Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (81)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in some of the inspiration to be found thanks to the generosity and kindness of members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do leave links of interest and the thoughts you’d like to share in the comments box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

My apologies for the late arrival of this edition. I spent Saturday teaching the first session of the Beginners Course at Purple Stitches. One class in the morning and then a repeat of the session in the afternoon for a second class! Isn’t it great that a whole new bunch of people want to learn how to make a patchwork quilt? πŸ™‚ I thoroughly enjoyed meeting these new-comers to our craft and the day sped by in a most enjoyable way, but phew! I was talked-out and fit for not much at all in the evening! Hats off to those of you who teach more than one whole day a week!

Dashing Stars Blocks Beginners Autumn 2019 by Allison Reid

Like my students I have some homework to do to keep up with the class – we meet again in a fortnight. I completed just two blocks yesterday so need to make the remainder of these blocks in five more colourways. This afternoon I cut out the remaining fabrics so I’m all set to make examples of the next two blocks, a Churn Dash and a Sawtooth Star ready for the second session of the Beginners Course. Now I’ve got all the pieces cut and carefully packed I shall take them along to Thursdays sewing day with the aim of completing my homework and preparing for the next class πŸ™‚

Square in a Square (2) ready to quilt by Allison Reid

At last I can return to the second Square-in-a-Square quilt and get down to quilting it. I’ll be using Aurifil 2110 40wt thread. It’s a very pale yellow and blends well with all the warm summery colours in the quilt top.

There have been loads of interesting and inspiring blog posts to read this past week. Here are links to just a few:

Rachel has found some very neat solutions to a downsize in her sewing space. Moving to a Dutch townhouse from an American farmhouse has brought to light many differences in the way everyday living is conducted on either side of the Atlantic!

Sharing skills is one of the ways we build up our Worldwide Quilting Community. Jayne has been demonstrating hand quilting at a local show for several years. In her recent post she shows some of the quilts she’s taken along (some more than once – well it does take a long time to hand quilt a quilt!). I’m particularly intrigued by her version of the ‘The Long Road Home’ quilt – the pattern is by Paula Barnes.

It’s that Worldwide Quilting Community thing again πŸ™‚ Reading Alyce Blythe’s email newsletter I was intrigued by a link she had provided under the heading ‘How to Quilt Wavy Borders’. I clicked over to HollyAnne Knight’s blog and found lots of helpful tips in her tutorial. A good article to keep Pinned for a rainy wavy day πŸ™‚

And on her own blog page Alyce is sharing the beautiful boxed set of twelve 50wt Aurifil threads she has curated under the name ‘Mini Masterpieces’ – in honour of her latest book. The thread collection is lovely and is definitely on my wish list.

Switching blocks from a horizontal grid to an angled, ‘on-point’ layout can really transform a quilt. Amy Friend was playing with her spider web blocks, took the plunge and cut into them to set them on point. The finished quilt looks so much more dynamic than the original.

Suzy has some wisdom to share re. attacking our mounds of WIPs (Works In Progress). There’s some sound advice – even down to throwing away projects we no longer love! Steady…..!*!

Don’t forget to add your thoughts about the links in Saturday Quilting Bring & Share to the comments box right at the end of this page. And just under the comments box is discreet little ‘subscribe’ email notification sign-up box – fill it in and you’ll receive an email each time I publish a blog post πŸ™‚ (This isn’t an ’email list’ so rest assured you will not be receiving any messages direct from me!).

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Autumn Colours Quilted Wall Hanging

Well! Start ringing the bells! I have finished another quilt! I know I said I’d be slowing down to normal pace but the seasonal colouring of this DrEAMi* project gave me the focus and determination to have it completed and on display THIS Autumn rather than NEXT Autumn! πŸ˜€

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (79)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring and Share πŸ™‚ I hope you have time to bring along your project(s) and enjoy sharing in the conversations doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do leave your comments and links in the box at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

I have to confess to being totally distracted by what Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon calls a DrEAMi (drop everything and make it) project. I needed a little project to take to a quilting day with friends. Scanning my bookcase I caught sight of ‘Take 5 Fat Quarters’ by Kathy Brown. I thought, ‘I’m sure I’ve got 5 (million) FQs in my stash….’ Sure enough I found three I’d bought only a month ago at the West Country Quilt & Stitching Show and matched them

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (72)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your projects(s) and share in the inspiring conversations and helpful tips doing the rounds of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do add your thoughts and links using the comments box at the end of this page. Thank you!

Just a note on this ‘Worldwide Quilting Community’ thing: I’ve followed Rachel Hauser’s blog Stitched in Color for several years. She and her young family recently moved from USA to the Netherlands. Rachel is a longarm quilter and to promote her business she took a trip to The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK. Her blog post about the Festival features photos of some of the quilts that caught her eye and one of the traders she chatted with. Well! What-do-you-know? That trader just happened to be Viv of Purple Stitches:Β My local quilt store and the place where I have been teaching for several years πŸ™‚ Just goes to show the virtual and actual Worldwide Quilting Communities are one and the same thing!

I had hoped to baste one of the Square in a Square quilt sandwiches but (as usual) I underestimated just how long it would take me to baste and quilt the secret sewing quilt! Anyway here we are, 5pm on Saturday, the secret sewing quilting is done and the binding is machine stitched to the front of the quilt.

Ready for hand stitching by Allison Reid

So I’m bringing hand-stitching-the-binding-down to our virtual sewing day. I’m looking forward to a bit of hand stitching but even more I’m looking forward to beating the deadline on this project and moving on! (The extra-wide backing fabric is by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics and is called ‘Friendship’ – purchased from Purple Stitches).

Up on my design wall are all thirty of my Jelly Roll Waves QAL blocks. I will aim to stitch this top together next week as well as getting that Square-in-a-Square quilt top basted. πŸ™‚ Looks like there are quite a lot of seams to match up – a good opportunity to try out using glue rather than pins to achieve accurate alignment?

Jelly Roll Waves blocks on the design wall by Allison Reid

And so to some of the inspiring conversations and helpful tips being shared by the Worldwide Quilting Community this past week:

Triangles and pieced hexagons… Emily Dennis has some of her lovely patterns on sale.

Cynthia at ‘Quilting is More Fun than Housework’ has used muted shades of blue-grey to make a scrappy Tumbler quilt. To my eye it is restful and very attractive.

Suzy has recently shared a very comprehensive How to Sew Curves tutorial. I find it’s always handy to have picture heavy tutorials to hand when using an unfamiliar technique. This one is definitely going to find a place on my ‘Curved Piecing Patchwork’ Pinterest board πŸ™‚

Quite a number of patchwork quilters are dipping their toes into the mysterious (to me) art of dressmaking. Irene is obviously well beyond beginner dressmaking in the way she has adapted a pattern while Leanne is gainingΒ  confidence by making several versions of each pattern she uses – her latest is a tank dress.

Hmm! Decorative selvages… I’ve never really got the whole using selvages to make patchwork blocks, bags etc. But Amy Friend’s ‘How to Work with Selvages’ video tutorial has changed my thinking! From now on I will be saving selvages…. along with scraps and stripy scraps and goodness knows what else I already squirrel away! πŸ˜€

Happy Stitching!

Allison