Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (113)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you have had a good week and can enjoy some time being creative this weekend. Bring along your project(s), relax and enjoy some of the inspiration being shared by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do leave your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this page.

I have been steadily working away designing and making Bargello blocks using a Jelly Roll of rainbow fabrics designed by Jen Kingwell. See my Instagram feed, @allisonreid.neweverymorning, for the updates I’ve been posting through the week.

Rainbow strip sets lined up on my design wall.

I made four strip sets by dividing the Jelly Roll into identical groups of ten strips (see this post for the method I used). The first strip set made a block measuring 22″ wide by 20″ long. I like the block (top left in the photo below) but the construction was too fiddly with the narrowest segments finishing just ½” wide. I went back to the graph paper and modified my design so no strips were cut narrower than 1½”, finishing 1″ wide. The revised design yielded a block measuring 28″ x 20″ (top right).

Today I made a second block (bottom right) using the revised design. And now I have a dilemma… I have one more strip set to make into Bargello block. Should I bite the bullet, go back to the first fiddly-twiddly design, make a block identical to the first and then join all four together? Or should I make a third block using the revised design and stitch the three together, keeping the smaller, original block as a wall hanging or table topper? Humm?

Enough of my dilemmas, here are some links into the inspiring Worldwide Quilting Community:

Michelle has had a positive experience donating a quilt to a charity auction and gives some thoughts on the process.

Christina Cameli has found herself editing her latest video class. All set up to record the class at home with Bluprint giving long distance support Christina found herself caught up in the ‘bitter lemon’ of Bluprint’s demise. Once over the shock she decided lemonade could be made from this situation and, aided by her daughter, Christina has filmed and edited the class 🙂

A new book, ‘ Love Your Creative Space – A visual guide to Creating an Organised and Inspiring Studio Without Breaking the Bank’ is reviewed by Teri who has been taking on board lots of the advice and sharing some of the inspiration as she plans her new sewing room.

I have really enjoyed watching Yvonne Fuchs’ latest quilt taking shape. ‘Mum’s Garden’ is a modern design with curved piecing and a very unusual colour palette. Well worth a click and a long look 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished (or Not ) Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Jelly Roll Bargello Quilt – first block, step by step

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidSo, designing and making a Bargello quilt, how hard can it be? 😀

There are plenty of Bargello patterns to be bought, found in books or available for free on the ‘interweb’… but none seemed to quite fit the fabric quantities I had available or the idea I had in my head…

Not only are there plenty of patterns available there are also a considerable number of cutting and piecing methods to choose from – both to follow in books and watch on YouTube. It took me a couple of days to assimilate the information I’d found, play around with pencil and eraser and look wistfully at the fabrics. Finally it was time to put a plan into action 🙂

Fabric: I used a Moda Jelly Roll, ‘Circulus’ by Jen Kingwell Designs, forty width of fabric strips cut 2½” wide. This collection conveniently has four each of ten colours making it easy for me to sort them into four matching sets. Other Jelly Rolls would need more careful sorting and maybe a few substitutions to replace those fabrics that wouldn’t play well in a Bargello pattern i.e. large, widely spaced designs which could break up the pattern across the quilt top.

The method: After much deliberation and many ‘huhs?’ followed by a few light-bulb moments I decided to employ a strip piecing ‘tube’ method to make this Bargello quilt. After all the research, I found most affinity with a tip-filled

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (111)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you are keeping safe and well. Bring along your project(s) and share in quilting goodness from the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do join in by adding your thoughts and links in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I have been making very slow progress with the quilting of the large ‘Black Coffee in Bed’ quilt. This week I’ve filled in the setting triangles with a wide spaced meander using Aurifil 40wt thread, 2314. Next I’d like to fill in the main blocks. It’s taken me a while to decide how to do this. I thought of doing some sort of geometric, dot-to-dot style quilting pattern but the more I looked at the blocks

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I-Spy Shadow Quilt Pattern and Novelty Fabric Packs

I-Spy Shadow Quilt (with feet!)

I-Spy quilts are such a fun idea! A quilt is a lovely gift for a child: a warm comforting wrap, a picnic blanket, a magic carpet, a den – a child’s imagination will take that quilt and make it more than the maker could ever have dreamed! An I-Spy quilt can be all those things and a ready-made game too. Novelty fabrics pieced together make a perfect, portable ‘board’ for playing games of ‘I-Spy with my little eye’. All the family can join in, honing observation skills, extending vocabulary and developing letter-sound recognition. Play on the sofa, on a bed, on the floor, in the garden or in a car.

Am I selling the notion of I-Spy quilts to you? 😀

I-Spy with my little eye…. something beginning with S:

Snail? Seahorse? See anymore? 😉

I designed the I-Spy Shadow Quilt with forty-two novelty squares seeming to float above the quilt casting shadows on the background. I love the illusion made by placement of light and dark fabrics across the quilt top. The pattern is available to purchase as a PDF download from my Etsy shop, AllisonsPatchworks.

The pattern uses strip-piecing to speed up the cutting and piecing of this quilt. If you are not familiar with strip-piecing, don’t worry it’s all explained in the pattern. With very few seams to match and no sashing strips to line-up, this quilt can be made by a patchwork quilter with basic skills: able to follow a pattern, use a rotary cutter and stitch consistent quarter inch seams.

And the quilt details:

 

The pattern requires 42 novelty fabric squares. It can take quite a lot of time and effort to source that many fabrics – ask me how I know 😉 A pack of 5″ novelty fabric squares would be handy wouldn’t it? Well! What-do-you-know? Take a look in my ETSY shop, AllisonPatchworks, and you’ll find packs of 21 or 42 novelty squares, sorted, cut and ready to piece. The packs of 21 squares include UK postage and cost £8.50 each. The packs of 42 squares include UK postage and cost £15 each.

Find the I-Spy Shadow Quilt Pattern and the novelty squares fabric packs at my ETSY Shop, AllisonsPatchworks.

Allison