Well! This post started life as a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share but I’ve missed that deadline pretty spectacularly! 😀 Instead I will share some of what I’ve been up to in the past ten days.
First and foremost has been a four day holiday in Heidelberg, Germany. We flew out to visit our youngest son who is a few months into a year of studying at the University of Heidelberg. We chose this rather chilly time of year to visit (the temperature did not rise above freezing during the whole of our stay) to coincide with our ‘Baby’s’ 21st birthday. On his special day he got out of bed a lot earlier than his travel weary parents to witness a lunar eclipse, then joined us at our hotel in time for breakfast followed by the fun of opening cards and gifts.
During the day we walked through the very picturesque streets of the old town of Heidelberg and climbed the steep slope to the Castle.
Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you have time this weekend to bring along a project, join in with this virtual sewing group and share in the conversations we’ve picked up from the worldwide quilting community this week. Do use the comments box at the end of this post to share what you are doing and anything that has caught your interest.
On Thursday I shared my battle with the January Blues. I woke up on Friday feeling more positive (a lesson in ‘it is good to share’ and my thanks for the encouraging and helpful comments left for me here on the blog and my Facebook page). As an antidote to the rather gloomy blue I shall now share some pretty, vibrant pink.
A lively collection of pink, green and white on my kitchen windowsill. So pleased to see the larger orchid flowering again and the smaller orchid also has a flower spike. The hyacinths were a pre-Christmas gift, they flowered over the festive weeks and then surprised me by providing a second set of flowers 🙂 The bouquet was a gift from friends who joined us for Sunday lunch last week.
Welcome to the second Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2019. It feels like the year has properly begun – the first full working week is behind us, schools are open and the morning and evening traffic levels are back to normal! But now it’s the weekend! Yeah! Time to enjoy a virtual sewing day, bring out the projects we are working on and share in some of the patchwork quilting conversations circulating around the worldwide quilty community. Join in by clicking some or all of the links below and leaving your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!
I’m switching projects today. I’ve finished quilting the Autumn Leaves wall hanging – hoping the lines of wavy stitching and swirls give the impression of the wind blowing and the leaves tumbling through the air?
During the week I tied myself in knots designing a kind of book pillow, quilt carry bag thing… I came up with so many permutations re. fastenings (even went out and bought a zipper!), handles, size of pillow, size of pocket, to line or not to line? etc. etc. In the end I bit the bullet, dove to the bottom of my stash bins and made a mock-up using some of the ideas swirling around in my head. It is a relief to have a finished item but I’m not yet sure what lessons I’ve learned from this protoytype …
I’d like to clear my head and get on with a project where I actually know what I’m doing and why! So, I’ve retrieved the fabrics I put together some time last year to make another I-Spy Shadow quilt. I designed this quilt a couple of years ago and made two. Late last Summer when I was sorting through my stash and scraps I discovered more novelty fabric pieces than I expected and decided to sort them – fussy cutting 5″ or 4″ squares wherever possible. Now for some fun quick piecing and a break from over-thinking things! 🙂
Community is my word for 2019 and I’m using this word with particular reference to our worldwide quilting community. So what better example could I share than the ‘Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project‘? This project is ambitious and so full of generosity and kindness. Please take a look at Carole’s blog post and see how the quilting community can bring love and hope into such a desperate, on-going, tragedy.
Jayne has made a beautifully simple nine-patch quilt in double quick time – what a satisfying start to 2019!
I will definitely be bookmarking this blog post all about fabric choice by Rachel at Stitched in Color. Rachel has collected lots of photos of quilts made to the Gypsy Wife pattern and explains the different effects contrast, colour and scale of pattern can have on a quilt and how to choose fabrics to achieve the effect you want. Very helpful indeed! 🙂
I’m listening to Shannon Brinkley’s ‘Quilt Style Workshop’ while I’m sewing. You can sign up for free here. In the first video Shannon talks about the stages of developing our patchwork quilting skills and style. AND she suggests WIPs and fabrics we no longer love can go in the ‘experiment bin’ to be used as when we want to test fresh techniques. The second video is about colour 🙂
Melanie has shared some simple but effective ways to keep a sewing room organised , keeping tools in the right place. Less time hunting for scissors is more time to stitch 🙂
Welcome to the first Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2019. Happy New Year! Bring along your current project to our virtual sewing day and share in the quilting conversations doing the rounds of the worldwide quilty community. Leave links to your project posts or to quilt blog posts that have caught your interest in the comments box at the end of this post.
First of all I will share with you my unusual game of ‘thread chicken’. Instead of the usual game of dare – will the top thread/bobbin last for just one more line of stitching? – I’ve been holding my breath and keeping a close eye on a knot hoping that it won’t end up causing a tangle through my machine’s tension plates or get caught in the needle as I’m stitching! Thankfully I completed stitching details on the quilt before the knot came into play!
I and my Pfaff machine get on very well with Aurifil cotton threads which I’m convinced are of very good quality. This is the first time I’ve encountered a knotted join in a reel of Aurifil 🙁