Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (289)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend and have a bit of time to relax, bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration, tips and news circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. Leave an encouraging message in the comments box of any of the blog sites you visit to keep the goodness flowing 🙂

It’s been a bit of an odd week here as me and my husband settle into a new ‘looking for work’ routine. We are very blessed that this break in employment coincides with a burst of Spring weather bringing with it plenty of opportunities for walks and allotment, ‘lottie’, activity. This afternoon we were busy weeding, mowing, watering and nurturing.

While we are waiting for the veg seedlings to be big enough to plant out I let the Forget-me-nots take over the vacant beds.
The Strawberry plants are already covered in flowers. Not many bees about though…

In my sewing room this week I’ve made a mug rug and pushed on with making clasp purses. The mug rug is the example made for a free pattern I’ve written and the clasp purses are my latest bid to make some items that I can sell (or, more to the point, that other people might buy!).

First of all, the background to the mug rug. I decided to launch a new group on my Facebook page. The group is named, ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub‘. My idea is to create a friendly group where new-comers can come and learn the craft of patchwork-quilting. Here’s a link to my first ever live-stream video where I attempt to explain what the Learning Hub is all about and who it is for.

The Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub is a private group so there are a couple of questions to answer before membership is approved – just to make sure it stays a safe place with no spammy intruders! The mug rug pattern is available to download as soon as membership is approved. I’ve written it with patchwork newbies in mind but obviously it can be used by more experienced patchwork-quilters too.

My other sewing related venture this week has been preparation for a craft fair next Saturday 14th May. Four or five years ago I gave up on trying to sell items at craft fairs and turned my attention to selling on line. This hasn’t met with much more success so my stock of quilts, bags and other bits and bobs has been growing and growing! I’ve decided to have a switch back to physical, in-person, selling. It’s a risk that could cost a lot more than I gain as I’ve paid out £30 for table space and £80 to renew my public liability insurance 😢 With my ever enlarging stock you might well be asking why on earth I’m adding to it by making the clasp purses? 🤔 Especially as having completed just one of the ten I’ve cut out and stitched I now know what a fiddle it is to attach the clasps 🙃

My thinking is they’ll be at a lower price point than bags or quilts so may attract buyers… But whether I’ll make back my investment in the clasps I don’t know! Anyhow, other preparations for the craft fair have included sorting out which items to take, making price labels and creating a mock-up of the stall to test out my props. I tested the stall using the folding table from my sewing room. It’s less than 5ft long so all the things on it look a bit squished for space but I’m assuming the table I’ll be given next Saturday will be 6ft long so it’ll be easier to see individual items rather than being faced with a big jumble!

Having moved the folding table out from behind my sewing machine table and into the hallway I decided this was the time to clean and tidy my sewing room… It was a BIG job but I’m glad I did it as the dust and muddle had been unsettling me for a while.

My diary is pretty full this coming week so getting prepared for the craft fair well in advance was a priority this weekend. In little spaces of time through the week I may, or may not, finish a few more of the clasp purses…

Here are links to a few of the inspiring and useful posts I’ve read over the past days: 

How many years ago did you start your oldest UFO? Cynthia is celebrating finishing a quilt she began way back in 2014. The blocks are foundation paper pieced and depict 1950’s style kitchen utensils. Cynthia gives a link to the pattern that’s still available to purchase from Kristy at Quiet Play.

If you tend to get so absorbed in a sewing task that you carry on even though it’s causing your body stress then you should definitely take time out to read ‘5 Tips for Good Sewing Ergonomics’. There are way more than five tips to take away from this blog post by Jenni Grover.

Wow! JanineMarie is using a multitude of scraps to work on her Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects and several others besides. I now consign scraps smaller than 2″ square to the bin (waste/trash NOT scrap bin) but Janine Marie’s ticker-tape patchwork strips must be using up the most teeny-tiny pieces of fabric!

Jen Frost has produced a comprehensive video tutorial detailing how to attach hanging tabs to a small quilted wall hanging. She includes her method for calculating the finished size of the tabs which is obviously worth considering BEFORE making and attaching them! There are also tabs (ha! ha! see what I did  there?) in the video so you can skip the parts you already feel confident to do eg. adding binding.

As promised Allison is sharing new quilt designs to showcase her latest fabric collection, Forget-me-not. The Primrose pattern has rows of blooms in vases and definitely makes the most of the fabrics.

Linda outlines the process of making her Seaglass Quilt #2. It is another great way of using up scraps (Linda says 3″ squares of fabrics rather than ‘crumbs’) and I like the faced edging she’s made to her quilt too (there’s a link to the tutorial in Linda’s post).

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. She made a 1,500 mile round trip with two stop-overs to get a new motor fitted in her longarm machine. Honestly here in the UK if we drive 150 miles in a day we feel like we’ve been on a major adventure!

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects, share in the inspiration and generosity of our Worldwide Quilting Community.

