Big Dottie – A finished quilt

Wahoo! A finished quilt! Look in my Gallery 2020 page and you’ll see that is a rare occurrence!

I was drawn to Rachel Hauser’s Dear Dottie pattern when she first started sharing it on her blog Stitched in Color. I’d been inspired by lots of the curved piecing that other modern quilters were incorporating into their designs and wanted to have a go. Rachel led a Dear Dottie Sew-Along towards the end of 2019 but I knew I really couldn’t take on another project right then. However I bought and downloaded the pattern thinking I would make the time in the New Year…. Coincidentally an advert for the Classic Curves ruler by Color Girl Quilts had me succumbing to my ruler obsession (again!). I decided to use the ruler rather than the pattern templates to cut out my Dear Dottie fabrics, as a result my finished blocks measure 9ยฝ” rather than 6ยฝ” – hence my quilt being named ‘Big Dottie’.

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (102)

Welcome to a belated Saturday Quilting Bring & Share! Bring along your projects and share in some of the inspiration being generously published on the web by other members of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do share your projects or other sources of quilty goodness in the comments box at the bottom of this page.

Happy Easter too! We enjoyed the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter Celebration – broadcast from his kitchen table – as well as our own Church Easter Service seen on our home TV via YouTube. As one joker pointed out our Vicar has now become a tele-evangelist (not something he ever aspired to, I’m sure!).

I’ve sorted a little basket ofย bright and light blue fabrics for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge .

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Mixing Patterns and Rulers: Dear Dottie and Classic Curves

I am using Rachel Hauser’s Dear Dottie pattern and Sharon McConnell’s Classic Curves Ruler to make a quilt – mixing the pattern’s emphasis on learning colour value skills with the adventure of cutting and sewing curves. (Links to websites and tutorials at the end of this post).

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Moravian Star finish, sewing on a rainy day…

Conditions outside have steadily deteriorated through the day… It started grey now it’s very windy, very wet and very, very grey! ๐Ÿ™

Rainy Day by Allison Reid
The view from my sewing room window at 2.30pm!

I have had to admit defeat re. publishing a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share post. Reality check! This is a busy time of year for everyone. Lots of extra socialising to enjoy as well as preparations for Christmas to be completed. So rather than stress about missing blog post deadlines I will rest SQBS posts for the next few weeks and resume in the New Year. In the meantime I shall write when I can and continue to read other quilter’s blogs as a form of respite from all the busyness ๐Ÿ™‚

I can share a finish! Deciding to gift the Moravian Star decoration was the right incentive to keep me working on the project. Finished and wrapped on Sunday, gifted on Monday!

Moravian Star finished by Allison Reid

Today I’ve been testing a set of Drunkards Path rulers. These make a 6″ finished block. I used a 25mm rotary cutter to negotiate the curves. The rulers don’t have non-slip pads but actually I found both of them easy to hold in place whilst I was cutting.

Drunkards Path test blocks by Allison Reid

The blocks went together without any fuss and measure the expected 6ยฝ” unfinished (whew!). I wasn’t brave enough to try the ‘no pin’ technique Rachel Hauser uses when stitching curves together but I did go with minimalist pinning – just five pins evenly spaced along the seam.

Drunkards Path test block pinning by Allison Reid

This block size gives a fairly gentle curve which meant I didn’t have to raise the presser foot to adjust the seam position as I stitched. All in all a useful test that gives me confidence to embark on another project I have in mind ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for Christmas preparations… Well! I’ve just about written all the cards… And I’ve hung one decoration ๐Ÿ˜€

Christmas Tree Quilt by Allison Reid

This is my small version of the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Christmas tree quilt. I made it this time last year mainly from stash fabrics. I wonder if you are enjoying rediscovering handmade decorations as you prepare your home for Christmas?

Allison