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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have time to be creative this weekend. Bring your project(s) along and share in some of the inspiration to be found in our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you’d like to add your ideas and thoughts into the mix then please do make use of the Comments box at the bottom of this page or join in with a comment on any of the pages you click on and visit. Thank you!

I must admit to feeling a tad tired today after a busy couple of weeks. There have been some unexpected days of work at Purple Stitches, some hours of sleep lost to noisy weather along with the general upheaval and rearranging that go with decorating a bedroom. Being involved in such a varied mix of activities after all the months of slow, steady predictability have caught up with me! Thankfully I have some restful, straightforward cutting and piecing to keep me occupied over the weekend.

First there were the September blocks of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 to complete. Nice surprise here when I found all the 2Β½” squares cut and ready to piece. A bit scary that I have no recollection of cutting the squares from

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. You are invited to bring along a project and share in some of the generosity and inspiration being posted by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your links and contributions to the conversations in the Comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Snoopy Baby Quilt finished front by Allison Reid
My Snoopy Cot Quilt

Before I share my projects I’m going to share a story from the wonderful Community that exists around the craft of patchwork quilting: I was so touched to receive an email from Jana who has just finished a quilt for her first Grandchild. Jana’s daughter had asked for a Snoopy themed quilt in a very specific colour scheme. An internet search brought Jana to one of my blog posts featuring the Snoopy baby quilt I’d made for a friend, this became the inspiration for her quilt πŸ™‚

Jana wrote, ‘This is my second quilt but I made my first one 15 years ago so this should probably count as my first! Β This quilt was way beyond my skill set and I quickly realized that during the planning stages. Β I found wonderful help from my neighbor, who has her own studio, and she pointed me to a wonderful quilting community. Β I could not have done it without their help and YouTube.’

Jana’s Quilt with embroidered panels and perfect Flying Geese and star points!

I’m so happy Jana has discovered the Patchwork Quilting Community and I’m glad to say she is already collecting fabrics to make another quilt πŸ™‚

My sewing progress has slowed down this week but not completely stalled so I can report that I’m about 2/3rds of the way round stitching the binding to the Winnie-the-Pooh baby quilt (we watched Casablanca last night for the first time ever and I managed to keep stitching through most of it!). Quilting the wavy grid design over the Bear Tracks quilt is also progressing steadily – maybe about 1/4 of the quilting is complete. Thankfully it’s an easy design to do in short bursts. My machine is all set up and ready to go with the walking foot and line guide in position so I can disappear into the sewing room for 20 minutes at a time, stitch a couple of lines of the grid before getting back to other things that need doing around the house and garden.

Sorry for the poor picture quality – I forgot to take a photo during daylight hours!

No surprise that there’s lots of quilty goodness to share in this weeks selection from our Worldwide Quilting Community:

Patty has kindly shared a tutorial to make a baby quilt from a charm pack and a yard of background fabric. The layout of off-centre Half Square Triangles gives the quilt a modern ‘edge’ and allows for lots of fun arranging the HSTs by colour.

Have you tried taking part in an on-line class? I’ve yet to enroll in one but joining with others for a class or workshop from your own home sewing table is getting to be a real ‘thing’ after virtually all exhibitions, shows and shop based classes have been cancelled. Next month Christa Watson will be teaching three classes at the ‘Pacific International Quilt Festival On-line’. Click over to her blog post to read the details and find out about the enrollment procedure.

Christa is also starting a new series on her blog, called Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks. It’s well worth subscribing to her blog to receive the email notification when she publishes one of these posts.

I’m a bit of a sucker for star blocks! Sandra shares her latest quilt, made with large star blocks. She used a fat quarter pack of Blueberry Park fabrics and the quilt looks so fresh in green, blues and yellows. Sandra shares how she came to make a pieced back and her use of the ‘floppy feathers’ design in the quilting.

Have you noticed there is a lot of curved piecing being incorporated into modern quilt designs at present? If you fancy giving curved piecing a go then I recommend this photo tutorial by Leanne. She includes lots of useful tips and reaches out through the screen to hold hands through the curved piecing process πŸ™‚

Amy Friend is sharing a seasonal pumpkin pattern over on her blog page. The pumpkin is foundation paper pieced. Amy has used four of the pumpkins to make a cushion cover, they could also be used to make a table topper or place mats as well as being incorporated into a quilt.

