Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (95)

Welcome to Saturday(ish) Quilting Bring & Share! Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the latest inspiration circulating through the Worldwide Quilting Community. πŸ˜€

My projects have been quite varied this week but my main focus has been on teaching the last session of the Beginners Course to two classes on Saturday. I feel so privileged to have seen these newbie patchwork quilters tackle all the stages of making a patchwork quilt with such determination and then to be rewarded by seeing their smiles as the near-completed quilts were put on parade:

Isn’t it amazing to see a patchwork pattern made in seven colourways? If you click on the photos you’ll be able to see the variety of quilting patterns used as well. Hard to believe that these are all first quilts πŸ™‚ It was especially encouraging to hear everyone’s plans for their next quilts!

I used my fourth version of the Dashing Stars quilt and one of the sample quilts for the Two Ways to Build a Log Cabin workshop as my demo quilts for the classes. In this final class we were squaring up our quilts and making and attaching binding. So my end of weekend project is to finish stitching down the bindings on both these quilts…

As the weekend is coming to a close I’ll share just a couple links into the Worldwide Quilting Community (if you’d like to find more inspiration click over to my Pins of the Week board on Pinterest):

Sharon has boosted her sewing room productivity by sticking to her resolve to sew every day. Her latest finish is a simple but effective square-in-a-square quilt with a daisy free motion quilt design that compliments the fabrics and patchwork really well.

Melony has designed her own range of fabrics! The modern floral designs on Spring-fresh shades of green, pink and purple look lovely. Take a look on her blog or click straight over to her Etsy shop for a peek!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (94)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration and conversations to be found through the online Worldwide Quilting Community. Do leave your thoughts in the comments box at the very bottom of this page. Don’t forget to fill in the ‘subscribe’ box too – you’llΒ  receive an email notification each time I publish a blog post, but no spam, I promise πŸ™‚

 


I’ve spent the past week pushing along two projects. The more traditional looking Log Cabin project has been

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (92)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in the inspiring chat flowing through the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts in the comments box at the very bottom of this page and feel free to click away and investigate the blog posts I’ve brought to this virtual sewing day πŸ™‚

My quilting activity this weekend is going to be rather limited as I’ve switched sewing notions for a home decorating kit – paint, brushes, dust sheets and masking tape! Dear Husband has taken a few days off and we are tackling the study. The room faces south-east and fortunately the sun has been shining today so we had many hours of daylight to make progress.

The room doesn’t have very good artificial lighting though so we won’t be painting in the evenings – phew! There will be opportunities to toddle off to my sewing room. I’ve been sorting out my orange scraps in line with the February

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (91)

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share logo 2Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration being freely shared throughout the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in by clicking on the links and using the comments box right at the bottom of this page. Thank you! It gives me a real a buzz when I see the links have been used πŸ™‚

I had a full-on, very enjoyable day teaching session two of the Beginners Course to the morning and afternoon classes at Purple Stitches yesterday. Amazing to see these patchwork newbies getting to grips with Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese for the first time but already asking such intelligent questions about the craft and planning their next projects!

Dashing Stars 4 all blocks on design wall by Allison Reid

My Dashing Stars blocks are all pieced and ready to be stitched together. Of course spending a whole day in a fabric shop meant I came home with a couple of purchases myself – I mean it would be rude not to buy fabric in such circumstances! I bought a length of a text print extra wide backing which I think may provide almost enough fabric for the Dashing Stars quilt and the smaller Log Cabin. With Viv’s expert help I also chose the border fabric to use for the Log Cabin quilt. I just can’t get enough of this electric blue Orion fabric by Libs Elliot. It was one of the blue fabrics I used for the quilt I recently made for #2 Son.

Fabrics Jan 2020 by Allison Reid

That bright electric blue is particularly appealing at this time of year when hours of daylight are in short supply and often very dull. Photographing quilts and fabric is very tricky so apologies if some of my photos look rather grey – I promise I have tried hard to edit them to true colours! I’ve noticed our choices of clothing can become rather dull this time of year. It was a real tonic to see the lady seated in front of me at Church this morning wearing an orange jumper topped with a lovely bright orange Gilet!

And so to the links. I hope you find plenty of interest here:

Were you/are you a fan of the long running TV show Downton Abbey. Carole shares lots of photos from a Downton Abbey exhibition she’s visited in the US. It looks to be a visual treat, with many of the sets reconstructed and a separate exhibition of the exquisitely made costumes. I had to confess in my comment on Carole’s blog that I live just 20 miles from Highclere Castle (the stately home used as Downton Abbey) and have never visited! Funny how that happens isn’t it?

I am enjoying watching Sharon’s Plad-ish quilt coming together. It is so effective – another quilt design I’d like to make :-O Sharon shared the link to the free pattern by Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting.

Leanne has released her first quilt pattern of 2020, ‘Hollow Jewels’. In this post she explains how she executed the dense straight line quilting. The quilting compliments the patchwork very well but it’s the photo of the quilting pattern on the back of the quilt that really caught my attention.

Christ Watson is running a QAL on her blog. Even if you are not taking part you might like to take a look at this post as Christa has provided a very clear foundation paper piecing tutorial – definitely filing this on my Foundation Piecing Pinterest board πŸ™‚

It feels like I’ve only just packed the Christmas decorations away but Allison over at Cluck Cluck Sew has reminded us that it’s only a few weeks ’til Valentines Day! She has lots of patterns featuring hearts and a link to a heart block tutorial too πŸ™‚

Should you need a little encouragement to move out of your comfort zone and try a new technique or two then I recommend you follow Nancy as she works through the blocks of a ‘Cheddarback’ quilt. ThisΒ  month she has tackled blocks requiring foundation piecing and y-seams. Her blocks look great, each requiring a willingness to try something new or work with a technique she’s not entirely comfortable using. The Cheddarback QAL, based on an antique sampler quilt, is organised by Gay Bomer of Sentimental Stitches.

Alyce Blythe has updated her very popularΒ  ‘HST Tutorial and Maths Formula’ blog post. As well as lots of useful tips and explanations there are three charts to download – very handy!

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts designs and makes very clever character quilts. She shares her latest version of ‘Life in the Pond’ featuring Koi Carp and swimming frogs. The blocks can be rearranged in any number of ways to create your very own pond.

Happy Stitching!

Allison