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

Strip piecing and keeping up with the Jelly Roll Waves QAL

I am glad I chose to make Myra’s Jelly Roll Waves quilt using the instructions for strip piecing fabrics from Fat Quarters rather than the 2Β½” strip version. I would definitely have fallen behind if I’d been cutting and piecing all

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Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (61)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s), a beverage of your choice and share in some conversations and inspiration from the Worldwide Quilting Community. You are very welcome to add your links and thoughts in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Dashes, dots and crosses finished (2) by Allison Reid

Dashes, Dots and Crosses is a finish! πŸ™‚ I added the binding on Wednesday/Thursday. I am happy with this little quilt.

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Dashing Stars – a finished quilt

Wahoo! I’ve finished the Dashing Stars quilt just in time to join other quilters in the new linky hosted by Cheryl, Favorite Finish Monthly Link Up.

Dashing Stars hanging in the hall by Allison Reid
Dashing Stars brightening up our hallway.

Dashing Stars is a quilt designed by Viv Poon, owner of my local quilt shop, Purple Stitches. We used the pattern to teach the recent Beginners Course at the shop. It provided a great introduction to rotary cutting and piecing – building from making simple squares to four-at-a-time flying geese. Last Saturday, in the last session of the course, we made and added binding to our quilts.

Here is a slightly bashful Beginners Course participant with her first ever patchwork quilt – a very satisfying moment for pupil and teacher alike πŸ™‚

Dashing Stars student quilt by Allison Reid

I usually make a quilt alongside the classes I teach. I find this the easiest way to have samples at the ready, also working on the quilt at the same pace as the class helps me to give tips and deal with snags in a timely fashion. Here are some photos of my finished Dashing Stars quilt. (Thanks to my long-suffering Husband for being the quilt stand!)

Dashing Stars finished by Allison Reid

Dashing Stars label and binding by Allison Reid

The quilt is named ‘Dashing Stars (2)’ as it is the second version of the quilt I have made – the first is the sample kept in the shop. I decided to use some strips of the extra wide backing fabric for the binding. I machine stitched the binding to the back of the quilt and then machine stitched it down on the front. The backing, the 100% cotton wadding and all the feature fabrics were purchased at Purple Stitches.

Dashing Stars binding detail by Allison Reid

You can read more about the zig-zag quilting design I stitched across the quilt here.

The next Beginners Course starts on 1st June. The week before, on 25th May I’ll be teaching the Scrap Buster workshop. More details in the Workshop section of this blog (button on the bar at the top of this page).

Happy stitching!

Allison