Emily Dennis has built up a great set of patterns that all clearly share her design style and fabric choice. Her latest pattern is called ‘Glowing‘, comes in three sizes and is fat quarter friendly.

Another pattern launched this week is ‘Waterfall’ by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. I really like the 3D effect Myra creates in her Log Cabin style blocks by her careful use of colour value.

Leah Day’s latest mini block tutorial shows how to make a Sugar Bowl block. The instructions lead to the making of two blocks at a time in reverse colourways. These could build into an intriguing patchwork pattern…

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (224)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Whether you are working on one project or flitting between several like me, bring a WIP along and share in the inspiration and generosity of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts and links in the Comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!

I spent Friday evening quilting the Winnie the Pooh baby quilt panel. I used a 40wt Aurifil thread which blended well with both front and back. The Kona cotton I’d ordered arrived on Friday and is washed, pressed and ready to be cut into binding strips. And, not meaning to sound too smug, I’ve also made the label ready to stitch to the binding πŸ™‚ So a UFO is on the verge of becoming a finished quilt. I am enjoying bringing that flat piece of fabric to life – the Quilters Dream Green wadding is so soft

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (221)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (even though it’s Sunday!). Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration generated by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do use the comments box at the end of this post to leave your thoughts and links. Thank you!

Well! For me this week has been all about creating a quilt from scraps. I’m so happy to have another Scrap Vortex quilt finished – see how it all came together in my Friday blog post. Continuing the scrap quilt theme I’ve also been stitching my blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. August is the month for purple.Β Not my favourite colour so it’s been a surprise to find myself enjoying sorting through my (small) collection of purple scraps and putting these simple blocks together.

Area ringed in red has hardly any cotton fibres.

Having finished the diverting Scrap Vortex Quilt I am now determined to turn my attention back to the little quilt tops I made from one big UFO. This morning before Church…. (by ‘Church’ I mean: sitting in an elderly friend’s living room, listening to the service via the loudspeaker on my phone – weird how many new ways there are to join in Christian worship these days!) …. As I was saying, before Church I decided to get one of the little quilt tops ready for quilting. I’d already pieced quilt backings and cut out some wadding. When I came to lay the wadding onto the quilt back I was disappointed to see how unevenly the cotton fibres were spread through the wadding.

When I looked more closely I found one area had virtually no cotton at all, it was just held together by the near transparent scrim layer. That wouldn’t make for much of a quilt! I had to discard that piece and thankfully found the second square I had cut from the same roll of wadding didn’t have any bald patches. So, basting is my sewing room project for what’s left of the the weekend.

Here are just a few of the quilty blog posts that caught my attention this week. I hope you find plenty of interest as you click through the links:

Do you save selvage strips? Cynthia has used all her saved strips to make a rainbow quilt. She explains her process, is pleased with her quilt but won’t be saving any more selvage strips!

How about finding a bit of motivation by joining in with ‘We Sew Together 2020’? The sew along starts on 26th August and runs for just one month. The objective is to produce a quilt top using any pattern you choose. Then, once the quilt is completed, donate it to one or other of the charities listed in Suzy’s blog post or add your own favourite charity to the list. Suzy has also written a blog post with some helpful suggestions re. donating quilts to charities.

Another QAL: This is the Modern Logs Quilt Along being organised by Christa Watson. If you’ve wanted to tackle this sort of project but been a hesitant to go it alone then I’m sure following Christa’s pattern and all the tips and tutorials she’ll be posting on her blog will provide all that’s needed to produce a quilt to be proud of πŸ™‚

Over the course of a month or two Sharon has been sharing her progress with her ‘Village Quilt’ top. In this post she shares the finished top – all those little house blocks made from scrap fabrics make for a very attractive quilt πŸ™‚

Dione’s latest post is full of interest – from her latest applique quilt block to photos and descriptions of a recent trip into the Australian outback as well as the quilts and projects that are inspiring her.

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap. Cynthia is enjoying using her scraps to make curved log cabin blocks – the rainbow collection on her design wall promise a beautiful and interesting quilt.

Happy Stitching!

Allison