Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (260)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you will find time over this weekend to relax, bring along a project or two and share in the inspiration filled conversations doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community.

So a little bit of a catch up. As you may (or may not) have noticed Saturday Quilting Bring & Share took an unscheduled break last week. After the quiet, sheltered, home-centric existence of the past 15 months our little world has unexpectedly gone through some significant changes. Happy things have happened as a result; our short break by the sea and spending lots of time with family (even seeing all three of our children and their partners together – nearly a year since that last happened). The past week has seen the culmination of the changes. We are a tad weary now as our minds continue to process all that’s happened and our emotions settle. We are so thankful we are all well; modern tech is keeping us in touch with family members who have moved away; and, most thankful of all, we know change happens through God’s will and within the hope His eternal plan brings us.

Alongside the personal changes has been the belated and most welcome onset of Summer after one of the coldest, wettest months of May on record. There has been plenty to do outdoors with rapidly maturing seedlings needing re-potting or planting out and many weeds to be composted.

Slowly emptying my greenhouse of plants now the temperatures are rising and the frosts are long gone.

Working outdoors is such good therapy isn’t it? I nearly always feel the reward of spending an hour or two at the allotment – both in seeing the effects of my ‘labours’ and being made aware of muscles benefitting from the workout!

I have been even more scatter-gun than usual in my approach to sewing but remarkably I do have two finishes to share! Neither were planned! First up: I finally added the binding to the Basket of Blooms wall hanging 🙂

I had plenty of the golden yellow gingham in my stash so the binding matches the flange I added with the borders way back when… I hand stitched the binding to the back in time for the piece to be hung for our guests to see. The Basket of Blooms block/cushion cover pattern is a design by Jo Avery available as a pdf from the Quilters’ Guild.

My second finish is a bag.

Lots of new materials and techniques for me to try in this free ‘Pelican Tote’ pattern available from Bagstock Designs. I did mange to keep a record of my progress, along with links to the resources I found helpful, so I will share all the details in a separate blog post – too much to share here 😉

Sorry I’m sharing so few links to inspiring posts this week. I will apply myself to my brim-full email in-box in the coming days and have more to share next week 🙂

Lorna has captured the haughty expression of a camel perfectly in her latest animal patchwork design.

Wahoo! Another way to use up scraps of fabric! Linda shares the braided rug she is making – the spiral pattern is intriguing.

Rachel has shared a comprehensive Economy Block tutorial. She has included a tip to ensure directional prints run in the same direction around the central square. Useful, as I know I can spend ages trying to puzzle this out and still get it wrong!

Yvonne Fuchs is well known for her carefully designed transparency quilts. Here she delves into colour blending theory. It is quite deep but give it a try, Yvonne’s explanations are clear and created with patchwork quilters in mind.

Lot’s of wonderful inspiration in the gallery of the ‘Favourite Finish Monthly Linkup‘ run by Cheryl aka Meadow Mist Designs.

Linking my finishes with Michelle for Beauties Pageant and Wendy for the Peacock Party.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (258)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and settle down to enjoy sharing in the company of other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you have time to be creative and also click through to some of the inspiring blog posts hi-lighted in this edition of SQB&S.

I’ve been hand sewing and researching bag-making whilst enjoying the company of our house guests. How lovely to be able to invite family members back into our home and have them staying over night too! We’ve had an easy paced week, time to relax and just ‘be’ together. You may have seen the post I shared a couple of days ago following a walk in a bluebell wood. In the chilled-out family times we’ve been sharing I’ve made some progress with the fourth block of the English Country Garden QAL and continued my research into the craft of bag-making. I’m excited to be learning so many new things, ready to get practicing and already planning to share what I’m learning via in-person workshops. So many ideas whizzing around inside my head! 😀

The leaves are stitched in place onto the background of the fourth block of the English Country Garden QAL. Next to stitch down the stems and make the EPP flowers.

I hope you are able to enjoy more time with family and friends and that the pandemic restrictions are not hampering your creativity. There may be just the inspiration you need in this weeks links into the Quilty World:

Julie aka Jaybird Quilts has a new take-it-at-your-own-pace Quilt-A-Long. Use her speciality rulers to create fascinating shapes and patterns. More information here.

