Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (60)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Hope you have plenty of good things to look forward to over this weekend. Do join in this virtual sewing day: bring along your projects(s), take a seat, have a drink of your choice close to hand and share in some of the conversations running round the Worldwide Quilting Community. You are very welcome to share links and join in the conversations by using the comments box at the end of this post.

The Allotment in May by Allison ReidSewing has been the ‘side’ rather than the ‘main course’ for me this week as the weather has been favourable for working at the allotment. All is now fairly well prepared for planting out the bean and sweetcorn plants I have been nurturing in the little greenhouse stood against the sun-trap back wall of my house. I also kept myself busy by putting my powers of procrastination to good use, doing some jobs around the house that have been bugging me for some time. Funny how not wanting to do one thing can be the motivation to actually doing another! The sink and floor in my kitchen are now sparkling (but I haven’t finished writing a pattern which is what I should have been doing…).

Dashes, dots and crosses units by Allison ReidHere is the progress I’ve made with the new blocks and pattern I’m developing. Over the course of a few short sessions at the sewing machine I completed all the units required to make up the remaining twelve blocks. Today I will continue putting the blocks together and plan to have the centre of the quilt top stitched together before Sunday evening.

 

 

Dashes, dots and crosses chain piecing blocks by Allison Reid

Earlier this morning I went through my usual routine of filling the bird feeders in the garden. We had much needed rain last night and my attention was caught by the raindrops clinging to our first rose bloom of the year and to all the leaves in the garden.

WARNING: Digression ahead!! This may mystify anyone under the age of 50 who wasn’t brought up in the UK!

After that visit to the garden I got the phrase ‘rain drops on roses’ in my head which led to recollecting the song ‘These are a few of my favourite things’ from the Sound of Music.  Now, I have NEVER seen The Sound of Music and this is a fact I wear as a badge of honour (apologies to those of you who may be sinking into a state of deep shock, I know the film and stage productions of this musical are sacred to many). BUT some of the songs are buried deep in my consciousness. How? Well! I think it must be due to the many Saturday mornings of my childhood spent listening to the radio show, ‘Junior Choice’: A request show hosted by Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart. He played a great mix of contemporary pop tunes, songs from musicals, signature tunes like ‘Champion the Wonder Horse’ and ‘Casey Jones’  alongside funny story songs – ‘Right Said Fred’, ‘The Runaway Train’ and one of my Mum’s favourites, a cautionary tale by Shel Silverstein, about Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who would not take the garbage out (‘garbage’ was a lovely new word to get my tongue around as in the UK we use the word ‘rubbish’ rather than ‘garbage’). If you are of a nervous disposition you might want to take cover before listening to the following recording…. This is definitely NOT Julie Andrews 😀

END of Digression. On to some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Remember the Carolina Hurricane Quilts appeal? Carole has an update on this amazing cause that has brought comfort to the victims of the hurricane through the generosity of patchwork quilters. Carole’s post contains a lovely gallery of many of the quilts that have been through her home recently and shows them being delivered to a collection  point too. 🙂

Amy Ellis has her new website ‘Sew Modern Quilts‘ up and running. She plans it to be a resource for new patchwork quilters in particular. With details of how she chose the fabrics, colours and quilting designs for many of her quilts it certainly should be worth paying regular visits to the site.

Cheryl has given a lovely modern twist to a patchwork favourite – stars. Her quilt design is really engaging particularly with the summery colours she has chosen to use.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (59)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Do take some time to join in this virtual sewing day, bring along your projects and share in the conversations using the links below. Please do contribute to the conversations and add links to your projects by making use of the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Just two weeks ago I wrote about my mission to finish a quilt and how being so focused I had actually stopped thinking about other projects… Well! I now find myself in a complete whirl with project ideas and designs whizzing around in my mind – sometimes they land long enough to have a play on EQ7 and one design has even come to life with a lone test block completed.

https://quiltingjetgirl.com/2019/05/09/finding-design-inspiration/

 

With all this design activity I’m having to grapple with several of my personal bug-bears. One is making Snowball corners. This design demands several and as always I’m struggling with (i) keeping my blocks square (ii) letting go of all the little triangles of fabric I’ve snipped off the corners!

Another bug-bear issue is technology – uggh! I’m ashamed to admit I do have a strong ‘can’t do’ attitude towards new-to-me technology. This week I have procrastinated over a pdf reader/writer thingy that I need to use in order to produce a downloadable pattern with foundation paper piecing templates. I just can’t see me getting to grips with this. The pattern may be available in printed form only…

On a much more positive note: I’m taking great delight in seeing flowers opening on Hawthorn bushes in our garden. The bushes are growing vigorously after being transplanted as self-seeded saplings from our allotment several years ago. I thought they would fill a corner in our garden, acting as a hedge between our neighbours’ gardens. This is the first season the Hawthorns have flowered and they do look beautiful.

