Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (77)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects to a virtual sewing day and enjoy sharing in the conversations initiated by other members of the World Wide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts, comments and links to the reply box at the bottom of this page. Thank you! 🙂

Square in a Square finished on fence by Allison Reid

Kingston Lacy, Duncan and Daniel by Allison Reid
My quilt holder-uppers at Kingston Lacy

I am going to begin with a ‘show and tell’ as I actually have a finished quilt to bring along with all my WIPs! I completed hand stitching the binding to the first of the Square-in-a-Square quilts last weekend whilst staying in the wonderfully comfortable Harbour Lights B&B in Weymouth. On the way home we stopped off at a National Trust property called Kingston Lacy and I persuaded my faithful quilt holder-uppers to do the honours in the beautiful parkland.




Square in a Square front at Kingston Lacy by Allison Reid

Square in a Square back at Kingston Lacy by Allison Reid

Square in a Square quilt label by Allison Reid
The quilt label forms part of the pieced backing to the quilt.
Square in a Square binding, border and backing by Allison Reid
Salmon pink border, green binding and creamy yellow backing.

Snoopy Snowball Flower block by Allison ReidThe second Square-in-a-Square quilt needs to be quilted but before that I have a baby quilt commission to work on. Through the past week I’ve been battling with Snowball blocks to make these ‘Snowball flowers’. The finished blocks are 6″ square and will form the border around a central panel. All will be revealed once the quilt has been gifted 🙂 I don’t think I’ll be giving too much away if I share with you my choice of fabric for the background and backing of this quilt. My go-to fabric of the past few months is the Friendship text by Windham Fabrics. It’s one of the extra wide fabrics stocked at Purple Stitches.



Friendship text fabric (4) by Allison Reid

So my bring along project for Saturday Quilting Bring & Share is to create a pieced back for the baby quilt, cut fabric strips to make the binding and maybe cut a piece of wadding too…

Now to a few links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Rachel’s thinking deep, splashing paint about and preparing some beautiful pieces for an exhibition 🙂 Reading her blog posts makes me feel comfortable to call myself a crafter and not an artist – unlike Rachel who uses nature and sometimes rusty old buildings as inspiration to create and develop the most amazing series of textured, mixed media art works. Fascinating!

Meanwhile another Rachel has teamed up with Viv of Purple Stitches. Read a review of the Shop in Rachel’s Stitched in Color blog post 🙂

Myra at Busy Hands Quilts has published a striking quilt pattern called ‘Liberty Lake’. She’s teamed her bold design with a range of pretty fabrics called ‘English Tea’ by Connecting Threads.

The My Favourite Quilt Block blog hop is underway and Cindy shares her love of Star Blocks along with some piecing tips 🙂 and historical information.

Melony made the most of a brief span of time to revamp her sewing room. The flooring needed attention so all her equipment, stash and furniture had to be moved out! Imagine! But so worth the effort 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Finished Friday. Alycia is sharing her favourite block and some lovely quilt pics.

Happy Stitching!


PS. Here is a photo of the beautiful house at Kingston Lacy. Built in the mid-1600’s – after the Monarchy had been restored – by a Royalist family who had experienced their former home (Corfe Castle) being destroyed by Cromwell’s troops.

Kingston Lacy house by Allison Reid


Touring Quilter – West Country Quilt and Textile Show

A little account of my first visit to the annual West Country Quilt & Textile Show – I definitely give it a big thumbs up. The Show runs for three days every August and is held at the University of the West of England Conference Centre in Bristol. The Conference Centre has a large free car park and is easily reached from the motorway network. There is also a free shuttle bus service from nearby Bristol Parkway railway station.

The Show included: exhibitions of quilts and needlework in competition categories; galleries of quilts and textile art by local groups, national organisations and individuals; a program of workshops; as well as a good selection of traders. There were also two cafe areas serving hot drinks and light snacks along with plenty of seating space for those who had brought refreshments from home. All this on one level of the venue which has excellent overhead lighting showing all the displayed quilts and textiles to their very best.

The dates for the next show are Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August 2020 🙂

Back to the 2019 Show: here are a very few of the inspiring and awe-inspiring quilts that were on display…

Quilts by Helen Howes, photo by Allison Reid
Quilts and patterns by Helen Howes
HST Quilt at West Country Show by Allison Reid
Apologies to the maker – I don’t know who made this lovely HST quilt.

Pears at West Country Show photo by Allison Reid

I was particularly struck by the quilting on this lovely design called Garden Pears by Christine Install.

