Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder which project(s) you are working on this weekend? Bring them along to this virtual sewing day and share in some of the conversations circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community by clicking on the links below. Do share your project progress along with your contributions to the conversations in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!
The weather forecaster promised an overcast day and so far the prediction is coming true. It’s 11am and the sky this morning has shifted from Kona Iron to a uniform shade of Shadow. Not so great for photography but I will try and share the colours of my version of Kathy Brown’s design ‘Drop Box’ with you and the progress I am making with the quilting.
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in England, the sun is shining and the mercury is rising. There’s time to enjoy the outdoors and play in the sewing room too: bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations initiated by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Add your thoughts to the conversations by using the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
I was aiming for a finish this week but it hasn’t quite come about. My main focus has been on the quilting of one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts. Using the walking foot I stitched edge-to-edge wavy lines followed by in-the-ditch stitching around the charm squares at the centre of each block. The quilting shows up best on the back of the quilt:
I liked the squishy look this open quilting design produced – I was reminded of the eiderdowns we had on beds before duvets became the go-to bedding. But on reflection I decided a quilted design within the centre sqares would create interest whilst adding to the stability of the layers. My first choice was to mark and stitch (using a free motion set up) a design into each square using a stencil.
This didn’t work so well…
I could put up with the wobbly stitching lines and the variation in stitch size but when the beginning and end of the continuous line design didn’t meet up… Well! I got the stitch ripper out and had a re-think. I plumped for free motion feather swirls. The results are not particularly even but I am content with the overall result – imperfect feather designs are very forgiving.
I’ve completed three of the feather swirls so my aim is to complete the remaining seventeen before attaching the binding to the quilt.
I will be spending quite a bit of time outdoors too – this weekend feels like a bit of a bonus at the end of the summer season. The tomatoes are finally ripening and I am moving into phase two of the ‘battle of the bird table’ with my adversary: the ever growing population of large, greedy Woodpigeons. I wouldn’t mind them stopping by to feed once in while but these birds peck away in relentless fashion with no thought of sharing the food with smaller birds. I added some plastic mesh to the bird table to prevent them perching and reaching the food but to no avail. Still! I am ready for a fresh battle 😀 I will not be defeated by a Woodpigeon!
And so to just a few of the quilty conversations that have caught my attention this week:
Ever been on a quilt shop hop? Karen over at Tu-Na quilt set off to tour the whole of Michigan in 8 days taking in 59 shops and covering 2815 miles in the process – not to mention a Grandson’s baptism! Click here for the opening installment of her Shop Hop tales!
Yvonne Fuchs has released another of her striking quilt patterns. The solid fabrics she used for the featured ‘Wonder’ baby quilt has helped me decide on the colour scheme for a Snoopy quilt commissioned by a friend.
Cynthia challenged herself to use green fabrics. She has created a stunning improv garden quilt.
Allison’s Diagonal Seam Tape is a brilliant idea – helping accuracy and saving time by doing away with all the diagonal lines that usually have to be drawn for half square triangles or snowball corners. In fact the tape is such a great idea that Allison’s initial supplies sold out super fast!
Whew! It’s Thursday morning and I’m struggling to get going today. I slept well until the local mob of Gulls decided to kick up a bit of ruckus well before 6am. These pesky birds have set up residence here, some 50 miles from the coast, making up for being low in numbers with their high volume calling. They are constantly patrolling the skies, chasing off Red Kites and Buzzards and skirmishing with the local crows.
My main goal this week has been preparation for the Patchwork Workshop tomorrow. On Tuesday I made the final adjustments to the pattern for the ‘Into the Woods’ table runner. Yesterday I printed out the foundation paper piecing patterns and made some part-finished examples for the demonstrations I’ll give in class.
Wow! The sheer faces of the chalk cliffs at Bempton RSPB Reserve provide choice nesting spots for tens of thousands of seabirds. It was an amazing experience to walk along the cliff tops, and stand on the viewing platforms provided by the RSPB to take in the sight of so many birds clinging to the cliffs, bobbing around on the sea far below or wheeling around in the air between.
We saw Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Guillemots, Fulmars, Gannets, Herring Gulls and Puffins from the cliff tops. Walking across the beautiful chalkland meadow between the Reserve Centre building and the cliff edges we spotted Tree Sparrows, a Barn Owl – hunting in broad daylight – and Jackdaws in abundance.
We learned that most of the seabirds only come to land for the breeding season, the rest of the year (including the Winter) they stay out on the open waters of the North Sea and Atlantic. I find it incredible to think of them surviving the storms and the cold.
The Puffin population at Bempton Cliffs has declined sharply over the past few years. The pairs that are breeding there this year were hard to spot. They nest in tunnels (about the length of a mans arm) so aren’t that visible. As the day went on we got our ‘eye in’ and spotted several on the water far below the viewing platforms – far too far for our pocket cameras to produce a recognisable image. My husband did manage one photo of a Puffin resting on the cliff face – it’s a bit blurry but it really is a Puffin 🙂
And finally, a close up of a cheeky Jackdaw that fancied a share of our lunch 😀
Normal patchwork and quilting posts will resume shortly. 😉