Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (273)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and take part in the sharing going on through our Worldwide Quilting Community. To take part just click on any of the links that take your interest and leave an encouraging comment on the blogs you visit.

In the sewing room this week:

I managed to finish the second of the 30 block I-Spy Shadow quilts. This one with blue background fabrics. It is listed in my Folksy shop along with the pattern and pre-cut novelty fabric packs.

Making the tenth block of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along was a brief but welcome diversion from the quilting production line I’m working on!

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (272)

 

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoy the company of quilters from around the World as we share tips, tutorials, inspiration and more. Use the links below to kick-start your journey around the quilty world, don’t forget to leave an encouraging message and join in the sharing on any blog sites you visit πŸ™‚

This past week I’ve switched from chain piecing to ‘chain quilting’! I’ve actually finished one quilt, basted another and prepared the backing and wadding for a third.

  1. The finished quilt is a 30 block version of my 42 block I-Spy Shadow Quilt. I’m very happy with this quilt. It measures 40″ x 52″ which is a good size for a child. I do like the ‘playmat’ fabric I used for the backing. It’s a dual purpose quilt πŸ™‚ The novelty fabrics on the front are ideal for playing I-Spy and the town map on the back is a fun place to play with toy vehicles and building bricks.

2. The basted quilt is a blue I-Spy Shadow quilt, again made with 30 blocks. I was chuffed that these two quilts made perfect use of 1.5m of theΒ  road map extra wide backing fabric. All I had to do was rip the fabric in half, top to bottom, and hey! presto! two backings ready to use!

3. The third quilting project is my sixth version of the beginners course Dashing Stars quilt. I pieced the backing, adding a homemade label, and cut the super-soft bamboo wadding to size. Today I used the backing, wadding and nearly finished top (just one more border strip to add…) to give a quick demonstration of how to pin baste a quilt sandwich. Now I need to add that border before basting it for real.

My plan for the next few days is to quilt and bind the blue I-Spy quilt ready to photograph and list in my Folksy shop. Then, while my machine and tables are set up for quilting, I hope to quilt the Dashing Stars quilt. Maybe there’ll be time in the week to share my progress – I hope so πŸ™‚

I’ve been working hard to catch up on reading blog posts and have found plenty of interest so here is a bumper set of links to get you thinking and inspired:

A cautionary tale from Katy re. mixing pre-washed fabrics with those that haven’t had the ‘shrink’ treatment!

It’s not too late to join in Carole’s ‘Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along‘. This year she is sharing instructions to make a 40″ square table topper. In her initial post she shares several colourways to help get us inspired.

Linda has a great gift for making improbable improv experiments into exciting, cohesive patchwork quilts. Her latest, ‘Playin’ Around‘, is no exception!

Reading Yvonne’s tutorial for making Quarter Square Triangles made me realise it is a very long time since I made this classic block. The tutorial is full of useful tips and Yvonne has generously shared a table of cutting sizes to take the guess work out of the process πŸ™‚

Angela Walters will be starting another free motion quilting challenge in November. This time the challenge is all about quilting feather designs. You can purchase a printed quilt top to follow along or just use your own fabric.

I’m in the habit of naming and labelling the quilts I make. Joni asks ‘Do you name your quilts?’ and has given three reasons why she feels a quilt should be named and have a label attached.

Karin over at Blue Pip Designs is hosting a QAL featuring her beginner friendly design, ‘Bernie’s Mittens‘. It looks like just the right amount of work in the run up to Thanksgiving and doesn’t require the choosing of many fabrics πŸ™‚

Christina Cameli’s latest book is ready for pre-order. The book is called ‘Free-Motion Combinations‘ and she says inspiration for it came as she posted short clips through the first lockdown of her drawing out quilting designs on a whiteboard. I watched many of those on Instagram and found Christina’s explanations and ideas very inspiring.

