendly and use quick piecing techniques. This post about her Flying Geese ‘Formation’ pattern is a good example of her work and the lovely fabrics she chooses to showcase her designs.

Nancy’s post ‘The Most Fun I Ever Had Making a Quilt‘ is a heart-warming read for anyone who has experienced the challenges of making a multi-block quilt, grappling with unfamiliar techniques, having to rip out fabrics that turned out not to be in keeping…. After all the ups and downs spread over several years Nancy has completed the quilt and can honestly say it’s the quilt that’s given her the most fun!

I found this tutorial about trimming Half Square Triangles really useful! Suzy demonstrates trimming HST blocks BEFORE opening them out to press the seam. She shares two methods, one using a special ruler (Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer) and the second using a standard square ruler. Very interesting – I will be giving this technique a go next time I’m faced with a pile of HSTs πŸ™‚

Yvonne has been applying her scientific experience to curved piecing. Specifically whether cutting pieces across the grain to save fabric affects the piecing and final outcome of Drunkards Path blocks. She’s created a video as well as a comprehensive blog post to explain her method and the results of her investigation.

Linking my finished quilt with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Both have been enjoying making quick projects.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (287)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. It’s lovely to back πŸ™‚ Hope you have enjoyed a peaceful Easter break. Bring along your projects and share in the tips, tutorials and news to be found via our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you click on any of the links below do leave an encouraging comment wherever you visit to help grow the Community good-vibes πŸ™‚

As usual I’ve been working on more than one project at a time 😌 But there is progress to share. I finished quilting another Trip Around the Stars quilt as part of my investigation into the spray baste vs pin baste debate – read more about that here. Yesterday I made the binding and hope to finish the quilt in the next few days.

I also made progress on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. Feeling a bit tired and in need of a session of ‘no-brainer’ stitching I remembered the RSC and then 😳 realised I hadn’t made the yellow-gold blocks for March and didn’t even know the colour for April! So that was a good bit of motivation.

The blocks came together quickly and I even found time to delve into my pink scraps (for pink, so it transpires, is the colour for April), cutting 1Β½” strips ready for another peddle-to-the-metal sewing session.

Here are the links into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty of interest:

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge is the inspiration behind one of Cynthia’s scrap projects. Every month she makes placemats from fabric scraps. Later in the year she will donate them to a local meals on wheels charity who will gift a placemat to recipients of one of their holiday meals.

Christa Watson’s series of YouTube videos are great if you are fairly new to patchwork quilting or want to try a different technique (she shares plenty of tips for more experienced patchwork quilters too). In the latest video she takes us through the method of making a quilt, start to finish using one of the free patterns, Puzzle Box, available from her website.

Sometimes scrolling through Instagram does bear fruit…. My scrolling stopped when I saw a wonderful version of the Modern Squares quilt being show cased by Judy Gula. I found her website and enjoyed reading the guest post by the quilt designer/maker Christine Vinh. She used a selection of very colourful fabrics called ‘Earth Made Paradise’ by Kathy Doughty. The pattern is ideal if you are puzzling over how to use a collection of busy, large scale prints to best effect in a quilt. Needless to say I have the pattern download and have added it to my ‘must make’ list!

Patty has created the illusion of curves in the careful placing of her Half Rectangle blocks. It is a very striking design in her colour choices of black and wasabi.

Linda’s Seaglass modern applique quilt displays her usual great colour choice and placement of fabrics with really effective free motion quilting designs. I’m so glad there is such a wealth of inspiration and knowledge made readily available by talented textile artists who are generous enough to blog about the processes they employ.

Leader-Ender projects quietly grow in the background while other projects are being worked on. Katy’s leader-ender quilt has 1,368 squares lovingly stitched together. I don’t need to tell you that Katy is a prolific quilt maker!

Forget Me Not is a new fabric line by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. Go to her blog post to see the new fabrics and catch a glimpse of the new patterns she’s designed to showcase the collection.

Allison

 

Spray Basting – Will it Work for Me? #2

Well? I’ve left hanging the ‘Spray Basting – Will it WorkΒ  for Me?’ question for several weeks. The spray basted quilt sandwich lay on the back of my sewing room sofabed for all that time. So, first off, I can confirm the spray baste was still holding the layers together and hadn’t made the sandwich stiff or affected the fabrics in any visible way (not part of my original investigation but you know how project schedules can drift 😁 ).

