Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (97)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration to be found via the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do add your thoughts and ideas using the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I spent much of the past week preparing for the Two Ways to Build a Log Cabin workshop. It was a meeting of friends for me as I knew four of the ladies taking part. As always it is fascinating to see the variety of colour schemes  chosen. Sadly one friend had to leave before the end of the day due to a family emergency. Here are some of the partially constructed blocks made by the other three:

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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. 😀

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 🙂 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

 

First time using a Hera Marker

I always find marking stitching lines on a quilt a bit problematic: Will the marker stain the fabric?; or, what if the marks disappear whilst I’m squishing the quilt through the sewing machine throat? Some time ago I wrote about the pros and cons of the various markers I’ve tried.

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Improv Free Motion Quilting and a Missing UFO

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison Reid

I am so happy with the progress I made at Jo Westfoot’s ‘Mix It Up Improv Free Motion Quilting Class‘. 🙂 I’ve dabbled in the past but you know I have a love-hate relationship with free motion quilting. In a recent blog post I went as far as to call it a battle! Anyway, in the spirit of GROW (my word for 2020) I booked myself onto the class. I’m so glad I did.

Jo took as through quilting a series of motifs and filler designs with plenty of time to sit at our machines and give them a go. I particularly enjoyed stitching out the whimsical flowers.

My fat quarter practice sandwich – an afternoons work!

Since the class I’ve tried designing and stitching my own flower motifs. Doing that is a clear indication that my attitude to FMQ has shifted, I now have a ‘can do’ attitude rather than getting bogged down in the fear of spoiling a patchwork with my imperfect quilting. No doubt there will be occasions in the future when the  ‘mind monkey’ chatter will stop me in my tracks BUT at least I do now have my practice sandwich to wave at them!

When I booked the class I had in mind a long abandoned UFO which has some large setting triangles, ideal for decorating with improv FMQ. Last week I went looking for that UFO. Could I find it? Uh!Uh! I looked through boxes of fabric, partially finished projects, class samples…. I dragged more boxes out from under beds… No sign of the quilt top *sigh* I repeated the hunt. I was getting a bit anxious: What if this UFO was stashed away with a whole lot of other UFOs that I had completely forgotten about?! Still no sign of the quilt top! A few days later I tried again. This time I armed myself with a torch and lay myself flat on the floor next to each of the beds in the house. Success! Pushed way to the back of a space I found the quilt top, in a plastic box and *phew* it was on it’s own.

I am ashamed to admit that the eight 12″ blocks date back to Amy Gibson‘s 2016 ‘Sugar Block’ BOM series on her blog stitcherydickorydock! The large block is older – a sample for sofa cushions that were never made. The fabrics are fabulous, such gorgeous deep, rich colours. Actually, looking at the blocks I’m quite impressed with them. Thanks to Amy’s clear instructions I managed to negotiate some fairly complex cutting and piecing including my first attempts at Foundation Paper Piecing.

I’ve had to search through the Gallery section on my phone to discover that it was September 2018 when I cut sashing strips and stitched the top together. And then I guess I was gripped by fear of FMQ and relegated the project to a box and the dust under our bed. Please don’t judge me – I’m sure I have dusted under our bed at least once since Sept 2018… And since then just forgotten about the UFO lurking there.

There are a few projects in the queue that I need to work on before I I can turn to quilting this re-discovered UFO but thanks to the skills learned and practised at the workshop I now feel excited by improv FMQ rather than fearful.

Have you worked through a fear/can’t do attitude to gain a patchwork quilting skill?

Allison