Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (265)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations and inspiration circulating our Worldwide Quilting Community. Be part of the sharing by leaving a message in a comments box when you click on any of the links below 🙂

It’s taking me a while to adjust to the pace of life now lockdown restrictions are lifting! A few hours working at Purple Stitches, a few hours teaching patchwork 1:1, socialising (generally outdoors) have impacted negatively on my blog reading/writing routine. I am the sort of person who finds socialising an enjoyable but energy sapping activity rather than an invigorating one so I know I need to factor-in rest and ‘alone time’ following a social event. No doubt I’ll be finding socialising less tiring as it becomes ‘normal’ once again 🙂

Learning bag-making techniques continues to be my main occupation in the sewing room. In a recent blog post I wrote about three bags I’ve made with varying success. I can now reveal my latest make…

This is the ‘Reversible Hobo Bag’, pattern by Mrs H Sewing Patterns. I bought the pattern along with the bag hardware (I’ve got all the bag lingo now 😉 )and text print fabric from Purple Stitches. It is the biggest bag I’ve made.

I found the pattern reasonably easy to follow although some of the photos didn’t quite match up with the text instructions. I’d say this pattern might leave a complete beginner a bit frustrated but being a large bag in a simple style does mean there are few, if any, fiddly sections to negotiate.

I used woven interfacing to give body to the contrast (black) side of the bag and attached fusible fleece to the text print fabric. First up I used a fusible interfacing that was too stiff. I tried to persuade myself it would be OK but fortunately, having slept on the decision, came to the conclusion that softer, lighter, woven interfacing would be more in keeping with the slouchy styling – thankfully the black fabric was a freebie from a friend of a friend and there was just enough to make cut out more panels to fuse with the lighter weight interfacing.

The roomy Reversible Hobo Bag has two zipper pockets. I like the soft style, wondering if I could make a smaller version…

In other sewing news: I continue to make heavy going of the English Country Garden QAL – the May Marigold block remains incomplete… ; I’m booked to run a Beginners Class at Purple Stitches starting September 18th; and I may be able to schedule a patchwork skill-builder or a bag-making class too 🙂

I hope you are able to set aside time to be creative. Maybe you’ll find inspiration via one or two of this weeks links into our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Amy Friend brings a distinctive style to foundation paper piecing. Her latest project, Briar Quilt, displays that style very clearly. I like the muted colour palette Amy has chosen.

The Quilt Spot monthly post by Melony features a change of quilts between the films Paddington and Paddington 2. I won’t mind watching those two films again just so I can point out the quilts to my family! 😀

Melva shares another instalment of Marian Russell’s recollections of life along the Santa Fe Trail in the 1850s. I was struck by the readiness to provide education for the local girls as well as the boys. There were so many hard lessons for such young children to learn outside of school – including the fate of political prisoners.

Christmas in July! I know! It’s a concept I just can’t grasp but there’s a lot of it about on social media. Carole’s Christmas in July post contains a whole host of seasonal sewing/patchwork projects including a quick tutorial about turning a panel into a table topper or wall hanging.

I’m amazed anyone can come up with an original quilt block – surely there are only so many ways to sew pieces of fabrics together into squares? 😀 Kirsty has designed a new block, the ‘Alex Quilt Block’. Using four fabrics/colours she says the Block is an ideal scrap buster. Go to her post for the full tutorial which includes helpful suggestions for creating different looks by the careful placement of fabrics.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (264)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I wonder if you will be keeping one eye on the the tennis from Wimbledon this weekend? I know I’m trying to multi-task! Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and conversations generated by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in as you click through the links below 🙂

Another week has passed with not much actual sewing being done I’m afraid. I’ve been hampered by a head cold (PCR test thankfully came back negative, my household enduring six days of isolation whilst waiting first for the test kit and then the result to arrive!); followed by a most welcome day out; and the need to convert my sewing room into a teaching workshop. The urge to do a bit of stitching finally drove me back to the English Country Garden QAL. I dropped behind with this QAL back in May, and somehow couldn’t persuade myself to pick it up and play catch-up. So, here I am stitching the May Marigolds, trying not to fret about the June Pansies or the July Lupins. One at a time, one at a time…

There are lots of lovely projects to inspire us out there in Quilty Blog World. I hope you find plenty of interest in this weeks selection 🙂 :

Izzy reviews a pattern from the online magazine, Make Modern. She used a Layer Cake and some extra fabric for the background. I subscribed to the magazine for the first time this year but despite receiving at least two, maybe three?, copies I just haven’t got in the habit of looking through a magazine on my laptop screen. Have you managed to make the transition from hard copy magazines to reading them online?