I’ve had an enjoyably eventful week. A sewing day on Thursday: I took hand binding to do so no sewing machine required. I made the most of the opportunity to walk to and from our meeting place, the local Scout Hut. There was lots of chat and sharing of projects going on but I did mange to stitch down about three quarters of the binding on my Trip Around the Stars quilt. One recurring subject of conversation was the upcoming Sandown Quilt Show. Several members of the group, including myself, were planning to travel up the M3 to London the following day. Others would be making the hour long journey on Saturday.

I completed the Trip Around the Stars quilt at home a couple of days later whilst listening to a course all about live-streaming* (I know get me moving into the modern world! 😁).

My Trip Around the Stars pattern is available for £7.00 as a PDF instant download from my new Payhip store – PayPal and card friendly 🙂

On Friday I went to the Quilt Show at Sandown: Was a good day as usual. Before Covid struck the annual event had begun to wane in popularity with fewer vendors, fewer exhibition quilts and smaller numbers of visitors. Although it’s sad to see this show, along with others, decreasing in size, post-Covid it’s quite a blessing to be able to move freely and not be concerned about over-crowding. The venue (the airy ground floor of the main stand of Sandown Racecourse) is spacious but not too big. On a warmer day it would have been possible to take our refreshments up on the Stands and enjoy the view across the green racecourse with it’s panoramic view of central London but it was a bit too breezy to be outside!

I came home with a little collection of low-volume fabrics to top up my stash (I’m running out of these for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Court House Step Blocks) and some landscape prints. Impulse purchasing of the prints followed an inspiring Gail Lawther workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed her fused applique class and now I’m full of ideas for making little pictorial wall hangings.

Saturday, A walk through the Bluebells: The rising sun woke us around 6am so we went with it, had an early breakfast and then drove the short distance to Micheldever Woods. It really was a magical sight with the morning sun filtered through the partially open, bright green leaves of the stately Beech trees giving dappled light and shade the acres of deep blue flowers.

*Live Streaming? What’s this old girl up to? 👵 Well! I’m getting over my tech phobia in order to pursue two of my patchwork quilting passions: One, building community around our wonderful craft; two, teaching the basics to beginners and then helping them and others to enhance our skills together. To these ends I’m going to launch a new private membership group on my Facebook Page called ‘Patchwork Beginners’ Learning Hub’. Thankfully excitement about this venture is outweighing my tech-nerves and I’m keen to get the group up and running this coming week 🥳 If you’d like to keep up to date with the launch schedule I invite you to follow my Facebook Page, NewEveryMorningPQ, and/or sign up to my newsletter:

 

Here is a short list of links to some of the patchwork quilting posts that have caught my interest over the past week:

I recommend using Myra’s Busy Hands quilt patterns. She has designed so many quilts, nearly all are pre-cut friendly and use quick piecing techniques. This post about her Flying Geese ‘Formation’ pattern is a good example of her work and the lovely fabrics she chooses to showcase her designs.

Nancy’s post ‘The Most Fun I Ever Had Making a Quilt‘ is a heart-warming read for anyone who has experienced the challenges of making a multi-block quilt, grappling with unfamiliar techniques, having to rip out fabrics that turned out not to be in keeping…. After all the ups and downs spread over several years Nancy has completed the quilt and can honestly say it’s the quilt that’s given her the most fun!

I found this tutorial about trimming Half Square Triangles really useful! Suzy demonstrates trimming HST blocks BEFORE opening them out to press the seam. She shares two methods, one using a special ruler (Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmer) and the second using a standard square ruler. Very interesting – I will be giving this technique a go next time I’m faced with a pile of HSTs 🙂

Yvonne has been applying her scientific experience to curved piecing. Specifically whether cutting pieces across the grain to save fabric affects the piecing and final outcome of Drunkards Path blocks. She’s created a video as well as a comprehensive blog post to explain her method and the results of her investigation.

Linking my finished quilt with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Both have been enjoying making quick projects.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. It’s lovely to back 🙂 Hope you have enjoyed a peaceful Easter break. Bring along your projects and share in the tips, tutorials and news to be found via our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you click on any of the links below do leave an encouraging comment wherever you visit to help grow the Community good-vibes 🙂

As usual I’ve been working on more than one project at a time 😌 But there is progress to share. I finished quilting another Trip Around the Stars quilt as part of my investigation into the spray baste vs pin baste debate – read more about that here. Yesterday I made the binding and hope to finish the quilt in the next few days.

I also made progress on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. Feeling a bit tired and in need of a session of ‘no-brainer’ stitching I remembered the RSC and then 😳 realised I hadn’t made the yellow-gold blocks for March and didn’t even know the colour for April! So that was a good bit of motivation.

The blocks came together quickly and I even found time to delve into my pink scraps (for pink, so it transpires, is the colour for April), cutting 1½” strips ready for another peddle-to-the-metal sewing session.

Here are the links into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty of interest:

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge is the inspiration behind one of Cynthia’s scrap projects. Every month she makes placemats from fabric scraps. Later in the year she will donate them to a local meals on wheels charity who will gift a placemat to recipients of one of their holiday meals.

