Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (252)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and enjoy sharing in some of the inspiration and conversations circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. Join in by visiting blogs via the links below and be sure to leave a comment or two πŸ™‚

It’s been a bit of a strange week here with ‘stuff’ going on and the Bank Holidays making it totally impossible to work out which day of the week it might be! Anyho! I found myself doing a lot of sewing. The 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge took over my sewing room.

I started out with the dual aim of making the green March blocks before sorting through the strings box to find all the bright blues for the April blocks. Once I’d started sorting I couldn’t stop!

All the strings were pulled out of the box and sorted into colour groups. Then what? Well! Either squash them all back in the box… OR… Yep! make all the Scrap Challenge blocks NOW!

It took several days – don’t ask me which days! – several bobbins of thread and a lot of back and forth trips between my sewing machine and the ironing pressing station but all 80 blocks are now complete. I can only fit half on the design wall. The finished quilt will measure 64″ x 80″ in an 8 block x 10 block layout.

To make space for the Rainbow blocks on the design wall I had to switch my attention back to the squirrel quilt. The blocks have been hanging around on the wall for a couple of weeks. Rather than just removing them all, creating another WIP/UFO, I decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and get them stitched together into a quilt top.

On the whole piecing is the part of the quilt making process I particularly enjoy. However, I’m not so keen on sewing long rows of blocks together. The thought of all those intersecting seams to pin together before stitching and pressing those l-o-n-g seams tends to send me into a bit of a spin. Having looked at those blocks on the design wall for a couple of weeks I hatched a plan to take the long-seam-blues out of piecing a quilt top. You may well gasp in amazement when I share the following piecing tip with you – I mean how long have I been patchwork quilting without cottoning on to this simple idea? The PLAN: stitch the blocks together into sections rather than complete rows.

Ta da! Only having one long seam to stitch across the width of the quilt top is a game changer for me!

The ‘Squirrel Quilt’ – pieced using the section method!

I will be employing this method to stitch the Rainbow quilt top together too.

I’m sorry the list of links is so short – holiday week and pedal-to-the-metal sewing are to blame – this bares no reflection on the quality of blog posts published, it’s just indicative of the small amount of time I’ve spent reading:

Melva has launched the ‘Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along‘. She is sharing excerpts from a book written by a Victorian ancestor who travelled the trail five times. I’m not sure I’ll be making the blocks but I’ll definitely enjoy reading the first hand accounts of a legendary time and place. Find the first instalment and block here.

Taking quality photos of quilts can be tricky. Shelly has some easy to apply tips to help us achieve photos that show our quilts at their best πŸ™‚

Quilt Spot’ is a monthly feature on Melony’s blog site. She shares any quilts she’s spotted whilst watching TV shows and films. In March she watched ‘Witness’ a thriller set in an Amish community. It’s one of my favourite films but like Melony I’ve never paid attention to the quilts that feature in several scenes. I may have to persuade my boys it’s time we watched the film again. If I turn my attention away from Harrison Ford I might just spot the quilts!

Jan has been using Jelly Rolls to make table runners. They all look great with fresh Spring colours and dense machine quilting.

Joining Denise for the Put Your Foot Down link-up.

Happy Stitching!



Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (251)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share and Happy Easter too! Bring along your project(s) and share in the latest news and inspiration along with other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. It’s great to encourage blog writers by getting a conversation going via their comments boxes so don’t forget to join in when a post gets you thinking πŸ™‚

This week I’ve been concentrating on the March block for the English Country Garden QAL. This QAL certainly provides variety month by month as it is a quilt-as-you-go project so each block is brought to completion before the next one begins (or that’s the plan…) To complete

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (250)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have an opportunity to bring along a project or two and enjoy sharing in the creativity of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Don’t forget to add encouraging comments to the blog posts you visit πŸ™‚

Following a disastrous start to quilting a quilt sandwich earlier this week I shared my pin basting research in this post (there were some helpful comments left that you might like to read including links to pin basting tutorials from Laura and Jo – thank you both).

I re-basted my quilt sandwich – this time pinning the layers flat to my sewing room carpet instead of clamping it to a table. It was a bit of a squeeze to work around the quilt sandwich in a confined space but I managed to pin it in place and then insert and secure all the basting pins. It didn’t cause as much stress on my knees as I had expected and I somehow managed not to knock everything off my shelves as I moved around the sandwich!

Once basted I decided to include in-the-ditch quilting to stabilise the layers before stitching the quilting lines I had in mind. I’m glad I did take the time to stitch in-the-ditch around each of the fifteen rectangular blocks as the layers still shifted about a bit. I can’t say I enjoyed stitching the wavy vertical lines down the the quilt or the wavy lines running at 60ΒΊ across the quilt. Every time intersecting quilting lines caused a little pleat I could feel myself tensing up another level but I decided this quilt was better finished than becoming another UFO.

By the end I had consoled myself, thinking that the pleats would not be so apparent once I stepped back from the close up view at the sewing machine. The rather puffy appearance of the quilt I’ve decided is ‘texture’ – not necessarily the texture I had in mind when I set out to do the quilting but texture none-the-less! πŸ˜‰

I think this may be the last time I use a polyester wadding (even a good quality one like the Quilters Dream Green I used in this quilt). I’m sure my troubles were in part due to my choice of wadding. Perhaps poly wadding definitely calls for spray basting?

All the messing about with pin-basting has played havoc with my sewing goals this week. No progress made on the English Country Garden QAL, the green Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks or the flower blocks I was going to add to the Irish Chain quilt *sigh*.

Here are the links to some posts published by our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Angela Walters is preparing to start another FMQ course. The ‘Flora & Foliage FMQ Challenge’ tutorials are free to follow. Find out more here.

Michelle has set herself a challenge – ’30 days of quilting’. She is aiming to finish some WIPs whilst increasing her enjoyment of quilting. She’s made a great start using a a Jacqui Gering walking foot pattern to create texture in the background of a small quilt.

Ha!Ha! Rachel Hauser did a good job selling the on-line quilting magazine, Make Modern, in a recent blog post. I’ve taken out an annual subscription πŸ™‚

I think there’s just enough time before Easter to piece this cheeky bunny designed by Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Quilts. Her free pattern is shared here by WeAllSew. If the Easter deadline is a bit tight the bunny would make a cute block in a baby quilt.

Happy Stitching!