Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (278)

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share to be posted in 2022. Hope you have time this holiday weekend to push aside (or tidy away) the decorations, bring out your craft projects(s) and share in just a little of all the goodness published by quilty bloggers from around the world. Click on the links below to become an active participant in our Worldwide Quilting Community:  don’t forget to leave an encouraging message or handy tip in the comment box at the end of any of the blogs you visit 🙂

We were so fortunate this Christmas to be able to visit family and entertain visitors as planned. We also had the blessing of having our booster jabs over the holiday period. I am so thankful for the staff who worked extra shifts and the volunteers who gave their time in such a cheerful manner to ramp-up the vaccination programme over the festive weeks.

It was a pleasure to pack away my sewing equipment in order to convert ‘my’ room into a guest room and enjoy having a guest for only the second time in 2021. Since our guest left I’ve gradually been re-organising the space. Julie the Juki is set up and has been my quilting workhorse, stitching vertical and diagonal straight lines across the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail quilt. I’m on the final leg of making the quilt – just the label details to trace onto fabric before I machine stitch the binding in place.

Label on the light box ready for the words to be traced using a permanent marker.

I already have my eye on my next project (isn’t this so often the case?), I’ll be returning to the Modern Fans quilt.

My version of Modern Fans by Suzy Quilts

Before Christmas I used a walking foot to stitch a simple echo design in the concave blocks.

I’ll probably stitch in the ditch around the convex blocks but what I’m itching to do is switch from walking foot to free motion quilting. Inspired by Christmas gifts in the shape of Christina Cameli’s book and a dry-erase whiteboard my head is full of fmq designs to stitch!

Here’s some reading for the holiday weekend, I hope you find plenty to inspire you as you contemplate projects for the year ahead:

Before Christmas Kirsty shared a tutorial showing how to convert a square orphan block into a rectangular place mat.

What a moving finale to Marian’s tale of life on and away from the Santa Fe Trail. Do settle yourself down for a few minutes to read the last excerpt Melva has shared.

Christa Watson’s series of live video chats are easy to access as recordings and are full of interest as she shares her years of experience in the craft of patchwork quilting. Click this link to view the recording of Christa chatting about variegated threads.

Rachel explains how her Block of the Month (BOM) Pas de Deux, will be organised. There’s a discount offer running through the first week in January.

Gretchen is using her wonderful hand stitching skills to combine 1930s prints and much more modern prints in her applique project, Hearts & Wreaths. She’s chosen a soft yellow background, Kona Maize.

The Best of 2021 Linky Party is a great place to find fresh inspiration and new friends in the Worldwide Quilting Community. Cheryl’s party invites patchworking bloggers to link a post written to hi-light their six best blog posts of 2021. Make a large cup of coffee/tea and get ready to slip into a colourful warren of ideas and wonder!

If you are wondering about colour trends for 2022 then click over to Kirsty’s post. She’s collected together the colour predictions from Pantone, Kona and Etsy and written a post full of colourful images and ideas.

Leah Day has created a quick-to-make quilt pattern using strip piecing. Her video tutorial for the Easy Weave Quilt is full of handy tips.

And talk of strip piecing takes me neatly to Busy Hands Quilts. Myra is a prolific pattern designer-writer and uses strip piecing as her go-to technique. Her New Year pattern sale runs until 2nd January.

I like the results Rachel is achieving by delving around in a box of orphan blocks and fabric leftovers. She describes the quilt on her design wall as ‘lighthearted and off-kilter…. a nice sentiment for this time of year’.

I’m looking forward to another year of stitching and blogging. Thank you for reading my posts and following my progress as I explore the many skills and techniques to be found under the patchwork-quilting umbrella.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (256)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope whatever this past week has brought your way you will have an opportunity over weekend to bring along your project(s) and relax whilst sharing in the inspiration members of the Worldwide Quilting Community have been posting for our gain. Leaving your thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes at the end of the posts you read is great way to take part in the sharing 🙂

I have managed to move on a few projects this week and, of course, spent no small amount of time chasing squirrel projects! First to what I have actually done: quilting the March Forget-me-not block for the English Country Garden Quilt Along. Whew! It’s a finish!

The text print background fabric hides the quilting so it’s easiest seen on the back:

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A Quilt Finish and a Day by the Sea

Summer Mist

My ‘Summer Mist’ quilt is finished! I’m particularly pleased with this quilt as I kept my cool and managed to free motion quilt a design over the entire quilt top. It’s just a meander, I kept it fairly open with a scale of about 2 inches. The quilt measures 58″ x 45″. I used Hobbs 80/20 wadding. The backing is from a length of Moda fabric joined across the middle of the quilt.

I stitched the label to the backing fabric before making the quilt sandwich so it is quilted on to the back.

Good to have a quilt finished and another two on the verge of being completed 🙂

Today was a very special day. Our first out of town trip since last September! Much as I enjoy living in my home town the change of scene really was welcome. We drove 55 miles through Hampshire and the New Forest to Hengistbury Head, Dorset. From there we walked along the seafront to Boscombe Pier and back. The sky remained clear blue all day, the acres of pale sand looked amazing and the strong breeze whipped up waves which provided the perfect soundscape to our day by the sea 🙂

Sand, sea and sky.
Can you spot the goats grazing on the steep cliff behind the beach huts?

I hope you are able to benefit from a change of scene – maybe a visit will become the inspiration for your next project?

Linking with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant. Michelle explains how she selected fabrics for her bright and cheerful version of the popular Plaid-ish quilt. Also linking with Sandra who is hosting TGIFF and has a quilt finish of her own to share.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (248)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I’m sorry to be late publishing. Yesterday I had one of those stomach-drop moments when I found I couldn’t access my own blog site *horrible* Thankfully my website lady worked her magic and all is running smoothly now. I hope you have had time to enjoy sewing this weekend, maybe a few treats have come your way too if you are a mother in the UK? 🙂 There may just be time to bring along your project and share in the tips, ideas and inspiration circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you visit some blog sites via the links below you can join in the sharing by leaving your thoughts in the comments boxes 🙂

After finishing the I-Spy Puzzle quilt at the start of the week I had a bit of a tidy-up in my sewing room, taking time to clear the lint out of my sewing machine and then looked around for my next project. I always have more than one WIP but somehow finishing a project causes a bit of stutter in my creative flow: Which project should I focus on now? Is this the time to start a new project ;-)? I didn’t really think hard about my choices…. This is how the sewing panned out through the rest of the week:

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