Christa Watson’s series of YouTube videos are great if you are fairly new to patchwork quilting or want to try a different technique (she shares plenty of tips for more experienced patchwork quilters too). In the latest video she takes us through the method of making a quilt, start to finish using one of the free patterns, Puzzle Box, available from her website.

Sometimes scrolling through Instagram does bear fruit…. My scrolling stopped when I saw a wonderful version of the Modern Squares quilt being show cased by Judy Gula. I found her website and enjoyed reading the guest post by the quilt designer/maker Christine Vinh. She used a selection of very colourful fabrics called ‘Earth Made Paradise’ by Kathy Doughty. The pattern is ideal if you are puzzling over how to use a collection of busy, large scale prints to best effect in a quilt. Needless to say I have the pattern download and have added it to my ‘must make’ list!

Patty has created the illusion of curves in the careful placing of her Half Rectangle blocks. It is a very striking design in her colour choices of black and wasabi.

Linda’s Seaglass modern applique quilt displays her usual great colour choice and placement of fabrics with really effective free motion quilting designs. I’m so glad there is such a wealth of inspiration and knowledge made readily available by talented textile artists who are generous enough to blog about the processes they employ.

Leader-Ender projects quietly grow in the background while other projects are being worked on. Katy’s leader-ender quilt has 1,368 squares lovingly stitched together. I don’t need to tell you that Katy is a prolific quilt maker!

Forget Me Not is a new fabric line by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew. Go to her blog post to see the new fabrics and catch a glimpse of the new patterns she’s designed to showcase the collection.

Allison

 

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Hope you can bring along a project or two and enjoy sharing inspiration, tips and ideas with members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to take a wander through the quilting neighbourhood, please do leave encouraging comments and ‘likes’ whenever you stop-by to take a closer look at something that takes your interest 🙂

Excuse the gratuitous photos of flowers. I can’t help myself! It’s been beautiful weather here all week and flowers and blossom have been opening in the warm sunshine.

Magnolia Stellata glowing in the sun and fluttering in the breeze.

We’ve been isolating for ten days as my husband keeps on testing Covid +ve. The unseasonal warm sunny weather has been a lovely silver lining as we’ve been enjoying coffee breaks and lunches in the garden. The Primulas are looking particularly good this year (well! the ones that haven’t been pecked to smithereens by the Woodpigeons and Sparrows ).

A few days I go I posted about spray basting a quilt after getting frustrated with the less than perfect quilting outcome of a previous quilt that I had pin basted. The spray basted quilt sandwich is awaiting it’s quilting test. I put it to one side for a few days in order to actually bring another quilt to a finish…

… I machine stitched the binding to the second quilt I’ve made using the Beginners Course version of my Trip Around the Stars pattern. I like the subtle colouring of this one. The quilt measures 38″ x 46″.

 

Thankfully our term of isolation ended yesterday so today I could go ahead with the second class of the Beginners Course. It was good to get my teaching hat on again and begin to feel like we are getting back to normal. My class version of the Beginners Trip Around the Stars quilt is in complete contrast to the one above! We added borders today so the flimsy is complete.

I think I may have overdone ‘pretty’ but those Lewis & Irene prints called to me!

Now I need to baste and quilt the pretty, pretty quilt ready for next Saturday’s class when we’ll be binding our quilts. I’m looking forward to seeing the quilts finished and the look on the face of the first time quilter as she celebrates the completion of her first quilt.

I also hope to find time in the week to quilt the spray basted quilt and complete my comparison of the effectiveness of spray basting as opposed to pin basting…. Look out for part 2 of ‘Spray Basting – Will it work for me?’.

Here are the links which will take you on a wander through the fascinating Worldwide Quilting Community:

An orphan block quilt that proves that any colour goes and making it up as you go along does work! I think Melva’s quilt top is proof that no block is lost, all can find a home!

I admire Jayne’s perseverance and determination to finish a quilt. She has been steadily improving her long arm quilting skills whilst working through a large fabric stash and a very long list of ‘wanna make’ quilts. In this post she shares how perseverance and determination got her through a needle-stick incident and a maths mis-calculation to a finished quilt!

Patty has been making patchwork blocks in support of the people of Ukraine. She gives links to the block designs (which can be downloaded with the intention that a donation is made to a charity/organisation providing aid to those affected by the invasion). And there are further links provided by readers who have left comments at the end of Patty’s blog post.

Woah! Gretchen’s finished patchwork flimsy is beautiful and HUGE! The spring fresh colouring of blue, yellow and white combined with the repeated patchwork pattern gives the quilt top a very homely retro look. Gretchen is a talented quilter so I’m looking forward to seeing how she decides to stitch this BIG top into a quilt.

Cynthia has a way with scraps and project left overs. She’s made a baby quilt using the triangles left from strip blocks. The layout and the background fabrics give the impression it was all carefully planned!

If you are handy with hammer and nails (or know someone who is!) then a custom made quilter’s pressing table could be within your reach. Rebecca Grace is very happy with her rectangular, mobile pressing unit that fits a full width of fabric.

Allison