As hoped I have been able to spend more time in my sewing room. I even missed the screening of The Great British Bake Off in order to progress my patchwork projects! (I know! The sacrifices made for this hobby of ours!). 🙂
I’ve completed the patchwork top of the Dashing Stars quilt. I think this is the sixth version I’ve made. As I had plenty of the background fabric to play with I decided to make an addition to the pattern. Note the narrow borders on the
Welcome to a Bank Holiday edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Published a day late this week due in part to a rush to finish a quilt and a trip to the seaside. More of these two in a mo… But first, a reminder that this is an opportunity to enjoy a virtual sewing day so bring along your project(s) and share in the conversations and inspiration doing the rounds of the Worldwide Quilty Community. Please do leave your links and reactions in the comments box at the end of this page. Thank you!
My newly finished quilt travelled with us to Eastbourne and joined us on an early morning walk along the promenade.
Rewind a few days to view a chronological progress of the quilt in the making:
I decided to quilt straight lines 5″ apart and at an angle of 30º to create a diamond grid across the quilt. I’m pleased with the effect and the soft drape of the finished quilt. The quilt is called ‘Diamond Chips’ – thinking of the little pieces of fabric being facets catching light just as diamonds do (fanciful I know but I can’t help myself!).
We are in Eastbourne enjoying not only the sea air and pre-breakfast walks along the prom but also the gifted Bible teaching given by speakers at the 11th annual Bible By The Beach conference. Don Carson is the ‘headline act’ and we trying hard to absorb his teaching as well as the teaching we’ve received at other seminars hosted by churches across the town. We came last year so it’s been easier to get orientated and settled second time around – we’ve been very Anglican in our habits and are even staying in the same guest house (not the same room/pew though!) 😉
My blog reading has been a bit curtailed due to time spent finishing the ‘Diamond Chips’ quilt and having a weekend away from home but here are some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community that I hope you will find of interest:
Keeping with the scrappy theme: here is a link to a free tutorial by Allison Harris. Her Strips and Squares Quilt looks to be a great way to use up scraps and leftover fabrics 🙂
Cindy has made a sweet baby quilt. It’s the way she has quilted meandering feathers around the patchwork design that really caught my attention… Lovely!
I do so enjoy being part of the on-line quilting community. Reading blog posts and sharing my quilting ups and downs gives me a lot of pleasure. I had an unexpected bonus waiting for me in my email inbox today – I won a pattern by Myra Barnes of Busy Hands Quilts 🙂 The pattern is called ‘Boundless Beauty’and is the one I requested if I should happen to win the give-away. Myra will shortly be hosting a Quilt Along of one of her other patterns called Jelly Roll Waves. I can see I will be making both….
Chela uses little pieces of fabric, fmq and threads to make journal pages and portraits. She’s looking for books and tutorials that give guidance on how to make fabric faces. Perhaps you could help with some suggestions for her?
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.
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 🙂
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.
I 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:
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.
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.
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 🙂