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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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (247)

Welcome to a belated edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have been having some stitching fun this weekend. Bring along your project(s) and share in the some of the quilty goodness offered to us by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do click on the links below and join in the conversations by leaving an encouraging word or two in the comment boxes at the end of any posts that inspire you.

I-Spy Puzzle Quilt. The quilt sandwich showing wonky, non- squared edges.

I’ve been absorbed in making a(nother) Scrap Vortex style quilt. I’m calling this one the ‘I-Spy Puzzle Quilt’ as I’ve included lots of pieces of

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (243)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and join in sharing with our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to find inspiration and friendship around our common passion of patchwork quilting. Please do leave comments on the pages you visit to encourage the writers and keep the sharing travelling around the world 🙂 Thank you!

I’ve had quite a bit of variety to my sewing this week.

Project 1: A finished table runner shared here.

Project 2: Piecing a patchwork top a customer had lost the will to finish. A keen dress-maker this was her first patchwork project and… well… she discovered patchwork grows too slowly. The pattern is ‘Giraffes in a Row’ by Lorna McMahon aka Sew Fresh Quilts. When I unpacked the part-finished quilt top I was relieved to find the pink, red and yellow giraffes pieced and joined together. A start had been made on the green giraffe and most of the pieces had been cut ready for the blue and purple giraffes. The partially made green one was a good learning tool to get me understanding the pattern and figuring out how to order the pieces of the blue and purple giraffes (I made their heads first – kinda cute!).

I’ll find out in a day or two the customer’s decision re. quilting (it may be taken out of my hands at this point). In the meantime the flimsy is livening up my design wall 🙂

Project 3: Basket of Blooms. Having whizzed through all that piecing of giraffes (there were A LOT of pieces) I felt ready for a change of gear. I took Friday as a rest day, ignored my ‘you ought to be doing a list of things‘ thoughts and settled to a restful day of hand applique. It really did feel like I’d taken a holiday: sat by the window stitching, musing and watching the garden birds enjoying a buffet of fresh seeds and suet pellets.

It’s such a long time since I practiced hand applique that I took time to read through the instructions in ‘the Best-Ever Applique Sampler’ book by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins (thank you to Laura for the recommendation). With the book open by my side I settled to stitching down the blue and yellow flower heads and the three hearts decorating the basket.

The finishing touch is to make five yo-yos/Suffolk Puffs to stitch in place along the top of the basket. I’m trying my hand at something new everyday!

Project 4: I’ve been excitedly awaiting the start of the English Country Garden QAL. The pattern for the first block, poppies, arrived in my email box on Monday. Alison Stothard has provided plenty of clear instructions in the pattern and via written and video tutorials on her website. I’ve been learning from these and today I glue basted some fabric templates whilst watching Alison’s regular Saturday morning live-stream programme on Twitch TV.

So quite a lot to be getting on with this weekend, what with finishing the top of the Basket of Blooms applique and preparing the shapes for the EPP QAL 🙂

Here’s a selection of the blog posts that have caught my attention this past week. I do hope you find plenty of interest:

Rebecca shares in depth and with great clarity how to choose a quilting design for a quilt. Her post is directed at long arm quilters but just about all the information she shares can be applied whatever method of quilting is used.

The second of Leanne’s ‘Get to know…’ interviews is a good read. Her series is a great of fostering a sense of community around a shared love of quilting. This latest interview is with Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Allison’s blog posts are always as bright and appealing as her patchwork patterns. In this post she lets us into a secret – the less than perfect scene just out of camera shot! Sometimes its really a blessing to see for real what we all know – none of us is living in the perfection so often filling our screens! Allison also has a new table runner to share – it’s got a lovely Spring time vibe and I’m sure the block could be adapted to make a cute quilt…

JanineMarie’s found a great way to integrate multi-coloured scraps into the scrappy triangle blocks she’s making for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Very clever!

Such a helpful guest post on Suzy’s blog. Laura Hopper is a textile curator and shares 3 Best Tips in Fabric Storage. There’s plenty of detail and some myth-busting too, definitely worth a read if – ha!ha! -you have a stash of fabric to manage 😉

If you need a dollop of inspiration to get you machine quilting then Christa Watson’s latest book could be just what you need! Christa shares details of ‘99 Machine Quilting Designs’ in her blog post. There are a mix of walking foot and free motion designs each with a diagram showing how to stitch repeats across a quilt. (The book is available in USA from Christa’s website or in UK from Amazon and bookshops!).

Yvonne and her husband are continuing to develop their relatively small new home into a workable space. The latest addition is a custom made ironing board with storage space below. There are some interesting space saving storage solutions in the comments at the end of Yvonne’s post too.

Angela has something very special to share – a completed Dear Jane patchwork. Many people have started this quilt, few have seen it through to completion! There are so many intricate blocks. I especially like the way Angela’s rainbow colour scheme gives a modern look to this very traditional design.

Here’s something different to try. Bobbi shares a tutorial for making little blocks that form a diamond with curved edges. The technique reminds me of Cathedral Windows but this is all done by machine. Difficult to describe so I’ll leave it to you to click on the link if I’ve made you curious!

Christa Watson has some more interesting tips in the third of her series ‘Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks‘.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia is keeping up with her quilting goals 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Finding my sew-jo during lockdown

My planned 8 x 10 block layout for RSC21

Well! We’re not in our first or even our second lockdown here in the UK. Nope! We are settling into our third. I don’t know why this one has hit me hard. Perhaps the announcement last Monday, 4th January, came just a bit too soon after all the emotional re-adjusting we went through in the run up to Christmas? Plans to see family and friends petered away to a quiet, stay in your household, affair.

Whatever the reason my sew-jo disappeared. It took me ’til the weekend to uncover Julie the Juki ready to power through some patchwork piecing. During the week I did visit my sewing room a few times and fiddled about sorting pink strips, pressing them and cutting foundation papers to size (or what in my fuddled state I thought was ‘to size’).

Halfway through the first string block the bobbin thread ran out…. Then nearing completion of the block it suddenly dawned on me that the foundation paper was 8″ square. My plan was to have 8″ finished blocks! *Groan*! The papers should have been cut with a seam allowance, making them 8½” square. Rookie mistake! After a quick look at the scruffy, untrimmed edges of the block I felt the fabric strips were long enough and the seams stitched far enough beyond the paper that I would be able to square the block to 8½ inches. Thankfully that worked. For the remaining seven blocks I made sure to extend the strips and the seams well beyond the edge of the foundation papers and trimmed them all to the correct size 🙂 So glad I only cut the eight paper squares needed for this months Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks and didn’t get carried away cutting loads of papers, the wrong size, for future use.

These eight blocks will form one row of my RSC21 quilt. Thought I’d leave my pink slippers peaking in the photo!

The lockdown no-sew-jo has been broken, all be it a rather shaky break-through. Just as well I chose a forgiving block – no accurate cutting or seam matching required – whew!

Now I’m attempting to re-engage my brain cells by writing and testing a new pattern. It involves hearts… Will it be ready for this years Valentines Day or 14th Feb 2022? 😀

If your sew-jo has been missing I hope you re-discover it very soon 🙂

Linking with Cynthia for Oh! Scrap (she’s making pink blocks for several rainbow scrap quilts) and Judy for Design Wall Monday (she is making Drunkard’s Path blocks).

Allison