Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (50)

Welcome to the fiftieth edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! I feel like there should be some sort of celebration… Anyway! It’s very good to have your company on this virtual sewing day ๐Ÿ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the news and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do share links and news in the comments box at the end of this blog post. Thank you!

My projects for this weekend are: 1. To baste Dashing Stars ready for quilting

Dashing Stars ready for basting by Allison Reid
Dashing Stars quilt top, backing, cotton wadding and pins…

And 2. Piece the Scrappy Trip Along quilt top. I finished the final blocks last night and just had time to put all of them up on the design wall.

Scrappy Trip Along blocks on design wall by Allison Reid

When I began the trip along my intention was to piece the blocks in this repeating diamond design but I’ve seen so many lovely variations at #scrappytripalong2019 that I’m all of a dither now! Here are some possibilities I put together on EQ7. There must be many more variations….

Scrappy Trip Along chevrons by Allison Reid
Chevrons 4 x 6 setting
Scrappy Trip Along traditional by Allison Reid
Traditional setting for Trip Around the world quilt
Scrappy Trip Along zig-zags by Allison Reid
Zig-zags

My actual design wall setting and these ideas drawn on EQ7 are based on block layouts of 4 horizontal and 6 vertical (although my design wall photo shows the quilt on it’s side – sorry to be confusing!). This does make for slightly odd proportions – the quilt would measure approximately 48″ x 72″ – a bit too long and narrow maybe? To correct this I tried a 4 blocks by 5 blocks layout on EQ7 (which would measure 48″ by 60″).

Scrappy Trip Along original 4 x 5 by Allison Reid

To my mind this would be better proportioned BUT I don’t like the way the patchwork pattern loses it’s symmetry with that top row of blocks not being reflected in the bottom row.

So, an alternative would be add wide borders to the long sides of the 4 x 6 setting to give a slightly better proportioned quilt (say 60″ x 76″):

Scrappy Trip Along original with borders by Allison Reid

Or I could play around with alternative layouts which I can be handle being asymmetrical :-D:

Scrappy Trip Along two squares 4 x 6 by Allison Reid
A 4 x 6 setting…
Scrappy Trip Along two squares 4 x 5 by Allison Reid
…Or a 4 x 5 setting

So much to think about! I wonder if such an indecisive person as myself should be working on projects that allow for so many variations?? I shall leave the blocks up on the design wall, within eyesight, while I baste the Dashing Stars quilt and, who knows, I might make up my mind about the layout?

Here are a few of the blog posts and articles that have provided welcome distractions from the whirl of options in my mind this week:

How do you stitch down the binding around your quilts? Do you cut your binding on the grain or the bias? Yvonne gave her thoughts on the subject of the durability of binding. The contributions in the comments section are very interesting. My thinking has changed… I was advising students that machine stitched binding is more durable than hand stitched binding, but now…

Melony was surprised to find that internet searches from an insurance company were finding their way to her pattern shop. It is a strange/funny/mind-boggling story! She also regularly posts about quilts popping into shot on TV – this month an episode of the Waltons got her thinking…

Here is a great picture tutorial: make a little sensory play blanket for a baby. The tutorial by Julie Herman aka ‘Jaybird Quilts’ is great but oh! my goodness! the photos of baby Nate, the blanket tester, are just so cute!

Leah Day has produced a detailed tutorial describing how to piece a Square-in-a-Square block. This simple looking patchwork unit is the basis of the Economy Block and takes a bit of care in the making to keep all the sides consistent.

I wonder if you ever get to sew with your Mum or another member of your family? Rebecca shares how her Mom has come to the rescue on more than one occasion ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Stitching!

Allison

PS. I’m very happy to say I will running the Scrap Buster Workshop at Purple Stitches in May. See my Workshop page for details ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Dashing Stars unpicked and re-organised!

Dashing Stars mis-arranged by Allison Reid
Dashing Stars mis-arranged

Oh! Phew! Unpicking lots of seams takes lots of time ๐Ÿ˜‰ In my previous blog post I shared my very silly decision not to label each of the 36 blocks before putting together my latest version of Dashing Stars. Having made one poor decision I followed it up with an even more misguided one: I choose to leave the blocks I’d misplaced in the first couple of rows and just rearranged others in lower rows thinking it would work out OK! Well! It didn’t! The inevitable marathon of unpicking followed (not so much a marathon as a endurance race with stages as it took several sessions over several days to undo all those pesky stitches!).

Anyway the blocks finally went back up on the design wall. I used my original photograph to guide me as I pinned a label to each and every block AND then, and only then, did I stitch them all together!