Hawthorn flowers by Allison Reid

And this week I have a bumper crop of inspiration and information to share with you from the Worldwide Quilting Community: 

Nancy has been testing out the effectiveness of different permanent markers on fabric. I was especially interested to follow her experiment as I use a Pigma Micron marker to write details on the labels of my quilts.

Michelle is reflecting on ‘community’, with particular reference to patchwork quilting, and asking questions of herself and readers about the nature of community. Click here to read the first in a series of posts on the subject, Michelle would like us to share our views and experiences of community. This is a subject that always catches my attention, after all the whole point of Saturday Quilt & Share is to foster interaction between quilters around the world.

Christa Watson has published a new pattern called ‘Color Weave’. She has made it in the rainbow colours of her own fabric line combined with two shades of grey. I find it very intriguing.

Do you have a bit of a soft spot for hens? If so I think you will be clucking over the ‘Chickens’ quilt pattern by Allison Harris. The Chicken quilt she uses in the photos is even quilted with a chicken wire pattern!

Did you know ‘temperature quilts’ are a thing? New to me but not so new it would seem. Create a quilt by using coloured fabric to record the day-by-day changes of temperature in your location. Click over to the Elm Street Quilts site to find out more and see some example quilts.

I can’t help being drawn to scrap quilts! Kristie shares the method she is employing to use up her scrap fabric strips.

Dashes, dots and crosses square-in-a-square unit by Allison ReidAs I explained above I’m not a fan of snowball corners but I will persevere… The centre unit of the block I’ve made is a square-in-a-square rather than a snowball. Imagine my delight when I found Quilter’s Paradise have an on-line calculator that figures out the fabric cutting sizes for square-in-a-square blocks! Excellent! The calculator worked just right and saved me quite a bit of time. 🙂

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts has created a great range of pieced quilts featuring animals, characters and objects. She’s working on a pattern depicting a Triceratops dinosaur at the moment.

Amy Ellis has the ‘One Thing Challenge’ running over on Instagram. The Challenge aims to encourage us to name the one thing we are going to get done to move a project forward and there’s the opportunity for a bit of accountability with a weekly check-in. And there are prizes! This is the link to her blog post about the Challenge and here are the IG hashtags: ‘To name your ONE THING comment on the current IG photo or post an image with #onethingwithamy To share your finish, post with #onethingwithamyfinish⠀’.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Ever wanted to make a Lone Star quilt but been put off by the thought of all those ‘Y’ seams? Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts has resolved the ‘Y’ seam issue using her Super Sidekick Ruler. Her Lone Star pattern is available now and her sample quilt is a bit special – there are some Tula Pink fabrics and quilting by Angela Walters – do click on the link to take a look (there’s a sweet baby too!).

Lots of inspiration this week… I’ll close with a link to Yvonne’s thought-provoking post titled ‘Finding Design Inspiration‘. She belongs to a couple of design groups that encourage members to stretch their imaginations and skills by creating a quilt/block/mini-quilt inspired by a shared image.

Happy Stitching!

Linking up with Design Wall Monday for even more inspiration!

Allison

 

 

A cover for my ironing board and a full design wall

Are you prone to procrastination? It is my middle name! Generally fueled by fear of failure, I often procrastinate beyond the deadline to get the thing done. So it is with a ridiculous amount of pride that I now declare several years of procrastination over and my table-top ironing board’s new cover ready to use!

Ironing Board cover in situ by Allison Reid
The new cover – not too shabby even if I do say so myself! 🙂

I reckon the ironing board must be nine years old – bought during my first ever trip to IKEA when our daughter started University. The original cover has been stained with unsightly brown scorch marks for many of those years. Even concern the marks might discolour some of my fabrics has not been enough incentive for me to overcome the fear I might not succeed in making a replacement!

I don’t know quite what got me to the point of overcoming the fear and the resulting procrastination but there was a moment earlier this week when I decided ‘enough was enough’.

Read moreA cover for my ironing board and a full design wall

Dashing Stars unpicked and re-organised!

Dashing Stars mis-arranged by Allison Reid
Dashing Stars mis-arranged

Oh! Phew! Unpicking lots of seams takes lots of time 😉 In my previous blog post I shared my very silly decision not to label each of the 36 blocks before putting together my latest version of Dashing Stars. Having made one poor decision I followed it up with an even more misguided one: I choose to leave the blocks I’d misplaced in the first couple of rows and just rearranged others in lower rows thinking it would work out OK! Well! It didn’t! The inevitable marathon of unpicking followed (not so much a marathon as a endurance race with stages as it took several sessions over several days to undo all those pesky stitches!).

Anyway the blocks finally went back up on the design wall. I used my original photograph to guide me as I pinned a label to each and every block AND then, and only then, did I stitch them all together!

Read moreDashing Stars unpicked and re-organised!