Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (254)

Welcome to a late issue of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I think a day out at the seaside on Friday has sent me into holiday mode! There’s still a bit of time to bring along our projects and share in the quilty goodness posted by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you visit any of the links do take time to join in the sharing by leaving your ideas in the comments boxes 🙂

On Friday I shared a finished quilt, Summer Mist. Since then I’ve been busy quilting and binding a rainbow version of Sew Fresh Quilts pattern, Giraffes in a Row, for a client. I took on finishing the quilt after the lady walked into Purple Stitches with her partially pieced quilt top asking if we knew anyone who would finish it for her. She’d found patchwork piecing was not her ‘thing’ and she’d much rather continue with dressmaking. Last week we finally got to meet in the shop to choose the backing and wadding. We agreed the binding should be a scrappy rainbow using fabrics left over from piecing the giraffes.

The horizontal wavy lines were stitched using an Aurifil rainbow variegated thread.

Projects to push on with this week include the English Country Garden Quilt Along – I have a bit of a race on to complete the April block…

To be fair Alison aka Hexadoodle Quilts is very clear that this QAL is not a race so I’m imposing the monthly deadlines on myself out of concern that if I should slip behind with this QAL it could quickly become another UFO.

And maybe I’ll tackle quilting the large Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt…

Here are some links to start you on your wanderings through the generous and inspiring information shared by the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Project bags are a simple way to keep all the bits and pieces together and so useful if a project is portable. Heide has tried several project bag patterns and shares her favourite quick make in her blog post.

Jayne has a love of Churn Dash quilts. She’s just finished one. Simple colours, blocks turned on point, the quilt looks wonderful. I can feel a Churn Dash quilt coming on…

These days I generally finish quilts by using my sewing machine to attach binding to the back and then to the front of the quilt. I’m always looking to improve my skills and found this video tutorial by Melanie Ham contained some useful tips. I was particularly looking for tips on how to keep the stitching straight once the binding is flipped round to the front – that part of the process begins about 10 minutes into the tutorial. I’m not so sure about using an ‘edge foot’ but I found the tips around using a standard foot very helpful. On the same subject I also found this helpful blog post by Julie ‘ The Crafty Quilter’.

It wouldn’t be a Saturday Quilting Bring & Share without a link to a scrappy quilt 😉 This week Christina Cameli shares her latest finish, a ‘Scrappy Quarter Cabins’ quilt which stopped me in my tracks as I was scrolling through Instagram. Here’s the link to Christina’s quilt on IG and there’s a tutorial in her blog archive .

I guess there’s space for another scrap quilt link? Cynthia has made a colourful Postage Stamp quilt making use of different solids and scraps of sometimes difficult to use prints. Her placement of the finished blocks gives a lovely cohesive look to a super-scrappy quilt.

Wendy shares a wonderful gallery of her favourites from the recent Kapiti Quilt Show, New Zealand. So much to admire and so much inspiration 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (253)

Welcome To Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Settle down with your projects, a beverage of choice and be part of the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. Leaving comments in the appropriate box at the end of any of the posts you read is a great way to encourage blog writers 🙂

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (252)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and enjoy sharing in some of the inspiration and conversations circulating through our Worldwide Quilting Community. Join in by visiting blogs via the links below and be sure to leave a comment or two 🙂

It’s been a bit of a strange week here with ‘stuff’ going on and the Bank Holidays making it totally impossible to work out which day of the week it might be! Anyho! I found myself doing a lot of sewing. The 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge took over my sewing room.

I started out with the dual aim of making the green March blocks before sorting through the strings box to find all the bright blues for the April blocks. Once I’d started sorting I couldn’t stop!

All the strings were pulled out of the box and sorted into colour groups. Then what? Well! Either squash them all back in the box… OR… Yep! make all the Scrap Challenge blocks NOW!

It took several days – don’t ask me which days! – several bobbins of thread and a lot of back and forth trips between my sewing machine and the ironing pressing station but all 80 blocks are now complete. I can only fit half on the design wall. The finished quilt will measure 64″ x 80″ in an 8 block x 10 block layout.

To make space for the Rainbow blocks on the design wall I had to switch my attention back to the squirrel quilt. The blocks have been hanging around on the wall for a couple of weeks. Rather than just removing them all, creating another WIP/UFO, I decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and get them stitched together into a quilt top.

On the whole piecing is the part of the quilt making process I particularly enjoy. However, I’m not so keen on sewing long rows of blocks together. The thought of all those intersecting seams to pin together before stitching and pressing those l-o-n-g seams tends to send me into a bit of a spin. Having looked at those blocks on the design wall for a couple of weeks I hatched a plan to take the long-seam-blues out of piecing a quilt top. You may well gasp in amazement when I share the following piecing tip with you – I mean how long have I been patchwork quilting without cottoning on to this simple idea? The PLAN: stitch the blocks together into sections rather than complete rows.

Ta da! Only having one long seam to stitch across the width of the quilt top is a game changer for me!

The ‘Squirrel Quilt’ – pieced using the section method!

I will be employing this method to stitch the Rainbow quilt top together too.

I’m sorry the list of links is so short – holiday week and pedal-to-the-metal sewing are to blame – this bares no reflection on the quality of blog posts published, it’s just indicative of the small amount of time I’ve spent reading:

Melva has launched the ‘Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along‘. She is sharing excerpts from a book written by a Victorian ancestor who travelled the trail five times. I’m not sure I’ll be making the blocks but I’ll definitely enjoy reading the first hand accounts of a legendary time and place. Find the first instalment and block here.

Taking quality photos of quilts can be tricky. Shelly has some easy to apply tips to help us achieve photos that show our quilts at their best 🙂

Quilt Spot’ is a monthly feature on Melony’s blog site. She shares any quilts she’s spotted whilst watching TV shows and films. In March she watched ‘Witness’ a thriller set in an Amish community. It’s one of my favourite films but like Melony I’ve never paid attention to the quilts that feature in several scenes. I may have to persuade my boys it’s time we watched the film again. If I turn my attention away from Harrison Ford I might just spot the quilts!

Jan has been using Jelly Rolls to make table runners. They all look great with fresh Spring colours and dense machine quilting.

Joining Denise for the Put Your Foot Down link-up.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

An I-Spy Puzzle Quilt

It’s a finish! The I-Spy Puzzle quilt was constructed using the Scrap Vortex technique shared by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts. I always enjoy making Scrap Vortex quilts. Each one grows slowly as a ‘leader and ender’ project running alongside my regular patchwork sewing. I keep a bin of odd shaped scraps next to my sewing machine. As I’m piecing patchwork blocks together I just reach down into the bin, select two scraps with edges of similar lengths and stitch them together as and when I need a leader or ender. These stitched pairs go

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