Sampler Quilt photo by Allison Reid


There were several Bargello quilts displayed through the exhibition, the rainbow quilt by Karen Llewellyn-Parsons caught the judges’ eyes.

Bargello Quilt photo by Allison Reid

Stir Fry Quilt photo by Allison Reid

The West Country Quilt and Textile Show provides a great day out – especially, if like me, you have the company of a like-minded friend and a patient daughter! I particularly enjoyed walking around the spacious three-sided gallery spaces used by so many different quilt and textile groups. A great opportunity to chat with the makers and meet up with one or two Instagram buddies too 🙂


Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (73)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the conversations members of the Worldwide Quilting Community are engaging in this week. Join in by leaving your thoughts and inspiration in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Please do click the ‘subscribe’ button too – I promise I won’t be sending a deluge of notifications and messages to your inbox! Thank you!

I’ve had a satisfying week in the sewing room. How about you? I finished, packed and posted the Secret Quilt to it’s destination. Whew! I actually beat a deadline 😀 Then I turned my attention to quilts with self-imposed deadlines attached: All the blocks for the Jelly Roll Waves QAL were up on my design wall so it was a no-brainer to start with stitching them together, completing the quilt top and keeping up with the QAL. You can see other finished Jelly Roll Waves quilt tops by clicking here.

Jelly Roll Waves pieced top by Allison Reid

I was on a roll myself 🙂 I decided to make the binding and piece the backing for the quilt. Despite the time it takes me I do enjoy putting together a pieced quilt back.

Jelly Roll Waves pieced backing by Allison Reid

I included a label as part of the backing too. I used up most of the fabrics that remained from making the quilt top and the leftover extra-wide backing fabric I’d used for the Secret Quilt.

Jelly Roll Waves label and binding by Allison Reid

Quite a lot of the furniture in my sewing room can be moved and utilised in different ways which is great as we know making a quilt involves several stages. I have a folding gate leg table, a folding picnic table and the portable Sewezi flat bed machine table. When I’m cutting, piecing or quilting I arrange the tables like this:

Sewing Room set for cutting and piecing by Allison Reid

When I need to baste a quilt, I collapse the picnic table, move the sewing machine table against the wall and use the enlarged floor space to open out both sides of the gate leg table. This room and the versatile furniture are such a blessing.

Sewing Room set for basting by Allison Reid

I basted the Jelly Roll Waves quilt and thought I might as well get one of the Square-in-a-Square quilts basted too while the room is arranged this way.

Square in a Square quilt ready for basting by Allison Reid

Beaded tealight (2) by Allison ReidAway from the sewing room my crafting extended to a bit of beading. We made these decorative tealight holders at the monthly Craft Group I help run at our Church. Before the meeting I had to dive under a bed to find my box of beads and equipment. You won’t be surprised to learn I found several UFOs in the box! What am I like?

Just a few quilting links to share (I’ve spent more time away from my laptop than usual this week … I’ll get back into routine.. sometime!):

Jayne shares photos of quilts on display at the Circleville Quilt Show. There is lots of inspiration particularly if you are drawn to traditionally pieced quilt designs.

The second part of Christa Watson’s machine quilting tutorial demonstrates how to stitch a wavy line grid across a quilt. It does look effective and has the distinct advantage of being a pattern that can be stitched edge to edge – no thread ends to hide 🙂

Myra is handing on her weekly link up Finished Or Not Friday to Alycia at Alycia Quilts. I’ve found Finished Or Not Friday a really encouraging link up. Always interesting to click over to those who’ve joined in and find out what they are making, maybe find out why it’s not yet finished and celebrate brilliant finishes too. Myra is going to devote more time to her pattern writing – she has a rapidly growing collection of patterns available from her Etsy shop.

Mary has created a beautiful scrap quilt based loosely on the Jen Kingwell ‘Gypsy Wife’ pattern. Mary’s relaxed method of making blocks and collecting strips worked really well.

I tend to shy away from using templates when I’m cutting out fabrics but Wendy is obviously a bit of an expert and shares some useful tips in her post describing the finishing of a complicated looking quilt designed by Anna Maria Horner.

Linking with Myra for the Jelly Roll Waves QAL.

Happy Stitching!


Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (71)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) to this virtual sewing day and share in conversations circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community – there are always helpful tips and lots of inspiration to be found. Leave your comments and links in the box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

August is upon us! School’s out in the UK for a six week break, the holiday season is in full swing, lots of regular activities are taking a break. So, theoretically, there should be more time to devote to sewing 🙂  I’ve decided

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