Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. An opportunity to bring along your project(s) to a virtual sewing day and join in some of the conversations reaching across the Worldwide Quilting Community this past week. Do add your links and thoughts in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
In my last blog post I mentioned a planned visit to Salisbury. My lovely Daughter had arranged a day out for the two of us 🙂 We met at Salisbury Railway Station. First job was to deliver my (rather heavy) Pfaff sewing machine to the repair shop at the Franklins sewing and knitting store. My much used machine is in desperate need of a TLC service: although still valiantly soldiering-on it sounds mechanically dry, almost like it’s been left out in the desert and filled up with sand 🙁
Of course while we were in Franklins we spent some time trying to match up fabrics with the Mirabelle fabrics of my current project. It wasn’t easy. I think this range of fabrics is about five years old, maybe more, and the tones and shades of current fabric ranges are completely different. Still in the end we decided these two fabrics should make acceptable borders and binding for the pair of Square in a Square quilts I’m making.
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (even though it is Sunday 😉 – it’s me who’s late not you!). Bring along your weekend sewing project and share in some of the quilty conversations that have caught our attention through the week. Add links to your project posts or add to the conversations by using the comments box at the bottom of this page.
My projects this week have been all about teaching and learning. I’ve had fun experimenting with foundation piecing Pineapple blocks before teaching the technique at Purple Stitches’ Quilt Club. Here are my versions of the 12″ Pineapple and Old Maid’s Puzzle blocks:
The Orange Peel blocks are still on my design wall. I need to spend a bit of time with pencil and squared paper figuring out how to enlarge the blocks to give the effect of leaves drifting across a blue blue sky…
But I’m in deep danger of being completely distracted by this little pile of fabric happiness…
Viv has come up with a fresh design for the Purple Stitches Beginners Course quilt. I’m the lucky one who gets to pattern test the design and fondle these new fabrics (available from the shop website).
Here are just a few of the blog posts that have caught my attention this week:
I like that by writing my blog and using social media I am part of the Worldwide Quilting Community (could WQM become a recognisable abbreviation? :-D). Quilters from places across the globe share their love of patchwork and quilting and also give glimpses into events in their lives. Kristie shares her experience of living through Hurricane Michael and how this massive storm has affected the rural community around her home.
I think Avis must have the patience of a saint! She is making the Loyal Union Sampler Quilt designed by Jennifer Chiaverini (she of the Elm Creek Quilt novels) . Avis’ latest blocks look so neat and they showcase several different piecing techniques.
Have you ever wondered why quilt patterns cost what they do? Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts has written a very candid blog post about the costs she incurs in producing and selling her patterns. The short version is that as buyers we can provide designers the best remuneration by buying patterns direct from them. She explains clearly why paper and PDF versions of a pattern have the same cost and reminds us not to break copyright either by copying patterns we have bought or by accepting copied patterns from well-meaning friends.
Do you have fat quarters of large scale prints that you are feeling reluctant to cut into small pieces? Leah Day has a video tutorial using the stack ‘n whack method to create large ‘fractured quarter’ blocks that allow you to showcase your fabrics 🙂
Is it too early to be writing our Christmas gift lists? Maybe not! Alyce has been testing the advantages of using a wool ironing mat as opposed to a conventional ironing board. She found the wool mats are winners!
If you’d like to find more links into the quilty world try my ‘Pins of the Week‘ board 🙂 I refresh the board every Tuesday (sometimes Wednesday ;-)).
PS. Bearing in mind we live in a town and have a small garden, it was a big surprise to find a rather handsome pheasant paying us a visit from the countryside this week!
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along the project you are working on and share the blog post conversations, tutorials or quilty news that has caught your interest through the week. You can use the comment section or the linky button at the bottom of this page to join in this virtual sewing day.
This weekend my projects are all about quilting. I’ll be guiding the three members of the Beginners Course through basting a quilt sandwich and first steps in machine quilting. My version of the beginners quilt will come in handy as a quilting demonstration model. Back in my sewing room I’m feeling hopeful as I prepare to quilt feather designs on this rather large quilt. I keep drawing feather designs in different shaped spaces – squares, triangles waiting for ‘muscle-memory’ to work it’s magic.
More conversations this week to make up for the rather quiet post last week:
Bella has given an informative tutorial adding tiny pleats across the width of curtains. The linen curtains look so amazing with light streaming through the windows of Bella’s newly refurbished kitchen 🙂
Soma explains how she uses colours from nature to inspire her fabric selection. Her photos and the lovely foundation paper pieced block are inspiration in themselves.
Abby Glassenbury always has her finger on the pulse re. craft business and she’s been keeping a close eye on the changes going on at Etsy in the year since the new CEO has been running the company. She gives a robust response to Josh Silverman’s assertion that, “Our sellers want to spend their time making and serving customers. They don’t want to spend their time being business people.”
I will be recommending Sarah Goer’s machine binding tutorial to my Beginners Course students when we move on to binding our quilts in June.
Settle down with a mug of coffee and watch this super-informative video by Leah Day called ‘How Do I Quilt It? How to plan your quilting design with Leah Day‘. She uses computer prints of a medallion style quilt, drawing pencil lines to show how it could be custom quilted, given an all-over quilting design or be given a great look by varying the directions of straight line quilting.
Leanne, the Devoted Quilter, is a Christian and a quilter. Her devotional blog posts always hold to Biblical truths and present a challenge to grow in faith. This devotional post entitled ‘Stronger‘ is no exception.
Anita is hosting a quilt along using Elizabeth Hartman’s Greenhouse pattern. The quilt along begins on Wednesday 30th May. This is the link to Anita’s getting prepared post. Quilt-a-longs (QALs) can be a great way to keep motivation and there are usually some handy hints and an opportunity to see the progress of other participants as the project moves forward.
Jayne has written a lovely blog post sharing her experience of speaking at a quilt guild. She is so right to point out that quilters are a friendly welcoming bunch, interested in each other’s projects and creations.
Finally, baby birds in abundance at the moment. When the Starlings come into my garden it’s all noise and bustle! Earlier in the week we visited a bird reserve on the south coast. My husband took photos of a large, sleepy Tawny Owl chick and an Avocet with three tiny chicks.