Amy Friend is organising a ‘Tell Me A Story Holiday Block Swap’. All the details are in this blog post. Is it too early to be rifling through Christmas fabrics? Probably not! 😀

Here’s a very practical, eco friendly use of a Fat Quarter – a reusable sandwich wrap! Click over to Suzy Quilts for the guest tutorial by Kelsey Williams.

Katy is trying out a different method of needle turn applique, back basting applique. Her explanation has me intrigued! And Laura is using freezer paper on the front of her applique shapes (another applique method to explore!). Laura’s post generated an interesting discussion about applique techniques.

Beth’s Pink Stars quilt along is coming together now. The mix of star blocks look great in the finished quilt. Scroll to the end of Beth’s post to see an image of the quilt top.

And just a reminder I’ve written a tutorial for Week 4 of the Summer Scrap Elimination blog hop. Find my Scrappy Scrap Basket post here and check out the other scrap busting tutorials being shared via Swan’s blog, Swan Amity Studios.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Scrappy Scrap Basket tutorial for The Summer Scrap Elimination 2021

Scrappy Scrap Basket. The Why? I often use scraps of fabric as an on-going leader-ender project. I have a bin of scraps within easy reach of my sewing machine and select a couple of scraps to stitch together each time I start or finish chain piecing patchwork units. On the other side of my sewing machine I have a basket ready to receive the stitched leader-enders as I snip them off the strings of chain pieced units. When the basket is full to over-flowing I know it’s time to press the seams of the leader-enders before throwing them in the box ready to become bigger units in a scrappy patchwork quilt 🙂

I’ve made several of these baskets and love just how scrappy a Scrappy Scrap Basket can be! For this tutorial I made a basket not only from fabric scraps but also interfacing scraps and wadding scraps. Funny how I still have loads of scraps…

It’s  Week 4 of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 blog hop and I’m very happy to be sharing this Scrappy Scrap Basket tutorial as a contributor to Swan Amity Studio’s annual event.

Scrappy Scrap Basket. The How?

Materials to make a basket approx. :

  • Ten 2½” x 5″ rectangles of fabric (outer sides of basket)
  • Two 2½” x 10½” rectangles of fabric (outer base of basket)
  • Two 1¾” x 10½” rectangles of fabric (outer top of basket)
  • Two 4½” x 6½” rectangles of fabric (tab handles)
  • Two 10¼” x 8″ rectangles of fabric  (lining of basket)
  • Two 10″ x 7¾” rectangles of medium weight interfacing
  • One piece of wadding 11″ x 22″
  • Top stitching thread

Note: Use ¼” seam allowance unless directed otherwise; reinforce start and finishes of all seams with reverse stitching.

Step 1: Basket Outer

  • Stitch together the 2½” x 5″ rectangles along their long edges to make the basket back and front each measuring 5″ x 10½”. Press seams open or to the darker fabrics.

  • Stitch the 1¾” x 10½” rectangles to the upper edges of the basket back and front. Press seams open.

  • Stitch the 2½” x 10½” rectangles to the bottom edges of the basket back and front. Press seams open.
  • Apply iron-on interfacing to the reverse sides of the basket back and front pieces.

  • Lay the back and front pieces side by side on the strip of wadding. Baste using spray or pins.

  • Quilt both using a design of your choice (I used a walking foot to quilt a twisted ribbon design and echoed the seam between the vertical rectangles and the horizontal fabric at the top of the basket).
  • Trim away the excess wadding so the basket’s back and front each measure 8¼” high by 10½” wide.
  • Boxed Corners: Place the basket back and front right sides together. Mark a 2¼” square in the bottom corners.

  • Stitch the sides and bottom seams together – back stitch at the start and end of each seam and across the marked lines.

  • Cut away the bottom corners along the marked lines.

  • Pinch the two open edges of a cut corner together, aligning the bottom seam with the side seam.

  • Stitch the open edges of the boxed corner together making sure to back stitch at the start and finish of the seam.

  • Repeat with the opposite corner.

Step 2: Tab Handles

  • Fold a 4½” x 6½” rectangle in half – short edge to short edge – to find the centre and press along the fold. Open out the rectangle and fold both short edges to the centre crease. Press and then fold edges together along the centre crease to create a 1″ x 6½” tab.

  • Top stitch 1/8th inch in from the edges along both sides of the tab.
  • Fold the tab in half. Centre the open edges against the top of a side seam of the outer basket – right sides together. Using an 1/8th inch seam allowance baste in place.

