Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (243)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and join in sharing with our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to find inspiration and friendship around our common passion of patchwork quilting. Please do leave comments on the pages you visit to encourage the writers and keep the sharing travelling around the world 🙂 Thank you!

I’ve had quite a bit of variety to my sewing this week.

Project 1: A finished table runner shared here.

Project 2: Piecing a patchwork top a customer had lost the will to finish. A keen dress-maker this was her first patchwork project and… well… she discovered patchwork grows too slowly. The pattern is ‘Giraffes in a Row’ by Lorna McMahon aka Sew Fresh Quilts. When I unpacked the part-finished quilt top I was relieved to find the pink, red and yellow giraffes pieced and joined together. A start had been made on the green giraffe and most of the pieces had been cut ready for the blue and purple giraffes. The partially made green one was a good learning tool to get me understanding the pattern and figuring out how to order the pieces of the blue and purple giraffes (I made their heads first – kinda cute!).

I’ll find out in a day or two the customer’s decision re. quilting (it may be taken out of my hands at this point). In the meantime the flimsy is livening up my design wall 🙂

Project 3: Basket of Blooms. Having whizzed through all that piecing of giraffes (there were A LOT of pieces) I felt ready for a change of gear. I took Friday as a rest day, ignored my ‘you ought to be doing a list of things‘ thoughts and settled to a restful day of hand applique. It really did feel like I’d taken a holiday: sat by the window stitching, musing and watching the garden birds enjoying a buffet of fresh seeds and suet pellets.

It’s such a long time since I practiced hand applique that I took time to read through the instructions in ‘the Best-Ever Applique Sampler’ book by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins (thank you to Laura for the recommendation). With the book open by my side I settled to stitching down the blue and yellow flower heads and the three hearts decorating the basket.

The finishing touch is to make five yo-yos/Suffolk Puffs to stitch in place along the top of the basket. I’m trying my hand at something new everyday!

Project 4: I’ve been excitedly awaiting the start of the English Country Garden QAL. The pattern for the first block, poppies, arrived in my email box on Monday. Alison Stothard has provided plenty of clear instructions in the pattern and via written and video tutorials on her website. I’ve been learning from these and today I glue basted some fabric templates whilst watching Alison’s regular Saturday morning live-stream programme on Twitch TV.

So quite a lot to be getting on with this weekend, what with finishing the top of the Basket of Blooms applique and preparing the shapes for the EPP QAL 🙂

Here’s a selection of the blog posts that have caught my attention this past week. I do hope you find plenty of interest:

Rebecca shares in depth and with great clarity how to choose a quilting design for a quilt. Her post is directed at long arm quilters but just about all the information she shares can be applied whatever method of quilting is used.

The second of Leanne’s ‘Get to know…’ interviews is a good read. Her series is a great of fostering a sense of community around a shared love of quilting. This latest interview is with Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Allison’s blog posts are always as bright and appealing as her patchwork patterns. In this post she lets us into a secret – the less than perfect scene just out of camera shot! Sometimes its really a blessing to see for real what we all know – none of us is living in the perfection so often filling our screens! Allison also has a new table runner to share – it’s got a lovely Spring time vibe and I’m sure the block could be adapted to make a cute quilt…

JanineMarie’s found a great way to integrate multi-coloured scraps into the scrappy triangle blocks she’s making for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Very clever!

Such a helpful guest post on Suzy’s blog. Laura Hopper is a textile curator and shares 3 Best Tips in Fabric Storage. There’s plenty of detail and some myth-busting too, definitely worth a read if – ha!ha! -you have a stash of fabric to manage 😉

If you need a dollop of inspiration to get you machine quilting then Christa Watson’s latest book could be just what you need! Christa shares details of ‘99 Machine Quilting Designs’ in her blog post. There are a mix of walking foot and free motion designs each with a diagram showing how to stitch repeats across a quilt. (The book is available in USA from Christa’s website or in UK from Amazon and bookshops!).

Yvonne and her husband are continuing to develop their relatively small new home into a workable space. The latest addition is a custom made ironing board with storage space below. There are some interesting space saving storage solutions in the comments at the end of Yvonne’s post too.

Angela has something very special to share – a completed Dear Jane patchwork. Many people have started this quilt, few have seen it through to completion! There are so many intricate blocks. I especially like the way Angela’s rainbow colour scheme gives a modern look to this very traditional design.

Here’s something different to try. Bobbi shares a tutorial for making little blocks that form a diamond with curved edges. The technique reminds me of Cathedral Windows but this is all done by machine. Difficult to describe so I’ll leave it to you to click on the link if I’ve made you curious!

Christa Watson has some more interesting tips in the third of her series ‘Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks‘.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia is keeping up with her quilting goals 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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)

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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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