Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (51)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have had a good week and you will have time for a some creativity over the weekend. Bring along your project(s) and share in the latest quilty conversations across the Worldwide Quilting Community. Do use the comments box at the bottom of this page to share your projects and add your thoughts and reactions to what has inspired you and caught your attention this week.

I’ve been busy preparing for the third class of the Beginners Course at Purple Stitches. This, the penultimate class, is all about basting and quilting. I’ve pin basted my Dashing Stars quilt ready for the quilting demonstration.

Dashing Stars (2) basted by Allison Reid

I decided it would be a great idea to use another quilt top to demonstrate basting. I could have picked any number of completed quilt tops from my UFO pile but no, I chose to use the #scrappytripalong2019 – the blocks needed to be sewn together, borders measured and stitched in place, the wadding cut, the backing fabrics chosen and pieced together… Oh! And a label made too! Well! It may have been a good idea… But…It took me all day Thursday to piece the top and faff about putting the backing together. Thankfully I had a piece of Quilter’s Dream Poly wadding just slightly larger than required. I pushed through, not only making the label but also machine stitching it to the backing 🙂

Blocks stitched together and borders added.
Backing for Scrappy Trip Along Quilt by Allison Reid
#scrappytripalong2019 backing
Label made and stitched in place.

I’m really pleased with the pieced backing. It looks so simple yet it took me well over two hours to select the fabrics, cut them to size and stitch those l-o-n-g seams! I had a thoroughly satisfying day moving on the #scrapytripalong2019 blocks from the design wall to having a quilt top ready for basting although it really struck me just how long it takes to make a quilt! I guess when we make a few blocks here, a few blocks there and complete a quilt in our ‘free’ time we very quickly lose track of just how many hours it takes? I was amazed how the hours ticked by that day and by my consistent underestimating of how long it would take to complete each step!

We have a houseful of guests this weekend so my sewing room has morphed into a guest room. Once home from Purple Stitches I’ll be turning my hand to some hand stitching 🙂 As luck would have it I started a little Blackwork bookmark project on Monday at our monthly craft group.

Blackwork bookmark by Allison Reid Elizabeth 1 wearing Blackwork by Allison ReidI like Blackwork, I first learned it as an off-shoot of cross stitch (my go to craft before I discovered patchwork). Blackwork (essentially filling stitched outlines with repeating patterns stitched in running stitch) has a long history and was particularly popular in Tudor times. Look at this portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, her sleeves and the bodice of her dress are covered in Blackwork. I found this portrait in a great book by Becky Hogg, published by the Royal School of Needlework in their Essential Stitch Guides series.

And moving smoothly (or should that be ‘seamlessly’?) into this week’s links:

I read in the March edition of ‘British Patchwork & Quilting’ magazine that the Royal School of Needlework have published embroidery courses online. Find out more at www.rsnonlinecourses.com 

Christa Watson has been sharing how she plans out the quilting designs she stitches over her quilts. This is a really comprehensive guide given as a guest post on Amy Smart’s blog, Diary of a Quilter.

Shannon Brinkley loves to talk fabrics and colour. In this blog post she explains the virtues of ‘monochromatic prints’.

Bobbie’s post has lots of handy piecing tips. She shows us how to make the first block in a sewing themed mystery quilt. The first block is a sewing machine.

If you are in the USA and could be inspired to create a quilt to donate to one or other of the charities supported by Hands2Help you can find out more information from Sarah at her blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Bernie gives a moving description of the work carried out by a hospital Palliative Care Team and the use they make of donated quilts.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Snapshots and Snippets Part 1

Oh! Boy! I did convey in my last blog post the struggles I’m having keeping my posting here in step with my quilty life. You can gather by the lack of posts over the past days (including TWO missed Saturday Quilting Bring & Share posts – many apologies) that I’m still not coordinating my sewing room life with my on-line sharing!

Continuing with my decision to abandon chronological posting I will (again) dive into ‘what’s occurring’ now (did you catch the cheeky Gavin and Stacy reference there? 🙂 )

Our lovely daughter spent a long weekend with us – so good to have a couple of Mother & Daughter days. She helped me experiment with a couple of craft projects for events coming up at Church over the next few weeks. (I don’t have photos of the project samples at the mo but hopefully I’ll include some in future posts). Her husband joined us for 24hrs, he is up to his eyes in final year accountancy revision and exams. Having visitors gave me an opportunity to clear up the mounting mess/WIPs in the sewing room, refreshing the space, converting it into a guest room.

With our guests gone the room is slowly reverting to my creative space. I am determined to cut down on the clutter though, so as I bring each storage box back into the room I am emptying it (right to the bottom!), sorting, discarding and repacking with purpose. I am trying to put into practice the thoughtful and understanding advice of Nadia aka clearthedecks who is a quilter and therefore understands our difficulties re. destashing, letting go of projects and moving on.

The room is looking a little stark at the moment, in ‘clean slate’ kinda way. This morning I retrieved my current works in progress, arranging them across the design wall.

Four WIPs on the design wall by Allison Reid

Top left are the scrappy string and flying geese blocks I made last week as the start of the cover for my new storage trolley (I’m happy to report the trolley did convert to an acceptable bedside table); in the centre, the first blocks of the new Beginners course quilt (promise I will finish the top very soon Viv…); my Dreami project (that’s: ‘drop everything and make it’) falling leaves quilt – sandwiched, awaiting quilting; and slumped on the sofa bed, my current sew-along Beginners quilt that needs quilting before the final session of the course on Saturday (eeek!).

And there’s a little matter of catching up on the 188 emails in my inbox! 😀 One of those emails is a notification from Yvonne Fuchs that the Fall 2018 Tips and Tutorials Festival is now live. Do click over and find links to lots of useful, practical, inspiring blog posts by our fellow patchwork quilters from around the world. So much to learn, so much to share. I will be linking my recent post about curved piecing to the Festival.

Right… What to do first?… So many lovely choices 🙂

Allison