Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (238)

Welcome to the first Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2021. As always bring along your project(s) and share in the kindness and inspiration being made available to us by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do join in by leaving a message in the comments box at the bottom of this page and of any pages you click to visit 🙂

I hope you have found physical rest and peace of mind over the holiday period, ready to start the New Year with reserves of resilience built up for the next few difficult months. January 1st definitely had a ‘Groundhog Day’ feel to it as we woke to the continuation of social distancing restrictions. We put the Christmas tree and decorations away today. I should have kept hold of a couple of strings of fairy lights – they have been very comforting, bringing a sparkle to the long Winter evenings.

Leading up to end of 2020 I had quite a flurry of finishes with three projects completed in less than four weeks! Today I’m deliberately slowing my pace, reuniting myself with the little needle turn applique project I took on our holiday in July. The fabric is a bit crumpled but all the supplies are together and ready to use. The pattern, Basket of Blooms, by Jo Avery is available as a download from The Quilters’ Guild Pattern Box.

Have you been reviewing 2020 or setting goals for 2021? I spent New Years Day working through the opening sections of a Planner and tidying my paperwork. I was given a desk tidy for Christmas. It’s a handy size for picking up and carrying all the essentials with me as I move my desk-work around the house in order to keep in touch with the variable internet signal and my need for space.

I’m afraid I have been very remiss in keeping up with reading blog posts over the past two weeks…. I’m just about to dive into the 198 email notifications residing in my inbox … amongst all the New Year sales alerts I’m sure there are plenty of nuggets of gold well worth a click and a read… 😀

…. Sometime later… 79 emails remain unopened but as it’s nearly time for bed I will stop reading so I can publish this post on a Saturday (a bench mark moment for 2021!).

Here are the links I’ve selected from the abundance of holiday season posts published by far more diligent bloggers than myself:

A bit late for Christmas (my fault) but Sonia’s reusable gift bag could be made in fabrics to suit any occasion. The tutorial is available on her blog.

Alyce says ‘There’s Only 3 Tools You Need for Free Motion Quilting’. She does add a ‘can do attitude’ to her short list of supplies, I wonder if you would add anything else to the list?

(Don’t forget you can sign up for the Confident & Joyful Free Motion Quilting course at Jo Westfoot’s Online Sewing School – closing date 8th January!).

Having finished my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 quilt BEFORE the end of the year I am minded to join in the 2021 challenge. I mean even after making a quilt that measures 60″ x 72″ I still have a heaps of fabric scraps to use up… Find out more about this years Rainbow Scrap Challenge here. The colour for January is pink and I’m thinking of rummaging through my box of string scraps 🙂

 

 

Is vintage thread a good bet for quilting? Rebecca has gathered interesting information on the shelf-life of threads and how best to store your precious spools.

The Best of 2020 link up hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs has produced a wonderful quilt exhibition and treasure trove of tutorials and patterns from all those who have taken part posting their own ‘top five’ of 2020. Well worth a visit. Click through the links and you could imagine yourself walking through a quilt exhibition (remember those?).

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Footnotes – Face masks and applique circles

A short blog post – a round up of the projects left hanging in my previous post 🙂

I did get a bit of a face mask production line going on over the weekend. I settled on the reversible ‘New Design – DIY Breathable Mask with a Pocket‘ pattern. After making a couple I could remember the method without having to return to the YouTube video (which is just as well as the WiFi connection in my sewing room is rubbish!).

I’ve played around with the template a little, making it 1cm longer. And to finish each mask I top stitch the lower and upper edges to firm down the two layers of fabrics.

I asked readers of the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share blog post if they could recommend any mask patterns they had tried. Thank you to those who replied. Here are links to the recommended face mask patterns:

Once the masks were made I was glad to pick up my needle turn applique project – Basket of Blooms by Jo Avery. Time to try stitching down a small circle – finished size 1½” diameter. The detailed instructions and clear photos in my new book, ‘the Best-Ever Applique Sampler’ by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins were so helpful.

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidMy finished shape certainly isn’t a smooth-edged, perfect circle but I’m satisfied with it and I’m absolutely sure it would have looked a lot rougher if I’d not followed the technique described in the book. I’m feeling in touch with GROW – my word of 2020 – as this project progresses 🙂

Linking with Dione at Clever Chameleon for Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and with Susan at www.quiltfabrication.com for Midweek Makers.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (116)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and news circulated by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your thoughts and/or links in the comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!

We are home after a planned but nevertheless unexpected holiday. The changes to the social distancing restrictions here in England came at just the right time for us to take up our booked holiday-let AND share it with other members of our family 🙂 We so enjoyed being together in the varied and always beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park.

View back to the top of Win Hill – our final and steepest walk of the holiday.

Asides from the walks and family time (watching hi-lights of recent Olympic Games was a favourite shared occupation!) I did settle to a hand turn applique project. It’s no where near finished but that’s OK: I’m happy to have

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Holiday Hand Turn Applique Project

We have had the blessing of a family holiday, booked before lock-down, thankfully fitting with the easing of the social distancing rules. A house share with our children and Son-in-Law in the stunning Peak District National Park.

The living room had a picture window looking out over farmland to hills and moors. Through the week we could sit on comfy sofas watching the effect changing weather and time of day had on the view….

We did occasionally get off the sofas to go walking 😉

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