Nancy is figuring out a quilt layout for a large collection of Hourglass blocks. Decisions, decisions!

Lissa and Cassandra have collaborated to create a week-by-week QAL, ‘Quilt Concert Series 2021‘. The quilt has a modern twist with blocks of different scales combining to make interesting patterns and providing an opportunity to learn and practice cutting and piecing skills.

Jane gives a quick tutorial in response to all the interest in her ‘Four Patch Scrappy Quilt‘. It really is very effective with lots of secondary patterns created by the arrangement of four patch units within Economy Block style surrounds.

Patty’s Scrappy Fabric Rug adventure wasn’t without it’s traumas but she persevered and shares lessons learned the hard way to ease others down the rug making adventure trail 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (257)

Welcome toSaturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along you project(s) and take time to share in the conversations and news inspired by our Worldwide Quilting Community 🙂 Do join in by leaving encouraging comments on the blog posts you click through to.

Have you been making progress with your sewing projects this week? After the rainbow quilt marathon I had fun stitching a quick project. I needed a protective sleeve to protect my new mobile phone from scratches and bumps. It took me a while to find the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial in the archives of this blog but eventually I found the post, dated June 2015 (doesn’t time fly?), and with this and the printed instructions from a mini workshop held at North Hampshire Quilters I set about making me a phone sleeve.

I bought a fat quarter of this luscious Sally Kelly fabric with mask making in mind but I reckon there’s enough fabric in a FQ for a mask AND a phone sleeve 🙂 After all if I’m wearing the mask I can’t see the fabric whereas I can keep the phone sleeve in view just about all the time 😀 I will share an updated version of the Snap-Shut, Clicky Purse tutorial very soon.

Today I packed away my sewing machines and equipment, transforming the sewing room into a guest room. How exciting is it that from Monday we can invite our visitors indoors and have them stay overnight? Thankfully this change in Covid restrictions has coincided with our DD and SIL having a break from their studies and they’ve chosen to spend the week with us. I’ll be switching to sociable hand stitching while my sewing machines enjoy a rest! My on-going hand sewing project is the English Country Garden QAL. This month we are making the Marigold block. I cut out all the papers a couple of weeks ago. Now I need to cut the fabric prior to glue basting the shapes, stitching them together and then stitching all the pieces onto the background square. Plenty to do!

Here are the leads into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty to interest you and inspire your creativity:

Allison Harris has shared another of her simple but oh! so effective designs. The pattern is called ‘Tulips’ for obvious reasons and looks to be a great way to use up left over strips of fabric.

Yvonne has recorded a short video full of tips for handling a large quilt through the process of walking foot quilting. In particular she demonstrates how when quilting an area at the edge of the quilt it is possible to avoid having to shove all the bulk through the throat of the sewing machine.

Do you find adding fabrics into a charm pack tricky? Cheryl has released a really helpful video explaining how she goes about choosing just two extra fabrics to expand a charm pack into a good sized quilt. I think her new book ‘Just One Charm Pack Quilts’ is going to be very popular!

A teapot, teacups and cup cakes adorn Elana’s table runner. She’s sourced designs and tutorial tips from various sites to put together a unique and very attractive runner 🙂

Angela Walter’s Free Motion QAL is coming to a close. This final video tackles the ‘Paisley Feathers’ design. I find watching someone stitching out free motion designs quite mesmerising 😀 Have you found watching FMQ helpful in developing your own FMQ skills?

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (256)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope whatever this past week has brought your way you will have an opportunity over weekend to bring along your project(s) and relax whilst sharing in the inspiration members of the Worldwide Quilting Community have been posting for our gain. Leaving your thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes at the end of the posts you read is great way to take part in the sharing 🙂

I have managed to move on a few projects this week and, of course, spent no small amount of time chasing squirrel projects! First to what I have actually done: quilting the March Forget-me-not block for the English Country Garden Quilt Along. Whew! It’s a finish!

The text print background fabric hides the quilting so it’s easiest seen on the back:

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