To quilt the spray basted sandwich I used my Pfaff sewing machine that has a built-in walking foot. I choose to quilt one of my favourite designs, a curved grid. I used a Hera marker to create the initial shallow curvy lines across the quilt in two directions. Then I set the quilt guide 2″ from the needle before echo stitching the curved lines.

The quilting went well. There were just a few occasions when I needed to work hard to prevent puckers forming where stitching lines crossed. As you can see the fabric still moved a bit and looks slightly puffed up in places but on the whole I’m pleased with the outcome.

What I learned about spray basting vs. pin basting:

  • Spray basting is quicker – no surprise there!
  • Spray basting is reliant on favourable weather conditions (it’s not always dry with a light breeze when a quilt needs basting!).
  • Quilting a spray basted quilt sandwich is easier than a pin basted one (none of that stopping to remove pins). I imagine this is even more of an advantage when free motion quilting.
  • My needle didn’t gum-up (I was using Odif 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray).
  • Spray basting worked great for a Beginner’s Course student whose arthritic fingers would have struggled to use safety pins.

My quilt needs to be bound and then it will have to be washed to remove the spray. I don’t usually wash quilts as soon as I finish them so that’s an added step to be considered in the spray basting vs. pin basting debate.

In answer to my basic question, “… will the fabrics bubble and pucker when I quilt them together or will spray basting stop the layers shifting over each other more effectively than basting with pins?” I conclude spray basting is more effective at holding the three layers together. But fabric will still get pushed around by the pressure of the machine foot, the stitches drawing the fabrics together, and (however carefully done) the ‘smooshing’ of the quilt bulk through the throat space of a sewing machine.

I’m not completely converted from pins to spray. I still have qualms about using aerosols and the cost is a deterrent. However, I would choose to use spray baste for some projects: for speed (only if the weather’s favourable!); to make quilting easier (if I wanted to concentrate on getting in the flow with fmq and not be distracted by pins); for smaller ‘utility’ quilts that will be used and washed frequently.

Foot Note I did try modifying my pin basting technique after Laura sent a link to her post sharing her method. I used Laura’s method to baste the bright version of the Trip Around the Stars quilt. As usual I smoothed and clamped the backing face down to a table, then gently smoothed the wadding over but after centring the patchwork face up on top I followed Laura’s recommendation and didn’t clamp it to the table. Instead I started pinning from the centre and gently smoothed the patchwork out as I went, being careful not to stretch or pull it taut.

As you can see fabrics did shift a little during quilting. But as with the spray basted quilt I did manage to prevent puckers and pleats even where quilting lines crossed. I will be interested to see how this revised method of pin basting works on a larger quilt.

There we are, I haven’t discovered a conclusive victor in the spray basting vs pin basting debate. I am willing to continue tweaking bothΒ  methods in the hope of settling on a technique that at least causes less frustration even if it can not provide the perfect answer.

Thank you to those of you who left tips and techniques in the comments after my first Spray Basting post. If you have any tried and tested basting tips or techniques please do share in the comments box below. Thank you!

Linking with Kelly for Needle and Thread Thursday. Click over to see Kelly’s selection from last weeks linkup.

Allison

 

Happy Easter! Search for the truth behind the chocolate bunnies!

Happy Easter! It’s strange in these post-modern times that we still make a holiday of Easter! But I’m glad we do! I hope you are enjoying a break, maybe relaxing with family and friends. Before putting Easter behind us it really is worth examining the words and actions of Jesus himself. Not what school curriculums, the Church or Christians say about Him but actually what Jesus said and did. He made some extraordinary claims about himself, fulfilled prophecies made over a thousand years before he was born, frequently stunned his followers as well as his enemies into silence, never compromising the truth but always sharing it with compassion.

 

If you don’t have a Bible to hand then it’s easy to download a free app. Reading one of the four Gospel’s, such as John’s takes us straight back to eyewitness accounts of the words and actions of Jesus and those of the people who encountered Him – no one ignored Him, some followed Him, others plotted His death.

Happy Easter!

Allison