After a few false starts Jayne has cracked on with a partially finished quilt project given to her by her Grandmother. The Pinwheel blocks were all very neatly hand pieced but 24 Pinwheels spun in one direction and 16 in the other. Jayne has come up with a layout that uses them all without drawing attention to the orientation of the blocks. What wonderful memories that quilt will hold for Jayne and her family – much better finished than in pieces hidden in a box πŸ™‚

The Mystery of the Scant 1/4″ Seam‘ is the title of Brittany’s detailed post all about the difference between a true 1/4″ seam and a scant 1/4″ seam. She has included a way of testing to achieve the perfect scant 1/4″ seam and adjustments that can be made to maintain a consistent seam allowance. Very useful!

Here’s the link to the first part of Carole’s ‘Autumn About Town Sew Along Purse‘ tutorial (across-the-pond translation: read ‘bag’ for ‘purse’!).

Rachel’s explanations of colour choices for a quilt top are always worth a read…. Warning! Clicking to this particular post might just head you down the road of joining in her latest QAL! It’s sooo tempting! πŸ˜€

Linking my post and finished quilt with Alycia at Finished or Not Friday, Wendy’s Peacock Party and Michelle’s Beauties Pageant.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (271)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. This week fashionably late on a sunny Sunday afternoon 😁 Bring along your project(s) and take part in the generous sharing of tips, ideas and encouragements that our Worldwide Quilting Community is just so good at doing! Do add to the community by leaving a message in the comments box of any blog sites you visit using the links below πŸ™‚

I’ve been busy creating an I-Spy quilt using my I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern. The top came together really easy. When it came to finding

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (270)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoying the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you visit any of the blog sites in the links below don’t forget to join in the conversations by leaving an encouraging comment or useful tip for others to read πŸ™‚

It’s the end of a much calmer week for me. There’s been time to potter and enjoy hearing the sound of rain hammering down on our roof and the road outside. The drumming of rain always reminds me of happy but wet childhood holidays in our family caravan!

And I’m getting used to being home alone as my husband and son have both very recently moved from home-working to going out to their work places. I have to laugh at myself: as soon as the front door closes behind my husband I begin talking to myself – out loud! Just a running commentary on the little decisions I’m making, reminding myself to empty the washing machine, feed the garden birds or add an item to my to-do list.

Of course, the chat continues in my sewing room πŸ˜‰ This week I spent more time than I’d bargained for preparing for the second session of the Beginners Course I’m teaching. Anyhow, I think the preparation paid off, I certainly enjoyed the class on Saturday – hopefully the students did too! In the evening I unpacked my workshop bag, made the final two blocks of my sixth version of the Dashing Stars quilt we are making in the class and stuck all the blocks to my design wall. I carefully pinned identifying numbers to each block before taking them down to sew into rows.

I’d like to get the Dashing Stars rows stitched together so I can clear the design wall and my attention, changing my focus to the I-Spy Shadow quilt I’m making. I whizzed through piecing the I-Spy blocks on Friday afternoon, there’s a little video on my Facebook page if you’d like to watch me chain piecing πŸ™‚

Before I left Purple Stitches on Saturday I chose some extra-wide backing fabric for the I-Spy quilt. The print is a street map so the back of the quilt will be a playmat. A dual purpose, reversible quilt!

In the coming week there’ll be less time to potter around the house and more time spent in social situations. I feel more prepared to be out and about now after the initial shock of being involved in so many in-person social events.

Here are this weeks links into the World of Patchwork Quilting:

Ever got in a muddle trying to get a directional print to flow in a patchwork block? Yvonne has created a blog tutorial with a video to talk us through how to keep a print orientated in the same direction whilst making Half Square Triangles using either the stitch and flip or the two at a time methods. Definitely worth keeping a link to this post! I’ll be pinning it to a couple of my Pinterest boards πŸ™‚

Also from Yvonne: Intricate straight-line quilting and an interesting explanation of thread and design choices.

On the other hand, Michelle has fallen out of love with straight line quilting. Struggles with puckering have led her to change her walking foot for a free motion foot. She received some encouraging and helpful comments including one from Yvonne πŸ™‚

Cynthia has used pre-cuts and a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop to make a simple but effective quilt. Depending on the fabrics it could be a design to reflect any season of the year. Cynthia’s is all about soft Autumn colour.

Nancy shared an ‘out and about’ noticing things type of post that might just get us all looking out for the quirky and odd in our neighbourhoods.

Happy Stitching!

Allison