  • Repeat to make the second tab handle.

Step 3: Basket Lining

  • Lay the two lining rectangles right sides together and mark 2¼” squares in the bottom corners ready to make boxed corners.
  • Stitch the side seams starting with a ¼” allowance at the top edge gradually moving to ½” allowance at the marked line. Reverse stitch at the start and beginning of each seam.

  • Stitch a ¼” seam along the bottom edge leaving a 3″ opening to turn the basket right sides out. Reverse stitch at the start and finish of each seam.
  • Cut away the marked corner squares.
  • Make boxed corners in the same way as those made for the outer basket.
  • Press open the side and bottom seams.

Step 4: Create the Basket

  • Place the outer basket inside the lining, right sides together.
  • Align the side seams and pin or clip together the top edges of the basket outer and lining.

  • Stitch together using a ¼” seam all around the top edges of the outer basket and lining.
  • Turn the basket right sides out through the opening in the lining.
  • Carefully roll and finger press around the top edge of the basket.

  • Top stitch ¼” around the top edge of the basket.
  • Machine or hand stitch closed the opening in the lining.

Congratulations! Your Scrappy Basket is finished and ready to receive it’s fill of scraps!

Of course, this basket pattern can be adapted in many ways depending on the shape and size of the scraps you use. It would be possible to use a stitch & flip method to attach strips of fabric to the wadding or to make the basket sides using a Crazy Patchwork technique. If you choose to make a larger basket I’d recommend using two layers of wadding or a foam interlining to make sure the sides are rigid enough to stay upright.

If you have any queries about this Scrappy Scrap Basket tutorial please do get in touch 🙂 Don’t forget to follow the link to the home of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 project at Swan Amity Studios where you’ll find Swan’s scrap elimination tutorials and links to other contributors of this years blog hop.

Allison

 

 

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (263)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and be inspired by some of what’s been shared in our Worldwide Quilting Community this past week. If you click on any of the links below (which I hope you do!) please do leave an encouraging message in the comments box for the writers of the posts. Thank you!

I’ve not been using up much fabric or thread this week instead I’ve been busy designing and re-designing a quilt suitable for a beginners class. I had to make three versions of the ‘Squares-in-a-Square’ block before I hit upon the perfect formula.

I was seeking to use cutting measurements that didn’t involve using 1/8th inch increments along with piecing which allowed for a bit of ‘wiggle room’ so the points of the four patch wouldn’t be cut off when the block is stitched to it’s neighbouring blocks… Got there in the end with cutting measurements to 1/4″ and a 3/8th of an inch seam allowance at the points! Phew!

Today I worked on the Scrappy Scrap Basket tutorial I’ll be posting on Thursday as part of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 blog hop. I had some major brain fog problems so I actually ended up creating a few more scraps instead of eliminating them 😀 Never mind! I have a new basket to keep the new scraps tidy!

On Wednesday I published a post about the current state of our local quilt groups/guilds. Terry contributed a very interesting reply. Please do take time to have a read and add your experience to the ‘What’s Happening to Quilt Guilds in 2021’ discussion.

 

Here is this weeks selection of inspiring and intriguing blog posts written by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community:

JanineMarie is keeping up with the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Her scrappy triangle blocks are very effective especially when grouped together. It’s going to be a beautiful quilt – the blocks look similar to 19th Century Crazy Patchwork but made in modern prints.

If you enjoy a tour of a sewing room (without going green with envy!)and picking up storage ideas then head over to Rebecca Grace’s blog post. She’s been rearranging her sewing space to accommodate a new long arm machine.

Do you have fond memories of dressing paper dolls? Well Melva has taken this activity a step further and made a dress-up doll quilt! Melva shares her process for making the doll blocks and their clothes. Such a clever idea and sure to be a hit with the child who receives it.

Carole has shared a two part tutorial introducing us to ‘pin weaving‘ using fabric strips to weave and fuse ready to make a bag.

Charisma reviews a book by Heather Black called ‘Design Make Quilt Modern – taking a quilt from inspiration to reality‘. Charisma found the comprehensive scope of the book very inspiring, concluding ‘It gives great insight as to how to tackle designing in a manageable way’.

Week 3 of Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 and Swan Sheridan shares another great tutorial building a quick quilt from small rectangular scraps.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia found some prepared fabric squares amongst her sewing and made a sweet little baby quilt – quick, surprise projects can be such a blessing can’t they?

Happy stitching!

Allison