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (49)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend and have some time set aside to bring along your project and share in some of the news and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwideย  Quilting Community. Please do use the comment box at the end of this post to join in the conversations and share any quilt related links that have caught your interest this week. Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Most of my stitching has been centred on my second version of the ‘Dashing Stars’ quilt, designed by Viv of Purple Stitches for a Beginners Course. In the first of the four classes we concentrated on rotary cutting and quarter inch seams. We made Courthouse Step and Strip blocks. For the second class, held today, we turned our attention to Churn Dash and Sawtooth Star blocks, making two at a time Half Square Triangles and four at a time Flying Geese. Earlier in the week I made all the blocks for my quilt bar two – a Churn Dash and a Sawtooth Star kept back to be my demonstration blocks.

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The I-Spy Shadow Quilt and making a quilt label

I-Spy Shadow Quilt on washing line by Allison ReidLast week I was so determined to finish the I-Spy Shadow quilt that I didn’t have time to properly share some of the ins and outs and ups and downs of making this quilt. I’m taking an hour to catch my breath and to properly acquaint you with this quilt that popped up as a ‘finish’ in my previous blog post.

I hope you can see from the photo why this quilt is a ‘shadow quilt’? The regular positioning of the light and dark background fabrics gives the impression that the feature fabric squares are floating above the quilt and casting shadows. The forty-two feature fabric squares are novelty prints with images that could be used in a game of I-Spy.

I completed the top with a week to spare to my deadline but then had a bit of a hiatus, waiting to purchase some backing fabric from a local shop and a longer wait for some Quilters Dream Poly wadding to be delivered by post. I tried to make good use of this waiting time by first making a label for the quilt; secondly (once I’d been shopping) piecing the backing and attaching the label; and also making the binding.

This is how I generally make and attach quilt labels:

I-Spy Shadow quilt label by Allison Reid
Label traced onto fabric.

I use a computer to compose the label wording and print this onto plain paper. I then make use of a lightbox or a window to trace the wording onto a piece of fabric. I use a Micron fine tipped permanent marker pen.

I usually make a border for the label using some left over fabrics from the quilt top. Then I press a quarter inch seam under all around the edge and pin the label into place onto the backing fabric. I use a machine stitch – zig-zag or blanket stitch usually – and applique the label to the fabric.

I-Spy Quilt backing and label by Allison Reid

I find placing a piece of Stitch ‘n Tear on the wrong side of the backing, helps prevent the applique stitches bunching up the fabric. The Stitch ‘n Tear can be removed very easily once the applique stitching is complete.

I-Spy Quilt back of label by Allison Reid
Removing the Stitch ‘n Tear from the wrong side of the backing fabric.

The wadding arrived with three days to spare so I set-to immediately: Trimming the wadding to size and then pin basting the patchwork top, wadding and backing together. I decided to use my sewing machines walking foot to add a simple design of echoing arcs starting from the top left of the quilt. My thinking being that the arcs would be radiating out from the imaginary light source that was casting the shadows across the quilt. If you see what I mean?

I-SpyI-Spy Quilting (1) by Allison Reid

I used a Drunkards Path template and a Chaco marker to draw an arc on the quilt and then used the metal stitch guide with the walking foot to keep the spacing between the arcs at 2 inches.

I-Spy Quilting bar use by Allison Reid

All was going well until the arcs reached the middle of the quilt. Then the quilt top started to pucker and puff away from the layers beneath it.

I-Spy Quilting wrinkles by Allison Reid
Wrinkles and puckers building up across the quilt ๐Ÿ™

I took a deep breath, put the quilt back on the basting table, removed the remaining basting pins *SIGH*, re-positioned the layers, smoothing out the excess fabric and re-pinned *DOUBLE SIGH*. Tedious but worth the bother. When I resumed quilting the fabric lay much flatter and I’m happy with the final result.

I-Spy Shadow Quilt (quilting detail) by Allison Reid

I suspect the top layer puckered partly because I was quilting from one corner of the quilt right across to the other and partly because I was in a rush and didn’t position the basting pins as closely together as I would do usually. I can hear my Mum saying, ‘More haste, less speed!’

In that hiatus of waiting for backing and wadding I made a book pillow to accompany the quilt, using novelty prints and fabrics left over from making the patchwork.

I-Spy Book Pillow in the Garden by Allison Reid

So that’s the story of the I-Spy Shadow Quilt ๐Ÿ™‚ It is listed in my ETSY shopย along with the book pillow and I hope to publish the pattern very soon….

Linking with Connie at Free Motion by the River for the last Linky Tuesday – Connie has been hosting this friendly link-up since 2012!

Happy stitching.

Allison

PS. I’ve just come home from a meeting of Roundabout Quilters. In the show and tell slot one member shared her I-Spy quilt! ๐Ÿ˜€